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At the Police Commission Meeting on December 16, 2003:

Chief's Report:

Assistant Chief Gascón reported that all major crimes are again down compared to this time last year. Total violent crimes are down by 5.9%. Captain Terry Hara reported on the two officers who were injured over the weekend. One has been released from the hospital and one is being transported to another hospital for security reasons. President Cunningham requested that the Commissioners be kept updated on their condition.

Commissioner's Reports:

Commissioner Ochi is continuing her work as the Chair of the Hate Crimes and Discipline Task Forces. Vice President Skobin attended the LAPD Toy Giveaway at the Academy. Approximately 2000 children attended and received toys. President Cunningham participated in a joint meeting with other City family entities to discuss the interpretation of stop data information. He will continue to keep the Board apprised of the progress of this item. He also inquired about the date of Recognition Day as he would like to solicit for candidates to be considered by the Commendations Board for the Police Commission Integrity Medal. Commissioner Caruso stated that he would like to be kept updated on the possibility of the Alarm Section being moved to the Office of Finance.

Agenda Items:

Captain Rick Webb presented an update on Recruitment. Basically, the hiring process has been changed and now functions quite well. The problem lies in the Department's ability to effectively market itself to an audience of eligible recruit candidates. Past outreach efforts have not shown any marked increase in candidates. To address this problem, the Department is now in the Request for Proposal process to hire a marketing and public relations firm to conduct research and develop an effective marketing plan for LAPD Recruitment. President Cunningham would like to enhance this process with a Recruitment Task Force.

Mr. Ed Griffin from the Housing Authority discussed the status of the installation of cameras in their housing complexes. This item was introduced by President Cunningham when he was made aware of the issue during ride-alongs and roll calls in the Southeast area. The cameras are actually part of a large one-time expense from the Housing Authority in light of the loss of the Housing Authority Police Force. The entire project, which includes architectural changes that will make it easier for LAPD to patrol the complexes, is still in the planning stage. Mr. Griffin vowed to return to keep the Commissioners updated on the project's status.

The Commission forwarded to the Chief of Police the recommendation from the Hate Crimes Task Force to consider placing a Hate Crimes Unit within the Detective Bureau.

The Inspector General's report on the status of the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel was continued to the second week in January.

Three of the four legislative proposals were approved for transmittal to the Mayor for inclusion in the City's 2004-2005 Legislative Program. The proposal relative to the amendment of vehicle registration procedures was continued.

New "Your Police Commission" Television Shows

Two new "Your Police Commission" television shows were taped. One show highlighted the Office of the Inspector General with guests Inspector General André Birotte, City Councilmember Jack Weiss, and Deputy Chief Michael Berkow. The other program explored the topic of charitable giving in Los Angeles with guests Commissioner Silvia Saucedo, Los Angeles Police Foundation Executive Director Karen Wagener, and Cheryl Jantz from the Commission's Charitable Services Section. These programs will air on Channel 35 in the beginning of the new year.

The next scheduled Police Commission meeting will be held on January 6, 2004.

Happy Holidays!!!


At the Police Commission Meeting on December 9, 2003:

Chief's Report: Assistant Chief McDonnell reported that all major crimes are again down compared to this time last year. In fact, Los Angeles is reporting some of the lowest levels of crime in the country. There are presently 235 recruits in the Academy. The budget issue continues to be of concern. A press conference is being scheduled to discuss the possible impact of the loss of funds from the vehicle licensing fee. It is estimated that the loss could be as high as $13 million per month.

Commissioner's Reports: Commissioner Ochi attended two women's events and has a Hate Crimes Task Force and Discipline System Task force meeting scheduled in the new future. Vice President Skobin is addressing the issues revolving around the Official Police Garage contracts in the Valley in light of a new area being created. Commissioner Saucedo commented on the nice time had by the Commissioners who attended the Commission Holiday Party. President Cunningham talked about his ride along in Southeast during the weekend following the attack on LAPD officers in Nickerson Gardens. He expressed concern about the Department's accepting the responsibility of policing the area since the Housing Authority Police Department was disbanded. Part of the transitional arrangement included placing cameras in the area, however this has not been done yet. President Cunningham requested an update on the installation of the cameras. He also stated that these assaults on officers will not deter the Department, and in fact, the Department vows to increase visibility in the area. President Cunningham also asked for status reports on the Board of Rights study and review and the Community Police Advisory Board Summit.

The Blueprint for Operations of the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel was approved for transmittal to the Mayor and City Council with the exception of the proposed notice from the Chief advising Department employees of the procedures to be followed regarding Panel access to documents and requests for interviews. That item, along with an amendment to the Policies and Authority relative to the Inspector General's work with the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel, were continued to next week.

