Friday, December 28, 2012

Community Message from the Altadena Sheriff's Station

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Friday December 28, 2012, 2:46 PM

LASD - Altadena Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff

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Community: Altadena Sheriff Station Community Message
Captain John Benedict and the men and women of the Altadena Sheriff Station wish you a safe and prosperous 2013!

New Year’s Eve is upon us and celebrating the arrival of the New Year with gunfire within Los Angeles County is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This is an extremely dangerous practice. As a reminder, deputies from Altadena Sheriff’s Station, in an effort to stop and reduce these types of incidents will be enforcing Penal Code section 246.3 in addition to their regular policing duties.

Penal Code section 246.3 specifically prohibits the discharging of a firearm. The section additionally states that anyone arrested in violation of this law will have their firearm confiscated and be charged with a Felony.

This information is to serve as a reminder, and to help reduce incidents of indiscriminate gunfire. Additionally, should a shooting occur, members of the community are encouraged to call 9-1-1.
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Celebrating the New Year with Gunfire will Not be Tolerated in the
City and County of Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles: Every year, a significant number of people throughout the City and County of Los Angeles engage in the extremely dangerous practice of discharging firearms into the air to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. In an effort to educate and warn the public of the problem, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, District Attorney’s Office, City Attorney’s Office and County Board of Supervisors have embarked upon an awareness campaign. This campaign is designed to help reduce incidents of indiscriminate gunfire that, while on the decline, has continued to be a deadly tradition in our County and in our City.

The Gunfire Reduction Campaign aims to advise the community that celebrating the New Year with gunfire will not be tolerated in the County and City of Los Angeles.

Today, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and LASD Sheriff Lee Baca held a news conference to publicize their concern about holiday-related celebratory gunfire. To make a significant impact on this problem, thousands of “Don’t Shoot” flyers and posters have been printed and distributed to the community. It is the hope of both agencies that with the partnership of the media and the distribution of “Don’t Shoot” flyers, the public will be informed regarding the dangers and dire consequences of this irresponsible act.

In addition to the Gunfire Reduction Campaign, a technological tool called the Shotspotter is assisting Deputies in the field with locating people who fire guns. This piece of advanced technology is deployed in the Century Station areas and can pinpoint gunfire within a few feet of where the shots were fired. “This is beneficial because it can tell the Deputies where the suspect struck Brian in the head, killing him. “Shooting guns in the air is dangerous and illegal. If you are caught shooting a gun in the air you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”, said Chief Charlie Beck.

The public is also reminded that toy replica guns that resemble real weapons are also a concern for law enforcement officers and that playing with replica guns is strongly discouraged. “For too long, dangerous weapons have contributed to countless unnecessary tragedies and deaths across the country,” Mayor Villaraigosa said.

Together, the proud men and women of LAPD and LASD ask the public to STOP the senseless act of firing weapons into the air and CELEBRATE SAFELY.
For full details, view this message on the web.
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