Police: 'Don't Celebrate New Year With Gunfire'

Law enforcement officials are cracking down on the dangerous practice this New Year.

While it may seem obvious to most, the Los Angeles Police Department wants to make it explicitly clear to everyone in the greater Los Angeles area that shooting ammunition into the sky is not an appropriate or legal way to ring in the New Year.

On Thursday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca launched the "Don't Shoot" campaign, which seeks to limit the practice of celebratory gunfire throughout the county.  

They said that thousands of “Don’t Shoot” flyers and posters have been printed and will be posted throughout the Los Angeles area. 

Click here to read the full LAPD news statement.

Law Enforcement officials will also be using newly developed "Shotspotter" technology—which is used to track down the source of gunfire—to locate those responsible for shooting guns.

“This is beneficial because it can tell the Deputies where the suspect is located and the data allows them to develop violence suppression strategies and tactical plans," Baca said in the statement. "This has been extremely successful in our crime fighting initiative and one of many tools that help decrease crime in the County.”

Have you heard gunfire on New Year's Eve?

Rob Schraff December 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Celebrate with marijuana!
nonoise December 29, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Great flyer. I do not remember any flyers from the past. This is has a great message and graphic too! Congratulations to the person that made the flyer. Hope everyone gets the message. Remember, innocent people are out there with no protection when the bullets come down. No shooting this New Years. Be safe.
nonoise December 30, 2012 at 07:40 PM
The flyer should get posted on the Highland Park Patch too. Can the patch please do that?


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