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Local Sheriff's deputies ask: Do you know where your kids are?

Posted: May 9, 2013 3:54 p.m.
Updated: May 9, 2013 3:54 p.m.
 

The City of Santa Clarita & SCV Sheriff’s Station -- Protecting Our Youth -- Know Where They're At! Know Who They're With! Know What They're Doing! Staying Involved = Staying Safe.

Every year the City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station work tirelessly to ensure the safety of the youth within our community. As part of these efforts, the City of Santa Clarita promotes numerous youth related programs, partners with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station in crime prevention and enforcement programs, and provides resources to parents, which will assist in planning, controlling and surviving teenage celebrations, parties, and graduation events.

As we enter into the academic promotion, graduation, and eventually Summer break season and many of our youth in the Santa Clarita Valley have time off from school and other responsibilities, it becomes even more critical to remind parents how important it is that our youth relax and celebrate responsibly and our parents stay closely involved with their teenager's activities.

This time of the year young adults from all our local high schools attend prom nights and graduation night ceremonies, commonly referred to as "Grad Night." These celebrations are designed to be joyous occasions filled with youthful exuberance as our teenagers celebrate one of the greatest achievements of their young lives. The City of Santa Clarita and your Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station want to ensure that they remain joyous and do not turn to tragedy.

The overwhelming majority of our youth in the Santa Clarita Valley are making the right decisions and taking personal safety and accountability seriously. However, the harsh reality is that some may make poor decisions during these celebrations that can result in severe consequences. This is an important time for parents to talk to their teenagers, educate them on the dangers associated with drinking alcohol, drug use and unlawful behavior to help them make the right choices.

“Every year at this time deputies respond to parties in which teenagers are unsupervised and participating in unsafe or criminal behavior,” explains Captain Paul Becker of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. “I intend to increase patrol and protection efforts on every graduation night this year in an effort to keep our youth safe as they celebrate one of the biggest accomplishments of their young lives," added Becker.

The results of unsupervised teen parties can be tragic, as alcohol and drug use has led to death and injuries. Other times, complaints of loud, unreasonable noise is reported by neighbors. There are times when we also see an increase in sexual assaults directly connected to these types of gatherings.

Each year, Santa Clarita Sheriff’s deputies responded to over 3000 calls for service involving either large parties or loud music complaints. Some of these incidents involved parties in which teenagers were found to be unsupervised and participating in unsafe or criminal behavior.

We would also like to remind parents of the possible liabilities they face by hosting a party or having a party at their residence in which illegal activities occur.

California law holds parents liable, both civilly and criminally, in the event of any injury or death when alcohol is either furnished or allowed to be consumed by a minor on their property.

The Sheriff’s Department has always taken policing neighborhood parties and disturbances seriously. It is the policy of the Sheriff’s Department to maintain the peace, security, and serenity of our neighborhoods by responding to and abating neighborhood disturbances, including loud parties, unreasonably loud music and other noise-related incidents that disturb the quality of life of our community.

In these situations, deputies must balance the rights of party participants to have a social gathering against the right of the neighbors to be free from unreasonable noise and disturbance.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station would like to remind you -- Don't Drink and Drive! Remember, underage drinking is against the law, but don't complicate matters by adding driving to that. We will be conducting a Driving Under the Influence (D.U.I.) checkpoint during the month of May.

Be aware that the Santa Clarita Safe Rides is a program independent of the Sheriff's Department that provides free, safe and confidential rides home to teenagers who are not in a condition to drive or want to avoid being a passenger with a dangerous driver. On any Friday or Saturday night you can simply call (661) 259-6330. Although the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department does support the free service, as it has undoubtedly helped save lives, we do not condone underage/teenage drinking. The fact is, since programs such as Safe Rides and Every 15 Minutes have been in existence, D.U.I. related traffic collisions and deaths involving teenage drivers have decreased dramatically in the Santa Clarita Valley. Drunk Driving: Over the Limit - Under Arrest! Stay Safe - Stay Sober - Stay Alive!
By following a few precautionary guidelines and making responsible choices, our youth can have the incredible graduation celebration experience they expect and deserve.

On behalf of all the staff at your Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station: Congratulations to our soon to be 2013 Graduates!

Make sure you tune in this Friday, May 10th 2013, between 10am and 11am to Santa Clarita Valley’s only local radio station, KHTS AM 1220 where Deputy Dubin and Juvenile Intervention Team Detective Velek will be live on-air discussing many of the issues discussed in this message. If you’re not close to a radio – you can stream the live broadcast at www.hometownstation.com or by downloading the free KHTS app from the app store on your smart phone. Don’t forget to tweet Deputy Dubin at @jdLASD during the broadcast for questions or comments.

Authored By:
Sgt. D. Harris & Deputy J. Dubin
jddubin@lasd.org
661-255-1121 EXT. 4411
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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