CREATED Jun. 8, 2013
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - With Charlotte County's oldest neighborhood being threatened by crime, the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is cracking down.
Sheriff Bill Prummell said his office launched "Operation Parkside" two weeks ago to decrease crime in the Parkside area.
Parkside resident Joanne Mulvaney said she is happy law enforcement has stepped up. She stated "We had a lot of drug activity a lot of drinking in this park here, drinking sun up to sun down. A lot Of felons called this place home so I did not feel safe at all."
But thanks to "Operation Parkside," things are starting to change.
Sheriff Bill Prummell said during the operation, his office made more than 40 drug arrests and more than 20 traffic arrests.
The community celebrated the operation's success this weekend with a "Team Parkside" event. Law enforcement invited residents to McGuire Park to meet the groups responsible for the revitalization.
The event had food and games, as well as stations set up by the Sheriff's Office's SWAT team, K-9 Unit, Dive Team, Traffic Unit, Marine Unit and Mounted Patrol Unit.
The Port Charlotte Library, Charlotte County EMS, Parks and Natural Resources and 4H volunteers also set up stations to answer questions.
Sheriff Prummell said, "It's a partnership, it's not just the Sheriff's Office that's going to be able to do this alone, we need the community."