Officers make rounds before Apricot Fiesta
by Brooke Borba | Patterson Irrigator
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A County Sheriff's K-9 unit and handler are
ready to work on the scene of a probation search Thursday morning, May 22, on B
Street in south Patterson.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
A County Sheriff's K-9 unit and handler are ready to work on the scene of a probation search Thursday morning, May 22, on B Street in south Patterson.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies conduct one of over a dozen probation searches early Thursday morning in an alley adjacent to B street in south Patterson.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputies conduct one of over a dozen probation searches early Thursday morning in an alley adjacent to B street in south Patterson.--photo by Elias Funez/Patterson Irrigator
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---Photo by Elias Funez
---Photo by Elias Funez
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Officers conducted at least a dozen probation searches throughout Patterson on Thursday morning, May 22, in an attempt to nip rowdy fights, theft, or any other inconvenience that may occur before the start of the 44th Annual Apricot Fiesta.

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.

Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24 or brooke@pattersonirrigator.com.

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