Captain Diaz presented an update on the ballistic vest manufacturer contract. The Department was actually using the best known vest on the market when the City's contractor, Second Chance, notified all law enforcement agencies that there may be life expectancy problems with a material in some of their vests. LAPD was one of the most proactive agencies in the country in pursuing a solution to this serious problem. While this issue may result in litigation with this company, the Department is currently following a program to ensure that officer safety is not compromised. Old Ultima vests are being exchanged with Monarch vests giving priority to officers in the field. Officers who purchased upgraded vests will receive vests of the same quality.

Captain Diaz also reported on the status of training officers on the Glock pistol. In the first deployment period of next year, 48 instructors will train 400 officers per month on the Glock pistol. So far, approximately 2000 officers have expressed an interest in the training.

The Police Commission reviewed its own Vision Statement and Goals. President Cunningham clearly outlined his priorities:

· Reducing crime
· Community Policing and communication with Neighborhood Advisory Councils
· Community input on racial profiling stop data
· Diversity in recruitment
· Improved budget capabilities
· Identify resources for the Office of the Inspector General

Commissioners Skobin and Ochi will revise the Vision Statement and Goals to reflect President Cunningham's priorities.

The Police Commission was asked to adopt a formal position on the location of the new Police Facilities Headquarters Building. The Police Commission's position will be one of several positions considered by the City Council, the entity which has the authority to make a final decision. The Commissioners chose the option which they felt provided the most public safety features. In the selected scheme, the new headquarters will be located on Temple Street where Judge John Aiso Street is currently located. Judge John Aiso Street would be closed off at about the middle and a cul-de-sac would be created.

Dan Koenig reported that the new alarm policy is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2004. The letter which was sent to all Los Angeles alarm companies was also sent via e-mail to the Commission's community and Neighborhood Council mailing list and it has been posted on

Commander Harlan Ward reported on the status of Consent Decree Mental Health recommendations. Of the 74 recommendations, 42 are complete. Commissioner Ochi has recently accepted the Chair position of the Mental Health Task Force and she will return in January with another status report.


At the Police Commission Meeting on December 2, 2003:

Chief's Report:

Chief Bratton discussed that crime is continuing to go down, and some cases, the Department is exceeding its own goals in terms of crime reduction. He also reported that the graduating recruit class is 31% female, which again exceeds the Department's goal of 25%.

Commissioner's Reports:

Commissioner Ochi attended a Community Forum in the San Fernando and discussed public safety issues. She also attended a Commission on Assaults against Women meeting. Vice President Skobin attended the Reel to Real Detective Salute along with the West Bureau Town Hall Meeting. President Cunningham also attended these events.

Executive Director's Report:

Dan Koenig reported that progress is being made in implementing the new Alarm Policy on January 1, 2004. A letter is being sent to all alarm companies doing business in Los Angeles asking them to advise their customers of the changes. That letter will also be sent via e-mail to the Commission's community mailing list and it will be posted on within a few days.

Agenda Items:

· The Department's request to accept a grant award of $461,000.00 from the Los Angeles county Probation Department, the report relative to the contract for Internet Auctioning Services for Unclaimed Personal Property, the contract with the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation, the Chief's proposed Department reorganization, and the Department's report regarding the Independent Monitor's 9th Quarterly Status Report for the Consent Decree, were all approved.

· In discussing the Inspector General's report regarding the Independent Monitor's 9th Quarterly Status report for the Consent Decree, it was brought up that the internal survey revealed that officers did not like the Consent Decree. The Chief commented that this is probably true, however the important fact is that they do not object complying with it and they are well aware of the importance of it. Thew Inspector General's report was approved.

· The items regarding the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel were continued to next week.

· Barb Garrett from the Chief Legislative Analyst's Office and Terry Martin from the Mayor's Office presented a status report on the analysis of Pedestrian and Motor Vehicle Stop Data. At this time, a contractor has been selected to analyze the data. It is probable that the process will be released to the public in January. At that time, public meetings will be organized to obtain the public's input.

New Employees

Special Investigator II Paul Hayashida has joined the Office of the Inspector General. Paul was with the Glendale Police Department for 20 years and retired as a Sergeant. After attending law school, Paul became an attorney and worked in private practice for a law firm which represents various law enforcement agencies.

Richard Tefank has accepted the position of Assistant Inspector General. Richard has extensive law enforcement experience including holding the posts of Police Chief at both the Pomona Police Department and the Buena Park Police Department. When he retired in 2001, he became the Southern California Law Enforcement Liaison for the California State Attorney General.


Management Aide Cheryl Richards has transferred to Charitable Services Section from the Permit Section.



Tips on How to Spot a Fraudulent or Unethical Charity

Los Angeles - Every year millions of dollars are lost to deceptive individuals posing as legitimate charities preying upon the giving nature of individuals and businesses. It can be difficult to discern between legitimate and unscrupulous solicitations without the needed information to make sound judgements about whether or not to give. During the holidays, this form of fraud is intensified.

