19 Arrested During Curfew Sweep

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09/18/11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lt. Craig Carter, 760-839-4487

On September 17, 2011, the Escondido Police Department conducted the seventh curfew sweep since March of 2011. As a result of the sweep, nineteen juveniles were arrested for curfew violations. The juveniles were transported to the police station and eventually released to their parent/guardian or taken to Juvenile Hall. Of the nineteen arrested 12 were males and 7 were females, their ages ranged from 13 to 17 years old.

Additional violations:

Possession of cocaine

Graffiti

Probation Violation

Possession of Tabaco or Tabaco related products

One of the female juveniles was also charged with drunk in public. At the time she was contacted, she was nearly two times the adult legal limit.

Police officers had to transport two juveniles back to their homes because their parents would not answer the phone.

Eleven of the Juveniles were processed through Escondido Police Department’s Diversion program rather than being referred to juvenile court.  Escondido Police partners with Escondido Education COMPACT to assist with the diversion process. Juveniles arrested were screened and referred to juvenile diversion based on numerous criteria. The juveniles will have an opportunity to participate in a structured process aimed at improving decision-making that strives to reduce future law enforcement contacts.

Since the curfew sweeps began in March of 2011, Escondido police has processed roughly 111 juveniles for curfew violations.

The City of Escondido’s current curfew hours are from 11pm to 5am the following day. Escondido Police will be continuing frequent curfew sweeps throughout the remainder of the year.

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at police.escondido.org.  For breaking news releases, please follow the Escondido Police Department on Twitter at Escondido_PD.