I met with San Diego Police Capt. Tony McElroy this morning. He’s in charge of the police department’s southern division. He told me that the border is by far the major issue he has to deal with in his day-to-day work. This last weekend was no exception.

McElroy said his team has to deal with crowds of revelers that head over to Tijuana on the weekends to party the night away in bars and clubs with far more relaxed licensing laws than establishments north of the border.

Over the past weekend, the San Diego Police Border Crime Suppression Team rolled out its first “Operation Safe Crossing,” which incorporated personnel from all over the county. On Friday and Saturday nights, the police arrested a total of 129 people, including 40 arrests of juveniles for violation of curfew and 61 arrests for being drunk in public.

McElroy said the operation proceeded in two phases:

First, police officers checked young people crossing the border into Mexico for identification to ensure that they weren’t under the age of 18. As I explained in a couple of posts last week, the city of San Diego has an ordinance that forbids juveniles from crossing the border into Mexico unless they’re accompanied by a parent or guardian or have written permission from a parent or guardian.

Second, police officers arrested dozens of people upon their return to California for being drunk in public or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The police also made one adult arrest for a felony warrant, one adult arrest for a misdemeanor warrant and referred 24 military personnel to the Navy’s Shore Patrol for violation of U.S. military laws and regulations.

On Friday night, the police also detained two people who they then turned over to paramedics because the individuals were suffering from alcohol poisoning.

McElroy said it was a pretty average weekend.


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