In February, 23 weapons -- including rifles, shotguns, handguns and knives -- were confiscated and 105 probationers were arrested
In February, 23 weapons -- including rifles, shotguns, handguns and knives -- were confiscated and 105 probationers were arrested during 454 unannounced searches of residences, persons, vehicles, and businesses, announced Mayor Michael D. Antonovich. The searches were conducted through the Probation Department’s D.I.S.A.R.M. (Developing Increased Safety through Arms Reduction Management) program, initiated by Supervisor Antonovich following the tragic August 1999 shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center and the murder of a postal worker by Buford Furrow, an armed felon on probation from Washington State.
The D.I.S.A.R.M program entails pairing Deputy Probation Officers with local law enforcement personnel to perform unannounced searches of probationers and their homes, as a condition of probation, and targets the confiscation of guns, drugs, and other contraband. Since its implementation in February of 2000, the D.I.S.A.R.M. program has seized 2334 weapons and nearly 10.4 million dollars in illegal drugs and drug money, and resulted in 4785 arrests. This program has also experienced success in warrant enforcement, apprehending 58% of warrants sought.