The operation began at approximately 6 a.m. when 14 teams totaling more than 120 Sheriff’s personnel fanned out across the Antelope Valley, conducting compliance searches of individuals released from State Prison, on either Parole or the PSP program, through Assembly Bill AB-109.
The search operation included teams from the Department’s COPS Bureau, both Lancaster and Palmdale Stations, Narcotics Bureau and two booking teams from the Inmate Reception Center.
In all, 54 locations were identified for search throughout the Antelope Valley.
One individual was arrested for being a “Parolee at Large”, meaning he had not complied with the terms and conditions of his early release program.
The Sheriff’s Department set their command post, a 45-foot trailer, from the Emergency Operations Bureau at the Lancaster Metro-Link Station’s overflow parking lot. The command post is fully self-contained, with radios, computers and televisions. The command post is used for operations, such as the one conducted Wednesday, as well as large scale fires and floods.
The sweep was another operation conducted under the umbrella of the Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiatives (AVCFI). This program, developed in 2007, coordinates various resources from the Sheriff’s Department and other agencies, and attacks criminal behavior on a regional level throughout the Antelope Valley.
When asked about the frequency of operations, Lieutenant Larry Gregg replied, “Our plan is to schedule as many of these large scale operations as possible throughout the coming year. The advantage of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is we have numerous resources available to us for these types of operations.”
In the past month, approximately 130 searches and 70 arrests have occurred through operations conducted by the AVCFI, Gregg said.
The community is encouraged to take an active role in enhancing the safety of the Antelope Valley, sheriff’s officials said. Residents can do this by starting a Neighborhood Watch program, joining the Volunteer on Patrol program or contacting their local stations anytime they witness or suspect a crime has occurred.
To provide this information directly to the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, call 661-272-2400. To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.