Unfortunately, this crime usually goes unpunished because it is not reported. Moreover, the victims actually do not know that they have been victimized. Members of the public can stop this crime by knowing the facts.

There are basically three types of charities:

Legitimate Charities - These charities provide needed goods or services to the community and maintain a high percentage of funding dedicated to the actual cause.

Legal, but Unethical Charities - These charities meet the minimum requirements for a charity, but provide minimal goods and services to the community. Their percentage of funding dedicated to the cause is usually small compared to their administrative costs.

Fraudulent Charities - These are criminals posing as charities with no legal basis whatsoever.

Legitimate charities provide wonderful services for the people of Los Angeles, and the public is encouraged to be giving this Holiday season, but always, investigate before you donate.

The Charitable Service Section of the Los Angeles Police Commission can provide information on a charity's legal status and percentage of funds dedicated to the actual cause as opposed to administrative costs. The Charitable Services Section may be reached at (213) 978-1144.

Tips for Spotting an Unethical or Fraudulent Charity:

· Police, Fire and Sheriff Departments do not solicit contributions. Badge fraud is a big problem in Los Angeles. Solicitors lead the donor to believe their donation will help their local law enforcement or fire department. That is usually not true.

· Having "police" or "firefighter" in a name does not mean police officers or firefighters are members of the group. Fraudulent organizations use these words in their name because they know people are more likely to make a donation.

· Verify that a Los Angeles Police Commission Information Card is available upon request. · Never give cash; always make contributions by check to an organization.

· Never feel pressured to give on the spot. Don't allow anyone to intimidate you or bully you into giving or buying something "right now."

· Watch out for statements such as "all proceeds go to charity." This can mean that the money left after expenses will go to the charity.

· Prepare a "giving plan" ahead of time, based on research, so you do not feel pressured to give to everyone who asks for a donation.

· Be wary if a solicitor suggests you will receive special treatment for your donation.

· Always check out the charity before giving.

Useful Websites: & &

Charitable Services Phone No: (213) 978-1144, or toll free 1 800 439 2909 and ask for 978-1144.




In a Bi-Lingual Press Conference, The Public is Warned to Give Wisely This Holiday Season

WHEN: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 9:00 am WHERE: Parker Center - front of building 150 North Los Angeles Street Downtown Los Angeles

WHO: Police Commissioner Silvia Saucedo, Los Angeles Police Commission Assistant Chief George Gascón, Los Angeles Police Department Karen Wagener, Executive Director, Los Angeles Police Foundation

WHAT: Two Issues will be discussed:

In English: Unethical charitable solicitations are rampant in Los Angeles, especially during the holidays. While many charities operate within legal regulations, they do not operate ethically. For example, many charities operate under a name that is similar to a well-known charity, however, they provide questionable services to the Los Angeles community. The number of victims is voluminous, but unknown because the vast majority do not realize they have been victimized. Tips will be provided on how to avoid becoming a victim of charitable fraud this holiday season.

In Spanish: There is currently a form of fraud occurring in the Spanish speaking community involving telemarketers posing as the "police department." The solicitor calls and states that if a donation is not given, police services may not be provided to them. The Los Angeles Police Commission has produced a Spanish public service announcement addressing this completely inaccurate claim. The Spanish PSA will be distributed at the press conference.


At the Police Commission Meeting on November 18, 2003:

· Chief's Report: Chief Bratton outlined organizational changes designed to refocus the Department's primary goal: the reduction of crime. A few of the changes include Deputy Chief Berkow assuming the role of both Chief of Staff and head of Professional Standards Bureau, Assistant Chief Gascon taking over Office of Operations, Assistant Chief McDonnell taking over Office of Personnel Services, and Assistant Chief Papa taking over Office of Support Services. Chief Bratton stressed that this reorganization makes the most of very limited resources. President Cunningham agreed that limited resources continues to be the major issue facing the LAPD and he vowed to continue to champion for more officers. Crime continues to go down and for the last six days, there have been no homicides in the City of Los Angeles.

· Commissioner's Reports: President Cunningham noted that he attended the Weingart Center fundraising event and Vice President Skobin attending the "Boxing for Life," event which is a co-organized by the LAPD and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

Agenda Items:

· John Linder and John Hunter presented the results of the survey which was taken by approximately 25% of the sworn members of the Department. Generally, results showed that officers feel the Department is suffering from resource deprivation because of the extremely low ratio of officers to the City's population. The vast majority feel that the community plays a big role and would welcome more community interaction. The overall picture reflects that officers have a sense of the momentum of change and that they are very optimistic about the future. Faith in Chief Bratton is extremely high.

