Friday, May 27, 2011

Increased Police Patrol In Venice For Memorial Weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police in Southern California are gearing up for summer’s unofficial Memorial Day start after one of the city’s top tourist destinations,

Fearing crime could spiral, the authorities have started cracking down on the unruliness that typifies the Venice boardwalk — a 1.5-mile ribbon of asphalt that can draw 150,000 people on a summer weekend.

Patrol reinforcements are being summoned from other divisions, more undercover operatives are being assigned to infiltrate crowds, and detectives are gathering intelligence via social media.

The LAPD plans to increase patrols in the Venice Beach area this Memorial Day weekend and has plans to establish a stronger presence there for the coming summer months.

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