Thursday, April 24, 2008

CDCR Agents Assists Sacramento County In Sweep Targeting Gang Members

Efforts Support Governor’s Anti-Gang Initiatives

SACRAMENTO – Working with an array of law enforcement agencies to crack down on gang activity, agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) participated last week in the third annual Sacramento Neighborhoods Against Gangs (SNAG III) operation.

Hosted by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, the SNAG operation held April 17-18 targeted active gang members and their associates. The sweep resulted in 115 arrests, recovery of seven firearms and five edged weapons. Illegal cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $238,000 were also seized.

“This is a highly coordinated effort between numerous law enforcement agencies with the goal of protecting public safety,” said Margarita Perez, CDCR Parole Administrator. “CDCR is adamant that gang violence will not be tolerated, and we are committed to assisting other law enforcement agencies to make our communities safer.”

Agents with CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) and Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) joined 18 other law enforcement agencies and 320 officers as well as numerous non-sworn staff during the two-day gang sweep.

DAPO supervises more than 123,000 parolees throughout the State of California. Of this total, more than 22,000 parolees are validated gang members or associates, of which approximately 783 reside in Sacramento County. DAPO imposes conditions of parole on this class of offenders which prohibit their participation or association in activities which resemble affiliation with gangs.

The third annual SNAG operation enabled CDCR to work in tandem with city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies in a collaborative effort to reduce gang violence, with the ultimate goal of making the streets safer for all. Known gang members have terms and conditions of parole that prohibit affiliation with other gang members.

Last week’s effort marks the third year CDCR agents have participating in the SNAG operation. The operation supports Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Anti-Gang efforts such as CalGRIP, which earmarked more than $31 million in state and federal funding toward local gang intervention, suppression and prevention. In July 2007, the Governor signed SB 271 to give prosecutors more tools in the fight against gangs. That same month, he signed AB 104 to give city attorneys the tools they need to pursue gang injunctions and two other anti-gang measures, SB 706 and AB 924, to assist cities in curbing the source of income that funds gang activity.

Hosted by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, other participating agencies included: Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agency (ATF), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; California Highway Patrol, California Department of Justice, Citrus Heights Police Department, Elk Grove Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI - Safe Streets), Folsom Police Department, Galt Police Department, Grant School Police Department, Immigrations Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), Rancho Cordova Police Department, Regional Terrorist and Threat Assessment Center, Roseville Police Department, Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, Sacramento County Probation Department, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, and the Sacramento Police Department.

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