· Los Angeles Police Commission approved a blueprint for the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel's future. Led by prominent Civil Rights Attorney Connie Rice, the nine-member volunteer Panel is tasked with not only investigating the underlying elements of the Rampart corruption scandal, but more importantly, what has occurred within the Los Angeles Police Department since the 1999 report of the incident. The blueprint presented today outlined specific action points that are required for the Panel's success, such as the waiving of conflicts that may exist for panel members, defending and indemnifying the Panelists, and working to expedite the processing of donated funds, among other items. This blueprint will be forwarded to the Mayor and the City Council for their approval.

New Employees

Detective I Gilbert Silva has joined Commission Investigation Division. He has been with the Department for 14 years and has worked at North Hollywood Patrol, Rampart Patrol, Rampart Vice, Narcotics, and at Newton as a Training Officer. When he became a Detective, he worked at Southwest, Wilshire, and Newton stations. Welcome, Gilbert!



Los Angeles Police Commissioners Approve
Blueprint for Panel to Investigate and
Report on the Rampart Corruption Scandal

November 18, 2003

Los Angeles - Today, the Los Angeles Police Commission approved a blueprint for the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel's future plan. Led by prominent Civil Rights Attorney Connie Rice, the nine-member volunteer Panel is tasked with not only investigating the underlying elements of the Rampart corruption scandal, but more importantly, what has occurred within the Los Angeles Police Department since the 1999 report of the incident. The blueprint presented today outlined specific action points that are required for the Panel's success, such as the waiving of conflicts that may exist for panel members, defending and indemnifying the Panelists, and working to expedite the processing of donated funds, among other items. This blueprint will be forwarded to the Mayor and the City Council for their approval.

The Panel's budget, which includes investigators, clerical support, paralegal and writing support, consultant services, rent, copying and office supplies, and travel expenses, is estimated at $367,000. Recently, requests have been made to local law firms and foundations to financially help the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel reach its goal.

Los Angeles Police Commission President David S. Cunningham, III, stated, "I am especially pleased to see that many caring organizations are so willing to support the financial needs of this Panel. Their enthusiastic support is proof that the community wants to put the Rampart incident behind it as much as the LAPD does. We will all benefit from the Panel's final product."

The nine-member volunteer Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel was convened in July of this year. The Panel's mission is to investigate and review the response by the city and others to the Rampart Area scandal in order to determine the extent to which the underlying causes for the scandal have been identified and addressed. The Panel will make findings regarding the adequacy of the city's response and will make recommendations for reforms designed to prevent any such event from ever occurring in the future. The Panel's efforts will result in a report to the Police Commission, which the Commission will make available to the public.


Best Practices Outlined in Special Presentation to Police Commissioners

On November 13, 2003, the Police Commission heard a presentation on the institutionalization of Consent Decree reforms. In a rare public appearance, the Independent Monitor Michael Cherkasky had the following to say:

"…There are various provisions specifically required by the Consent Decree. The one I want to focus on today is the requirement that LAPD provide periodic training on police integrity. Our rating of the new integrity training implemented by LAPD is, in one word, "terrific."

… The message the LAPD is sending in its integrity training is that it and its officers care about the community, and will do their job appropriately and in partnership with the community in the future."

Comments from President Cunningham and Mayor Jim Hahn reiterated the transition from a Department that has been checking off boxes to a Department that is assertively institutionalizing reform that will eventually exceed Consent Decree mandates.

Three presentations were made:

Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff presented the most recent Consent Decree status report. Mr. Chaleff outlined the Monitor's and Department's assessment of compliance of 144 provisions. He felt that substantial compliance will be achieved by the June 15th due date.

Lt. Len Hundshamer presented a 230 day plan which will ensure the Department's compliance. The four stage plan includes multi-level inspections, training , and inclusion of Consent Decree mandates into the COMPSTAT system, which will further institutionalize permanent changes.

Captain Sergio Diaz, Dr. Robin Green, and Lt. Sandy Jo McArthur presented the Training Compliance plan, which was lauded by Michael Cherkasky. Through the concept of "managing risk via training," the plan enhances the current training plan by incorporating Consent Decree mandates without taking officers out of the field for any additional time.


At the regularly scheduled Police Commission meeting on November 4, 2003:

· Chief's Report: Chief Bratton reported on the year-to-date crime statistics. Total violent crimes are down by 5% and homicides are down by 22.7%. Arrests are up by 11.8%. President Cunningham commented that he was very pleased with these statistics.

· Commissioner Announcements: Vice President Skobin attended the Cars for Tots program at the Elysian Park Academy over the weekend. Commissioner Ochi reported that memorandum is being prepared for the Commission regarding mental health issues. These items will be agendized in the near future. President Cunningham reported that the African American recruitment event at the First AME Church was well-attended.

Agenda Items:

· All agenda items were approved including the Department's Audit of Secret Service Funds, the California Office of Traffic Safety grant for $60,800.00, the Board of Rights Members Training, and the Department's Proposed 2004/2005 Budget.

