Crime & Justice

More than 50 kids rounded up in Orange County curfew sweep

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Orange County authorities rounded up dozens of kids last night and early this morning in what’s being called the county’s largest ever curfew sweep.

The idea is that if you crack down on kids out late at night and early in the morning, you’ll help steer them away from gangs and keep more kids in school.

A recent report on children in Orange County found that gang membership among kids is a growing problem in the county.

Law enforcement officers targeted areas with a lot of gang or criminal activity. They rounded up 51 kids between the ages of 12 and 17 years old.

They took the kids in police cars back to the police or sheriff’s station and made them wait until their parents came to pick them up.

Then the parents and the kids had to meet with prosecutors and probation officers before they could leave. Those officials talked about curfew laws and gave the parents info about substance abuse treatment, parenting classes and other resources.

More than 300 law enforcement officers took part in the sweep, including deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and police officers from Anaheim, Santa Ana and Fullerton.