Law Enforcement Programs

Previous Task Force Operations

Operation Pill Drop 2016. This four-week initiative, conducted October 16 through November 12, 2016, encouraged citizens to properly and safely dispose of unwanted medications from their households that could otherwise be potentially dangerous if acquired by children or adults, while also providing an environmentally safe alternative to medication disposal. Through this effective fall operation, the Florida sheriffs were successful in taking more than 6,600 pounds (3.3 tons) of prescription drugs during that time span.

Operation Predator 2016. This four-week initiative, conducted February through March, aimed to verifiy the addresses sexual predators/offenders and serve arrest warrants for related sex crimes. The operation was resulted in 1,4709 sexual predator address verifications, 19 arrested or charged for registration violations; 112 arrested or charged for registration violations; 9,119 address verifications; 61 related warrents served through arrests; and 62 ancilalry arrests. See county totals

Operation Safe Schools 2015. This four-week initiative aimed to reduce pedestrian injuries due to traffic infractions in school zones and increase students’ safety. The operation was successful in raising awareness for traffic safety and in reminding drivers of the importance of safe driving.

Operation Dry Spring 2015, conducted from March 16 - April 12, 2015, focused on preventing underage youth from purchasing and using alcohol, tobacco and various forms of synthetic drugs. The operation monitored retail sales establishments for the sale of alcohol, tobacco, and synthetic drugs to underage persons. The operation resulted in 2,070 arrests across 28 counties.

Operation Safe Steps, conducted October 24 - November 20, 2014, involved proactive traffic enforcement in areas where pedestrian traffic is most dense. The operation focused on pedestrian safety with the goal of reducing pedestrian injuries and deaths resulting from traffic crashes. The operation produced tremendous results including: 6,847 pedestrian warnings; 222 pedestrian citations; 8,247 motorist warnings; and 6,763 motorist citations.

Take Safe Steps PSA - The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and Community Service Media has developed the following PSA that you can use to help promote pedestrian safety during this operation. You can download this video file or you can contact Jewel Aardema at or 813-235-6745. 

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Pedestrian Safety Card - The Florida Sheriffs Task Force has created a palm card you can print and hand out to pedestrians and motorists you warn or give citations to during the operation. File is print ready.
Front Page of Operation Safe Steps Palm Card     Back Page of Operation Safe Steps Palm Card

Operation Cyber Vigilance, conducted March 19–July 20, 2014, targeted individuals who chat with “minors” online for the purpose of meeting them and engaging them in sexual activity. The four-month joint initiative netted 132 arrests and 282 arrest charges. 

Operation Safe Families, conducted October 13–November 9, 2013, targeted domestic violence. The four-week long operation targeted individuals with outstanding warrants for domestic violence and writs of bodily attachments for non-support, which are used to bring in individuals who have failed to pay child support. The operation resulted in 5,544 arrests.

Operation Dry Spring was conducted from March 4–April 7, 2013. This statewide operation coincided with spring break with the purpose of protecting youth and other visitors from the effects of alcohol and controlled substance abuse. Thirty seven counties participated, resulting in 5,016 arrests. This included: 3,439 arrests for alcohol possession by persons under 21 years of age; seizure of 5,530 grams of marijuana; and confiscation of 12,913 grams of synthetic drugs, 41 grams of meth and 103 grams of cocaine.

Operation Felon Sweep was conducted over a three-week period in October 2012. The operation involved a statewide roundup of outstanding felony warrants and resulted in approximately 12,000 felony arrests. These included: 44 for homicide, 29 for attempted homicide, 386 for aggravated battery, 408 for aggravated assault and 141 for robbery.

Cyber Sexual Predator Initiative, conducted in early summer 2012, this six-week series involved five counties and was the most successful to date, netting 119 arrests of male predators who engaged in a sex offense with a minor.