On Monday, October 28, 2013, between the hours of 7 am and 5 pm, the Apple Valley Police Department conducted a multi-jurisdictional Juvenile Gang Suppression Operation. The purpose of these operations is to identify juvenile gang members, conduct home supervision contacts of probationers, and arrest gang members for criminal violations. The operation was funded solely through grant funds from the 2011 CalGRIP (California Gang Reduction and Intervention Program) grant. The operation focuses on the deterance of juvenile gang activity and increases enforcement and compliance with Court ordered terms of probation. This was a multi-agency operation which included deputies from Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville stations. The two-man teams rotated through all three cities during the operation and also assisted each station with priority calls. During the operation 3 arrests were made for outstanding warrants, narcotic paraphernalia and giving false identification to a Peace Officer. 17 vehicles were stopped and 68 juveniles were contacted. 3 gang members were documented. Additional operations will be conducted throughuot the remainder of the year.
These operations are one of many components funded by the grant. A full-time Juvenile Gang Prevention Deputy, Gang awareness presentations for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and their parents, Curfew Enforcement Programs, Life Skills Training classes for 50 elementary school aged children, increased youth center hours, and several expanded youth programs managed by the Apple Valley Police Activities League are all funded by the 2011 CalGRIP grant.
Refer: Trish Hill, PIO
Station: Apple Valley Police Department
Phone No.: (760) 240-7428