Report card: Lancaster Station’s specialized teams

Photo courtesy Lancaster Station.

LANCASTER – Lancaster Station’s three specialized teams have had a busy year so far.

In the first six months of the year, the teams took down nine separate burglary rings, made 520 arrests, recovered stolen property totaling more than a quarter of a million dollars, and solved 73 separate robbery crimes,  according to a report released Thursday by Lancaster Station spokesman Michael Rust.

Burglary Suppression Team

From January to June, Lancaster Station’s Burglary Suppression Team made 242 arrests and served 55 search warrants and 83 arrest warrants, Rust said.

Several of the suspects arrested were involved in nine separate “burglary rings” operating in the Antelope Valley.

The Burglary Suppression Team also recovered 33 firearms, three stolen vehicles and stolen property valued at approximately $272,000.

Robbery Suppression Team

During the first six months of the year, Lancaster Station’s Robbery Suppression Team arrested 96 suspects and served 7 search warrants.

Based on this, they were able to solve 73 separate robbery crimes, Rust said.

Parolee Compliance Team

The new Parolee Compliance Team has conducted 315 compliance checks so far.

In response to California’s “Prison Re-alignment” program (AB109), which created a class of parolees to be supervised by the county, the sheriff’s department created “Parolee Compliance Teams” to assist with monitoring the parolees, who are now referred to as Post-release Supervised Persons (PSPs).

Since the re-alignment program began on October 1, 2011, the total number of PSPs living in Lancaster Station’s patrol area has grown to 332.

During that same time frame, the Parolee Compliance Team, working with Lancaster Station’s TOP/CORE deputies, have conducted 28 special operations, 315 compliance checks, 68 address verifications and 33 “no show” checks.

The operations and compliance checks have resulted in 182 arrests and the seizure of 13 firearms.

Many of the PSPs have been arrested multiple times since the program began, and all the arrests were for new crimes or “fresh charges,” Rust said.

Lancaster Station will continue to actively monitor the PSPs, as well as all other parolee and probationers living in the area, to ensure that they are in compliance with the terms of their release; and specialized units will continue to aggressively pursue those who choose to commit crimes, said Lancaster Station Captain Bob Jonsen.


  32 comments for “Report card: Lancaster Station’s specialized teams

  1. High desert Jim
    August 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Well done Sheriff’s Deputies. Please Keep the pressure on the Evil Doers in the Valley. Make it same for our children.
    Peace and Love

  2. Stinger
    July 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Okay, I see a lot of stats involving arrests made. How many of these had viable convictions for the crime the individual was arrested for?

    • CaptainObvious
      July 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Let me school you a bit here Stinker. The DA rejects cases on a daily basis. However, in most cases brought to them by detectives, charges are filed. The exceptions are domestic violence cases, where the “victim” calls 911, wastes police time, only to backpedal 5 minutes later, or the next day, or 2 weeks later in court. (“I didn’t want him to go to jail..I just wanted you to make him stop!!!”) Lots of those are rejected. In some cases, the DA sends the detective back to do more work. In other cases, the evidence ‘is what it is’ and there are no more facts or witnesses available. The DA’s office files cases they believe they have a 99.9% chance of getting a conviction. Many times the DA agrees that the guy is worthy of charges being filed, but if it doesn’t meet the 99.9% they decline to file charges. The good news about a case being rejected is, the piece of crap spent at least 2 days in jail waiting for his court date. Kicking down the doors of 60+ bad guys’ homes, and getting 33 guns out of the hands of ghetto rats is a good thing. Even if they skate this time, they’ll be back, and they also know the cops are watching them. With any luck they’ll hop on the felony flyer and head southbound…and stay down there! Your comment seems to imply the cops are somehow making things up to arrest guys. Trust me, the bad guys are dumb and plentiful enough on their own, the cops don’t need to make it up. In the cases of warrants, judges have already signed on the dotted line that there’s enough evidence to kick a door down, or bring a thug to jail. Someone in your family with a criminal history Stinker??

      • ed
        July 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

        WOW! To, Obviously not a captain: What school did you go to?
        Last time I looked we were still in the U.S.A., where you are innocent until proven guilty. If kicking down 60 doors and finding 30 guns is your idea of “is a good thing” try Syria.
        The signiture of a Judge on a Warrent is very specific on what the officer can do and Judges do not give instructions like “kick in the door”

      • Stinger
        July 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm

        CaptainOblivious, your law enforcement credentials are even less impressive than if you had gotten them from a “Cracker Jack” box. I know quite a bit more about this subject than you think.

