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October 21, 2010 For Immediate Release
PASADENA –The Los Angeles County Probation Department, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Department and other assisting federal, state and local agencies, conducted 117 probation compliance checks as part of the ongoing D.I.S.A.R.M project in the County’s 5th District today, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
Initiated by Antonovich in February 2000 following the tragic August 1999 shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center and the murder of a postal worker by an armed felon on probation from the state of Washington, D.I.S.A.R.M. is a multi-agency effort that performs unannounced searches of probationers and their homes, as a condition of probation, targeting guns, drugs, and other contraband.
Since its implementation, the program has seized 6,767 weapons and over $200 million in illegal drugs and drug money, and 13,462 arrests. As a result of the program’s effectiveness, the number of probationers found to be in violation of their probation terms has dropped from 50% to 10%.
Nicknamed “Operation Increased Safety,” today’s D.I.S.A.R.M. action resulted in the confiscation of 18 weapons, ammunition, drugs and the arrest of 34 probationers. Three children were referred to the Department of Children and Family Services. 117 probation compliance checks were performed by 315 officers in 27 teams consisting of the County’s Probation and Sheriff’s Departments, officers from United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service, the Parole Division of the State’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the State’s Parole Division, and police departments from the Cities of Covina, Glendale, Monrovia, Pasadena, and San Gabriel.