The Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested 310 suspects during two county-wide law enforcement operations over 5 days.
From September 28 to October 3, deputies arrested 272 in their "Operation Fall Sweep" and another 38 in a retail theft initiative.
On Wednesday, Sheriff Grady Judd will discuss the operations in Winter Haven.
During "Operation Fall Sweep," deputies focused on the following initiatives:
- Searching for criminal suspects with active warrants
- Checking up on convicted felons on probation
- Following up on those on active Sex Offender and Predator status
- Following up on drug and criminal activity tips and leads
- Searching for felons illegally in possession of firearms
- Patrolling crime "hot spots"
- Patrolling areas with identifiable crime trends
- Working with other law enforcement agencies to serve criminal warrants
- Searching for on-line criminal activity
As a result of "Fall Sweep" there were:
- 272 Total Arrests
- Of the 272 arrested, there were a total of 2,121 prior arrests, or about 8 prior arrests, on average,
- Of the 272 arrested, 143 had prior prison incarcerations
Among the 272 arrests, there were a total of 3,497 total charges (current) including:
- 1,599 Felony charges
- 1,898 Misdemeanor charges
- 14 firearms were seized, 7 of which were stolen and 7 were seized from
- convicted felons
- 3 sex offenders were arrested for violations of their offender conditions
During the retail theft initiative, 28 suspects were arrested. Of those suspects arrested, 7 received monthly public assistance, 20 had prior arrest histories with a total of 245 prior arrests including 230 previous misdemeanor charges and 131 Felony charges.