ANGELES POLICE COMMISSION
At the Police
Commission Meeting on December 14, 2004:
Chief's Report: Chief Bratton reported that total violent crimes
are down by 13.7% compared to the same time last year. In addition,
there are 7.6% more arrests than there were last year at this time.
He also announced that a promotional ceremony was held in the Parker
Center Auditorium for approximately 25 individuals who have recently
Executive Director Richard Tefank reported the taping and delayed
broadcast on Channel 35 of Police Commission meetings will begin
at the January 4, 2005 meeting, which will be held at the Public
Works Boardroom. The Commission meeting will also be available on
Council Phone. The photo red light item will be on the January 11th
Commission meeting agenda. Also, City Council is considering the
request for a Charter amendment regarding the merger of the LAPD
and the Los Angeles Airport Police.
Inspector General Andre Birotte spoke of organization changes in
the Inspector General's Office and the pending hiring of a new Assistant
Commissioners' Report: Commissioner Ochi commented that it would
be nice to have a public status report similar to the one developed
by the Sheriff's Office of Independent Review. Inspector General
Andre Birotte stated that he expects to produce such a report when
his staffing issues are resolved. Commissioner Alarcon stated that
she attended the Foothill Boosters breakfast meeting as they honored
outstanding officers. She also attended the Valley Coalition Meeting
and felt that several important concerns were raised.
The Commission introduced the proposed flashlight policy, yet delayed
action until January 11, 2005. The proposed policy states that a
flashlight is to be used for illumination purposes, however, under
exigent circumstances, the flashlight may be used as an impact device.
Assistant Chief James McDonnell outlined the Department re-organization.
Police Administrator Yvette Sanchez-Owens reported that there had
been another meeting with the community regarding the new Police
Administration Building. At the meeting, which was attended by about
50 people, there was still concern raised over the lack of open
space, or possible park space for children. Commissioner Ochi asked
that a meeting with the Mayor's Office be organized to address parking
issues and a proposed gymnasium. Ms. Sanchez-Owens also reported
that $7.5 million has been approved to improve Parker Center's life
safety systems while staff remains here until the new facility is
complete. Cosmetic work has already begun.
The Commission approved the recommendation of the members of the
Management Team and the Host Committee for the International Association
of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference for the Police Commission
Captain Kris Pitcher discussed the anti-street racing campaign which
is targeted at high school students.
Captain Greg Meyer presented a report on the process of document
training given to all sworn employees.
Deputy Chief Doan presented an update on the TEAMS II project.
The next Police
Commission Meeting will be on January 4, 2005. Have a wonderful
holiday and very happy and safe new year!
At the Police Commission Meeting on November 9, 2004:
Report: Chief Bratton described the premiere of the new recruitment
videos which will be shown in theaters. The event was held in the
same manner as a Hollywood premiere in front of Parker Center with
red carpet, lights, and celebrities (the officers and actors from
He also reported that homicides are now at a number which is less
that what was reported last year. This year there are 442 homicides
year to date and last year there were 445. Total violent crimes
are down by 14.1%, and arrests are up by 7.1%. These statistics
are being achieved with 2% fewer officers than last year.
Commissioners' Report: Commissioner Ochi stated that Officer Melody
Hainline will be receiving the Civil Rights Committee Award at the
International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference. President
Cunningham expressed his continued desire to look at options to
fund more officers in light of Measure A not passing.
Police Administrator Yvette Sanchez-Owens stated that the scope
of work to improve Parker Center will now be sent to Council for
approval. The improvements will cost approximately $7.5 million.
Community meetings are still taking place to review the plans for
the permanent Police Administration Building.
The Department's request for Resolution Authorities of 16 positions
and budgetary appropriation in the amount of $1,831,145.00 in conjunction
with the Taskforce for Regional Auto-Theft Prevention for Fiscal
Year 2004/2005, was approved for transmittal to the Mayor and City
The item regarding the Hatzolah Code Three Response Pilot Program
was continued for 30 days.
The Department's report regarding procedures that are utilized to
disseminate updates on the law, both statutory and via judicial
opinion, was approved for transmittal to Public Safety Committee.
In addition, President Cunningham asked that the Commission be included
in those updates.
The Department's eighth progress report regarding review of the
retaliation investigation process was continued to December 7th.
Commissioners expressed concern over the undocumented progress of
the Inspector General's 12 recommendations regarding retaliation.
At the Special Police Commission Meeting on November 9, 2004:
The Commission approved for transmittal the report on the reorganization
of the Inspector General's Office which provides staffing with Police
Performance Auditor positions and Special Investigator positions.
"Your Police Commission"
New episodes of "Your Police Commission," hosted by Richard
Tefank will begin airing on November 18, 2004, at 1:00pm and 9:00pm,
on Cityview Channel 35 within the city of Los Angeles. On November
18, watch for an episode on the new Burglar Alarm Policy and Ordinance,
and on November 25, watch for the premiere of an episode dedicated
to Reserves. In March of 2005, watch for episodes on the Police
Commission Initiatives following the Southeast Use of Force Incident
and Bandit Tows.
Management Analyst Norma Delhagen has joined the Alarms Unit. She
has been with the City for 27 years and has worked for the Fire
Department for six of those years and for LAPD for the remaining
21 years. Welcome, Norma!
Note: The next Police Commission meeting will be held on November
At the Police Commission Meeting on November 2, 2004:
Report: Chief Bratton was pleased to announce that all violent crimes,
including murder, are down compared to the same time last year.
His "State of the Department," report was released last
week and is available on the Department's Web site. It is his intention
to have the report presented at CPAB and Neighborhood Council meetings
throughout the City. He also mentioned that Halloween on Hollywood
Boulevard still went well even though the streets were not closed.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that Senior
Management Analyst Rene Gomez will be accepting the Commission Community
Policing Liaison duties. In addition, Commissioner Cunningham asked
that a monthly update from CPAB members be organized.
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte stated that his
staffing shortage is a concern of the Independent Monitor. He is
organizing a meeting with several City entities to remedy the matter.
Commissioners' Reports: President Cunningham stated that he attended
the Chief's presentation of the "State of the Department,"
and he was pleased to see that the priorities consisted of crime
reduction, compliance with the Consent Decree, and anti-terrorism.
Vice President Skobin attended the Valley Community Policing Townhall
(along with President Cunningham), a five hour class on racial profiling,
North Hollywood's Open House, the Opening of the Nate Holden Center
for Performing Arts, and he was also honored to participate in the
Pin Ceremony for LAPD employees with 30 or more years on the job.
Commander Mike Bostic presented an outline of events related to
the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference
which will be held in Los Angeles from November 11 to 17, 2004.
He expects between 15,000 to 20,000 law enforcement professionals
from around the world to attend the conference which will primarily
be held at the Convention Center.
The monthly status reports regarding the Consent Decree were approved.
The Department's assessment of Second Quarter 2004 Bureau Gang Coordinator
Inspections was received.
The change of ownership for two Official Police Garage contracts
was approved for transmittal to the Mayor and City Council.
At the Police Commission Meeting on October 26, 2004:
Report: Assistant Chief James McDonnell reported that the Department
made an arrest in the murder of 14 year old Byron Lee. In addition,
an arrest was made of one of the most prolific serial killers in
Los Angeles history. This case was solved with DNA technology. He
also reported that violent crimes are down by 14.4% compared to
this time last year, and arrests are up by 6.8%.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that Commander
Mike Bostic will outline the events of the International Association
of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference at the next Commission meeting.
Also, on November 9th, a presentation on the Brown Act will be provided.
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte stated that he
spoke last week in Chicago at the Annual Meeting of the National
Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.
