Published: Jan 25, 2011 7:52 PM EST
Updated: Jan 25, 2011 4:52 PM EST

FORT MYERS- More than 1,000 handguns, shotguns, rifles and semi-automatic weapons are off City streets because of a Fort Myers Police Department initiative “Operation Safe Neighborhood”. The proactive approach to reduce crime and improve quality of life in the City of Fort Myers began in 2008. Undercover vice and uniformed patrol have removed 1,013 guns in three years. The task force assigned to the operation works 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 had positive results:
20,604 Citizen Contacts
12,951 Traffic Stops
7,581 Traffic Tickets
1,759 Arrests
1,430 Felony Charges
“It’s about education, prevention and enforcement” said Chief Doug Baker. “We want to be accessible and approachable in an effort to reduce crime.” Chief Baker unveiled the operation at its start to several community leaders 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.”