|Community Corrections and Law Enforcement Strike Teams Target Violent Offenders|
FLORIDA- In July and August 2013, the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) probation officers and various law enforcement agencies worked alongside each other in nine Florida counties, making surprise face-to-face contact with over 400 offenders, including known sex offenders, gang members, and violent felons. As a result, 50 arrests were made.
These strike teams were made up of DOC Probation and Parole Officers from the Department's Office of Community Corrections, County Probation and Department of Juvenile Justice Officers, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Officers, Sheriff Deputies, and/or local police officers. These agencies are all part of the Community Justice Coalition (CJC), which began as a three-county initiative in 2007. Since then, the team has taken part in numerous sweeps. Law enforcement agencies from Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Polk, Seminole, St. Lucie, and Volusia County were involved in this latest operation.
During this Planned Compliance Initiative (PCI), officers visited homes of targeted felony offenders and conducted status checks and walk-throughs of their residences. In Polk County, the aim of these home contacts focused on offenders with active warrants and those with curfews as a condition of their supervision. In Brevard and Seminole County, officers arrived unannounced at offender residences for compliance checks of offenders under supervision and who are known gang members/affiliates or are associated with gang activity. Volusia County focused on violent offenders, including those with weapon charges, burglary charges, and aggravated assault charges. In Orange County a special emphasis was placed on youthful violent offenders. Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie County focused on sex offenders.
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