Commissioners' Reports: President Cunningham stated that he attended
two youth oriented events. One event was held at the Holeman Methodist
Church and was organized in the "get out the vote," concept.
He also participated as a panelist at a University of Southern California
meeting called "Getting to Know City Hall." Vice President
Skobin attended the Armenian Peace Officers Association Meeting.
He also mentioned that a compromise had been reached in the negotiations
with the Department and a parade applicant in the Hollywood area.
That permit will return to the Commission for review. Commissioner
Alarcon stated that she attended the Foothill Division Open House
and was very impressed with the number of attendees. She also spoke
at a Kiwanis meeting. Commissioner Ochi asked that the new Police
Administration Building issue be agendized in the near future. She
will also be chairing an upcoming Culture/Language Task Force meeting
to discuss hearing impaired audits and Special Order 40.
Commissioner Alarcon asked that future noise variance permit requests
include a review of residential opposition.
District Attorney Steve Cooley presented his view of Propositions
66 and 69. He is supportive of Proposition 69 which would create
an "all convicted felon DNA database" for the State of
California. He was not supportive of Proposition 66 which would
weaken the "three strikes" law. The Commission asked the
Executive Director to work with the City Attorney to determine the
possibility of writing a letter to City Council asking them to support
Mr. Cooley's positions.
The proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2005/2006 was approved. This
budget represents a $200 million increase over this year due to
obligatory salaries and equipment.
A review of the Police Officer III testing process was presented.
The process has stayed somewhat the same for many years, and at
this time, it is not representative of the duties of a POIII. Police
Administrator Thom Brennan will return in 30 days with a status
report on his research into alternate methods of qualifying officers
for POIII positions.
Captain Michael Moriarty presented a briefing on Operation Restore
Order which was designed to target the criminal homeless population
in Hollywood. The operation was very successful resulting in several
Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff presented the Annual Hunter-La
Ley Consent Decree Report for Fiscal Year 2003/2004. Questions were
raised involving the impact of budget shortfalls and the input of
LAPD organizations. While the report was approved for transmittal
to the City Attorney's Office, those questions will be addressed
in the next quarterly report.
Deputy Chief David Doan presented an update on the implementation
of TEAMS II, which is essentially a risk management personnel tracking
computer program. It is set to be operational by July of 2005. Through
a live demonstration, he showed that portions of the program are
The revised Police Commission Rules governing Alarm Systems was
At the Police Commission Meeting on October 19, 2004:
Report: Chief Bratton reported that total violent crimes are down
by 14.1% compared to the same time last year. During the same time
comparison, arrests are up by 6.5%. He also stated that promotions
of several Captains will be made on Friday, October 22nd. The "State
of the Department" will be released on October 28th.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that a presentation
is being planned to outline the results of the "Days of Dialogue"
that followed the Southeast Use of Force incident. The possibility
of a joint meeting with the Human Relations Commission is also being
explored. District Attorney Steve Cooley will attend the next Police
Commission meeting to discuss Proposition 69, which refers to DNA
Commissioners' Reports: President Cunningham asked that the Commission
initiate a reward, if this has not been done, for the killer of
the 14 year old boy who was laid to rest this past weekend. He also
mentioned that he and the other Commissioners attended the annual
March on Crime event which is a fundraiser for the Los Angeles Police
Foundation. Vice President Skobin attended the unveiling and official
naming of Officer Ricardo Lizarraga Square and he also attended
the first crushing of a vehicle which was seized in connection to
street racing. Commissioner Ochi attended the "Twice a Citizen"
awards where Vice President Skobin was honored for his outstanding
work with the Reserve Program.
An update on the new Police Administration Building was presented.
A meeting has been held with the community members who live and
work adjacent to the new site and their concerns are being reviewed.
The possibility of adding a gymnasium is being considered.
The report regarding the North Valley Division Official Police Garage
Services was approved. This report recommends maintaining the contracts
with the two OPG providers who currently service the geographic
Lt. Kirk provided an update on the new Burglar Alarm Ordinance which
will go into effect on November 8, 2004. The ordinance requires
the alarm holder to pay a fine of $115 for the first false alarm
occurrence. An additional $50 is added for each occurrence thereafter.
The Commission considered a parade permit application regarding
an event in Hollywood on November 6th. The Department and the interested
parties were asked to consider alternate routes and return to the
A demonstration of "Distraction Strikes" which are taught
in the Academy was presented by Training Division personnel.
Christy Sherrod has graciously agreed to help the Executive Section
by filling the Commission Executive Assistant I position on a temporary
basis. Thank you Christy!
Correction: It was incorrectly reported in the last newsletter that
two Management Analyst II positions were approved for the Alarm
Section. Those positions are in the Management
Analyst I classification.
At the Police Commission Meeting on October 5, 2004:
Chief's Report: Chief Bratton reported that the crime statistics
continue to trend to the goal of a 20% reduction in violent crime.
He also announced the promotion of Deputy Chief Michel Moore.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that approval
has been granted to fill the Commission Executive Assistant I position
in the Executive Section and two Management Analyst II positions
in the Alarm Section.
Commissioners' Reports: President Cunningham presented Chief Bratton
with his POST certification. Commissioner Alarcon reported on the
successful kick-off to Domestic Violence Month on October 1st in
the City Hall Rotunda. Commissioner Ochi reported on the Public
Forum on Proposition 69 and also asked that this issue be agendized
for a future meeting. Vice President Skobin reported on an event
for the Rape Treatment Foundation.
Deputy Chief Michael Berkow outlined the Board of Rights process.
He discussed the progression of a discipline case and, if necessary,
how the Board members are selected (two sworn and one civilian).
He stated that in California, the differences between law enforcement
agencies' policies rests in the timing of when the Chief states
his or her opinion, or intent to impose disciple, and when due process
is allowed. After much discussion of the process, President Cunningham
asked for a comprehensive report in six months that would review
the following: 1) the frequency and nature of preemptory strikes,
2) the frequency and nature of requests for legal representation,
and 3) the severity of penalties imposed by the Boards.
Paula Petrotta, the Executive Director of the Commission on the
Status of Women, announced plans for her Commission and the LAPD
to develop a report on "The Status of Domestic Violence in
Los Angeles." As each Department has different information
on the topic, the collaborative effort will be a truly comprehensive
report which will indicate areas in which the City can improve education
and the allocation of resources.
A Department presentation was given on the status of certain training
items which were requested as part of the Commission Initiatives
following the Southeast Use of Force incident. The approach for
recruit training is in the officers' understanding that the concept
of policing at LAPD is based on courteous professionalism. The "us
versus them' philosophy is not acceptable. Captain Hara outlined
how the philosophical approaches are also being reiterated through
continuing education. The members of the Commission asked for continual
updates on this topic along with a report on the use of vehicles
as a tool of self defense.
The Board of Police Commisisoners' Vision Statement, Goals, and
Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2005 was continued, however changes
were approved that were more inclusive of crimes against women.
LAPD Commission To Announce Development of "Status of Domestic
Violence in Los Angeles" Report
The members of the Los Angeles Police Commission, in partnership
with the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women (LACCSW),
will announce their plans to develop a "Status of Domestic
Violence in Los Angeles" report at the Police Commission meeting
on October 5, 2004 at 9:45 am at Parker Center, 150 North Los Angeles
Street, Room 146.
This report will provide statistical data on domestic violence calls,
arrests, adjudication, injuries involving weapons, and homicides
involving victims as well as officers. An additional benefit of
the report will be the identification of areas in which the City
can improve in terms of additional education, intervention, training,
and police resources needed.