    • Quigley
      July 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Really Stinger this is all you have to say? Maybe you should volunteer with one of these specialized teams and get your toes wet…just be sure and stay close to a deputy when they go a knockin cuz you miggt get bit!

      • abdul majeed askia
        July 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

        I hold rhe view rhat we live in the best and worst of times. Rhe worst because of rhe mental break down and confusion that exist in due to a sense of direction and purpose in life beyond materialism and satisfying the lower or base desires lust greed fun and fantasy. There was a time the reason we wanted to be dotors lawyers ministers business men and women was to serve humanity and make the world a better place. Now ita all about the almighty dollar. Even the preacherss put money and fame above service. Las enforcement cannot stop mental break down and or social decadencer .there is no one size fit all approach/ we need the seers and visionaries to step up. The church mosque synagogue s

      • Stinger
        July 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm

        Quigley, you clearly have no education on this subject. It is well established fact in any law enforcement academy and college under the Peelian Principles of Law Enforcement (number 9, to be specific), that, “The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.”

        Lots of arrests makes for great sound bites, but mean little unless compared to the end results (i.e.: actual convictions).

        Simply put, we’re looking at the wrong stats to make a reasonable judgement call… And any good commanding officer should know that.

        • abdul majeed askia
          July 29, 2012 at 1:29 am

          Ladies and gentelmen i have been to the bottom of the pit.i like many others have bitten the forbidden fruit. I have lived on all levels of the society among the rich and the poor,the siddy aNd the vulgar and here to tell you all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of god. I like paul in the bible may have been the chief sinner among you. However, i must confess like paul our righteousness is like flity rages because we are allowing ourselves to be resuced to the level of animals. We live in agreat country country wiith the greatest opportunities in the world..To stop crime will take collectivee consciousness, collective will. Not more laws and rules. A greater sense of self and humanity.

        • Knee Gus Paleez
          July 31, 2012 at 6:56 am

          LOL…Stinger, it’s obvious you “know quite a bit more” than the cops commenting here……NOT!
          Keep reading about how policing “should be” from your book at UAV! In the meantime, I will support our cops getting the ghetto rats off our streets.

          • Stinger
            July 31, 2012 at 7:31 am

            So, you don’t care whether they are effective or not, just so long as you see them running around arresting people, eh?

            Maybe YOU should be reading a book or two on the subject before you make such ridiculous comments under a clearly racist nom de plume.

          • Knee Gus Paleez
            July 31, 2012 at 9:13 am

            Instead of reading another book by some hug-a-thug author,maybe you should stick your head into one of our local courtrooms. On a daily basis, you will see these thugs pleading no contest. Funny, but just days befor pleading, the thug’s family was screaming “racism” “he’s innocent” “dirty cops.” Only to plead out a few days or weeks later. For the most part, I’d say that’s effective.

          • Stinger
            July 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm

            “Hug a thug authors?” It is clear that you are not familiar with the books chosen for criminal justice instruction for either universities nor academies.

            It is also clear that you are not familiar with how our criminal justice system actually works on a day to day basis.

            In fact, it is eminently clear that you are not here to further the discussion, but to hijack it with silly comments and ad hominems. Let us know when you are ready to discuss the question as an adult, then we’ll try again. Until then, go do some research.

          • Knee Gus Paleez
            July 31, 2012 at 3:57 pm

            I guess I struck a nerve about your UAV education Stinker! So you are seriously going to compare ideas compiled by a guy in the 1800’s, in England, with what’s going on in SoCal currently, and say that’s how it “should be? If you have a link to a site showing any police academies in this state actually teach his ideas, please post it. Otherwise, poke your head into a courtroom like I suggested, and see all the hood rats pleading guilty or no contest. That fact rarely makes it into the paper or this site.

          • Stinger
            July 31, 2012 at 5:11 pm

            Your intentionally self-enforced ignorance is truly breathtaking.

            You are done.

        • Quigley
          July 31, 2012 at 8:06 am

          Stinger you are right I know nothing about your “#9” however, I do know that the AV is infested with thugs & crime including a list of gangs you have probably

          • Quigley
            July 31, 2012 at 8:13 am

            never knew existed. The AV has turned in to an area that the criminals all know is a great place to attack because we don’t have the resources to keep up. If every door that gets the knock has something to hide then to damn bad for them. I won’t get that knock becau

          • Quigley
            July 31, 2012 at 8:27 am

            because I am not a criminal. If the teams sit back and do nothing we better pack our bags and get the hell out of dodge cuz it will be a war of gangs.

