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OPERATION S.T.A.R.T. A SUCCESS IN OAKLAND PARK

Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne announces the latest victory from Operation S.T.A.R.T. as the Sheriff’s Targeted Anti-Crime Response Team (S.T.A.R.T.) wraps up four months of action in Oakland Park. Since the Sheriff initiated S.T.A.R.T. in September 2000, 3,530 arrests have been made in connection with the program.

After receiving complaints from residents, Oakland Park city officials asked Sheriff Jenne to bring S.T.A.R.T. to their city to get drug dealers and violent criminals off the streets as part of the city’s campaign to improve the quality of life of its residents. Sheriff Jenne gave the order and in June of this year, the team got to work.

Following four months of Operation S.T.A.R.T. in Oakland Park, Sheriff Jenne is pleased to announce the arrests of 88 people, many involved in trafficking illegal narcotics. Among the street and mid level dealers taken off the streets, 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.

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. is more than getting dangerous felons off the streets. In cooperation with Oakland Park Code Enforcement, Operation S.T.A.R.T. helped force the clean up of 62 lots littered with trash and the removal of 53 derelict vehicles, 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.

Operation S.T.A.R.T. will continue to keep an eye on Oakland Park and the four other BSO jurisdictions where it has already had success. Team members are also gearing up for patrols in the next target area.

Sheriff Jenne will personally unveil the results of Operation S.T.A.R.T. during a public gathering at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2002 in the Prospect Gardens area of Oakland Park at NW 42nd Street and NW 5th Avenue.

Planning to join the Sheriff today will be Oakland Park Vice Mayor Don Migliore, Oakland Park Commissioners Layne Dallet Walls and Caryl R. Stevens, Oakland Park Community Development Director Jo Godfrey, BSO Citizen Observer Patrol volunteer Reverend Jose Rodriquez, and city resident Jim Overman. From the Drug Enforcement Administration will be Group Supervisor Mark Bumar. From the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will be Special Agent Supervisor Duane Little and Agent Audrey Jones.

This release by Hugh Graf / Media Relations

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