The Santa Monica Police Department is urging the community for its continued support in ensuring another safe New Year’s Eve celebration by reminding residents to not discharge firearms into the air.

It’s dangerous and it’s illegal. Discharging a firearm within the city limits is a felony and could land the perpetrator in state prison. Bail for such an offense is $35,000, according to SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis.

Those who witness someone firing a gun should call 911 and report it. Give the 911 dispatcher as much information as possible about the shooting. If one only hears gunfire, call Santa Monica Police Dispatch immediately at (310) 458-8491.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-78-27463), or submit the tip online at www.wetip.com. You will remain completely anonymous and may be eligible for a reward, up to $1,000, if your information leads to an arrest and conviction.

Or, anonymous tipsters can contact Crime Stoppers by either calling (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting their website at www.lacrimestoppers.org. To text an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers view their webpage for detailed instructions. If the information leads to an arrest, the tipster is eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000.

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