A motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, calling for a report on expanding the use of detection canines to the Probation Department’s D.I.S.A.R.M. program was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors.
Initiated by Antonovich in February 2000, the D.I.S.A.R.M. (Developing Increased Safety through Arms Reduction Management) program has conducted over a quarter million searches seizing nearly 11,000 weapons and drugs valued at approximately $730 million from high-risk probationers.
“The use of these specially-trained dogs for detection of weapons and narcotics can improve safety concerns and allow residents to resume their normal daily activities sooner and with less disruption,” Antonovich said. “Having personally participated in D.I.S.A.R.M. search operations, I have witnessed the challenges faced by these probation officers and the vital need for canine assistance.”
The report is due in 2 weeks and will include additional information at the request of Supervisors Solis and Kuehl.