Leon County Sheriff's Office Release
Leon County, Florida– The Leon County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with The Florida Sheriffs Task Force, recently launched an initiative to remove felons from Florida’s streets. Operation Felon Sweep focused on removing violent felons, felons with outstanding warrants and sexual offenders and predators from our communities.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office was proud to take an active role in this initiative and to lead the charge in Leon County. Working in conjunction with the U. S. Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Task
Force, 275 felons were arrested over the period between September 28 and October 21, 2012. These felons were charged with 768 felony crimes. Of those arrested locally, 50 involved firearms, 3 were
for Homicide and 1 was for Attempted Homicide.
Sheriff Larry Campbell stated, “As a past President of the Florida Sheriff’s Association, I recognize the incredible amount of work that goes on behind the scenes for an operation the size and scale of this
one. Coordinating with literally dozens of agencies at once is a true testament to the commitment of the Sheriffs in the State of Florida and it should send a clear message that we are united in the efforts
to make our communities as safe as possible.”
The Florida Sheriffs Taskforce is pleased to have coordinated this effort to make Florida’s streets a safer place for its citizens. This operation combined efforts from 44 Sheriff’s Offices and focused on
removing violent felons and felons with outstanding warrants off the streets. The Operation resulted in nearly 12,000 felony arrests on over 18,000 charges.
“Felonies are taken very seriously and we at the Florida Sheriffs Association are honored to lead this initiative to get criminals off the streets,” said FSA President, Sheriff Susan Benton. “The Florida
Sheriffs Task Force will continue to work tirelessly to make Florida one of the safest states in the country.”
The Florida Sheriffs Task Force pools resources from the 67 Sheriffs’ Offices to address specific areas of concern. Past task forces have dealt with issues such as cyber sexual predators, prescription drug
abuse and “deadbeat dads.” The Florida Sheriffs Task Force also is the point of contact for statewide initiatives, including helping to staff the State Emergency Operations Center and coordinating Sheriffs'
offices responding to storm-ravaged communities during hurricanes and other catastrophic disasters.
For more information on the Florida Sheriffs Association, visit www.flsheriffs.org.