October is recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
By conservative estimates, four million women in the United States
are assaulted by their intimate partner. Approximately 4,000 women
die each year at the hands of a spouse or intimate partner. Los
Angeles tracks more than 50,000 domestic violence cases a year and
prosecutes an average of 900 cases annually.
According to Los Angeles Police Commission President David S. Cunningham,
III, 70% of all calls for
service are domestic violence related. The recent death Officer
Ricardo Lizarraga, who was killed in February while responding to
a domestic violence call, serves as a chilling reminder that domestic
violence calls remain the most dangerous calls for service, placing
officers at an increase risk of injury and harm every day.
have placed a high priority on domestic violence in this upcoming
year," said Commissioner Cunningham. "Our goal in combining
our efforts with the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of
Women will focus on how we can reduce the number of domestic calls
for service and how we can improve officer safety in responding
to those calls."
Police Commissioner Corina Alarcon, Founder and Executive Director
of Women Advancing the Valley Through Education, Economics and Empowerment,
the largest transitional home for battered women in California,
will oversee the development of the report.
"Domestic violence is the number one public safety issue impacting
women and girls in the City of Los Angeles," said Commissioner
Alarcon. "The emphasis this Commission has placed on eradicating
domestic violence is not merely lip service. It is has been incorporated
in our mission statement and we are accountable."
For nearly 30 years the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status
of Women has been working to educate the public and policy makers
about the impact of domestic violence in our communities and in
"I am pleased to work with the Police Commission in developing
this report," said Paula Petrotta, the Executive Director of
the Los Angeles City Commission on the Status of Women. "Getting
a clear picture of the status of domestic violence in our city will
greatly assist us in maximizing and targeting our education and
intervention resources to prevent injuries and save lives."
At the Joint Police and Transportation Commission Community meeting
on September 29, 2004:
Chief's Report: Chief Bratton reported that most violent crimes
are down and that arrests are up by 17%. He also provided a brief
update of the Southeast Use of Force incident. At this time, the
criminal investigation is complete and it has been submitted to
the District Attorney. The administrative investigation is still
being conducted. Stanley Miller is currently serving a 12 month
prison term for a parole violation.
Commissioners' Report: Commissioner Alarcon outlined events which
are being planned in honor of Domestic Violence Month, which is
All agenda items, which were under the jurisdiction of both Commissions,
were approved. They included:
· Support for the pilot program to perform stolen vehicle
recovery operations of all non-felony want vehicles in the Valley,
South Los Angeles, Harbor City, and San Pedro Areas.
· Evaluation of Department of Transportation Traffic Officers
responding to and completing reports for property damage only and
traffic collision reports involving City property.
· Support for the Neighborhood Photo Radar Program to reduce
vehicular speeding in residential areas.
· Support for the Memorandum of Understanding between the
Police Department and the Department of Transportation, Bureau of
Parking Enforcement and Traffic Control, focusing on the handling
of complaints on traffic officers.
· Review and support for the "Watch the Road" campaign.
· Support for the intradepartmental collection and recording
of Citywide Traffic Collision Data.
Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff presented an update on the analysis
of the Motor Vehicle and Pedestrian Stop Data Collection. In his
review, he outlined the multitude of factors that must be considered
when analyzing this material. Even the raw data can be misleading
and subjective due to these factors. An outside firm will be performing
Public comment topics included specific street repairs, traffic,
union opinions, burglar alarm policy, suggestion for management
to be more lenient with new ideas, and alcohol use in parks.
At the Police Commission meeting on September 21, 2004:
Chief's Report: Chief James McDonnell reported that while homicides
are up by 2.9% compared to this time last year, they are actually
down by 18.1% compared to this time two years ago. Total violent
crime is down by 14.4% since last year.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that the RAND
Corporation has been contacted to make a presentation to the Commission
on their publication, "Policing in the 21st Century."
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte, Jr. reported that
much of his staff has been attending audit training which assists
greatly in their work.
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Alarcon stated that she attended
a Rotarian lunch and spoke on the role of a City Commissioner. She
also commended the Department's "Motel 6 Squad." Vice
President Skobin spoke at the Department of Transportation Traffic
Officer Graduation. He also asked for a report from the Department
on the efforts made to recruit Reserve Officers from the pool of
retiring full time Officers. President Cunningham stated that he
and Richard Tefank had a productive meeting with Councilmember Weiss
to discuss unification issues including the Los Angeles World Airport
A presentation was made by the Bureau of Engineering and the contracted
architectural firm on the three proposed schemes for the new Police
Administration Building which will be built between First and Second
Streets and Spring and Main Streets. Police Administrator Laura
Johnson also reported on the temporary safety measures being taken
for Parker Center. The $7.5 million upgrade will include a fire
alarm system, emergency lighting, a public address system, and an
overhaul of the HVAC system. A fire sprinkler system will not be
installed due to the amount of friable asbestos disruption. The
work will take between 10 to 12 months and will be done during off-hours.
Commission staff report on the disciplinary process of other law
enforcement agencies was presented however the item was continued
until the Department's report is presented on October 5th. The research
from the Commission's report revealed the Department is somewhat
unique in the fact that the imposition of discipline is stayed until
the Board of Rights decision is rendered. For the meeting on October
5th, Commission staff will also report on the history of the Board
of Rights system.
The Police Commission's Vision Statement, Goals and Action Plan
for Fiscal Year 2005, was continued until October 5th for additional
Tow Truck Sting Operation
Congratulations to Commission Investigation Division for the first
of many successful Tow Truck Sting Operations. The operation resulted
in two arrests and three impounded trucks. The operation was the
topic of a Channel 4 investigative report and a feature on the KMEX
On September 21, City Council approved the Burglar Alarm Ordinance
which will go into effect On January 1, 2005. The fines for false
alarms will $115 for the first offense and will escalate by $50
for each additional offense.
Special Investigator II Brian Pellis has joined the Office of the
Inspector General. He was formerly a practicing attorney in a private
law firm representing governmental agencies in civil rights litigation.
Brian is also a Reserve Sergeant for the San Bernadino City Police
At the Police Commission meeting on August 31, 2004:
Inspector General André Birotte and Attorney Connie Rice outlined
the status of the Blue Ribbon Panel. The Commission approved protocols
for the Inspector General and the Panel which will help in the access
and review of documents. In addition, Ms. Rice stated that the Panel
has enough funding to continue its research for three months. C
hief Tanaka from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department gave
an update on the Public Safety and Homeland Security Tax Act, or
Measure A on the November ballot. Assistant Chief James McDonnell
stated that if the measure passes, LAPD could hire approximately
1,260 sworn officers and increase the civilian force by 10%. The
Department would also be able to purchase the required support equipment
for the additional personnel. The Commissioners expressed their
continued support for the measure.
As requested through the Police Commission Initiatives following
the Southeast Use of Force incident, Captain Terry Hara reviewed
the Department's Training curriculum for recruit officers and continuing
education provided by the LAPD. He reviewed the sequence of training
for the recruits along with the Field Training program. The Training
program is, and always will be, continually evolving as the Department's
needs are continually changing.
The Commission approved the Department's report relative to amending
Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 42.15 regarding regulation of
public expression activities on the Venice Beach Boardwalk.
Commander Robert Hansohn gave a status report on the Reserve Initiatives
which are designed to reinvigorate the Reserve program. The Initiatives
were approved by the Commission in June and eight of them have been
Captain Rick Webb reported on the Recruitment Advisory Committee,
a group of media-oriented individuals who have agreed to assist
the Department in its recruitment advertising. Two productive meetings
have already been held and plans are under way to roll out the media
campaign in October.
The update and discussion of the Department's budget brought out
a request from the Commission to obtain a report from Air Support
Division on the safety of helicopters that have exceeded the recommended
hours of air time.
