Polk County Sheriff Office "Operation Fall Sweep" ends with 310 arrests

Posted at 8:25 AM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 08:25:22-04

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.