2008-05-27 / Front Page

Police Department looks for quiet finish to school year

By LISA CARNLEY Staff Writer

With the end of the school year just days away, Lampasas Police Department officials said they hope to see this school year end as quietly as it has the past several years. And Chief of Police Tim Angermann said he doesn't expect anything but a calm ending to a good term.

"We've had a number of great years with almost no incidences," said Angermann about end-of-year school activities, "and we'd like to see that continue."

Though the culmination of the school year traditionally is marked with fun events, there are some customs the local Police Department doesn't want to see in Lampasas.

In the past, the department has fielded numerous complaints regarding students tossing water balloons and eggs at moving vehicles.

There have been reports of broken windshields and damage to vehicle paint, said the chief. "But it could be much worse. We don't want to see that happening this year either. I don't think many people realize the impact an object has when tossed from a moving vehicle at another moving vehicle."

Angermann noted windshields can shatter, and someone could get cut or lose control of the vehicle.

The chief also mentioned Project Graduation -- an all-night, drugfree, alcohol-free party for graduating high school seniors. "That has been a good event to keep kids safe on graduation night."

He also encouraged parents to monitor youngsters' parties. "Kids can have a safe party at their home, and then their parents will know where they are and where their friends are."

Angermann also reminded residents of the city-imposed curfew for youths 17 and under. Curfew hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 p.m. until 6 a.m., and Friday and Saturday after midnight. "The curfew helps keep kids off the streets at hours they shouldn't be out," he said.

"We are not trying to take away the fun from our kids. We just want them to have fun in a safe manner," the chief added.

Thanks to parents and students, the past couple of years have been safe ones, he said. "We'd like to see that trend continue."

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