Assistant Chief Sharon Papa updated the Commission on the new Police
Administration Building. A community meeting was held last week
in which a new group of downtown residents voiced concerns over
the location (between First and Second and Main and Spring). At
this time, there are three proposed designs and all are acceptable
to the Department. The remaining issue is the placement of Motor
Transport Services. The Department would like to see it located
at the Parker Center site instead of at First and Alameda.
Management Assistant Jeb Panyarjun has joined the Permit Section
of Commission Investigation Division. Welcome, Jeb!
At the Police Commission Meeting on August 17, 2004:
Commissioner Corina Alarcon led a moment of silence in honor of
fallen L.A. City Firefighter Jaime Foster who was killed in the
line of duty.
Assistant Chief Sharon Papa outlined the Department's report on
the feasibility of merging with the Los Angeles World Airport Police.
While the Department is still waiting to learn of the findings from
Airport Commission's contracted report, LAPD remains consistent
in its recommendation to merge, although it will require a City
Charter amendment. The Department's report was approved for transmittal
to the Mayor and City Council.
A verbal status report was given on the Memorandum of Understanding
between the Department of Transportation and LAPD regarding Bandit
Taxi Cab Enforcement. The Police Commission approved the MOU in
April and DOT took the lead in negotiating the MOU. Currently, there
is a stall in enacting the MOU due to a labor dispute.
The Department's report on the Cost of Special Events was held for
more information. At this time, the Department provides public safety
services for 69 events annually at a cost of $6.8 million. Only
two of those events are contractual, meaning that the sponsor reimburses
the City for some of the costs. The Commission asked that the Department
come back with a more comprehensive report including a breakdown
of which events are for profit and which are not.
The Department's Cost of Special Services for Fiscal Year 2003/2004
was continued for three weeks. The Commission asked that a study
be conducted of the LAPD's charge for permits compared to what other
cities charge. The Commission expressed a desire to at least attempt
to recover costs in the permit fee.
Assistant Inspector General Terry Martin has joined the Office of
the Inspector General. Terry is an attorney who was previously with
the Mayor's Office specializing in public safety matters.
Community Meeting at the Watts Labor Action Community Action Committee
on August 11:
Mayor Jim Hahn addressed the audience and welcomed the Police Commission
to Watts. Councilmember Janice Hahn also welcomed the Police Commission
Chief William Bratton discussed the status of the Southeast Use
of Force incident. He still anticipates that the criminal investigation
will be ready to file with the District Attorney by August 23rd.
The administrative investigation will continue.
Executive Director Richard Tefank outlined a draft letter to the
City Council requesting $12,383,204 which would provide for severely-needed
promotions and backfill positions. Commissioner Cunningham stressed
that the Department faces increased liability as long as promotions
are not made. The letter was approved.
Inspector General André Birotte stated that his office is currently
reviewing 10 audits and continues to review complaints, discipline
matters, and the Southeast Use of Force incident.
President David S. Cunningham, III stated that the Commission is
moving ahead with its Police Commission Initiatives which were set
in place following the Southeast Use of Force incident. He also
outlined some of the positive local things that the Department and
Councilmember Hahn's Office are involved in. He discussed Moonlight
Hoops, Mad Dads, the Youth Council, Safe Passage, the Recruitment
Advisory Committee, Explorers, and the DAPS program. He also described
a community meeting that he attended at the 24th Street School.
He was very pleased to see that the audience was 50% children as
they were learning to be an active part of their community.
Commissioner Corina Alarcon stated that she attended a Town Hall
meeting in Pacoima along with Commissioners Cunningham and Skobin.
Commissioner Rose Ochi attended a luncheon honoring those who negotiated
the new Police Administration Building site.
Certificates of Appreciation were given to:
Commission Executive Assistant Guen Davis upon her promotion; McCary
Montgomery, Reverend PJ Choyce, Elsie Jones, Theresa Martinez, and
Frank Yim for their outstanding community volunteerism in the Southeast
Area; and to Assistant Chief George Gascon, Lt. Fred Booker, Sgt.
Ralph Morales, Sgt. Glen Younger, Officer Melody Hainline, Officer
Emilia Lugo, Officer Raul Zorrilla, Joe Hicks, Ron Wakabayashi,
Borden Olive, Ray Regalado, and Emily Williams for their successful
program in reducing race related crime in the Harbor Gateway area.
Public Comments included concern over the Southeast Use of Force
incident, concern over Captains being transferred, concern over
comments made about South Los Angeles, the successes of the Weed
and Seed program in the area, and a comment about how community
improvements really start at home through parenting.
At the Police Commission meeting on August 3, 2004:
· Chief Bratton reported that while homicides are up by 3.3%, all
other violent crimes are down by 14.9% compared to the same time
last year. He feels the Department is moving toward the goal of
a 20% reduction for the year. He announced that he attended a press
conference in the morning that outlined the significant success
in the reduction of car thefts in the San Fernando Valley. He stated
that he would be participating in several National Night Out events.
In updating the Commission on the Southeast Use of Force incident,
he said that he would be attending the Mayor's Monitoring Committee
meeting on August 4th. He also stated that he plans to bring a recommendation
to the Commission by the end of the month for the use of smaller
· Commissioner Ochi reported that she attended the Chief's Asian
Pacific Islander Forum meeting at which the Southeast Use of Force
incident was discussed along with the location of the new Police
Headquarters. She chaired a Hate Crimes Task Force Meeting. She
also chaired a Discipline Task Force Meeting. This task force is
currently reviewing phase one of the new discipline system, looking
at possible modifications, and proceeding to phase two.
· Commissioner Skobin attended the Hispanic Community Forum at which
the discussion became rather heated over the Southeast Use of Force
incident. However, by the end of the meeting, there was a sense
of understanding and he felt that the dialogue was useful for everyone
involved. He also attended the Motor Transport Open House and commented
that it was very well done.
· Executive Director Richard Tefank reported on the progress of
the Commission Policy Initiatives related to the Southeast Use of
Force incident. All initiatives are on track, and as reported earlier,
the review of the type and use of flashlights will be turned in
earlier than expected. · Inspector General André Birrotte, Jr. reported
that his office has been conducting numerous audits and reviews
and has been receiving outstanding cooperation from the Department.
· While the Commissioners felt that some sort of regulation of fortunetellers
is desirable, a license is not appropriate. The concern was that
a license would give the perception that the holder has proven in
some way to have the ability to tell the future. The Commission
asked the Department to return with a comprehensive report that
includes a recommendation of increased penalties for fortunetelling
related financial crimes, the requirement of fortunetellers to post
disclaimers, and a study of how other cities regulate fortunetellers.
· Police Administrator Thom Brennan presented a review of benefits
available to officers who are killed or seriously injured in the
line of duty. The Commissioners asked for him to return in 30 days
with a comparison of what other Departments provide.
· Police Administrator Laura Johnson updated the Commission on the
status of the budget. The Commission decided to send a letter to
the Council regarding the urgent need to release $12 million from
the Reserve Fund to pay for promotions and to back fill positions.
An additional letter will be coordinated from community groups asking
the council to consider the same. President Cunningham pointed out
that there is a direct relationship between liability and the Department's
inability to promote and provide adequate supervision.
· Lt. Debra Kirk provided a status report on the Revised Burglar
Alarm Dispatch Policy for the months of April and May. She reported
that year to date, there are approximately 11,000 fewer calls for
service, which is a 24% decrease. The ordinance portion of the policy
is making its way through Council Committees and is expected to
reach full Council in September.
· Commissioner Skobin provided an update from the Transportation
Task Force regarding the 19th Area Official Police Garage contract.
