BARSTOW POLICE DEPARTMENT
220 EAST MOUNTAIN VIEW
BARSTOW, CA 92311
(760) 256-2215 (fax)
OFFENSES: Truancy Sweep
CR NUMBER: Multiple
DATE OF CRIME: Thursday, 11/13/14
DATE OF PRESS RELEASE: Thursday, 11/13/14
VICTIMS: State of California, People of…
CASE AGENT: School Resource Officer Scott Johnston, ID #P-66
School Resource Officer Ronan Colleoc, ID #P-42
On Thursday November 13, 2014, the Barstow Police Department and the Barstow Unified School District coordinated a truancy sweep in the Barstow area. Agencies that participated in the sweep included the Barstow Police Department, Barstow Unified School District, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Probation Department, California Highway Patrol, County of San Bernardino – Department of Behavioral Health, San Bernardino County Department of Children Services, Family Services Agency of San Bernardino, and Lutheran Social Services.
The purpose of the sweep is to provide services and to make notification to parents of their duties under California law in assuring their minor children attend school. The sweep is also intended to locate and identify minors who are truant and in violation of Barstow Municipal Code 9.04.030 (Daytime Curfew). The sweep also helps educate both parents and students about the importance of attending school and coping with personal as well as mental health issues, while at the same time reducing crime within the community.
During the sweep there were sixty-five (65) home visits conducted, one (1) daytime curfew citation issued, and twenty-six (26) citations issued to parents or guardians for being in violation of the California Education Code. There were six (6) adults arrested, four (4) with outstanding warrants and two (2) parents for child endangerment. During a house visit the living conditions were found to be deplorable and the children, which included a 6-month old baby, were placed in danger due to the dangerous living conditions and lack of responsible care.
Parents and guardians were issued citations for their children having poor school attendance and not following their individual SARB (School Attendance Review Board) contracts. If parents fail to make their children go to school, as required by law and fail to comply with their SARB contract, they are subject to receiving a citation for the violation under the California Education Code.
In addition to the home visits and proactive patrols for truant students, information and services were provided by the different participating agencies. Some of the information and services provided during the sweep included school and family counseling, mental health services, as well as homeless and medical services. The services were made available to assist both the parents and students in resolving any problems that may be creating obstacles to school attendance such as medical issues, mental health issues, transportation or personal problems.
Albert S. Ramirez, Jr.
Chief of Police