· Assistant Chief George Gascon outlined the Proposed District Policing Pilot Project. This plan, which will be tested in Hollywood, Rampart, and Harbor Areas, is intended to be the most efficient way to run an Area. All elements of the plan are intended to fight and reduce crime, and it is that yardstick which will be used to evaluate the plan. Focusing on the highest concentration of crime among people, places and activity, the plan will direct resources where they are needed most and with the guidance of COMPSTAT, it will actually give the Area the ability to predict crime trends. The concept of Territorial Imperative is returning which allows for patrol officers to feel that they have a sense of ownership over a certain area. While the basic Area functions will not change, it is anticipated that paperwork and administrative work will be streamlined, allowing each Area to focus on the goal: fighting crime.


At the regularly scheduled Police Commission meeting on October 28, 2003:

· Chief's Report: Assistant Chief McDonnell stressed that the Department's focus has been on the fires during the last few days. Last week, the Chief, Commissioner Rose Ochi, and other command staff members were at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Philadelphia. This annual conference provides an opportunity for more than 200 law enforcement agencies to share best practices. While there were six homicides over the weekend, the year-to-date statistics continue to show an increase in arrests and a decrease in crime. The Mental Illness recommendations previously approved by the Commission are now in jeopardy due to County and City budget restraints. This item was continued. The discussion of the requirement to complete a Field Data Report on incidents in which an officer has no discretion was continued. The status report on Safe Zones was also continued.

· Commissioner Announcements: Vice President Skobin attended three events which were all very different yet each displayed the spirit of service embodied in all LAPD employees. He attended the 77th Division Task Force, the Devonshire Open House, and was present at the Fire Command Post. President Cunningham was a speaker at the Medal of Valor Ceremony. He remarked that this event is a reminder of the real service that the men and women of this Department provide. They are all heroes.

Agenda Items:

· Police Administrator Laura Johnson presented an update on the temporary and permanent Police Headquarters Facility. Final approval is underway for one of the Transamerica Buildings for the temporary site. Staff should be moved in 12 to 18 months. Paul Dana from DMGM Architects presented two proposals for the permanent site. A great deal of community outreach has been conducted. The result of that outreach is the placement of the jail at the corner of Los Angeles and Temple Streets. The actual placement of Parker Center will be either on Alameda Street between Temple and First Streets, or on the current site. Commissioner Caruso raised some questions regarding having parking under the building, using tax dollars for a low density building, and the historic cost of land on the Alameda site. While this item does not need Police Commission approval, it will come back for review at the end of November.

· The Special Order implementing the new Alarm Policy was approved. The new policy, which is effective on November 1, 2003, allows for two false alarms per year before verification is required.


At the regularly scheduled Police Commission meeting on October 7, 2003:

· Chief's Report: Both Chief Bratton and President Cunningham commented on the good news of decreased crimes and increased arrests. While the general statistics are good, Chief Bratton lamented to report on a series of shootings in the Southeast Area including an incident where a six year-old boy was shot and is now on life support. Commander Harlan Ward reported on the status of detective deployment. At this time, space allocation in all four bureaus has been made and additional detectives are being put into place during evening hours. The result of the new deployment is an increase in detective response time to crime scenes. Chief Bratton added that there are limitations in the new detective deployment program due to the fact that LAPD is still a relatively small department given the amount of people it services. Because of the small force, resources are spent "putting out fires" instead of engaged in proactive police work. The Commissioners agreed that this problem boils down to the budgetary issue and the inability to hire more officers. This issue is scheduled to be considered by City Council again in January. The Commissioners expressed that the budget issue will become a priority in the coming months.

Commissioner Announcements: Commissioner Skobin attended the Twice a Citizen Reserve Officer Awards and thanked Commissioners Cunningham and Saucedo for joining him. He also mentioned how impressed he was with the Foothill Division's task force during the weekend. Captain Albanese deployed nearly all of his 300 officers during a 24-hour period to clear up old cases. Commissioner Skobin felt that this experiment emphasizes the fact that the LAPD now operates like a business because there is a sense of empowerment at all levels and that feeling leads to innovative solutions to problems.

Agenda Items:

· Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff presented the Hunter-La Ley Consent Decree report for the Fiscal Year 2002/2003. A verbal report for Deployment periods 7, 8, and 9 was also given. Some of the Department's inability to achieve Hunter-La Ley requirements is related to the current shortage of staff in general. However, Commissioner Saucedo cautioned that may be a dismissive approach and other factors such as training must also be considered. Senior Personnel Analyst II Susan Ozawa stated that in light of the current hiring freeze, the report actually reflected a great deal of progress. The report was approved.

· Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff presented the status report on the Consent Decree.

· The "title list" of the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2004-2005 was approved.


