San Joaquin County sheriff's deputies visit parolees' homes for the 6th annual Operation Safe Holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
STOCKTON, Calif. - Teams of officers, deputies, marshals and probation officials visited dozens of homes Wednesday in the 6th annual Operation Safe Holidays.
The homes belonged to people on parole and probation, with a history of violent offenses.
"They're not supposed to have drugs, or weapons," San Joaquin County Sheriff's Sgt. Nellie Stone said. "It gives people the sense we're paying attention and we'll do something about it."
The operation happens each December because crime rises during the holidays. Any of those people not obeying their parole or probation orders can be taken back into custody.
Many of them weren't home when the holiday visit happened, but their homes are still searchable because of the crimes they've committed.
Operation Safe Holidays averages nearly 100 arrests each year. Last year, 25 guns were also removed from the streets.
By Tim Daly, firstname.lastname@example.org