November 05, 2012
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Florida Department of Corrections probation officers, along with county and city law enforcement officers, joined forces to target sex offenders and sex predators on Halloween to ensure they had no contact with trick-or-treaters. The goal of the operation was to visit the residences of every sex offender and sex predator on community supervision in an 11-county area during the trick-or-treat hours. Offenders not complying with the terms of their supervision were subject to immediate arrest.
“Special thanks to our law enforcement partners and the Department of Corrections probation officers who went the extra mile to protect those in the communities they serve,” said Secretary Ken Tucker. “All of these officers work extremely hard to ensure public safety.”
Law enforcement agencies and probation officers from Brevard, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Orange, Osceola, Polk, St. Lucie, Seminole and Volusia counties participated in the operation. The Department of Corrections initiated similar operations in all counties of Florida to monitor sex offenders.
Prior to Halloween, probation officers provided these specific instructions to each sexual offender and predator:
Teams of probation officers and law enforcement officers conducted surveillance and visited the homes of over 1,300 supervised offenders and predators to ensure they were in compliance with the instructions given.
This operation was the latest initiative conducted by members of the Community Justice Coalition, an eleven-county cooperative of city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
Many thanks to the following law enforcement agencies for participating and providing extra staff to protect our children and communities during this high-risk time:
Brevard County: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and GAMEOVER Task Force, Cocoa Police Department, Melbourne Police Department, Titusville Police Department;
Indian River County: Indian River County Sheriff’s Office;
Marion County: Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Belleview Police Department, Dunnellon Police Department, Ocala Police Department;
Polk County: Haines City Police Department, Lake Wales Police Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office,
Orange County: Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando Police Department;
Osceola County: Osceola County Sheriff’s Office;
Seminole County: Altamonte Springs Police Department, Casselberry Police Department, Longwood Police Department, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Seminole County Probation;
Volusia County: Daytona Beach Police Department, Deland Police Department, Edgewater Police Department, Orange City Police Department, Ormond Beach Police Department, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement: Marion County and Volusia County,
Department of Corrections/Community Corrections: 5th Circuit Community Corrections – Lake County, Marion County, 7th Circuit Community Corrections – Volusia County, 9th Circuit Community Corrections – Orange County, Osceola County, 10th Circuit Community Corrections – Polk County, 18th Circuit Community Corrections – Brevard County, Seminole County, 19th Circuit Community Corrections – Indian River County, Martin County, St. Lucie County.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 25,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 150,000 offenders in the community.