He stated that the task force is developing a way to address the
issue of the current contracts that overlap the new area.
· A status report was given on the first six months of the District
Policing Pilot Program. This program is designed to reduce crime
and paperwork. In the three test areas, Rampart, Hollywood and Harbor,
crime has decreased more than the Department average.
· The pilot program involving the use of tire deflation devices
and vehicle barricades, otherwise referred to as Vehicle Intervention
Techniques, at the Los Angeles International Airport and other potential
terrorist targets, was approved.
Special Investigator II Django Sibley has joined the Office of the
Investigator General and the City of Los Angeles. He previously
worked at the Police Assessment Resource Center as a Senior Policing
Specialist assisting Merrick Bobb. He was also with the Portland
Police Bureau analyzing Officer Involved Shootings and Use of Force
issues. Welcome, Django!
Los Angeles Police Commission Holds Elections
David S. Cunningham, III, re-elected as President
Alan Skobin re-elected as Vice President
The members of the Los Angeles Police Commission re-elected David
S. Cunningham, III, as President, and Alan J. Skobin as Vice President.
The Police Commission holds elections for the two posts every year
during the last meeting in July. Commissioners Cunningham and Skobin
are incumbents from last year when they were initially elected into
The last year has been marked with a number of accomplishments for
the Los Angeles Police Department under the Cunningham/Skobin Police
Commission, which include:
a reduction in crime and an increase in arrests
Detectives doubling the number of Detectives during the nights
oversight of the Consent Decree
changes in the way Non-Categorical Uses of Force incidents are
the Glock pistol for officer use
the process for the establishment of a new Police Headquarters
the newly-created and successful Commission Burglar Alarm Policy
the District Policing Pilot Project
a blueprint for the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel's future
draft ordinance to prohibit carrying of certain items at public
the Task Force for Ethical Charities
and improved the Department's Recruitment process
the Dispatch Policy including the removal of the "Code Two High"
designation which improved response time
monitored reports of retaliation
on strategies to enhance the limited budget
several Commission community meetings obtaining valuable first-hand
input from the community
joint meetings with the Public Safety Committee to enhance and
the Reserve Corps initiatives designed to revitalize the Reserve
the draft ordinance relative to Cyber Cafes designed with the
intent of reducing crime at these establishments
Police Commission President David S. Cunningham, III, stated, "I am
honored to be re-elected to this post. I feel that we have accomplished
a great deal and I look forward to more in the coming year. Of course,
what is foremost on our minds right now is the review of the Miller
case. When it is submitted to the Police Commission, we will review
it thoroughly on behalf of the people of Los Angeles and render a
decision based on the facts."
Police Commission Vice President Alan Skobin stated, " I am proud
to serve with my fellow Commissioners who are thoroughly devoted to
the public safety of our City."
All Police Commissioners are non-paid, Mayoral appointees who may
serve a maximum of two, five-year terms. The Commissioners routinely
donate 20 to 30 hours per week to Commission business.
At the Police Commission meeting on July 13, 2004:
· Police Commission President David S. Cunningham, III described the
Commission's activities since the June 23rd Use of Force incident.
Beginning on the morning of the incident, the Police Commission was
intricately involved in ensuring that appropriate measures were being
taken at the start of the investigation, the most critical time in
an investigation. Police Commissioners were involved in countless
community meetings and while not together as a body, each Commissioner
played a role in the community dialogue. President Cunningham made
it clear that the Police Commission will not let the actions of a
few derail the substantial progress made by the men and women of the
LAPD. As a result of the incident, the Police Commission will be reviewing
the use of flashlights as a weapon and training curriculum. In addition,
President Cunningham ordered a review of the Board of Rights process
within 60 days.
· Chief Bratton reported that violent crimes are down by 14.9% compared
to the same time last year. While the number of officers are down
by 124, arrests are up by 8.1%. Chief Bratton stated that the officers
are accomplishing more with fewer resources.
· Six community members participated in the public comment portion
of the agenda. The comments were primarily related to the Use of Force
· Commander Eric Lillo made a presentation about the June 23rd Use
of Force incident. In reviewing the investigation status and process,
Commander Lillo stressed that all of his information is preliminary.
He reviewed the timeline after the incident and described the procedural
steps which are dictated by policy. While this event did not initially
appear to be a Categorical Use of Force (which includes lethal force),
it was decided that it would be classified as such. This classification
affords the case to be reviewed by the Police Commission.
Some changes in procedure have occurred due to the Consent Decree.
Those changes are immediate and ongoing involvement of the Inspector
General, separation of the officers, and the recording of officer
statements. Commander Lillo stated that much more still needs to be
done in the investigation, including the enhancement and break down
of each frame of the video.
· Commissioner's Reports: Commissioner Alarcon stated that she attended
the Jack Webb Awards which is the Los Angeles Police Historical Society's
annual fundraising event. She also participated in Use of Force training
at the Davis Training Facility. Commissioner Skobin attended numerous
community events regarding the Use of Force incident including Councilmember
Ludlow's community meeting, the Mayor's Committee meeting, a clergy
meeting, and many, many others. He also mentioned the Commission's
salute to 77 SWAT officers for their outstanding achievements. Commissioner
Ochi reported that she has actively been participating in the International
Association of Chiefs of Police as she is a member of the host committee.
She stated that community response to the location for the new Police
Headquarters has been favorable.
· Executive Director Richard Tefank reported that he was updating
the list of pending projects along with the six week calendar. He
has completed interviews with all staff and he will be preparing a
summary of those interviews for the Commissioners' review.
· Numerous Audits were received and forwarded to the Office of the
Inspector General for review.
· The Department's Singapore Airlines After-Action report was approved
for transmittal to City Council. Commissioner Skobin also asked to
be kept apprised of the Airport Commission's Request for Proposal
process to obtain an independent study on the concept of merging the
LAX Police and LAPD.
Systems Analyst II Carlos Gonzalez has joined the Office of the Inspector
General. Carlos has been with the Cultural Affairs Department since
he joined the City in 1999. Welcome, Carlos!
At the Regular Police Commission Meeting on June 22, 2004:
The Department's Hunter-LaLey report for Deployment Periods 1 through
3, Fiscal Year 2003/2004, was approved, however Commissioner Alarcon
expressed concern that there was very little female representation
in the higher ranks.
· Commission Investigation Division's report on illegal towing of
vehicles from private property was approved for transmittal to the
Public Safety Committee. This report was in response to a Council
request. Due to legal and staffing restrictions, Commission Investigation
Division staff currently only investigates complaints. To place more
law enforcement attention on this issue, this report recommends training
Reserve Officers to address bandit tow activity throughout the City.
· Police Administrator Steve Johnson outlined the differences between
DNA Analysis in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the LAPD, as requested
by Commissioner Ochi. The difference lies in the collection and ability
to access various databases, not the actual analysis. Mr. Johnson
mentioned that signatures are currently being collected for a ballot
measure to increase the available database.
· The report regarding the implementation of the Recruitment Advisory
Committee was approved. This committee, comprised of media experts,
will further enhance the Department's efforts to recruit individuals
reflecting the diversity of Los Angeles.
· Police Administrator Thom Brennan outlined the benefits package
for individuals who are injured and unable to work. He stated that
each case if different, however he does not feel there is any gap.
Executive Director Richard Tefank said he would work with Personnel
Group to develop an example case that would portray potential benefits
for the Commissioners' review.
· The Department's progress report regarding the Review of the Retaliation
Investigation Process was approved with the addendum that the Commission
be briefed on these cases so that they can be considered as a factor
in policy analysis.