At the regularly scheduled Police Commission meeting on September 30, 2003:

· Chief's Report: Assistant Chief George Gascon announced that violent crimes are down by 4.3% compared to this time last year. In addition, homicides are down by 23.8%. President Cunningham noted that this information equates to 117 more people alive this year than last year, and this is very good information. Chief Gascon also reported that the suspects involved in the Taft High School shooting are now in custody and the investigation is moving forward.

· Commissioner Ochi reported that the Cultural Language Task Force met and was briefed by a City Attorney representative regarding a settlement and how the Department will work with other entities in serving the hearing impaired. In addition, the Hate Crimes Task Force met and a recommendation is being developed to create a Hate Crimes Detectives Unit which will consist of two people from each Bureau.

· Vice President Skobin attended an Open House at Newton Street Community Police Station and was impressed that tours were being offered in both Spanish and English. In addition, he met with the Devonshire Volunteer Surveillance Team. This group of volunteers is the eyes and ears of the community and provides countless hours of service to the Devonshire Community Police Station.

Agenda Items:

· Police Administrator Laura Johnson presented a status report on the new Parker Center. At this time, negotiations are underway with one site for the temporary facility. An agreement should be reached within 45 days. It will then take 12 to 18 months for tenant improvements and the actual movement of staff. There will be another Community Meeting to discuss the permanent facility. The meeting will be held at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center on October 8th at 6:00 pm.

· Commissioner Ochi raised the issue of Proposition 54 and the impact it could have on the Department's ability to collect data in hate crime incidents. The item was continued.

· Consent Decree-related gang issues were discussed. Progress has been made in several areas including the placement of all Gang Enforcement Detail Lieutenants.

· Other Consent Decree reports were either received or approved including the Department's amendments to the Audit of Categorical Use of Force Investigations, Fourth Quarter, Fiscal Year 2002/03, and the status report on recommendations relative to Paragraph 154.

· Deputy Chief Michael Berkow provided a brief history of the Board of Rights process. The actual process is mandated by the City Charter, and the details are outlined in the Board of Rights Manual. The Commission holds the responsibility for training the civilian members, and the Department provides training for the sworn members of the panel. Councilmember Jack Weiss maintained his previous concerns regarding training of Board members and urged the Commission to transmit the report to the Public Safety Committee so that discussion may begin there. The Commission opted to continue the item for two weeks so that the final report could be reviewed prior to transmittal. In addition, Commission staff is working on a comparative study of how other law enforcement agencies conduct the Board of Rights process. This report is expected in mid-October.


At the regularly scheduled Police Commission meeting on September 23, 2003:

· Chief's Report: Assistant Chief James McDonnell announced that he was very pleased with the public's assistance in providing information which led to the capture of five homicide suspects last week. The Department's effectiveness is greatly enhanced with the public's assistance. President Cunningham added his support to the praise of the members of the public who were brave enough to step forward and lead the police to the suspects. Chief McDonnell noted that the Department is receiving a $6 million grant which will assist in the purchase of intra-departmental communication equipment. Also, he reported on the condition of Motor Officer Carlos Sanchez who was injured in a traffic collision. He is expected to make a full recovery however, he has many broken bones. In terms of crime statistics, Chief McDonnell stated that violent crimes are down by 4.1% compared to this time last year and arrests are up by 11.1%. In addition, homicides are down by 23.3%.

· Vice President Skobin reported that he attended Open Houses at the 77th and Devonshire Area Stations, the La Ley Picnic, and the National Parking Enforcement Conference. He was pleased to see that there has been a great deal of renewed interest in solving joint issues between the Department of Transportation and the LAPD.

· President Cunningham announced that the Police and Firefighter Housing Seminar was a big success with 175 attendees. The seminar outlined the opportunities and financial assistance for officers who purchase homes within the City of Los Angeles. It has been requested that the next seminar be held in the evening so that more individuals may attend.

· Future Projects - President Cunningham asked that a status report on the implementation of the Burglar Alarm Response policy be placed on a future agenda.

· Police Administrator Steve Johnson was joined by Councilmember Jack Weiss to discuss the current status of DNA testing and future needs once the California Cold Hit Program grant funding is no longer available. While the new crime lab will be functional in the early part of 2006, every effort is being made to see that the current facility runs more effectively. In the report which was approved by the Commission for transmittal to the Public Safety Committee, additional positions were also recommended. President Cunningham stressed that the Crime Lab is extremely understaffed compared to that of other major law enforcement agencies.

· The report on the educational opportunities available to Board of Rights members was discussed with Captain John Egan and Councilmember Jack Weiss. While all agreed that additional training for Board of Rights members is desirable, the item was continued for one week so that Deputy Chief Michael Berkow could comment on this matter before it is transmitted to City Council.

· Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff presented an update on the Consent Decree. President Cunningham stated that he was pleased with the new format of the matrix which clearly outlines the real-time status of the Department's compliance efforts. There are many areas which the Department has already achieved 100% compliance, and those areas need to be maintained. Administrator Chaleff is certain that the remaining issues will be brought into compliance by the due date of June 15th.

