ANTELOPE VALLEY – A multi-agency law enforcement sweep of various locations – including Quartz Hill, Lancaster and Palmdale — resulted in 26 arrests for probation violations, drugs, weapons, and child endangerment.
The following is the press release from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Bureau:
On Wednesday morning, May 23, 2012, a probation compliance sweep was conducted by the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Bureau within North Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrol areas of Lancaster, Palmdale and Santa Clarita in an effort to stem crime.
The operation resulted in the arrest of 26 persons for probation violations, weapons, child endangerment, immigration violations and various felony narcotics.
Approximately 150 law enforcement officers searched 96 locations.
Arrests for narcotics included “Possession for Sales” of Tar Heroin, Mushrooms, Ecstasy and Methamphetamine at various locations.
Personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Bureau, the Los Angeles County Probation Departments Developing Increased Safety Through Arms Reduction Management (DISARM) Team [and] the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services’ Multi-Agency Response Team (MART) conducted a joint operation, with locations ranging from Littlerock, Newhall, Quartz Hill, Lancaster, Palmdale, Saugus, Canyon Country, Valencia and Santa Clarita searching for probationers who are not in compliance with their probation status.
Prior to the operation, the locations and individuals subject to search [were] identified by the Sheriff’s Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Bureau and Probation Department.
Sheriff’s Department COPS Bureau Captain Robert Tubbs said, “Operations such as this show what interagency cooperation can accomplish. The probation and Sheriff’s Departments, along with Department of Children and Family Services’ MART team have done numerous operations of this type and all have been successful. These operations are important to ensure probationers are complying with the conditions of their early release from custody program. ”
Although this is not the first of these types of operations, Captain Tubbs said that because of the success of these operations it definitely will not be the last and other operations are in the planning stages.
The Los Angeles County Department of Family and Children Services’ MART was present for the operation to ensure that any children found to be in probationers homes were not at risk due to criminal activity in their homes and/or any other potentially neglectful or abusive situations.
In total, 8 investigations were opened for continued follow-up services.
Funding for the operation came from Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who funds several of these operations each year within the Fifth District of the County of Los Angeles.