February 7, 2011
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Panama City - A strike team of law enforcement agencies from Bay County, including state probation officers, made surprise face-to-face contact with 307 state probationers including 83 sex offenders. These contacts were as a result of Operation Safe Child that ran from Jan. 31 through Feb. 4, resulting in the arrests of ten (10) DC supervised felons who had violated their probation/supervision and sixteen (16) non- felons who were not on supervision. The sweep also resulted in the seizure of weapons, narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and pornographic images. Probation officers from the Circuit 14, 14-0 Panama City West and 14-4 Panama City East Offices joined forces with the Bay County Sheriff's Office, United States Marshall's Service, Panama City Police Department, Springfield Police Department and FDLE to ensure supervised offenders were complying with the terms of their probation and not engaging in unlawful activities.
Home visits by strike team members included making contact with each offender, conducting a status check and a walk-through of the offenders' residences, and searching the computers of sex offenders.
The Florida Department of Corrections employs approximately (2,100) probation officers to supervise more than (115,000) 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.