San Diego Police enforcing closed parks and beaches during stay home order

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Posted at 9:47 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 16:24:33-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Police are out in numbers enforcing social distancing at closed parks and beaches.

A maze of crime scene tape crisscrossed the entrances to Sunset Cliffs.

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Neighbor Sean Seyler lives around the corner from the iconic Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and said he's noticed more officers.

"Last night they cut down on everybody hanging out by the beach and today they put up those little do not cross lines," he said.

He said the tape has been working, "it's definitely another deterrent, they see this and they turn around."

Saturday San Diego police officers lined Sunset Cliffs.

"All of Sunset Cliffs is considered a beach, everything you would normally walk or jog on is closed," SDPD Lt. Chris Tavanian said.

He said Sunset Cliffs is the hardest place for them to protect, "because of the length of Sunset Cliffs and the crowds that it attracts, especially around sunset, and the many different ways into this area. It takes a lot of personnel to enforce the closure."

The department drawing on recruits who can't go to the Police Academy during the pandemic. The academy shut down earlier this week due to the pandemic, leaving the class of 185 in limbo.

Police instead putting recruits in the community, "the recruits are being distributed throughout the city to maintain closures at our beaches and parks," Lt. Tavanian said.

Neighbors like Seyler say it's a welcome change seeing more officers.

"It seems like it's getting worse and they're cracking down, and like I said I hope the necessary steps are being taken to flatten the curve," Seyler said.

Police asking San Diegans to please stay home, so they can do their job and help others.

"We're doing everything we can to limit our officers' exposure so they can take other priority calls," Lt. Tavanian said.

A police spokesman said the department had not cited anyone Friday.