A total of 14 juveniles were arrested during an overnight curfew sweep in Santee and Lakeside, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.
The sweep was conducted from 10 p.m. Thursday to 1:30 a.m. Friday.
During that time span, Sgt. Craig Johnson says 14 minors were arrested for being out past curfew. One juvenile was found to be in possession of marijuana.
They were all released to their parents at the Santee Sheriff’s Station.
Deputies gave 11 of the 14 juveniles an opportunity to participate in a diversion program through San Diego Youth Services. The other three cases will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s office.
Current curfew hours in most parts of San Diego County are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. any day of the week. Read more about those curfew and truancy laws here.
During this particular overnight sweep deputies were also patrolling for social host violations, but no such violations were discovered.
Officials say the goal of this special enforcement is to protect the children in local communities.
With spring break underway and prom season around the corner, deputies will be ramping up efforts to look for these specific types of violations.
Officials want to remind the public that allowing minors to drink alcohol at a social gathering is against the law. Anyone who hosts or allows this will be held responsible and may be cited or arrested.