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Their first round up was of four drunkards in the cemetery

On Wednesday, October 17, 2012, Councilor Wally Nu�ez, whose portfolio includes Community Protection & Safety and Drug Awareness, along with Freddie Gonzalez and Rafael Torres of The San Pedro Alcohol & Drug Institute (SPADI) teamed up with the San Pedro Police Department to conduct the first ever round-up of loafers off public places. "Our main objective is to clean up the streets of San Pedro for the betterment of the community," commented Councilor Nu�ez. "We will start of by targeting drunkards who are out on public places and then we move to bigger problems such as drug dealers and so forth."

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Good work. Thanks to the Town Board and to the police.
This action is long overdue and incredibly welcome!

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I guess I had better watch where I loaf till things cool down!


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LOL Elbert. So, what happens when they are released from "detainment?"

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Laurie, That is a large frustration for the Police officers, I chat with the police and it seems you have hit the nail on the head. The 'Loafers' go right back to Loafing, drinking Red Top, panhandling and it just becomes a cycle of frustrating time consumption for the Police.


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Do they have a law that allows 72 hour hold for the safety of the person being held?
Hopefully when the detox/rehab center gets built these people can be placed there at least for awhild. Far better than leaving them to die on the docks and alleys.


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How does the police Dept place loafers into a rehabilitation program? It would be a great service to offer the refiners who are sick and in need.

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Ugh. This ipad... 'detained' not refiners. (How does this thing make up words lil)

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Not too sure about the police frustration with the loitering drinking situation considering they have never done anything about it before. This is the first "round up" conducted. The hope was that they could be fined and if they could not meet their fines be sent to Hattieville who had agreed to offer them rehab instead of just doing their time. A lot depends on their wish to be rehabilitated and their families support and conviction and willingness to help them. We have had several die on the streets after becoming drunks and the hope is to get these guys help before they kill themselves. At very least this should be a personal wake up call for all of them and their families.

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Do you remember when there was a bench in front of the internet cafe next to Manelly's Ice Cream? There were always three guys on it. Some of us used to take bets on which would be the next to die. I KNOW - not nice - but true. You could watch the deterioration month by month.
The saddest part was that as one died another one came along to take his place.
What a joy to see San Pedro citizens starting to admit the problem even exists; and now actually trying to do something about it. I used to shake my head when people made a big deal about stray dogs peeing in the streets but no concern about humans soiling themselves.
I am amazed and impressed about the risks Mayor Danny is willing to take.


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