We just spoke with Lt. Bert commanding officer of Pacific Division area detectives in response to the increased activity on the scanner today. Lt. Bert informed us that today was part of an ongoing mission through the Pacific Division where they deploy as substantial amount of officers approximately every 28 days as an increased enforcement program. Although this operation had been scheduled prior to the recent unusual violent crimes on the Boardwalk, he did decide to deploy extra teams along Palms where there have been a rash of robberies, and with the homeless outreach, undercover, mounted and uniformed officers along Ocean Front Walk.
As part of this mission, and to effect the recent tenor along the boardwalk, instead of issuing tickets for jailable offenses, suspects cited for the very common open container, narcotics use in public and other common boardwalk infractions are being taken directly to jail and booked for their crimes. “These are all jailable offenses,” said Lt. Bert. “We are not sending a message of no-tolerance, but one that lets people know we are taking enforcement at the beach very seriously.”
The metro mounted police will be deployed today at 1 p.m., and this mission which started this morning will extend for a full 24 hours. There will also be the newly increased police presence this weekend and on upcoming weekends along the boardwalk.