Operation S.T.A.R.T. nets 88 arrests in Oakland Park; 3,500+ in two years.
Earlier this year, Oakland Park city officials asked Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne to bring BSO’s highly successful Operation S.T.A.R.T. (Sheriff’s Targeted Anti-Crime Response Team) to their city to get drug dealers and violent criminals off the streets. Since its launch in the city in June, 88 arrests have been made, many involving trafficking in illegal narcotics.,Among the street and mid level dealers taken off the streets of Oakland Park were felons with violent criminal histories of aggravated assault, armed robbery, sexual assault, kidnapping and burglary. Five of the dope dealers have been identified as gang members and are responsible for violent robberies in Ft. Lauderdale, Wilton Manors and Oakland Park. Three others had been previously been charged with murder.,“Operation S.T.A.R.T. gives communities a fresh start, getting drug dealers off the streets and making neighborhoods safer for the residents who take pride in their communities,” said Sheriff Jenne. “Once again, BSO and the community have successfully worked together to drive crime rates down.”,Since BSO began patrolling the streets of Oakland Park in August of 2000, crimes like murder, forcible sex, robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft are down 36.6%. The effects of Operation S.T.A.R.T. in Oakland Park are quite evident. Comparing August 2001 to the same month this year (when S.T.A.R.T. was most active in arrests) those same crimes are down more than 41%.,Operation S.T.A.R.T. has also worked with Oakland Park Code Enforcement to help force the clean up of 62 lots littered with trash, to remove 53 derelict vehicles, and to identify 92 residential property violations, 12 code violations, 7 abandoned homes, and 5 occupational license violations.,The operation’s success is a result of valuable partnerships with Oakland Park city officials, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the State Attorney’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.,Since Sheriff Jenne initiated S.T.A.R.T. in September 2000, 3,530 arrests have been made in other BSO jurisdictions throughout Broward County in connection with the program.
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