Police Commission Unit Citations:
June 23, 2004, the Police Commission awarded the Police Commission
Unit Citation to 77 Special Weapons and Tactics officers during a
special presentation at the Police Academy. These officers were honored
for three incidents that demonstrated their outstanding training and
use of tactics.
the Community Meeting in Northridge on June 15, 2004:
Councilmember Greig Smith hosted a well-attended Police Commission
Community Meeting in Northridge at the St. Nicholas Church. Several
certificates were given to community members for their outstanding
work in the Devonshire area by both the Commission and Councilmember
Smith. In addition, the Commission honored the members of the LAPD
Centurion Baseball Team for their outstanding charitable work for
· Deputy Chief Bergmann discussed some of the current issues in the
Valley. The new dispatch policy, which eliminated the "Code Two High"
designation is resulting in a quicker response time. He also outlined
the success of the San Fernando Valley Coalition on Gangs which is
assisted greatly by Blinky Rodriguez. This program has resulted in
a 24% decrease in gang activity in the Valley.
· A complete review of COMPSTAT was presented by Detective Jeff Godown.
· Lt. Joe Eddy discussed the amazing success of the Volunteer Surveillance
Team in the Devonshire Area. · Detective Corinne Malinka outlined
the success of the Sexual Assault Program in reducing this kind of
· The proposed draft ordinance relative to Cyber Cafes was approved
for transmittal to the Public Safety Committee. This draft ordinance
was designed with the intent of reducing crime at these business establishments.
· Community members spoke about a variety of issues including the
necessity of more officers, traffic problems, the 911 system, half
way houses, retroactive permits, street racing, adult entertainment,
and the lack of parking restrictions.
Special Reserve Presentation on June 8, 2004:
· The Commission approved the Department's report regarding Reserve
Corps initiatives. These initiatives are designed to revitalize and
expand the Reserves Corps. Highlights of the initiatives include removing
the "R" from Reserves' badges, establishing a Reserve Lateral Academy,
implementation of Level II Reserve Program, arming Level III officers
while on duty and in uniform, streamlining the full-time hiring process
for Level I officers, and establishing a five year plan for doubling
the size of the Reserve Corps.
· For the first time in the Department's history, the Commission presented
12 Level II officers with their badges.
At the Regular Police Commission Meeting on June 8, 2004:
· President Cunningham introduced the new Police Commission Executive
Director Richard Tefank.
· Chief's Report:
Chief Bratton reported that total Part One crimes are down by 9.3%
compared to this time last year, however, homicide is up by 2.2%,
and rape is up by 2.7%.
· Commissioners' Report:
Commissioner Skobin stated that he attended two Consent Decree meetings
along with a planning meeting for the International Association of
Chiefs of Police annual meeting which will be held in Los Angeles.
Commissioner Cunningham attended the Explorer Graduation. He was pleased
to see the extraordinary leadership skills developed in these 14 to
· Executive Director's Report:
Mr. Tefank reported that he will be meeting with each Commission staff
member individually to not only meet everybody, but to learn the strengths
and weaknesses of current procedures. He is already well-aware of
the impact of Consent Decree related duties on the staff.
· After hearing an outline of the events that transpired during the
Singapore Airlines bomb scare on May 3, 2004, the Commission approved
the concept of the City Council motion relative to the merger of the
Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles World Airport Police.
This proposal had been previously suggested by three Chiefs of Police
and the Commission, therefore studies and reports have already been
generated. The Commission asked the Department for an updated report
in 30 days.
· Police Administrator Laura Johnson updated the Commission on the
status of the budget. There was $27 million deficit for 2003/2004,
however this was anticipated because the amount was not granted at
the beginning of the fiscal year. The 2004/2005 budget is similar
to the 2003/2004 budget, however it allows for thirty additional officers.
Staff is now working on the 2005/2006 budget.
Richard Tefank accepted the position of Police Commission Executive
Director. Mr. Tefank previously served as Assistant Inspector General
and has an extensive law enforcement background. He has been Chief
of Police in both Pomona and Buena Park and also served as the Law
Enforcement Liaison for the California Department of Justice, Division
of Law Enforcement, to the Chiefs of Police, Sheriff and District
Attorney for several Southern California counties.
LOS ANGELES POLICE COMMISSION MEDIA ADVISORY
JUNE 4, 2004
ANGELES POLICE COMMISSION
TO PRESENT FIRST "LEVEL TWO"
BADGES TO LAPD RESERVES
Tuesday, June 8, 2004 9:00 am WHERE: Parker Center - Auditorium
150 North Los Angeles Street Downtown Los Angeles
David S. Cunningham, III, Los Angeles Police Commission
Vice President Alan J. Skobin, Los Angeles Police Commission
Commissioner Rick J. Caruso, Los Angeles Police Commission
Commissioner Corina Alarcon, Los Angeles Police Commission
Commissioner Rose Ochi, Los Angeles Police Commission
Chief William Bratton, Los Angeles Police Department
WHAT: As part of the revitalization of the Reserve Corps,
the "Level II" designation is being activated. Level II Reserve
Officers complete 250 additional hours of academy training over
the initial 205 hours required for entry level Reserves. They generally
wear uniforms, are armed, and have police officer powers while on
duty. Reserve Officers are sworn officers on a volunteer basis.
They accept the same responsibilities and possibility of physical
harm that full time officers accept.
Police Commission President David S. Cunningham, III, stated, "Reserve
Officers represent the real spirit of law enforcement and community
betterment. They are heroes in the Los Angeles Police Department
and they are heroes in the community."
LOS ANGELES POLICE COMMISSION MEDIA RELEASE
POLICE COMMISSION APPOINTS
TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION
Angeles - On May 27, 2004, the members of the Los
Angeles Police Commission selected Richard Tefank as
the new Police Commission Executive Director. Mr. Tefank
is currently serving as the Assistant Inspector General
for the Police Commission and previously served as the
Chief of Police in Buena Park and Pomona. He will fill
the position recently vacated by Dan Koenig who retired
earlier this month after one year of service to the
Commission and 33 years of service to the Los Angeles
Police Department. Mr. Tefank was selected from the
list which was created last year after an extremely
extensive nationwide search by Police Executive Research
Forum (PERF), was conducted.
The Police Commission's goal remained the same this
year as it did last year. Police Commission President
David S. Cunningham, III stated, "We need the best and
the brightest in this position. PERF delivered a list
of individuals to us that represented the best and the
brightest. I am more than confident that we have talked
to the most qualified people in the country interested
in this position. From that highly qualified group of
people, we have the best. Mr. Tefank now has the additional
experience of working as an Assistant Inspector General,
which gives him even more valuable experience with the
Police Commission. We are fortunate to have him in this
The search process consumed approximately five months
last year and resulted in the receipt of 64 applications.
Through an intensive screening process, the list was
narrowed down to 13 individuals, seven of whom were
interviewed by the Police Commission.
The Executive Director of the Police Commission is the
Commission's chief administrative officer reporting
directly to the Commissioners. The position is charged
with the supervision, appointment, discharge, discipline
and transfer of the Commission's executive staff and
Commission Investigation Division personnel. The Executive
Director oversees budgetary appropriations for the Commission,
and serves as the Commission's liaison to the Chief
of Police and all governmental entities.
At the Police Commission Meeting on May 18, 2004:
· Chief's Report:
Chief McDonnell reported that total Part One crimes are down by 8.6%
compared to this time last year, however, homicide is up by 7.7%,
and rape is up by 5.3%. He stated that resources are being allocated
in the areas which are being impacted the most, including the Valley.
