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Police Step Up Deployment Over Holiday Weekend


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By Lookout Staff

July 2, 2024 -- Police officers will be out in force during the Fourth of July weekend as SMPD's holiday deployment plan goes into full effect, officials said.

To ensure a safe holiday weekend, the has deployed a combination of the Directed Action Response Team (DaRT), Homeless Liaison Program (HLP) Team, Traffic, Public Service Officers and Patrol Officers.

In addition to the Downtown Services Unit has also been deployed, police officials said Tuesday.

SMPD motor officers will be conducting safety-focused operations throughout the weekend to crack down on motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

"We strongly encourage everyone to plan ahead by designating a sober driver or arranging alternative transportation such as rideshare services," police officials said Tuesday.

"Let's work together to prevent tragedies and make this holiday a safe one for all."

The Police Department is reminding residents and visitors that fireworks are illegal citywide, including those marked safe and sane. Those found in possession of fireworks you will be cited or arrested.

Possession of fireworks is considered a misdemeanor and may be punishable up to $1,000.00 fine, and or six months in jail.

Beachgoers are reminded that alcohol consumption, gas-powered generators, open flames, amplified music or instruments and firearms or other weapons are not allowed on the beach.

In addition, unleashed dogs are prohibited and leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalk/paved pedestrian path, but not on the sand or in the water.

"Leaving a pet in a hot car is dangerous and illegal," officials said. "Owners who violate these rules will be cited or arrested, and the car may be forced open to remove the animal."

Police also remind residents and visitors to keep personal belongings secure and in sight, and to lock vehicles and secure homes, especially when away.

They also should stay aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity.

"The SMPD wants to make sure residents and visitors alike can feel comfortable relaxing in the sand and enjoying our awesome ocean views," officials said.

For emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies, contact our dispatch center at 310-458-8491.

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