Florida Sheriffs Task Force Operation Hallowed Streets Focused on Children Safety During Halloween Activities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 12, 2019) – Today, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Task Force released the results of Operation Hallowed Streets, a strategic initiative in 18 Florida counties that focused on Halloween activites throughout Florida. The operation targeted sexual offenders/predators to ensure they are compliant with their obligations and the Florida State Statutes. This involved a three-day operation that included physical checks on every sexual offender/predator to ensure they are properly registered and in compliance.

“The safety of our children is always top of mind for law enforcement throughout the state of Florida,” said FSA President and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. “Ensuring that all sexual offenders and predators are compliant with applicable state law, county ordinance, and provisions of probation gives everyone an additional layer of comfort so families can enjoy Halloween festivities.”  

The following counties participated: Alachua, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Flagler, Hendry, Hernando, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Manatee, Martin, Pasco, Pinellas, Seminole, St. Johns and Sumter.

The following are the statewide totals from 18 counties:

  • Compliance checks conducted: 4,956
  • Compliance checks – in compliance: 4,242
  • Compliance checks – not in compliance: 118
  • Hours dedicated to this operation: 1,585
  • Arrests and/or warrants issued: 17
  • Social media/Sign postings: 85
  • Citizen education efforts made: 111

“Operation Hallowed Streets has been a relief for families across Florida,” said Charlotte County Sheriff William Prummell, Jr. and Chair of the FSA Task Force. “The Florida Sheriffs are fully committed to the safety and security of our children. This meant making sure their Halloween night was fun and free from predators.”

Operation Hallowed Streets contributes to two of the FSA business operations goals: to foster effective law enforcement and crime prevention and to promote the activities of Sheriffs.

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The Florida Sheriffs Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation made up of the Sheriffs of Florida, approximately 3,500 business leaders and 70,000 citizens throughout the state. Founded in 1893, FSA has steadfastly 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 funded the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches with facilities throughout the state to help restore hope, fulfill dreams, and prepare boys and girls for the future. It 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.

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