Vista CA— On Friday, February 27, 2015, North County Law Enforcement Alliance (NCLEA) conducted or attempted to conduct 28 compliance checks on post-release offenders in the city of Vista. The alliance includes San Diego County Sheriff Deputies, officers from Oceanside, Carlsbad, Escondido Police Departments and officers from the San Diego County Probation Department. Officers and Deputies also conducted directed, focused patrol in areas identified as the highest crime areas with the goal of contacting, identifying, and arresting prolific offenders in those areas.
The operation resulted in 11 arrests. The arrests ranged from possession of controlled substances for sale to probation violation and warrant arrests. 28 Field Interviews were also conducted.
The SDSO states; historically, gangs have been territorial, but in recent years have extended their criminal enterprises to new areas. Gang members migrated throughout North County cities and have been identified as suspects in active criminal investigations. Cities have also seen a rise in offenders out of custody since the inception of Prison Realignment and Proposition 47.
Law enforcement agencies along the Highway 78 corridor have pooled their resources and formed the (NCLEA) in order to reduce and disrupt crime and criminal enterprises.
Friday’s operation was intended to suppress gang activity through aggressive enforcement as well as targeting post-release offenders, identified through crime and intelligence analysis, as those people most likely to re-offend.
Law enforcement officers used a variety of methods to contact, identify, ensure compliance with post release conditions, and arrest these individuals if they were found to be breaking the law or out of compliance with their post-release supervision conditions. Law Enforcement Officers and Deputies worked together to aggressively enforce all laws.