Schwarzenegger announces largest parole sweep in Los Angeles

14:39, August 27, 2010      

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Law enforcement agencies arrested 77 parolees and confiscated about four dozen weapons in Los Angeles in what was described as the largest parole sweep in the city, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced on Thursday.

The sweep, codenamed Operation Disarm, targeted about 300 high profile parolees for illegal activity in both the city and the county, the governor said.

"If they break the law, we're going to go after them," Schwarzenegger said. "It's that simple."

Nearly 1,000 officers from 17 federal, state and local agencies worked together in the surprise sweep early Thursday morning.

Preliminary results from Operation Disarm indicate that 77 parolees were arrested, 21 weapons, over 150 rounds of ammunition and drugs, including marijuana and cocaine, and drug paraphernalia were confiscated, as well as 11 children were taken into protective custody.

The goal of the operation was to focus on parolees with felony convictions for weapons possessions and parolees with gang affiliations, and return any violators back to custody, Schwarzenegger said.

"To keep our communities safe, we have reformed our parole system, hired more parole agents and focused our efforts on the most dangerous offenders," he said. Today's action is proof that our efforts are working because we're getting dangerous individuals and weapons off our streets."

"With today's operation, we also just reminded the bad guys that we are watching them and we will take action to keep Californians safe."

Operation Disarm is one of many operations and actions recently conducted by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and special task forces to improve public safety and eliminate dangers posed by serious and violent parolees and gang members.

More than 100,000 parolees live in California, and about a third of them live in Los Angeles County, Schwarzenegger said.

Source: Xinhua


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