GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

As a father and a husband, I know the value of having my family in a safe and peaceful neighborhood. As your sheriff, I strive to make this goal a reality for not only my family, but for everyone in Broward County. This month, I will implement an agency-wide gun violence prevention program with the goal of reducing the level of violence in Broward County. This is not a short-term initiative but a new BSO philosophy.

This proactive program aims to remove illegal weapons from the streets and to impede illegal ownership of guns. Our deputies will be trained to spot, track and prevent gun crimes. New technology will be introduced to track and match shell casings to guns used in homicides and robberies. BSO districts will conduct extensive special operations to target gun “hot spots.” And through Crime Stoppers, rewards will now be made to callers who report people who have weapons illegally or who posses banned weapons.

The Crime Stoppers program, Gun Stoppers, will award up to $100 for the recovery of an illegal weapon and up to $1,000 for the arrest of someone carrying a gun illegally. To make a report, call (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or (866) 493-TIPS toll free. Remember, you will remain anonymous.

The Gun Violence Prevention program is a new philosophy to fight an old problem. As this new approach to gun violence becomes the norm at BSO, you will see things changing in your community. More deputies will patrol on bike and on foot. More traffic stops will be made to try to identify and prevent people who are transporting weapons. Please be patient and help in any way you can. Our mission is to make you and your family safer in Broward County.

Our innovative technology and special operations are only part of the solution. We need the public’s help. Deputies will be calling on students, parents, community leaders and organizations to do their part. Be observant, report crime and call Gun Stoppers. Broward County is your home as well as mine, and we should all play a part in protecting it.

Responsible gun ownership by law-abiding citizens is a right that we respect, but the time has come for us all to say no to violent criminals and their illegal weapons. Let’s take the guns out of their hands. We need to get illegal automatic weapons off our streets and put gun-wielding felons behind bars. I am confident that if we work together, Broward County will remain a safe place for all of our families.

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