Okaloosa officials among agencies targeting Escambia sex offenders

Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 at 17:30 PM.

Operation FASTER is the first effort placing emphasis on the capture of just sex offenders.

The U.S. Marshals adopted such interagency teamwork in the early 1980s, when it combined resources and expertise in fugitive apprehension.

"The officers that work these operations live in the communities they serve,” Commander Frank Chiumento, who oversees the task force, said. “Professionally, they feel they have an obligation to the community.

“Personally, they want their neighbors and their families to feel safe — and they are doing something about it."

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