· Commissioners' Report:
Commissioner Ochi stated that she had attended the IACP Civil Rights
Committee meeting to nominate the Department for an award. She also
attended a Hate Crime Forum sponsored by the Asian Pacific American
Bar Association. Vice President Skobin attended a press conference
to kick off the new Reserve initiatives.
· The Commission thanked and presented Dan Koenig with a Certificate
of Appreciation for his service as the Executive Director of the Police
Commission. Certificates were also presented to personnel from Univision
Radio for their efforts in providing the "LAPD Tip of the Day."
· Assistant Chief Papa presented an update on the new Police Administration
Headquarters. The issue is to be considered by City Council tomorrow.
The Commissioners expressed concern over the recommendation to build
a parking lot adjacent to the Metropolitan Communications Center and
did not support that concept. As requested, individuals from the City's
Bureau of Engineering, Department of Building and Safety, and Fire
Department spoke to the safety of Parker Center. Through a historical
review of inspections and reports, both individuals from Engineering
and Building and Safety stated that the building suffered some damage
in the 1994 earthquake, however it received a green tag following
inspection. The damage and condition was consistent with many other
buildings in the area. Chief Hill from the Fire Department stated
the building is completely lacking life-safety components such as
fire sprinklers. The Commission reaffirmed its previous position to
move employees out of Parker Center to the Transamerica Building,
either permanently or temporarily. Note: On May 19th, City Council
voted 8 to 7 to return the matter to Committee.
· Councilmember Jack Weiss presented his motion to join the Los Angeles
Airport Police with LAPD. The Commission essentially agreed, as in
the past, with the concept. The item was continued.
· The Safe Parks program for Summer 2004 was approved. This is a program
which targets 64 of the City's 412 parks and affords them a higher
· Lt. Debra Kirk presented the monthly update on Revised Burglar Alarm
Dispatch Policy. Calls for service continue to decrease.
· The Commission discussed and agreed with the Inspector General's
request to lift the freeze for certain positions in his office. In
addition, he is requesting that those positions be changed to reflect
the skill set that is now required for much of the work in the Office
of the Inspector General.
· A presentation was given on the removal of physicians from the City
Jails and replacing them with Physician Assistants and/or Nurse Practitioners.
The Commission supported the concept.
· The supplemental report regarding the Flexible Work Schedule was
· Commander Kim and Captain Webb presented an update on Recruitment.
The Recruitment Advisory Committee will be presented in June.
At the Police Commission Meeting on May 4, 2004:
· Chief's Report:
Total Part One crimes are down by 8.6% compared to this time last
year, however, homicide is up by 4.9%, and rape is up by 6.2%. An
officer was shot in the field last week, however he is expected to
make a full recovery. There were also shots fired on Monday night
on officers, yet there were no hits.
· Commissioners' Report:
President Cunningham stated that the Commission held a Joint Meeting
with the Public Safety Committee and was able to address several Consent
Decree issues. He also attended a reception in honor of former Police
Commissioner Saucedo and the Annual Memorial Ceremony. Vice President
Skobin attended, and was honored, at a San Fernando Valley Bar Association
event, along with the Shomrim Annual dinner. He also stated that he
is continuing to meet and discuss the details revolving around the
changes in Official Police Garage contracts due to the new Valley
station. Commissioner Ochi stated that recommendations from both the
Hate Crimes Task Force and the Mental Health Task Force would be presented
at the next meeting on May 18th.
· Police Administrator Laura Johnson presented an update on the new
Police Administration Headquarters. At this time, two Council Committees
have voted to keep employees in Parker Center until a new facility
is built. Two more Committees need to review the issue before it is
considered by full City Council. The Commissioners remained steadfast
in their concern over the safety of employees remaining in Parker
Center for any length of time. The Commission requested the Assistant
City Attorney to render an opinion on the Commission's liability regarding
the safety of the employees within two weeks. President Cunningham
suggested that the Commission could possibly order employees out of
the building within 90 days to force a decision from City Council
which would be in the best interest of the employees.
· The item regarding off-duty, uniformed officers working as security
for Business Improvement Districts was continued for one month to
allow for more analysis.
· After a brief Executive Session to receive legal council, the Commission
opted to return the choice for the 77th Area Official Police Garage
Contract back to Council for approval without further review. This
action reaffirms the Commission's previous action to award the contract
to Al's Towing.
· The Department's report on the Flexible Work Schedule was continued
for two weeks. While the report answers the questions raised by the
City Council, it is not a complete status report on the FWS.
Executive Director Position
Executive Director Dan Koenig announced that he will be leaving the
Police Commission to enjoy some of his well-deserved retirement time,
at least for now. He accomplished a great deal in one year at the
Commission and many other adventures are now calling for his time
and talent. It is anticipated that an Interim Executive Director will
be named on May 18th. Dan will be greatly missed!
At the Police Commission Meeting on April 20, 2004:
· Chief's Report:
Total Part One crimes are still down compared to this time last year
despite the recent spike in crime. Unfortunately, homicides are up
by 2.8%, which equates to almost one homicide per day this year. Today's
approval of overtime provided by the Housing Department will assist
with a stronger police presence in the housing developments, where
many of the homicides are occurring.
· Commissioners' Report:
Commissioner Ochi announced that she attended the Chief's Conference
on Sexual Assaults and would like Scientific Investigation Division
to report on some of the laws in Virginia and how they differ from
California. She also announced that another Hate Crimes Task Force
meeting is scheduled. She also requested that a Police Facilities
Headquarters update be provided. Vice President Skobin attended a
meeting on how racial data from pedestrian and motor stops can be
analyzed. He mentioned that the Department is benefiting from seminars
such as this due to Chief Bratton's presidency of the Police Executive
Research Forum. He also attended a Public Safety Town Hall in Councilmember
Perry's district, and also attended a meeting regarding the shift
of Official Police Garage responsibility when the two new police stations
are opened. President Cunningham attended two press conferences last
week, the first was announcing zero tolerance for crime at Nickerson
Gardens and the second was to announce the redeployment of some sworn
positions to the field. He also spoke at the 11th Annual C-PAB Summit.
Sheriff Baca was also there outlining the benefits of the Homeland
Security Tax Initiative. If this initiative passes, each station would
have 70 more officers. It would then be possible to achieve many goals
including the 7/40 (seven minute response time and 40% problem solving
time). To that end, Commissioner Caruso hosted a fundraiser for the
initiative which raised $100,000.
· The Police Commission presented a Certificate of Appreciation to
Deputy City Attorney Richard Wong upon his retirement. Mr. Wong was
instrumental in the Misdemeanor Program which enforces the Alarm Ordinance.
· The time limit for public comment was increased from one minute
to two minutes provided there are no more than 10 speakers during
· The Memorandum of Understanding between the Department and the City's
Housing Authority to fund overtime details in the housing developments
was approved for transmittal to the Mayor. This funding will provide
an additional 40,000 hours of police service in these areas.
· The Commission discussed the City Council's decision to return the
awarding of the Official Police Garage contract for the 77th Area
back to the Commission requesting that a new Request for Proposal
process begin. The Commission opted to review the tape of the council
meeting and seek advice of the City Attorney before making a decision
on this issue.
· Police Administrator Laura Johnson reported on the Board of Inquiry
into jail and booking procedures. She stated that two separate reports
are eminent on this subject and will be turned in as soon as available.
At that time, they will be placed on the Commission agenda.
· Captain Rick Webb announced the formulation of the Recruitment Advisory
Committee. This Committee, which was actually Commissioner Cunningham's
concept, will consist of marketing and advertising professionals who
can advise the Department on the best outreach efforts to certain
communities given limited resources. The Committee will be introduced
· Police Administrator Laura Johnson announced that the Mayor's budget
was released in the morning, and as expected, it maintains the current
number of officers plus 30.
