October 21, 2010
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Tampa - A task force of law enforcement agencies from Tampa Police Department and state probation officers, made surprise face-to-face contact with 24 probationers today, October 22, 2010 resulting in the arrests of 1 felony offender who violated probation. In addition a violent gang member from Chicago was arrested on a violation of probation warrant from Illinois.
Probation officers from the East Tampa, Central Tampa and Northwest Offices joined forces with Tampa Police Department to ensure supervised offenders were complying with the terms of their probation and not engaging in unlawful activities.
Teams of law enforcement and probation officers targeted offenders on probation for Burglary. Home visits by task force members included making contact with each offender, conducting a status check, walk-through of the offenders’ residences and searches as needed. This was in direct response to combating daytime burglaries in the Tampa Metropolitan area. A previous effort of this same nature conducted on September 22, 2010 resulted in a drastic reduction of daytime burglaries in the operations 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.
Pictured below are medications found in the possession of offenders that were not legally prescribed to the offender.
For more information, contact the Department of Corrections’ Office of Public Affairs at (850) 488-0420.