What 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.

C-PAB ... 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 member.

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 settings.

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.

SLO ... Senior Lead Officer

The Senior 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.