Program has also experienced success in warrant enforcement
Los Angeles - In June, 23 weapons -- including 17 handguns – were confiscated and 186 probationers were arrested during 505 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 2,467 weapons and more than 17 million dollars in illegal drugs and drug money, and resulted in 5531 arrests. This program has also experienced success in warrant enforcement, apprehending 57% of warrants sought.