A total of 88 sexual predator suspects who allegedly targeted Colorado children have been arrested as part of a two-month law enforcement operation, which netted 1,700 suspects nationwide.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force led the state’s operation, which included 90 law enforcement agencies, according to a news release.

“Operation Broken Heart” was carried out in April and May, part of the DOJ’s nationally coordinated, annual effort in pursuing child pornographers, child sex offenders and those engaged in child sex trafficking, authorities said.

The Colorado Springs Police Department, the lead agency in the state operation, made 23 of the 88 arrests of online child sex offenders, police said.

Operation Broken Heart includes a public information and awareness component — CSPD connected with more than 500 youth and adults through education events over the two months.

“Every year, we are proud to take part in this operation and believe it is necessary that we continually take proactive steps in protecting children,” said Chief Vince Niski, CSPD.  “Because of the hard work put in by all 90 law enforcement agencies over the last two months, the streets of Colorado are that much safer.”

Nationally, 61 ICAC task forces, located in all 50 states and made up of more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, investigated more than 18,500 complaints of technology-facilitated crimes targeting children and delivered more than 2,150 presentations on internet safety to over 201,000 youth and adults, a DOJ news release said.

Task forces across the country identified 308 suspects who produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, and 357 children who suffered recent or ongoing sexual abuse or who were exploited through child pornography.