Long Beach Prepares For Black Spring Break

While traffic plans for Black Spring Break have focused mainly on the cities of Biloxi and Gulfport, the city of Long Beach is also making some preparations. Long Beach police officers have been attending coast-wide meetings, planning for the event on April 6th-8th.

Officers say they don't know if the Spring breakers will decide to move the party west to Long Beach. But in case they do, police officers have come up with a plan to handle traffic along Highway 90.

Chief Tom Bishop says their response is going to be reactive and they're going to wait and see. If the students do come down to Long Beach, Chief Bishop says the department will have full time day shift and night shift officers working. The department will also have approximately 30 reserve officers from the Long Beach Police Reserves working that weekend.

Chief Bishop says if necessary, he can call on officers from nearby police departments to help out.  He can also request barricades or orange barrels. A command post will be set up at the Long Beach Harbor, to coordinate the activities.

By: Trang Pham-Bui