WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (970 WFLA) - During a three day operation, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they and undercover detectives conducted a county-wide proactive initiative that focused on repeat offenders, drug offenders, offenders on probation, and followed up on crime tips and crime trends. Deputies served 15 search warrants, made numerous citizen contacts, and arrested 101 suspects.
Here’s a breakdown of the numbers from PCSO:
The total number of prior arrests for the 101 suspects was 955, to include 855 felonies, and 742 misdemeanors – (1,597 criminal charges, before this operation).
The total number of charges made during this operation: 325 (180 felonies and 145 misdemeanors; 32 outstanding warrants which included 32 felonies and 17 misdemeanors, 5 warrants from other jurisdictions, 1 fugitive from justice)
92 of those arrested are repeat offenders, meaning they have been arrested prior to this operation.
9 were charged with violating their current probation (VOP), and 13 arrested had VOP Warrants.
40 out of the 101 are receiving public assistance.
32 out of the 101 have been to prison before.
The operation resulted in the seizure of $13,378.00 in U.S. currency, 6 firearms, one vehicle, and over two pounds of cannabis, over 3 ounces of methamphetamine, and 45.1 grams of hydrocodone (approximately $8,600.00).
Deputies said the investigation began April 28, 2014, and ran through Wednesday, April 30, 2014, and focused on the Auburndale, Winter Haven, LakeWales, Eloise, Frostproof, and north and south Lakeland areas of PolkCounty.
The initiative was a part of the agency’s “PROCAP” (Proactive Community Attack on Problems) program that involves gathering daily crime data, analyzing crime trends, and then delivering that information to supervisors and deputies, according to PCSO. Each day, crime analysts and law enforcement members strategize which parts of the county would most benefit from law enforcement resources, attempting to disrupt crime trends, identify suspects, and prevent crime.
“Proactive Community Attack on Problems, or PROCAP, is an essential element in fighting crime in PolkCounty,” said Sheriff Grady Judd in a news release. "One of the philosophies of PROCAP is that the person who commits relatively minor public order crimes or who violates traffic laws can be the same person who stole something earlier that day, or is in possession of illegal narcotics," said Sheriff Grady Judd. "We routinely conduct initiatives like these so that the community knows there is always a law enforcement presence out there, keeping them safe."
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