The young gather to celebration ending of their studies — Talk about responsible partying at home

People in park. Photo by Jyri Huhtala

On June 1, when schools and high schools end, numerous young people will gather to celebrate the beginning of their vacation. In earlier years the celebration has translated into a lot of work for the police, ambulance, youth workers, and voluntary employees. East Uusimaa Police Department, the City of Vantaa Youth Work, Children of the Station Walkers and Finnish Red Cross have prepared for the weekend and will be on the spot.

Traditional meeting places favored by the young in Vantaa are schools’ and day-care centers’ yards, as well as public parks. Popular places in East Vantaa are Kuusijärvi outdoor recreation area, Dixi’s environment, Heureka park, and in West Vantaa Vetokangas beach and Jokiuoma park. Like thousands of other young people, some Vantaa youth will go to celebrate in downtown Helsinki and Järvenpää's Rantapuisto. The police instruct guardians and the young in a release of their own.

In the darkening evening, risks of accidents will increase

East Uusimaa Police Department, Central Uusimaa Rescue Department, and the City of Vantaa Youth Services have in several years reminded guardians of schoolchildren and students over Wilma of what kind of situations the celebrating young may encounter.

Some of the partiers have been strongly intoxicated in years past. In addition to accidents, there have been crimes such as assaults, sexual harassment, and theft. The intoxicated face a much bigger risk of being victims of crime and accidents.

There have, moreover, been some group fights—set up by Vantaa youth in advance—where several participants have been armed with edged weapons. The fights have often aimed at assault and robbery.

Let's leave mopeds at home

We recommend that the young leave their mopeds and scooters at home for the end-of-school night. Vehicles may be targets of vandalism, or a young person with a moped may be tempted to drive after consuming alcohol.

Keep your phone on

The police and child welfare authorities will contact the guardians of young people who are intoxicated or have committed a crime. Guardians should be accessible by phone especially on the party night and answer calls from unknown numbers, since the call might come, for example, from a police youth worker.

The City of Vantaa youth workers also serve over the phone, and the phone number of outreach youth work :

  • East Vantaa is 040 414 356
  • West Vantaa 043 631 8685.

Call the number if you are concerned about your condition or about the condition of another young person.

Guardians are urged to discuss the risks related to graduation-night partying with their children. Agree together on ground rules, so that a nice evening will not end in a police reprimand or an unfortunate injury.

Have a safe end-of-school weekend!

East Uusimaa Police Department, Central Uusimaa Rescue Department, the City of Vantaa Youth Services

Published: 29.5.2019 
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