· The Department's report regarding alternative procedures for document requests was approved for transmittal to Public Safety Committee. While this report documents improvement in the time it takes provide reports to the public, the larger picture of streamlining the entire system is the real goal, and that issue is currently being addressed by staff.

New Employees

Erica Swift has joined the Office of the Inspector General. She has only been with the City since June of 2001, but she has already been promoted twice! She joined the City as a Management Assistant with the Police Department in Employee Opportunity and Development Division. She then moved to the Housing Department as a Management Analyst I. And now, she joins the Inspector General as a Management Analyst II. Welcome, Erica!


At the regularly scheduled Police Commission meeting on August 26, 2003:

· Chief's Report: Chief Bratton reported that violent crimes continue to decrease in Los Angeles. To date, violent crimes are down by 4.1% compared to this time last year, and homicides are down by 22.4%. He also stated that recruitment, retention, and restorations are up. Retirements have slowed down considerably. He also added that the new pursuit policy is already achieving the goal of fewer injuries and collisions. Commissioner Cunningham added that he is now certain that the Police Commission made the correct choice in instigating and approving the new policy.

· Vice President Skobin reported that he attended the California Reserve Peace Officers Association awards. LAPD's own James Lombardi was recognized as the Reserve Officer of the Year. Chief Bratton added that his reorganization plan will benefit the reserve program.

· Commissioner Saucedo thanked Chief Bratton for his work in reinvigorating Senate Bill 60. His efforts pushed this bill, which allows undocumented individuals to obtain drivers licenses, to its current level, which is near approval by the Governor.

· President Cunningham announced that he attended the South Bureau Town Hall. More than 500 people came to the Town Hall and the comments were very positive. President Cunningham also attended a Community Police Advisory Board luncheon and the most recent graduating class ceremony. He also announced that there will be an information seminar for sworn personnel interested in purchasing homes in the City of Los Angeles sponsored by the Police and Fire Housing Task Force. The seminar will be held at the Elysian Park Academy on September 15th and 16th.

· Future Agenda Items: President Cunningham inquired about the report on proposed Safety Zones. Executive Director Dan Koenig stated that it should be to the Commission within 30 days. Vice President Skobin stated that the Transportation Commission is eager to have a joint meeting with the Police Commission. It was decided that Vice President Skobin would take the lead in this new endeavor.

· Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff gave a detailed status report on the Consent Decree. At this point, there are 293 days left to reach "substantial compliance." Some of the major points which need to be addressed are the lag time that exists between Department's actual progress and the Independent Monitor's analysis of items, the definition of "substantial compliance," and the designation of project managers. President Cunningham instructed Police Administrator Chaleff to add a column to the Consent Decree status chart entitled "Project Manager." In this column, the name of the person or description of position who is most responsible for getting each paragraph done will be listed. Vice President Skobin pointed out that there was an instance where the Independent Monitor found that the Department was in policy and the Department determined the opposite. This finding proves that the Department is not just interested in abiding by the Consent Decree, it is interested in the spirit of reform.

· All 17 candidates were approved for the Medal of Valor award. Commissioner Saucedo inquired about the Commission's ability to make a recommendation of an officer based on his or her community service record. This item will be agendized in the future.

· The use of the Glock pistol was approved for on and off duty private purchase. Captain Sergio Diaz described the benefits of this weapon. It is smaller and lighter, making it easier to handle. While there is no data that suggests that is safer for officers to use, it is reported to feel more comfortable in the hand, which could translate into more confidence and accuracy. Vice President Skobin supported the approval of the new weapon but stressed the importance of adequate training.

· Official Police Garage Contracts approved:

Southeast Area - Kelmark Tow
Van Nuys Area - Keystone Tow
Pacific Area - Bruffy's Del Rey Tow
Northeast Area - ATS Northeast Towing

New Employees

Management Analyst II Sue Sugahara has joined the Executive Section. Sue has been with the City of Los Angeles for six years and has worked at the Police Commission Discrimination Unit, Public Works Bureau of Sanitation (Y2K Project at Hyperion), Public Works Bureau of Sanitation Personnel, and LAPD Audit Division.

Clerk Typist Marisol Rodriguez has joined the Office of the Inspector General. Marisol is a brand new City employee who is planning to spend a long career devoted to public service with the City of Los Angeles.

Police Officer II Jose Ceja has joined Commission Investigation Division, Enforcement Section. He was with the MTA Transit Police for three years before the MTA and the LAPD merged in 1997. At LAPD, he has worked Transit Patrol, DARE, and Wilshire/Operations West Bureau.

Police Officer II Ernesto Vicencio has joined Commission Investigation Division, Enforcement Section. He joined the Department in 1998 and has worked Southwest Patrol and West Bureau Traffic.


