Los Angeles: On Thursday, May 23, 2019, the Pacific Division of the Los Angeles Police Department took delivery of a variety of new vehicles to enhance the safety of beach patrol operations of the Venice Beach Task Force.
The Pacific Division of the LAPD is responsible for the public safety needs of beach goers and visitors to Venice and Dockweiler Beaches. Both beaches span over 7 miles in length from Santa Monica to El Segundo along the coast of the Pacific Ocean.
Following a recent accident in which a full-sized police truck struck a beach goer on Easter Sunday of this year, an extensive safety review of the incident was conducted by the LAPD. In response to the incident, Chief Michel Moore directed the immediate requisition of new vehicles and vehicle safety enhancements in preparation for the Memorial Day Weekend.
The Venice Beach Task Force took delivery of eight Bulls electric fat-tire sand bikes, four Honda Foreman All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), and one Honda Pioneer side-by-side Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV). In addition, four 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Pick-up Trucks were equipped with enhanced safety features including forward cameras, beepers, and enhanced overhead lighting. These vehicles will be in action as of May 25, 2019, for the opening of Memorial Day Weekend.
All vehicles will be on display at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Venice Beach Police Sub-Station located at 1530 West Ocean Front Walk. Officers and supervisors from the Venice Beach Task Force will be on hand in addition to the Pacific Area Commanding Officer, Captain Jim Setzer, and the Patrol Commanding Officer, Captain Brian Morrison.
In addition to these improved vehicles and safety modifications, all officers assigned to the Venice Beach Task Force will be required to complete the certified Los Angeles County Lifeguard Sand Driving Course, LAPD ATV Riders Course, and the LAPD is in the process of developing a specific course unique to law enforcement safe sand driving.
It is the mission of the Los Angeles Police Department to safeguard lives and property, with the emphasis on preservation of life.