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LAPD Gets New Beach Vehicles in Time for Memorial Day

Captains Brian Morrison and Jim Setzer, of the Pacific Division, before press conference talk openly about getting the vehicles they asked for. At the safety review after the Easter beach accident, the Captains were asked by Chief of Police Michel Moore what they needed to patrol the beach. The Chief asked his staff to make it happen.


Captains Brian Morrison and Jim Setzer held a press conference at the Venice Beach Substation off Windward to introduce the new four, bright red ATV, eight fat-tired sand bikes, and a utility vehicle.

In addition, the present pickup trucks were equipped with cameras, beepers, and enhanced overhead lighting. These vehicles are all ready to roll as on this  start of the Memorial Day weekend.

The trucks will go on the beach only for an emergency.The ATV and the bikes will be the patrol for the beach.

Los Angeles: On Thursday, May 23, 2019, the Pacific Division of the Los Angeles Police Department took delivery of a variety of new vehicles to enhance the safety of beach patrol operations of the Venice Beach Task Force.

The Pacific Division of the LAPD is responsible for the public safety needs of beach goers and visitors to Venice and Dockweiler Beaches. Both beaches span over 7 miles in length from Santa Monica to El Segundo along the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

Following a recent accident in which a full-sized police truck struck a beach goer on Easter Sunday of this year, an extensive safety review of the incident was conducted by the LAPD.

In response to this incident, the Chief of Police, Michel Moore, directed the immediate requisition of new vehicles and vehicle safety enhancements in preparation for the Memorial Day Weekend.

On this date, the Venice Beach Task Force took delivery of eight (8) Bulls electric fat-tire sand bikes, four (4) Honda Foreman All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), and one Honda Pioneer side-by-side Utility-Terrain Vehicle (UTV). In addition, four 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Pick-up Trucks were equipped with enhanced safety features including forward cameras, beepers, and enhanced overhead lighting. These vehicles will be in action as of May 25, 2019, for the opening of Memorial Day Weekend.

In addition to these improved vehicles and safety modifications, all officers assigned to the Venice Beach Task Force will be required to complete the certified Los Angeles County Lifeguard Sand Driving Course, LAPD ATV Riders Course, and the LAPD is in the process of developing a specific course unique to law enforcement safe sand driving.

It is the mission of the Los Angeles Police Department to safeguard lives and property, with the emphasis on preservation of life.

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