Fort Myers, Florida Police Department removes 27-guns from city streets for the month of July.

The Fort Myers Police Department is cracking down on people…

The Fort Myers Police Department is cracking down on people who illegally carry firearms. Undercover vice and uniformed patrol removed 27-guns from city streets for the month of July. Operation Safe Neighborhood is a proactive approach to reduce crime and improve quality of life in the City of Fort Myers. The goal is to identify and arrest people that commit violent crimes and to arrest individuals who illegally possess firearms. In addition to gun interdiction the directed patrols have had positive results.

Chief Doug Baker unveiled the operation to several community leaders last year and says the anticrime effort couldn’t be possible without a partnership with the community. “The unit is enhanced by intelligence information from concerned citizens and informants. Tipsters can remain anonymous. Every illegal gun taken off our streets is one less gun that can be used against an innocent citizen, gun down an officer or carelessly end up in the hands of a child.” So far in 2010 police have removed 191 guns from City streets.

Source: WINK News.

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  • Eric

    John Lott in MORE GUNS, LESS CRIME (University of Chicago Press) found evidence to support the Chief’s assertion. Lott found arresting and convicting violent offenders and preventing violent offenders from possessing weapons significantly reduced crime. Armed citizens were a positive as well, but Lott found the most critical aspect was “arrest and conviction” of hard core offenders. Looks lie Ft. Meyers PD is in alignment with Lott’s findings.