ESCONDIDO (CNS) - Officers arrested 25 juveniles out after the city's 10 p.m. curfew during a city wide sweep, and eventually released the boys and girls to their parents or guardians, police said Saturday.
Each of the 18 boys and 7 girls swept up Friday were screened for eligibility in the Escondido Police Department's Diversion Program, based on criteria that included his or her criminal history, severity of the offense and the cooperation of the juvenile and his or parent, police said.
Police said 16 of those arrested in the sweep were sent to the diversion program, and nine referred to juvenile court. The program is geared toward improving decision-making abilities in an effort to reduce further contacts with law enforcement, police said.
Police officials said they planned to conduct frequent sweeps throughout the remainder of the year to search for juveniles illegally on the streets during the curfew hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.