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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 11/15/2013 

 Florida Sheriffs Task Force Operation Safe Families Targets Domestic Violence 


November 15, 2013 – Today, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announces the results of “Operation Safe Families,” the latest operation from the Florida Sheriffs Task Force (FSTF) aimed at protecting youth and families in Florida. The four-week long operation targeted individuals with outstanding warrants for domestic violence and writs of bodily attachments for non-support, which are used to bring in individuals who have failed to pay child support. The operation, conducted from October 13 through November 9, resulted in 339 arrests in Polk County. 

The start of Operation Safe Families coincided with the National Family Violence Apprehension Detail initiative, a one-day national effort to serve outstanding family-violence warrants coordinated by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon. Operation Safe Families targeted those who endangered the lives of their children and families here in Florida.  

The operation produced tremendous results in Polk County, including:

·         339 arrests were made

o   Of those, 229 were for Domestic Violence charges, and 15 were for Violation of Injunction for Protection

·         72 warrants were served

o   Of those, 17 were for Domestic Violence, and 12 for non-payment of child support

·         4 children were taking into protective custody as a result of the aforementioned arrests


In the 2012 Uniform Crime Report, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) noted that 108,046 domestic violence offenses were reported to law enforcement agencies and 202 individuals died as a result of domestic violence.  This represents approximately 20 percent of all homicides in Florida. Operation Safe Families aimed to track down individuals that have endangered the lives of their children and families and bring them to justice. 

“When the safety of Florida’s citizens is threatened, our Sheriffs have developed the resources to act swiftly and strategically to address the issue at hand,” said Florida Sheriffs Association President and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. “FSA is proud of Sheriff Gualtieri and the great work by the Florida Sheriffs Task Force.” 

The Florida Sheriffs Task Force pools resources from the 67 Sheriffs’ Offices to address specific areas of concern. 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 law enforcement responses to storm-ravaged communities during hurricanes and other disasters. 

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The Florida Sheriffs Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation made up of Florida’s Sheriffs, approximately 3,500 business leaders and 70,000 citizens throughout the state. Founded in 1893, FSA has quietly served the citizens of Florida by supporting the needs of the state's law-enforcement community. Through the Florida Sheriffs Association, Sheriffs are given a forum to address lawmakers to push for positive changes in Florida’s public safety arena. FSA also provides Sheriffs' Offices much-needed programs such as affordable training, special task forces and legislative and legal services.  Dedicated to the prevention of juvenile delinquency and the development of lawful, productive citizens, FSA has established and continues to support the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, which manages facilities and programs throughout the state to help restore hope, fulfill dreams, and prepare boys and girls for the future. The Florida Sheriffs Association has grown to be one of the largest and most successful state law enforcement associations in the nation. For more information on the Florida Sheriffs Association, visit www.flsheriffs.org.