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Truancy Sweep


February 24, 2017

SALTON SEA, Calif – On Wednesday, February 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., deputies from the Coachella Community Action Team and the Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District Team assisted the Coachella Valley Unified School District Resource Officers with a truancy sweep in the city of Coachella and unincorporated areas of Mecca, North Shore and Thermal.

The operation was designed to locate juvenile students who either failed to report to their assigned campus, or left school premises without permission. During the operation, a total of 29 locations were visited. Eleven juveniles were contacted for curfew violations and taken back to school. Those found in violation of curfew can expect disciplinary proceedings, fines, and/or court fees.

This operation is one of many operations the Coachella Community Action and Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District Teams plan to conduct in an ongoing effort to curtail juvenile delinquency, while emphasizing the importance of education. Statics show that juveniles who do not regularly attend, or drop out of school, are more likely to have criminal records as adults, than those who attend school on a regular basis.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is committed to the future of Coachella Valley youth and would like to remind everyone that going to school is not matter of preference; it’s a matter of law.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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