California residents and visitors enjoyed the 4th of July, three-day holiday weekend with warm weather, several days off, fireworks, barbecues, beaches and beer. While residents and visitors enjoyed all that the Golden State has to offer, many of our California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) members worked to keep people safe and respond to those in trouble.
Our CSLEA members with CALFIRE had already been busy with fires and seizing illegal fireworks. That work continued throughout the holiday weekend.
Our CHP public safety dispatchers likely had an increased volume of calls due to the sheer number of people travelling over the course of the three days. The CHP announced a maximum enforcement period which began Thursday evening and ran through Sunday night.
Alcoholic Beverage Control agents worked to keep alcoholic beverages from the under-21 set and often deal with public intoxication at special events.
Our CSLEA members with the Department of Parks and Recreation enforced the law within State Parks and responded to those who suddenly found themselves in trouble with powerful waves of water.
"This is a very busy time of year for many of our members and I'm extremely proud of the public safety jobs they perform throughout the year and during peak times such as this past holiday weekend," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona "Very few people think about the state workers who, on a daily basis, work to keep Californians safe. Some of them wear uniforms, some of them don't, some of them are sworn peace officers, some of them aren't, but they're all tremendous public safety professionals who do an incredible job of keeping us safe where we live, work and play. To them, I say thank you. I hope they were able to spend some enjoyable time with their own families."