Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 49 / 7 December 2017
 

SFPD urges safety during LGBT Pride weekend

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 5.30.27 PMThe San Francisco Police Department is urging people to be safe during the city’s LGBT Pride weekend.

The Pride celebration and parade are Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, and the giant Pink Party street festival in the Castro is also set for Saturday. The festivities draw hundreds of thousands of people to the city’s streets each year, and bars will be packed throughout the weekend.

“The San Francisco Police Department joins the LGBT community at large in celebrating Pride Week,” Police Chief Greg Suhr said in a news release today (Thursday, June 25). “Along with our members, we’re working with many groups in a spirit of cooperation and good-will to make Pride Week 2015 a positive and safe experience for all.”

Police officials said, “There will be a significant police presence during the activities, with both uniformed and plain clothes officers on duty to monitor the events,” but safety “is the responsibility of all parties involved including participants, organizers, security staff and the police.”

Alcohol won’t be allowed in the streets at Pink Party, police noted, and “officers will patrol the venue and will be alert for persons possessing open containers of, or consuming alcoholic beverages, on streets, sidewalks and parks.

Police also offered several safety tips, including:

  • “Look out for each other and report any suspicious persons or activity to bar staff, Pride event staff or a police officer. A good adage is, ‘If you see something, say something.'”
  • “Drink responsibly and be aware of your drink.”
  • “Don’t drink and drive; Always use a designated driver.”
  • “Maintain possession of your cell phone, iPod, wallet and other valuables. 
One of the best protections is staying as a group with friends when on the street or leaving bars and clubs. Be cautious about leaving a bar or club with a stranger. A rule of thumb is that, if you feel “unsure” about another, rely on that instinct and do not go with that person.”

As the Bay Area Reporter noted in a story today, Pride officials are also encouraging people to be safe this weekend.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 25, 2015 @ 5:25 pm PST
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