Police Pick Up 64 Students During Truancy Sweep

Police Pick Up 64 Students During Truancy Sweep

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SANDY, Utah (AP) -- More than five dozen students were rounded up by police last week for not being in class after officers did a truancy sweep.

Sandy police Sergeant Bill O'Neal says officers picked up a total of 64 students, the large majority of them high-schoolers. 54 of them were taken to the Juvenile Receiving Center in Sandy. The others were taken by their parents.

O'Neal says crime in Sandy is reduced 50 percent when the truancy law is heavily enforced.

Sergeant Justin Chapman said officers look for truant students every school day but only conduct sweeps once in a while. He said the number of students arrested Friday was higher than average.

On a normal day when officers are NOT conducting a sweep, about 20 students are picked up for truancy.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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