Florida Sheriffs Task Force Announce Successful Completion of Operation Safe Kids in Charlotte County

Charlotte County, Fla. (September 22, 2023)

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) Task Force released the results of Operation Safe Kids, a strategic initiative in 42 Florida counties that called attention to traffic safety in and around schools to ensure that children had a safe return to school from Summer Break. During the Task Force Operation Safe Kids, Florida’s sheriffs issued 7,218 warnings and 5,171 traffic citations, dedicated 5,900 hours during the enforcement period, delivered 5,520 educational messages and posted 80,674 social media messages throughout the state.

“Safeguarding Florida’s future through youth-focused programs and services is a key objective for law enforcement statewide. This goal has been achieved today by identifying and monitoring high-risk areas, issuing warnings and citations, and educating the public on the importance of school zone safety, ” said FSA President and Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper. “The implementation of this program highlights Florida sheriffs’ strong commitment to upholding the security of families and local communities in our state.”

The following are the specific totals numbers for Charlotte County:

  • 130 total traffic stops
  • 101 warnings issued
  • 76 citations issued
  • 4 total arrests

“Making sure our kids are safe when they are getting to and from school is of the utmost importance. We get a lot of calls from concerned parents about traffic flow in and around school zones, and I hope this operation alleviated some of those concerns. Regardless, we will continue to be diligent in our efforts to keep these areas, and all areas in Charlotte County, safe.”

Sheriff Bill Prummell

Operation Safe Kids contributes to two of the FSA business operations goals: To foster effective law enforcement and crime prevention for the public safety of the citizens and visitors of Florida and to protect Florida’s future by promoting public support of programs and services focused on the youth of our state. The 42 sheriffs’ offices that participated in the operation are from Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Flagler, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jackson, Lake, Lee, Leon, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Volusia, Wakulla, and Washington counties.

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