While words cannot explain the sorrow we are feeling as an LAPD family, it is during these difficult and trying times that we look to each other for comfort and solace. Keep your heads up and be proud to be a member of this fine police department. You have supported each other in ways unimaginable and have demonstrated the utmost respect and honor for our fallen brothers in what now feels like a very small yet close knit family of nearly 13,000 civilian and sworn men and women. Together we will get through this. In time, our hearts will heal but we shall never forget.
Summer of Success
This year the City's summer youth job program will serve 10,000 young people. As you are out in the field during the summer months, you will have an opportunity to interact with various youth striving to become young professionals within the community. You serve as a point of inspiration and leadership with each youth with every interaction you engage with them. Seize this moment to make a difference in their lives, even if its just one life at a time.
As the days get longer during summer vacation, kids will once again have the Summer Night Lights program. For the 7th year, the Summer Night Lights will operate at 32 locations across the City, keeping recreation centers and neighborhood parks open between 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Kids who are at-risk for gang involvement or gang-violence will be given the opportunity to participate in a diverse range of activities for them and their families at every park. We all have the fundamental right to enjoy our neighborhood parks and by doing so we make a difference in the lives of those that live, work and play in our communities. It is our neighborhood and together we can make a difference in creating a safe and fun summer of success.
Safe Summer Tip-Off Youth Safety Festival and Basketball Event
Summer time is family time. I cannot think of a better way to celebrate family and friendships than with a BBQ. The Safe Summer Tip-Off Youth Festival and Basketball game is one of my personal favorite events.
The 2014 Safe Summer Tip-Off will be held on Saturday, June 14th at the USC Galen Center and hosted by our good friend Arsenio Hall.
Now in it’s fifth year, this free youth festival focuses on bringing kids from throughout the City out for a day of fun, food, prizes. I invite you to the bring your family out to spend some time with our event sponsors, and Public Safety professionals from the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Los Angeles Fire Department.
This festival allows the public an opportunity to get up close & personal with the vast array of amazing vehicles, and emergency equipment utilized by the LAFD & LAPD.
What begins as friendly competition turns into an intense basketball game between the undefeated LAPD basketball team and LAFD challengers. Last year’s game was an intense contest which saw the LAFD break out to a big lead over the LAPD in the early going only to be caught and eventually lose in a crazy finish. It was fitting that the final score was LAPD 51 – LAFD 50!
We will also incorporate our various Social Media channels into this year’s events. We have set up a site on https://www.facebook.com/safesummertipoff, on Twitter @SummerTipOff and also on Instagram @SummerTipOff. You can also follow me on Twitter @LAPDChiefBeck & Instagram @LAPDChiefCharlieBeck.
This free event is an outstanding opportunity to make a lasting and positive impression on kids during the start of their summer vacation. We hope to see you there.