Published: Aug 02, 2011 8:55 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 02, 2011 7:55 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 28-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. A 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 have had positive results:

1244 Citizen Contacts

457 Traffic Stops

397 Traffic Tickets

92 Arrests

64 Felony Charges

Chief Doug Baker unveiled the operation to community leaders in 2008 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.”  Police have removed 164 guns from City streets so far in 2011.