Over the weekend, two young Long Beach residents tragically passed away. While an investigation is underway and toxicology reports are not yet available, we have lost several young people in the past few years.
Our police department is taking this issue seriously and combating it head on with a three-pronged approach that focuses on prevention, redirection, and enforcement. In addition to being in contact with police agencies throughout the region to prevent drugs from even getting into the City, the Long Beach Police Department will be partnering up with the Long Beach School District and various community organizations to educate children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Beginning next month, we will be hosting community forums and offering counseling sessions.
We encourage parents to talk to their children about how important it is to stay away from drugs, and we want to do everything we can, as a City, to help prevent this from happening again.
More information will be posted about our upcoming substance abuse programs on our website and social media pages in the coming weeks.
– Police Commissioner Michael Tangney