The Los Angeles Police Department is increasingly faced with the problem of policing large parties and celebrations involving hundreds of participants. A large party or celebration should be a "joyous occasion" for everyone involved and a "special event" where lasting memories are made. However, large parties and celebrations occasionally spiral out of control and crime and acts of violence sometimes occur. This crime and violence can be avoided. The following crime and violence prevention tips will help all concerned, make parties and celebrations "safe and secure" and more enjoyable for everyone.
Party Crime and Violence Prevention Planning Tips:
Be prepared for the unexpected. If you are the host or directly involved in the planning of a large party make sure you contact your local Los Angeles Police Department, regarding the date, time and the number of guests you expect to attend.
Do not allow guests to make unusual amounts of noise or do anything that would disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.
Make sure guests understand that standing on a public street or sidewalk under the influence of alcohol is a misdemeanor crime.
Make sure to inform guests that in case something goes wrong and Los Angeles Police Officers are ordered to the scene of the party, guests must obey police officers and disperse when ordered to do so. Always remember that it is a misdemeanor crime to disobey a lawful order from a police officer.
Do not allow your party to get out of control. Make sure invited guests select a member of their group to act as the designated driver for their group.
A large party or celebration has the potential to erupt in acts of violence and to turn into a tragedy in a very short time. It is the responsibility of the "host" and "party planners" to provide a "safe and secure" environment and nonviolent atmosphere for all the guests in attendance. Always remember that in the event "crashers" appear and try to disrupt the party and things get out of control, the host is obligated to immediately call 9-1-1 to summon police officers.
There are many more strategies outlined in the LAPD’s "Party Crime and Violence Prevention Circular." For more information, or to obtain copies of crime prevention circulars, contact Crime Prevention Unit at 213-485-3134, or visit our website at www.lapdonline.org.
This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.