Riverside Police Department Press Release

For Immediate Release

Date Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Contact Sergeant Derwin Hudson, West NPC
Phone (951) 353-7963

Truancy Sweep

Riverside, Ca- The Riverside Police Department participated in a Countywide Truancy Sweep involving the Riverside County Sheriff Department and other local Police agencies. In addition to law enforcement personnel, County Probation, and The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, along with Alvord and Riverside Unified School Districts, also participated.

The goal of this partnership was to reduce juvenile delinquency and crime, while also holding the parents and student accountable for school attendance.

During this effort, 27 students were located within the City of Riverside and found to be truant from school. The 27 students were transported by officers to the Riverside Police Department’s Magnolia Street Station and their parents were notified.

Once at Magnolia Station, each student was issued a citation. After their parent arrived, the student and parent met with a District Attorney, to discuss the importance of attending school. Staff members of both school districts provided information to parents on dealing with juveniles, and resources that provide services to help troubled teens.

The truancy sweep involved all 23 school districts in Riverside County and involved a total of 214 law enforcement officers, including 10 Riverside Police School Resource Officers and Sergeants working in the city; 74 school district officials, 59 probation officers and six officials from the District Attorney’s office. A total of 413 youth were contacted and cited, county-wide, 362 home checks and 37 arrests for undisclosed other offences, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office.