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Large curfew sweep in Orange County focuses on high-crime areas

March 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
One of Orange County's largest curfew sweeps wrapped up Friday morning. More than 300 law enforcement officers patrolled cities, rounding up children, 17 years and under, who were out past public curfew.

Curfews in Orange County begin at 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., depending on the city, and last until 5 a.m. The sweeps focused mainly on areas with a high volume of gang or criminal activity. Officers said the sweeps are about safety.

"Our focus is to teach them that being out after 10 p.m. doesn't necessarily mean they're out doing bad stuff, but they themselves can become victims. We want to prevent them from becoming victims, thus creating less crime," said Det. Sgt. Eric Paulson of the Santa Ana Police Department.

According to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, 26 juveniles were found to be in violation of curfew. They were being held until their parents picked them up. Before being released, the juvenile and the parent were required to meet with officials and discuss the dangers and consequences of violating curfew.