we do ...
there are many ways to be involved
Two Community Programs
The LAPD supports community policing, and has any number of ways you
can become involved. There are two basic ongoing and well established
community based policing programs that we want to tell you about first
... the "C-PAB" and "SLO" programs.
Each Division has it's own Community-Police Advisory Board (C-PAB),
and its own compliment of Senior Lead Officers (SLOs).
NOTE: If you don't know what Division you're in, see the section
entitled "LAPD Structure"
to find out.
... Community-Police Advisory Board
A Community-Police Advisory Board is comprised of civilian volunteers
from the residential and business community of a Division. The C-PAB
is Co-chaired by two individuals, the Division Captain and a C-PAB
A C-PAB member's role is to advise the Division regarding crime and
quality of life issues that affect the community. C-PAB members also
disseminate information received from the Department back to the community.
Ideally, each Community-Police Advisory Board is representative of
the local area. Members should be respected in the community, knowledgeable
about local conditions, and have the ability to work well in a group
In order to attain nonpartisan membership, elected officials, including
the paid or full-time volunteer staff of elected officials, or active
political candidates, are not allowed to be a member of a C-PAB. However,
elected officials and their staffs are permitted and encouraged to
participate in C-PAB activities as a valuable community resource.
The Division Captain is encouraged by the Department to seek the input
of C-PAB members.
... Senior Lead Officer
Lead Officer program
is vital to community policing, because the SLO is often the main
liaison for problem solving between the Department and the resident.
There are 168 SLOs across the City. Each Division is subdivided into
several Basic Car Areas, and your SLO supervises your neighborhood's
Basic Car, and the officers who are assigned to it.
You'll want to find out from the Division that serves your area the
name of your Senior Lead Officer and his or her cell phone number
(they all have them).
Senior Lead Officers are the pivotal element in the LAPD's
effort to prevent and deter local crime. SLOs provide the vital link
for local problem solving, public safety, and quality of life issues.
Among other things Senior Lead Officers are responsible for:
Monitoring crime trends in their Basic Car areas - since each
Division has several of these, the SLO supervises a relatively
small geographic region
Working with the Community-Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) and
residents to develop goals to be accomplished through the efforts
of all officers assigned to the Basic Car
Acting as liaisons with the Division's detectives in order to
keep them informed of crime trends and special problems within
the Basic Car area
Senior Lead Officers regularly attend Neighborhood
Watch meetings, and are happy to coordinate setting up new
ones. They are eager to serve the community.
Interaction between the SLO and the local resident is essential, since
Senior Lead Officers take the lead in establishing and maintaining
local community policing partnerships.