Police make gang check

first_imgHe said 40 percent of probationers have been found to be in possession of weapons or drugs since the program’s inception. “It’s a crackdown on the gangs,” Antonovich said in front of a home authorities searched in the 1400 block of Jackman Street West. “We have an epidemic of gang activity… a warfare taking place. The ones we’re going after are those who are on probation and armed and are continuing their active membership in these gangs.” At the Jackman Street home, authorities arrested three men suspected of being gang members – two on parole violations and one on a probation violation – and seized a loaded firearm found in a room to which two young children had access, authorities said. The two children – ages 31/2 and 2 – were draped in blankets as sheriff’s deputies carried them into an unmarked car. The relationship between the adults and the children was not immediately known. “Being a parent myself, it’s very upsetting,” sheriff’s Lt. Randall Dickey said. “All you can do is try to calm them down, but seeing auntie, mom or dad being taken away is very difficult.” [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Antonovich initiated the DISARM program in the aftermath of a 1999 incident in which a white supremacist on probation went on a shooting rampage at a North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills and later shot a postal worker to death in nearby Chatsworth. Law enforcement officials targeted locations based on information that a probation violation existed, said Jack Sims, the Probation Department’s special enforcement operations director. A DISARM sweep earlier this month in Lynwood resulted in 36 arrests and the confiscation of $5.9 million in illegal drugs, an Antonovich aide said. “The objective is to keep (probationers) in the community, but if they’re not going to stay in compliance with the terms of their probation, then our whole focus through DISARM is to bring them back to court and hold them accountable,” Sims said. Antonovich said the program was borne out of the realization that probationers left to their own devices posed a significant threat to public safety. LANCASTER – Los Angeles County Probation Department officers were joined by sheriff’s deputies Monday in a sweep to check whether dozens of gang members on probation in the Antelope Valley were complying with court-ordered terms. Teams hit about 40 locations searching suspected gang members on probation for weapons and illegal drugs, of which possession constitutes a violation of probationary terms, authorities said. No results were available late Monday afternoon. The sweep was led by the Probation Department’s Developing Increased Safety through Arms Reduction Management or DISARM program. Law enforcement officials were joined by 5th District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich for part of the sweep. last_img read more