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BSO TARGETING THE “W.O.W.” CRIMINALS

News Conference
3 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Public Safety Building
2601 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

 

Research shows the most violent crimes are committed by a small group of criminals. Some statistics suggest six percent of hardened criminals commit 70 percent of the violent offenses. In February 2013, Sheriff Scott Israel formally established the Violent Intervention Proactive Enforcement Response (V.I.P.E.R.) Unit to focus on tracking down Broward’s most violent criminals.
 

V.I.P.E.R. was formed by merging two former units, the Street Crimes Unit and Gun Squad. The new proactive enforcement unit utilizes intelligence-led policing (ILP) and numerous investigative techniques to accomplish its mission to “target, track, investigate, and apprehend Broward County’s most violent criminals.”
 

V.I.P.E.R. is staffed with nine detectives and one sergeant who investigate the worst of the worst, or the “W.O.W.” criminals, as they call them. By the end of July, the unit made 301 arrests (of which 204 were felony arrests) and seized 35 firearms, $37,000 of drug money and a significant quantity of narcotics. Additionally, V.I.P.E.R. is a regional asset assisting other units and agencies with tracking down murder suspects, bank robbers, escaped criminals and numerous others. The unit works closely with BSO’s Criminal Investigations Division as well as district office detectives.
 

THIS REPORT BY:
Veda Coleman-Wright - PIO August 27, 2013

 

 

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