If you live in San Diego, chances are you are looking forward to spending a fun summer on the shores of the ocean. Unfortunately, many people forgo the beach out of concern for their safety. San Diego police officers aim to ease that fear this summer as they take to the beaches with body cameras for the first time.
According to Officer Angela Johnson, “We turn them on for every enforcement contact that we do. It goes on a website and downloads onto our little dock we have back at the station.”
While you can expect crowds at the beaches this summer, what you shouldn’t expect is having to share your space with someone who is intoxicated. Even though alcohol has not been permitted on local beaches for years, people are still bringing it in. Officers are making a concerted effort to put an end to the activity.
The specially-assigned beach team will patrol the sand in highly visible off-road vehicles to make sure everyone is following the rules. Those rules include no glass bottles, no smoking, and no alcohol. “With alcohol, we get a lot of incidents, where people start fights, go out swimming, forget how to swim,” said Johnson.
You can easily spot signs along the beach that declare the rules, but many aren’t aware that the same rules apply to the parking lots and boardwalk as well. That includes allowing your dog on the beach. Dogs are not permitted in any area between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dogs in the area after 6 p.m. must remain on a leash at all times. This is to help prevent injury to both people and animals.
Even though police officers will be putting forth a strong presence, it is important that you take steps to protect yourself and your property.
Stay sober. Many altercations begin because people have had too much to drink. Verbal arguments can