DOC probation officers, deputies and police conduct night raid, 16 arrested
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY—Sixteen people were arrested after a law enforcement taskforce made surprise visits on 43 Plant City probationers who included gang members and sex offenders.
The Wednesday night sweep also netted a stolen vehicle and drug paraphernalia.
The strike team included Florida Department of Corrections probation officers, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies and Plant City Police officers.
The 43 targeted offenders were on probation for crimes including homicide, drug trafficking, aggravated battery, carjacking, gang-related violence and other crimes. The 16 were arrested for violating conditions of their probation.
The team’s unannounced visit involved a status check and walk-through of the offenders’ residences, and in the case of sex offenders, searches through their computers.
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.