          • Stinger
            July 31, 2012 at 5:27 pm

            Quigley, it is not MY number 9, it is from Sir Robert Peel, the man who formed the first municipal police department. His Peelian Principles of Law Enforcement are required reading in every professional criminal justice education continuum, from universities to academies.

            My point remains, in spite of the howls of protests from the well meaning apologists and the various ad hominems from the ill meaning trolls. We are looking at only half the story here: the front end of how many arrests were made, etc. Without seeing the final results of all of that hard work, we can not truly determine how effective all that work has been.

            This is NOT a dig against the fine sheriff’s deputies’ work. A review of the effectiveness of any given team and/or program is necessary to determine if the right path is being taken and whether changes can or should be made to improve said effectiveness.

          • Quigley
            July 31, 2012 at 5:53 pm

            Stinger here we are again. When you become a victim of one of the doors that didn’t get kicked, and by the way those odds are worth betting on, you just might think differently and set aside your books. The AV is a war zone of thugs and I for one commend our law enforcement for trying to make a dent in it. Maybe you should stand in line at the court house…just watch your back.

          • Stinger
            July 31, 2012 at 7:12 pm

            So… Let us look at the logic that you presented here: Because you were (presumably by your statement), a victim of a crime, then all considerations of personal rights for EVERYBODY are now forfeit, allowing for law enforcement to kick in any and everybody’s doors with the automatic presumption of guilt, and law enforcement has no reason to consider if their programs and teams are effective in curbing crime or not.

            That sound about right?

          • CaptainObvious
            July 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm

            “kick in any and everybody’s doors”?
            No, just the ones where the FACTS have been presented to a judge, and he signs a WARRANT, which gives the cops the right to kick the door of the ghetto dwellers. Not “everyone’s” door, just the crook’s.

          • Quigley
            July 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm

            Thanks Captain for an explanation Stinger might actually get. Stinger I doubdt anyone will knock on your door….unless your name & address are in the system??

          • Stinger
            July 31, 2012 at 7:38 pm

            And how do we know that this was factually correct and that we got the right guy without having the benefit of the final information of a conviction?

          • CaptainObvious
            July 31, 2012 at 7:48 pm

            Like the poster above said, why don’t you go to the courthouse, go to the DA’s office, and ask them what their conviction rate is. If it is low, then maybe that would signal a problem with the cases. I’m guessing it’s high. The police may not even have that stat, because most cases are settled without the cops even being present. On a side note, you never answered the poster above when he asked for a list of academies that teach the Peelian theory. I know LASD does not. Not sure about LAPD. It sounds warm and fuzzy,perfect for a criminal justice class, but it’s from the 1800’s and from a country where most of the cops don’t even carry guns. I’m sure Mr. Peel didn’t have in mind the AV clientele when he came up with it!

          • Stinger
            July 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm

            Again, you were so busy attacking me that you didn’t pay attention to the question at hand. What are the conviction rates for these specific teams’ arrests? Without this specific information we can not fairly judge the effectiveness of these teams’ endeavors.

            The numerous ingracious comments made by various respondents here show a marked failure to grasp that this question is a simple case of logic and not political in nature.

          • CaptainObvious
            July 31, 2012 at 8:02 pm

            Can you even read English Stinker? I didn’t attack you…I told you exactly where to go to get the stats you’re so worried about!

          • Stinger
            July 31, 2012 at 8:31 pm

            No, CaptainOblivious, you did not. You merely bloviated about asking the DA about general stats on conviction rates, while presuming knowledge of the instruction in LASD academies which I very much doubt that you have (expecially since they do, indeed, teach a limited amount of history – including Peelian Theory).

            I find it peculiar that such an innocuous question regarding statistics would cause so many people such discomfort as to require such ingracious responses.

          • Knee Gus Paleez
            August 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm

            Sooooooo……we’ll all take that as a NO, you don’t have any info any law enforcement agencies in California teach these outdated ideas. Now YOU’RE done!

  3. July 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    ‘s’me again. one of ur old LA Co. cooks.not paid or volunteered! chosen, when i decided 2 violate my parole. 30ish years later, i’ve had the honor of sharing some of ur traing clips 2 law and emerg. responders, as well as training k9s and handlers. and initiating a CERT program for stone co. , mo. who by the way, responded 2 joplins’ tornado. i hope i’m bragging on our ppl and committment level, which i first experianced with law enforcement n urs’ and orange co.. i luv n pray for u’all on a pretty reg basis. b safe n God keep u

    • Mike B.
      July 31, 2012 at 12:10 am

      Great job Tracy. I would like to see L.A.S.O. in the Antelope Valley improve on their Community Policing. However, I have a feeling Mayor Parris likes things just the way they are.

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