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San Jose Police Program Aims To Cut Truancy, Daytime Burglaries

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A San Jose Police patrol car. (CBS)

A San Jose Police patrol car. (CBS)

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose police have restarted a program to coincide with the beginning of the new school year intended to reduce both truancy and daytime burglaries, a spokesman said Tuesday.

The Police Department’s Truancy Abatement/Burglary Suppression program, or TABS, was created because many juveniles who cut school in the past have been found to commit daytime burglaries, police Lt. Jason Dwyer said.

Police plan to run a TABS processing center at the San Jose Police Athletic League Stadium at 380 S. 34th St. staffed on a daily basis with one full-time officer working overtime hours, Dwyer said.

One or two officers are to be dispatched each school day with the sole purpose of finding truant students and either returning them to school or to the TABS center to be picked up by a parent or guardian, Dwyer said.

The department will release more details about the program on Wednesday, Dwyer said.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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