Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Public safety

St. Petersburg police want to keep teens out of trouble

'Operation Safe Summer'

Police have plan to keep teens out of trouble

The St. Petersburg Police Department has launched "Operation Safe Summer" to reduce youth-related crimes during the school break.

While the uniform crime rate is down 2.3 percent for the first four months of 2012, compared with the same period in 2011, juvenile-related crimes such as auto theft and vehicle burglary tend to go up when schools let out because many teens have less access to structured activities and too much time on their hands.

A team of officers will be dedicated to the project day and night throughout the summer. The citywide program will use two methods to reduce crime. Officers will track known repeat offenders and move quickly to arrest those who disregard the laws, but they will also facilitate referrals for individuals needing human services, such as substance abuse education, conflict resolution, temporary employment and education issues.

To accomplish the second approach, the department has formed a partnership with several organizations in the community dedicated to engaging youths. Partners will provide the services, training or counseling necessary to help at-risk youths find the support they need to stay out of trouble and succeed in life.

Residents can also help reduce youth crime by remembering a few simple crime prevention tips: Always lock vehicles, never leave cars unattended with the engine running and the air conditioning on because it is hot out, use anti-theft devices, and never leave valuables in plain sight inside a vehicle, especially electronic items such as cellphones and GPS devices.

William Proffitt, St. Petersburg Police Department

Comments
Days before graduation, crash kills Lakewood High senior, injures two others

Days before graduation, crash kills Lakewood High senior, injures two others

ST. PETERSBURG — A Lakewood High School student was killed and two others were injured when their car struck a tree just outside the campus on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.All three boys involved in the crash were 18 and seniors, officials ...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
He brandished a gun and demanded drugs, but he left empty handed twice, police say

He brandished a gun and demanded drugs, but he left empty handed twice, police say

TAMPA — Police are looking for a man who failed to rob two Tampa pharmacies last week.No one was harmed during the botched heists, but the man may be armed with a handgun, police said.In surveillance video released by detectives Tuesday, the suspect ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
A Sarasota girl nearly dies after accidentally ingesting pool water

A Sarasota girl nearly dies after accidentally ingesting pool water

It started off like a regular pool day at her grandparent’s home. Elianna Grace, 4, and other kids were having fun, blowing water out of pool noodles at each other.Then, as Elianna was blowing water out one end of the noodle, someone else accidentall...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Buckhorn urged to name woman as fire chief in wake of discrimination suit

Buckhorn urged to name woman as fire chief in wake of discrimination suit

TAMPA — In the wake of a female firefighter’s victory against the city in a discrimination lawsuit, Mayor Bob Buckhorn is being urged to name a high-ranking woman to replace retiring fire Chief Tom Forward.Earlier this month, Buckhorn said he will na...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Tampa man faces murder charge in September slaying

Tampa man faces murder charge in September slaying

TAMPA — A 68-year-old Tampa man faces a charge of first-degree murder following his arrest Monday in the September death of an Osceola County woman.Evidence from the crime scene led officers to James Jackson, police said.According to police, the body...
Updated: 6 hours ago
FHP: Riverview motorcyclist critically injured in crash on I-4

FHP: Riverview motorcyclist critically injured in crash on I-4

TAMPA — A Riverview motorcyclist was critically injured Monday night in a crash on Interstate 4, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Around 7:15 p.m., Cristobal Padilla was riding eastbound in the outside lane, west of County Line Road, FHP said....
Updated: 6 hours ago
Florida man said sex addiction caused him to attack two women

Florida man said sex addiction caused him to attack two women

CORAL SPRINGS — Police say a security guard arrested in connection with two attacks on women in a Florida neighborhood has told investigators he has a problem. The police report on the Sunday arrest of 25-year-old Dante M. Collins says he admitted tr...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Missing Wesley Chapel boy, 12, found safe

Missing Wesley Chapel boy, 12, found safe

A Florida Missing Child Alert has been cancelled for a 12-year-old boy in Wesley Chapel.Tyshawn Govan has been located and is safe, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.The boy had last been seen Monday night near the 2200 block of Marsh Vi...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Waffle House shooter’s guns were seized but then returned

Waffle House shooter’s guns were seized but then returned

Travis Reinking exhibited multiple warning signs that he was mentally unstable: He talked openly about delusions that he was being stalked by Taylor Swift. He insisted unknown people were making barking noises outside his home. He even went to the Wh...
Updated: 10 hours ago
‘Tase me, and you’ll see what happens,’ an American Airlines flier said. Police did - 10 times.

‘Tase me, and you’ll see what happens,’ an American Airlines flier said. Police did - 10 times.

Washington PostWhat began as a simple boarding dispute at Miami International Airport escalated into a tour de force of plane drama on Sunday as a belligerent passenger was repeatedly stunned by police, forcibly carried out of his seat, then driven t...
Updated: 9 hours ago