BARSTOW Officers arrested 17 people in the course of a probation compliance sweep in Barstow Thursday.

The San Bernardino County Probation Department periodically conducts sweeps to check on probationers who are believed to be at a high risk of reoffending, probation department spokeswoman Susanne Pastuchek said.

Those arrested Thursday were suspected of various violations including possessing weapons, failing to report to their probation officers, being under the influence of drugs and associating with gang members, she said. One of the arrestees was on parole, and one was a juvenile.

Officers also confiscated weapons including knives, Tasers, ammunition, and a crossbow, according to a probation department report.

Twenty-eight officers from the San Bernardino County Probation Department, Barstow Police Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California State Parole, and the Department of Children's services visited a total of 73 homes during the course of the sweep.

Pastuchek said the county's new Chief Probation Officer Michelle Scray, who was sworn in March 3, is interested in becoming more proactive in conducting compliance checks.

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