Anti-gang effort wins praise

first_img“I think it’s a great start,” he said. “If the two cities (Palmdale and Lancaster) follow up on it, I think we could be on our way to solving a potentially life-threatening problem.” Parris said the meeting was an unprecedented event and that the group could become a national crime-fighting model. “It depends on how fed up people are nationally,” he said. “I know people in Antelope Valley are adamant that the community they live in be safe for their families, and that’s not going to wane. “If anything, the citizens are more empowered.” [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On Tuesday, 40 High Impact Team deputies joined about 15 Lancaster and Palmdale HIT deputies in a Palmdale patrol that produced 24arrests – seven on felony charges and 17 for misdemeanors, Lt. Bobby Denham said. Tuesday’s patrol followed a two-week suppression effort in Lancaster, which began three weeks after an overflow crowd of more than 3,000 packed Lancaster Baptist Church for the anti-crime group’s first public meeting. Denham, who is coordinating the gang-suppression effort, said the operation involving out-of-area deputies will be valleywide and will continue indefinitely. “I think (Baca) came to that meeting not knowing what to expect, but he saw a community that’s totally supportive of law enforcement, and he’s given us what we asked for,” Parris said. More than 200 local residents signed up for Neighborhood Watch groups at the group’s Feb.26 meeting, Parris said, and many others signed up for a sheriff’s volunteer program. A gang-suppression effort that already has produced more than 150 arrests in just 15 days has won the praise of the co-founder of a newly formed anti-crime grass-roots group. Antelope Valley War on Gangs co-founder R. Rex Parris made a point of singling out Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, noting the sheriff delivered on a promise to flood the streets with out-of-town deputies. “I’m absolutely thrilled with Baca,” Parris said Thursday. “I think the entire valley owes him a tremendous debt of appreciation.” last_img

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