Published: Mar 07, 2011 8:57 PM EST
Updated: Mar 07, 2011 5:57 PM EST

LEE COUNTY- The Fort Myers Police Department is cracking down on people who illegally carry firearms.

Undercover vice and uniformed patrol removed 19 guns from city streets during the month of February.

Operation Safe Neighborhood is a proactive approach to reduce crime and improve quality of life in the City of Fort Myers. The goal of the task force 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: 870 Citizen Contacts; 282 Traffic Stops; 270 Traffic Tickets; 43 Arrests; and 42 Felony Charges.

Chief Doug Baker unveiled the operation to several community leaders in 2008 and says the anti-crime effort couldn’t be possible without a partnership with the community.

“The unit is enhanced by intelligence information from concerned citizens and informants," Chief Baker said. "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.”

Police have removed 32 guns from City streets so far in 2011.

Tipsters can remain anonymous.