Sarasota County Sheriff Dept. ‘Operation Southern Watch’ Addresses Crime Issues in South Sarasota 66 Arrested on 105 Charges.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

See video above narrated by Sarasota County Sheriff Captain John Walsh as he talks about the recent ‘Operation Southern Watch’ that located wanted persons, note that the guy pulled over in the old white Cadillac was a habitual offender, driving without a license, and he had spent 2 years in the Florida State Prison system for Aggravated Assault on a pregnant woman, nice guy eh.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has concluded Operation Southern Watch, a targeted effort to prevent crime and enhance safety in south Sarasota County. The agency used its Intelligence to Action (I2A) model of intelligence led policing to identify areas of Venice, Nokomis, Englewood, North Port and Warm Mineral Springs that are susceptible to crime. From June 13 to 22, deputies increased their law enforcement presence to address trends, patterns and hot-spots, and worked to locate wanted persons in addition to conducting highway interdiction and DUI enforcement, see
In all, 66 people were arrested on 105 new charges. The arrest history of the suspects includes a combined 451 prior felony charges and 590 prior misdemeanor charges. Ten of the people arrested have served prison time, and five are labeled prolific offenders. “These operations are created through data analysis and intelligence, as well as the cooperation of community members who work with the sheriff’s office regarding pervasive problems,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “We are committed to improving the quality of life that residents expect and to send a message to criminals who become a public nuisance that they’re not welcome in these neighborhoods,” see



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