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SCV Sheriff’s Deputies Conduct Multi-Location Probation Sweep

SCV Sheriff’s Deputies and LA County Probation Dept. Conduct Multi-Location Probation Sweep

Individuals on probation as well as those early released under AB 109 that reside in Santa Clarita Valley better be prepared to abide by the terms of their probation, because as part of the new crime strategy plan carved out by Captain Robert Lewis - he plans to utilize station resources to regularly conduct searches on probationers that reside within the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.  

“Instead of waiting for a crime to occur,” said Captain Lewis, “we are being proactive by checking on these probationers to make sure that they are not in possession of illegal drugs, firearms, or anything that would be deemed a violation of their probationary terms.”

“By conducting regular probation searches, we can have a direct impact on crime. By holding these individuals on probation accountable, it minimizes their opportunities to re-offend. We are able to reaffirm our mission of public safety.” Lewis added. 

On Tuesday morning, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputies in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Probation Department conducted compliance checks of probationers at 23 locations throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

According to SCV Sheriff’s COBRA Sergeant Daniel Peacock, “We had five different teams from our station that assisted in the operation so that we could simultaneously conduct searches at multiple locations at the same time.” 

“At some of the locations, the current resident stated that the probationer no longer lived there,” Peacock said. “If an individual has moved, and not provided an updated address, they are in violation of their probationary terms.”

The teams worked quick and efficiently throughout the morning as they moved from location to location. Their presence served as a reminder to probationers that there are rules and provisions of their probation that they must abide by otherwise the freedom of being released out into the general population will be revoked. 

Jose Meza, M/H age 24, of Newhall was one of the many probationers that was checked for compliance during the morning operation. He was found to be in possession of a firearm, ammunition, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, large amounts of U.S. Currency and various drug paraphernalia.

Meza is on probation for 246.3(A) PC, Negligent Discharge of a Firearm in Public.  Needless to say Meza found himself arrested, in a patrol car, and back behind bars. 

“If you’re not in compliance with the terms of your probation, this may happen to you.” warned Sergeant Peacock, referring to Meza.

Assembly Bill 109, also known as the California prison realignment, which took effect in 2011, criminals whose most recent conviction are deemed “non-serious” and “non-violent,” and who are not considered to be high-risk sex offenders, are eligible to serve their sentences in county jail rather than state prison.  The law was meant to reduce prison overcrowding. Due to county jail overcrowding, inmates are often released early from county custody. 

Written by: 
Shirley Miller, Public Information Officer
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station
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