As New Year’s Eve approaches, the Los Angeles Police Department is launching its Citywide Gunfire Reduction Campaign. This campaign is designed to help reduce incidents of indiscriminate gunfire that have become a deadly New Year’s tradition in our city. The Gunfire Reduction Campaign aims to advise the community that ringing in the New Year with gunfire will not be tolerated in the City of Los Angeles. Discharging a firearm into the air is a felony punishable by one year in state prison. Anyone arrested for discharging a firearm will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Many times individuals involved in celebrating New Year’s Eve with gunfire do not realize the dangers posed by their actions. Researchers report that a bullet fired into the air can climb two miles into the air and remain in flight for more than a minute. As it falls, the bullet reaches a velocity of 300 to 700 feet per second. A velocity of only 200 feet per second is sufficient to penetrate the human skull.
Over the last several years, the Los Angeles Police Department has made great strides in reducing the amount of gunfire that occurs celebrating the New Year. During New Year’s Eve 2005, the LAPD received 145 “shots-fired” radio calls, down 61% from the previous year. There were 9 arrests for Negligent Discharge of a Firearm in the Air, 21 other gun related arrests and 13 guns were seized. Again this year, the LAPD will deploy task force officers to respond to gunfire calls throughout the city.
In 1998, Los Angeles Police Officer, Steven Gajda was killed in the line of duty during gunfire reduction efforts. Officer Gajda had volunteered to work the Gunfire Reduction Task Force in Hollenbeck Division and was shot and killed as he investigated gang activity at a New Year’s Eve party. The last death in the City of Los Angeles attributed to celebratory gunfire was nine-year old Brian Perez who died in 1999.
While law enforcement, in partnership with the community, local businesses and the media, has made an impact on reducing indiscriminate gunfire, the problem persists. The men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department are once again asking the community to celebrate the New Year safely and responsibly. Don’t fire guns in the air. Remember what goes up, will come down, and when a bullet comes down it is traveling at a fatal velocity.
REMEMBER, WHAT GOES UP WILL COME DOWN.
RECUERDE QUE LO QUE SUBE HACIA ARRIBA TENDRA QUE CAER PARA ABAJO.