A warrant sweep nabbed 58 alleged offenders as Prince George’s County sheriff’s deputies initiated “Operation Broken Heart,” which was a concentrated effort to close outstanding domestic violence warrants.

The operation led to 58 total arrests with 33 of those arrests coming against alleged domestic violence offenders, said Deputy K. Wade, Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Officers attempted to serve warrants at about 120 addresses in Prince George’s County and about 30 addresses in Washington, D.C., with the assistance of U.S. Marshals and Maryland State Police, Wade said.

Wade did not wish to give his full name for security reasons. The sweep took place Feb. 25 and Feb. 26.

Domestic violence is an important focus for the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office as it handles the county’s domestic violence 911 calls and issues protective orders, Wade said.

County government has made domestic violence a priority as well, making a concentrated effort to decrease domestic violence by promoting the 211 phone number, a hotline for county government services, and creating a special domestic violence investigation unit for the Prince George’s County Police Department. Domestic violence has increased from 908 incidents in 2011 to 1,238 incidents in 2012, according to the 2012 Maryland Uniform Crime Report.

The sheriff’s office holds these sweeps once sheriffs and partner agencies have collected enough information to serve the warrant, Wade said.



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