Published: Apr 02, 2013 4:22 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 53 guns from city streets during the first quarter of the year.

"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 the following results:

4,412 Citizen Contacts

739 Traffic Stops

543 Traffic Tickets

242 Arrests

199 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,” said Chief Baker.