At the regularly scheduled Police Commission meeting on August 12, 2003:

· Chief's Report: Chief Bratton reported that violent crimes continue to decrease in Los Angeles. To date, violent crimes are down by 4.2% compared to this time last year, and homicides are down by 21.2%. He also stated that recruitment, retention, and restorations are up, however budget cuts continue to be a concern.

· President Cunningham stated that the Police Commission community meeting held in West Los Angeles with Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski and Mayor Hahn was well-attended and that a great deal was learned from community members. He asked that one of the suggestions, a discussion of safe zones where people in distress could retreat to, be placed on the next Commission agenda.

· Police Administrator Nancy Gennusa reported that there are no updates on the replacement of the Police Administrative Building. At this point, alternate jail sites are still being considered. It has already been determined that a jail should not be housed at the new site on First and Alameda Streets.

· The Department made a verbal presentation on the redeployment of detectives. Beginning with the new deployment period on August 24, 2003, the number of detectives will double during the night and weekends. In October, 10 additional officers will be deployed to South Bureau where the demand for detectives has been high.


At the Community Police Commission meeting at Felicia Mahood Senior Center, West Los Angeles, on August 5, 2003:

· Police Commission President David S. Cunningham , III, welcomed the audience and stated that the Police Commission was proud to be a part of National Night Out (NNO) which is an opportunity for residents to enjoy an evening out and not be afraid of crime. Several events were planned for the evening throughout Los Angeles such as barbecues and parties. Holding an evening meeting in the Community is the Commission's way of participating in NNO.

· Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski welcomed the Commission to Council District 11. She was pleased to see that there were many familiar faces, but also some new faces in the audience. She praised the Neighborhood Prosecutor program which has done a great deal of work in the area. She also acknowledged National Night Out and said that Senior Lead Officers were not in attendance because they were busy organizing community events! There are several local public safety issues that Councilmember Miscikowski was interested in and she was looking forward to hearing the Community speakers.

· Certificates of Appreciation were given to several recipients. Michael Prendergast was honored for his 12 years of outstanding dedication to the Police Commission. Michael is going to the Fire Department to further his career goals. Officers Rene Acosta, Peter Pak, Dana Binion, and Lance Nielson were acknowledged for their work in apprehending two violent home invasion robbers who had been terrorizing a neighborhood. The St. Joseph Center was acknowledged for its outstanding outreach efforts in the homeless community. Often, the St. Joseph Center is a lead resource for the Pacific and West Los Angeles Divisions. And while Henry Lazo was not present, he was honored for creating the Multi-Agency At-Risk Student Task Force, which brings together numerous entities to curb gang involvement.

· Ellen Gaines, the Director of the Felicia Mahood Senior Center welcomed the Commission to the facility and described some of the services that are provided at the center such as food, transportation, and recreation for numerous seniors in the area.

· Chief's Report: Chief Bratton reported that crimes are down and arrests are up, however more can always be done. Also, there are seven full recruit classes going through the Academy right now. Chief Bratton outlined how many officers are deployed in various functions throughout the West Bureau. The majority of officers are in the patrol function.

· Vice President Skobin reported that he had attended the 51st Annual International Association of Auto Theft Investigators Training Seminar and the Operation Dark Cloud terrorist attack exercise. He felt that both events provided valuable training material to law enforcement professionals.

· Commissioner Ochi stated that there had been an all-day community meeting hosted by Councilmember Jan Perry to discuss the placement of the new Police Administration Building. At this meeting, it was agreed upon that a jail would not be housed in the new facility. The jail's placement is still not determined.

· President Cunningham asked that the issue of detective deployment be added to the next agenda.

· Deputy Chief Lee Carter presented a status report on public safety in the West Bureau. The areas of concern include residential robberies, follow-home robberies, traffic, purse snatching, and the Oakwood area. He stated that officers are deployed in areas of concern and that there is progress being made.

· Mayor James Hahn arrived and addressed the audience. He stated that while there are decreases in every category of crime, and there are more officers than there has been in the last five years, there is always more to do. People need to feel safe because that sense of safety is critical to every aspect of living in this city.

· During Public Comment, 20 individuals spoke about public safety issues in West Los Angeles. Their comments revolved around four topics. Graffiti plagues the appearance of the area and is often an indicator of gang activity. In addition, the political posters are just as distracting and unsightly. Traffic was brought up numerous times. While there is an active Traffic Committee in the Westside that has already accomplished a great deal, the problem appears to need a multi-agency approach. Vice President Skobin stated that he had planned on asking his fellow Police Commissioners to meet with the Department of Transportation Commissioners to address traffic issues. Home invasion and follow-home robberies were of great concern. While suspects continue to be apprehended for these crimes, the fear among residents is high. The Commission was thanked for its support of the Adult Entertainment Ordinance. There was a sentiment that more needs to be done to control adult businesses in the area.


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