ANTIOCH -- Police made 12 arrests during a Thursday evening sweep, part of a continuing effort to reduce violent crime in the city.

The Antioch police SWAT team partnered with the Contra Costa Sheriff's Justice Team to target the Sycamore Drive corridor from L Street to Auto Center Drive.

Police completed one probation search and made 48 pedestrian stops, 105 traffic stops and three suspicious vehicle stops.

Officers arrested 12 people on suspicion of offenses ranging from possessing controlled substances and firearms to resisting arrest. Some of those arrested were taken into custody on outstanding warrants.

Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando announced the arrests on the department's Facebook page.

"Collectively," he wrote after thanking his department, the Sheriff's Office and the community, "we are all making a difference."

Such police sweeps have become more routine since city officials authorized the use of a crime suppression unit in June after a stretch of summer violence. Also, police have become a bigger presence in some of the city's more notorious neighborhoods.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rderh.



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