The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office today announced the results of “Operation Red Flag,” a crime reduction initiative designed to enhance the safety of local citizens.
Using Intelligence to Action (I2A), the agency’s intelligence led policing model, deputies developed a proactive plan to deter crime in north Sarasota County, particularly near 17th Street and Lockwood Ridge Road north to University Parkway and unincorporated areas to the west, where a number of burglaries were occurring.
The operation included the arrest of three teenagers – who upon further investigation were ultimately connected to at least 28 vehicle burglaries, two auto thefts and the fraudulent use of a credit card. In all, the results of Operation Red Flag included:
- 53 Arrests
- 126 Criminal Charges (76 Felonies/50 Misdemeanors)
- 249 Traffic Citations/8 Notices to Appear
The arrest history of these offenders is of great concern. The 53 people arrested have 418 prior felony charges and 487 misdemeanors. Only a quarter of those cases resulted in convictions, and while some of these subjects served jail time, only eight of the 53 people arrested have ever been sentenced to state prison for their crimes.
“Our system of intelligence gathering and data analysis gives us the ability to rapidly respond to an increase in reported crimes,” said Sheriff Tom Knight.
“Because crime is transitory in nature, we will continue to use special operations, directed patrols and community oriented policing to deter or displace high-risk individuals and prolific offenders where and when the need arises to keep the citizens of Sarasota County safe and preserve the quality of life they expect.”