With Long Beach high school graduation ceremonies taking place this week, and Wednesday, June 17th being the last day of school for all other L.B.U.S.D. schools on the traditional calendar, the Long Beach Police Department would like to congratulate graduates and parents, yet remind them about the dangers associated with celebrating irresponsibly, and provide tips to keep everyone safe:
Underage drinkers are more likely to involve themselves in unsafe behavior, or become a victim of a crime due to vulnerability. The affects of alcohol impair judgment, affects physical coordination, and may prevent one from maintaining control of their body. It may also cause an individual to ignore their morals and values, resulting in poor decision making such as driving under the influence. These factors can also lead to minors being more susceptible to being victimized because they may be considered an easy target.
Therefore, the L.B.P.D. is strongly encouraging graduates and their families and friends to plan celebrations with these considerations and safety in mind.
Parents and youngsters are also reminded that the City’s curfew law will be strictly enforced. Section 9.58.010 of the Long Beach Municipal Code states: “It is unlawful for any minor under the age of eighteen (18) years to remain in or upon any ‘public place’ as defined in Section 9.02.090, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the following day.”
The L.B.P.D. takes curfew violations seriously. Our experience has shown us that children who are on the street after curfew are more likely to become victims of violent crime, and also are more likely to become involved in criminal behavior. We are reminding parents that it is important for you to know where your children are at all times, and to ensure they get home safely before curfew. Curfew laws are in place to protect children/youth and keep them safe, and the L.B.P.D. will enforce this law with your child’s safety in mind. By working together, we can help provide your child/youth a safe and enjoyable summer break.
The popularity of handheld electronics and other devices can make you an easy target for criminals looking for an easy score. For your safety, we are strongly encouraging you to practice the following safety tips at all times:
• Do not make it obvious that you have an iPod, cell phone, or other electronic device
• Whenever possible, avoid using your electronic device on the street
• Don’t display your valuables in public (money, jewelry, etc.)
• Always be alert and aware of your surroundings and the people around you
• Stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible
• Places that make you vulnerable include dark parking lots, walkways, alleyways and restrooms
• If you feel someone is following you, move to a well-populated area
• Travel with a friend; there is safety in numbers
• Walk close to the curb and avoid doorways, bushes, and alleys where someone could hide
• Report suspicious activity immediately by calling 9-1-1
The City of Long Beach is offering a variety of summer programs, activities, and classes for youth of all ages through the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. Concerts & Movies in the Park are fan favorites and something a family can do together. To learn more about these programs, visit www.longbeach.gov/park and www.100daysofsummer.org or call (562) 570-3100.
For youth employment opportunities through the City of Long Beach's "Hire-A-Youth” Program, visit the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network website at www.pacific-gateway.org/youth.