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County’s Code Enforcement kicks off fight against criminal graffiti

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image The fight against criminal graffiti has taken a turn toward the positive with the County’s new Anti-Graffiti Unit which cleans up buildings, signs, walls, etc., where gangs have placed their mark on public or private property.

TAMPA — Hillsborough County Code Enforcement officers recently launched their new Anti-Graffiti Unit to clean up gang graffiti in parts of eastern Hillsborough County.
The team cleaned and painted over graffiti on houses located on property on Holloway Road near Plant City. The crew also successfully cleaned graffiti from Tampa Electric Company poles and county road signs as well.

The new anti-graffiti truck was purchased through a state justice assistance grant, with no county tax dollars being spent. The project emphasizes the Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative (CAGI) partnership which includes Code Enforcement, Hillsborough County Criminal Justice, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Tampa Police Department; Florida Department of Law Enforcement, along with several federal agencies including the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, the FBI and ATF.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies accompanied Code Enforcement today with the Anti-Graffiti Unit. The sheriff’s office and Code Enforcement partner in the fight against criminal gang activity.

To report graffiti, call Code Enforcement at 813-274-6600 or call the Sheriff’s Office at 1-877-GANGOUT.

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