Dozens arrested in Sarasota following Operation Impact

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SARASOTA, FL-The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has concluded Operation Impact, a multi-agency effort to prevent crime and enhance community safety through an increased law enforcement presence in north Sarasota County.

From May 23 to June 1, the agency worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE); Florida Highway Patrol; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and the Florida Department of Corrections Bureau of Probation and Parole, to eliminate the perception that the environment is supportive of criminal behavior. Several similar operations have been conducted since January 2012

Using the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office's Intelligence to Action (I2A) model of intelligence led policing, the operation included a "place-based" strategy to eliminate street crimes, as well as highway interdiction efforts, DUI and traffic enforcement. The operation also addressed crime and noise complaints by residents and business owners and reinforced community partnerships built through ongoing initiatives. Results include:

In all, 77 people were arrested on 130 charges, and the arrest history of many of the suspects is of great concern. The 77 arrestees have a combined 569 prior felony charges and 693 prior misdemeanor charges. Only 14 of those suspects have ever been to prison. Eight arrestees are prolific offenders.

Personnel also conducted 60 probation checks and issued 68 criminal traffic citations and 948 civil traffic citations.