Sergeant Paul Yotsuya of Patterson Police Services said the probation searches have nothing to do with any recent activity. Instead, the visits stem prior incidents associated with the Apricot Fiesta.
“We’ve lived through that and we are trying to head it off before it becomes an issue,” said Sgt. Yotsuya. “[We’re] hitting the notorious areas to try and bring some sort of calm before the chaos of Fiesta.”
Two canine units—a regular patrol and drug sniffing dog—helped during the morning rounds. Police felt it was important to make their presence known to anyone attempting any sort of illegal activity during the annual Fiesta.
Now that the economy is starting to come back, more funding has been made available to the department, added Yotsuya, which they believe will greatly ensure the security and safety of everyone.
Local authorities will not act alone. Fiestagoers will also have the protection of Hilmar-based Iron Curtain Private Security, a private firm hired by the Fiesta organizers.
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