Published: Oct 04, 2010 8:49 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 04, 2010 5:50 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Fort Myers Police Department is cracking down on people who illegally carry firearms. Undercover vice and uniformed patrol removed 22-guns from city streets for the month of September. 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 positive results:

879 Citizen Contacts

466 Traffic Stops

404 Traffic Tickets

59 Arrests

37 Felony Charges

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 229 guns from City streets.