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Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies made three arrests during a patrol of Santa Clarita’s paseos and biking trails Thursday.
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These types of saturation patrols are conducted periodically during morning and evening hours, said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
“The T3 vehicles the city of Santa Clarita bought for us really help us navigate the paseos, bike paths and residential neighborhoods,” Dubin said. “And the fact that they’re essentially silent until we turn on its siren and forward-facing red lights means we can usually catch any criminals we can see before they can see us.”
During the enforcement operation Thursday, a 22-year-old female was placed under arrest for suspicion that she has received stolen property; another female, 25 years old, was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine; and a third woman was cited at approximately 10:45 a.m. for possession of an open alcohol container, after she was found loitering on the paseos.
The women’s names are not being released at this time because they are part of an ongoing investigation, officials said.
The purpose of today’s operation was to address some community concerns deputies have received and to send a clear message to anyone considering using the paseo systems for unlawful purposes such as loitering, alcohol consumption, drug use or to commit acts of vandalism, according to a statement from Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies.
During Thursday morning’s operation, deputies observed, contacted, and detained several people including juveniles and other individuals on or near the paseos, at various times throughout the morning and afternoon, who were involved in suspected unlawful activities.
Deputies and members of special teams, both in uniform and undercover, are commonly utilized to patrol the paseos and surrounding terrain at undisclosed and random times throughout the year to ensure the safety of Santa Clarita’s more than 20 miles of trails designed for bicycle commuting and recreational use.
These types of operations and others just like it will continue throughout the year to ensure residents have the safest possible paseo access to parks, entertainment venues and shopping centers, the statement read.
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Source: Santa Clarita News