AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe division gets some unusual calls on New Year’s Eve, as well. Sgt. Tom Hamilton responded to a call about a “sea monster” one year. “We received a radio call and the comments were `see the sea monster at Cabrillo Beach,”‘ Hamilton recalled. He and another officer responded to the call and found a young couple at the Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse. The couple had been getting, as Hamilton put it, “amorous” on a blanket on the beach when the blanket lifted up and started moving. “When we looked at the blanket, we discovered this huge sea turtle had laid its eggs in the sand under the blanket,” Hamilton said. They resolved the situation with the young couple, but then had to explain the sea monster to the rest of the LAPD divisions, who can all hear each other’s radio calls. “They were all curious,” Hamilton laughed. Because every call to the police isn’t as lighthearted as a sea monster, Lindsay had a list of things people should avoid in order to stay safe this Monday night. “I hate to sound like a broken record,” he said, “but drinking and driving, leaving valuables in plain view in their car and locking the car, those are always the big ones.” And for those who don’t follow the rules, the Harbor Division will be out in full force. Although there are no plans for DUI checkpoints on Harbor Area roads, the LAPD traffic division will be on “maximum deployment,” meaning all officers will be on patrol in the field. Additionally, Lindsay said that partiers, particularly teenagers, need to be mindful of who they are with. “When they get to these parties and they have gang members at the parties, they really ought to think about whether or not they want to be there,” the captain said. “Sometimes people think it’s cool to be hanging around gangsters, but the problem is that things can become violent or go sideways real quickly.” And regarding such violent incidents, Lindsay said that all revelers should try to avoid getting into drunken brawls, which are a common problem in the Harbor Area. “Here at Harbor we have a significant number of aggravated assaults that involve people that are drinking and get into some kind of argument,” Lindsay explained. “It occurs at bars, it occurs with friends and relatives, or even strangers.” He recommended that friends watch out for one another and pull someone away if they get into a heated argument. “Walk away before someone loses their temper or pulls out a knife,” he said. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Around the world, New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate, and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division wants to make sure that locals are celebrating the right way this year. San Pedro and other Harbor Division cities – Wilmington, Harbor City and Harbor Gateway – typically have problems with illegal fireworks, gunfire and drunken driving on New Year’s Eve, according to Cpt. David Lindsay. “People shooting guns in the air are always a problem,” Lindsay said. “It’s getting better over time, but it’s always a constant worry. The other real big issue is the drunk driving that occurs after the parties are over.” He said the department is inundated with traffic accident calls each New Year’s.