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Fort Myers police collect 32 guns through ‘Operation Safe Neighborhood’

By Staff | Apr 5, 2010

The Fort Myers Police Department is continuing its effort to crack down on people who illegally carry firearms.
Undercover vice and uniformed patrol removed 32 guns from city streets in March, officials said.
Operation Safe Neighborhood is a proactive approach to reduce crime and improve quality of life in the city of Fort Myers. The goal is to identify and arrest people that commit violent crimes and to arrest individuals who illegally possess firearms. In addition to gun interdiction the directed patrols also announce the following statistics:
– Citizen contacts 732
– Traffic stops 443
– Traffic tickets 324
– Arrests 59
– Felony charges 42
Chief Doug Baker unveiled the operation to several community leaders last year and says the anticrime effort couldn’t be possible without a partnership with the community.
“The unit is enhanced by intelligence information from concerned citizens and informants. Tipsters can remain anonymous. Every illegal gun taken off our streets is one less gun that can be used against an innocent citizen, gun down an officer or carelessly end up in the hands of a child,” he said in a prepared statement.
So far in 2010 police have removed 71 guns from Fort Myers streets.

Source: City of Fort Myers