OPERATION BULLSEYE II TARGETS ILLEGAL FIREARMS
DATE: June 6, 2012 PIO NUMBER: 12-6-5
The Broward Sheriff’s Office Gun Squad took aim at firearms violators for a second time during phase two of last year’s successful Operation Bullseye. From March to May, the unit arrested 31 firearms violators and confiscated 30 illegally-owned guns.
OPERATION BULLSEYE SHOW & TELL
3:15 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012
Public Safety Building
2601 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
“The guns by themselves aren’t dangerous,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said. “But when they are in the hands of convicted felons, it’s a different story. BSO will not let up on firearms violators. I am proud of the hard work of everyone involved in Operation Bullseye II.”
Sheriff Lamberti created the Gun Squad in 2009 to reduce the number of illegally-used guns on the streets of Broward County. It is composed of four detectives, one sergeant and one crime analyst. This year, it has seized 137 firearms.
Several years ago, Crime Stoppers of Broward County and BSO formed the Gun Stoppers program in an effort to remove illegal weapons from Broward County before they can be used to commit crimes. Crime Stoppers will pay $100 for the recovery of an illegal weapon and up to $1000 for the arrest of a person in possession of the illegal gun in a public place.
To report anonymous tips to the Gun Stoppers program, call (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or report information online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org.
Media note: The firearms seized in Operation Bullseye II will be on display at 3:15 p.m. Thursday. Sheriff Lamberti and BSO Gun Squad Sgt. Ted Taranu will be available to talk about the operation.
This report by
Dani Moschella /PIO