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Program disarms probationers

Effort links law enforcement

Posted: October 28, 2008 9:28 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2008 5:00 a.m.
 
Cooperation is the key to a county law that keeps guns out of the hands of probationers, said a spokesman for a local legislator.

The Developing Increased Safety through Arm Reduction Management, or DISARM program, allows for random searches and interagency cooperation to keep guns away from those on probation, said Tony Bell, spokesman for Fifth District Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

“This is the highest bang for your buck law enforcement initiative I’ve seen,” Bell said. Antonovich pushed for the program which began in February 2000.

The program connects different branches of law enforcement with the Los Angeles County Probation Department to help monitor probationers, Bell said.

“If ATF or some other agency has intel about drug dealing or another illegal activity at an apartment complex, the information is passed on to probation who looks for probationers that live in the complex,” he said. “If we find (a probationer), we do a search for weapons.”

Probation officers arrested more than 10,000 probation violators and seized more than 4,000 weapons since the program began, Bell said.

“This program puts fear in the minds of probationers that they can and will be searched at any time,” Bell said.

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