Law Enforcement Targets Gang Offenders During Sweep, Nets 2 Arrests
Ft. Myers - Teams comprised of state probation officers, Ft. Myers Police Department officers and Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies conducted residence checks on felony probation gang members and sex offenders during the evening of Wednesday, November 10, 2010.
Probation officers from the 20-4, 20-5 & 20-7 Ft. Myers' Offices joined forces with police and deputies to ensure supervised offenders were in compliance with the terms of their probation and not engaging in unlawful activities.
The teams made a total of 145 home visits to known gang and sex offenders and conducted walk through inspections and searches as necessary. These visits resulted in 2 arrests and the seizure of firearms, ammunition and swords. A sexual predator was arrested on a probation violation warrant. This sweep was a direct response to gang activities in an attempt to combat illicit drug use and sales in the greater Ft. Myers metropolitan area.
The Florida Department of Corrections employs approximately 1930 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) 778-6758.