A strike team of North Florida law enforcement agencies including Florida Department of Correction probation officers made surprise face-to-face contact with 45 probationers on November 9, resulting in the arrests of 16 probation violators and another individual arrested on drug charges.
The sweep also resulted in the seizure of rifles, shotguns, handguns and knives, cocaine in excess of approximately 110 grams, 10 grams of crack cocaine, over 50 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and other narcotic drugs and currency in the amount of $5,470.
The Florida Department of Corrections thanks their fellow law officers from the Pensacola Police Department and deputies from Santa Rosa, Escambia, Okaloosa and Walton County Sheriffs’ Offices in addition to agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the US Marshal’s Office who participated in the surprise visits.
The Florida Department of Corrections employs approximately 1,930 probation officers to supervise more than 115,330 active probationers on community supervision throughout the state. Probation officers’ duties include making contact with offenders in their homes, at work and at the probation office; monitoring payment of victim restitution and court costs; ensuring that probationers attend court-ordered treatment programs for drug, alcohol and mental health issues; conducting pre-sentence and other investigations for the Court; and answering the Court’s questions regarding supervision programs, statutory provisions, out-of-state transfers, and probation violations.
For more information, contact the Department of Corrections' Office of Public Affairs at (850) 488-0420.