ANGELES POLICE COMMISSION
the Police Commission Meeting on December 16, 2003:
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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 Police Commission reviewed its own Vision Statement and Goals.
President Cunningham clearly outlined his priorities:
· Reducing crime
· Community Policing and communication with Neighborhood Advisory
· 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 LAPDOnline.org.
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
At the Police Commission Meeting on December 2, 2003:
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 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 LAPDOnline.org within a few days.
· 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.
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.
DON'T BE A VICTIM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON TO CHARITABLE FRAUD
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
· Watch out for statements such as "all proceeds go to charity."
This can mean that the money left after expenses will go to the
· 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: www.give.org
Charitable Services Phone No: (213) 978-1144, or toll free 1 800
439 2909 and ask for 978-1144.
WARNING OF CHARITABLE FRAUD IN THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES
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:
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.
· 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.
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!
BLUE RIBBON RAMPART REVIEW PANEL
MOVES FORWARD IN ITS QUEST
Los Angeles Police Commissioners Approve
Blueprint for Panel to Investigate and
Report on the Rampart Corruption Scandal
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
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,
… 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
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
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
· 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
· 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.
· 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
· 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.
· 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
· Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff presented the status report
on the Consent Decree.
· The "title list" of the Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2004-2005
At the regularly scheduled Police Commission meeting on September
· 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
· 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.
· 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
· 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
· 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
· 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
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
· 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
· 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
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
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
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
· 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
· 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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