During the Joint Meeting with Public Safety Committee on April
· The Flexible Work Schedule report was continued, although concern
was expressed over its delay.
· A presentation was made by Captain Jim Vogue regarding the transition
of investigation of Categorical Uses of Force from the Detective Bureau
under the command of the Office of Operations to Professional Standards
Bureau. Recommendations regarding the reduction of paperwork required
for animal shootings and the bifurcation of investigative teams, criminal
and administrative, was approved.
· The Inspector General's Report on Retaliation was praised. This
report, which outlines environmental issues as being strong contributing
retaliation factors, makes recommendations which are in the process
of being implemented.
· Commander Harlan Ward reported of the intention to alter the Mental
Illness program due to budget constraints. The Crisis Intervention
Team will no longer be used, but the Mental Evaluation Unit and the
SMART Teams will be increased. President Cunningham asked that this
alteration be cleared through the Department of Justice before it
At the Police Commission Meeting on April 6, 2004:
· The Police Commission presented a Certificate of Appreciation
to James Casale who was responsible for the capture of a robbery suspect.
· The status report on the revised burglar alarm dispatch policy was
approved. The new policy reflects a 21% decrease in alarm dispatches
compared to the same time last year. While the false alarm percentage
remains high (96%), the number of calls is definitely down. Some technical
glitches appear to be nearly resolved. The Commission opted to continue
responding to multi-unit complexes until a clear distinction of units
could be determined. The next status report should reflect more accurate
information as to the number of "broadcast and file" calls. Also,
as of the Commission meeting date, the Greater Los Angeles Alarm Association
had submitted subscriber lists from all of its member alarm companies
to the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst. The ordinance portion
of the Commission revised policy remains pending City Council action.
· Commission Business: Vice President Skobin attended a press conference
to announce the habitual DUI program and met with the Department regarding
bandit tow operators. Commissioner Ochi announced that the Discipline
Task Force met and looked at outstanding issues from Phase One of
the Task Force's goals. President Cunningham inquired as to when the
City Attorney's Office would have a determination of the City's liability
in housing employees in Parker Center. That issue is still being examined.
· The Commission approved the Memorandum of Agreement between LAPD
and the Department of Transportation regarding bandit taxicab enforcement,
establishing and detailing the responsibilities of each agency regarding
the cash overtime funding of LAPD bandit taxicab enforcement details.
· The Hunter-LaLey Consent Decree report for the third quarter of
2003 was approved. It was pointed out that current budget issues are
impacting the Department's ability to promote all individuals, regardless
· The item regarding the new Police Headquarters Facility was continued.
At the Police Commission Special Community Evening Meeting on March
Approximately 200 people attended the Police Commission community
meeting in the Crenshaw Area. Highlights included:
· Police Commission President David S. Cunningham, III, welcomed all
attendees and thanked Councilmember Ludlow for hosting the meeting.
He stressed that the Commission holds community meetings for the purpose
of learning of local issues, therefore, all attendees were encouraged
to make comments.
· Chief William Bratton reported on Citywide crime issues, recruitment,
and retention. Part One, or serious crimes, are down by approximately
7% compared to this time last year.
· Councilmember Martin Ludlow addressed some of the local issues in
the area and praised the Police Commission for holding a meeting in
Council District 10. This District actually encompasses five LAPD
stations and two Bureaus. He introduced personnel from all areas including
Senior Lead Officers, Captains and Deputy Chiefs. He commended the
community for its strong support of the LAPD and its active stance
on crime prevention. Outlining a story of a teenager who was recently
killed due to believed gang activity, he stressed that the community
and the Department must continue its vigilance against violence. Councilmember
Ludlow also presented several certificates to LAPD personnel.
· The Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal was presented
to Taz Kato and Elaine Wicks for their efforts in creating the LAPD
Children's Support Group. These women, who are themselves widows of
police officers, created a support group for children of fallen LAPD
parents. Irma Rios is also a recipient of this medal, however she
was unable to attend the meeting.
· Police Commission Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to 10
outstanding local community members. Most of these recipients were
active in creating Block Clubs and participated in numerous beautification
· Community members spoke about local issues which ranged from support
for the Senior Lead Officers, a request that meetings be held in larger
facilities, the permitting process for rave parties, volunteerism,
response time, age requirements for motorized scooters, home invasion
robberies, Community Police Advisory Boards, a domestic violence issue,
and the transition of Southwest captains. The majority of individuals
who spoke were referred to staff for resolution.
At the Police Commission Meeting on March 16, 2004:
Los Angeles - Today,
the Los Angeles Police Commissioners unanimously supported Sheriff
Lee Baca's tax proposal, which if passed, would result in $168 million
in increased revenue for the Los Angeles Police Department. In the
past months, the Police Commission has been reviewing options to develop
public safety funding due to the shortage of funding from the State
of California. Sheriff Baca's initiative, which is slated for the
November ballot, will not alleviate all LAPD budget issues, but it
will greatly assist in hiring much-needed officers for the City of
Los Angeles Police Commission President David S. Cunningham, III,
stated, "Compared to other large cities, Los Angeles has a dangerously
low percentage of officers to residents. We have been lucky because
the Department has been effective in using its limited resources,
but we just can't continue this trend. We must hire more officers,
and Sheriff Baca's proposal will help us achieve the goal of increased
public safety in the City of Los Angeles."
Chief McDonnell reported that Part One crimes, or serious crimes,
are down by 6.4% compared to this time last year. However, for the
first time in 16 months, homicides are up by 4.9%.
Commissioner Skobin attended the Van Nuys Consent Decree meeting,
the California Homicide Investigators Association conference, and
a Devonshire CPAB meeting. Commissioner Ochi chaired a Cultural Language
Task Force meeting and was an all-day participant in the Samarai Parade
Regular Agenda Items:
After a presentation by Sheriff Lee Baca, the Commissioners unanimously
gave their support to the County Half Cent Tax Initiative. If this
initiative passes in November, it is estimated that the Los Angeles
Police Department would receive approximately $168 million annually
in increased revenue, which could be used to hire more officers. Later
in the day, the Mayor also gave his support to this initiative.
The Foreign Language Audit revealed that training is still needed
to be in compliance with the Consent Decree mandates, however, the
audit showed improvement in this area. Commissioner Ochi asked that
this audit also be reviewed by the Cultural Language Task Force.
Police and Fire Pension Department Assistant General Manager Ed Griffiths
outlined the benefits offered to the families of officers killed or
injured in the line of duty. The City charter requires that each case
be reviewed by a committee which makes a determination on the amount
to be granted. Factors to be considered are: if the injury occurred
on duty, the severity of the injury, etc. President Cunningham asked
for a breakdown of actual dollars showing what is granted in the event
of the loss of life or a disabling injury.
The Commission approved for transmittal to the Mayor and Council,
the Department's request to issue, at the officers' expense, flat
Lt. Kirk reported that the Greater Los Angeles Alarm and Security
Association has submitted 80% of the required list of alarm subscribers,
even though the entire list was promised by March 7, 2004. Concerned
over the lack of cooperation from the alarm industry, the Commission
opted to place the issue on the April 6, 2004, agenda for possible
While the Chief Legislative Analyst maintains that it is too expensive
to temporarily move Parker Center employees to the Transamerica Building,
the Commission maintains that the building is unsafe for employees.
The Commission asked Assistant City Attorney Mark Burton to prepare
a determination of the Commission's liability relative to the building's
PIII Troy Abordo has joined Commission Investigation Division filling
the Sergeant at Arms position. Troy has been with the Department for
eight years and has worked at Northeast, Foothill, Rampart, Risk Management,
Management Services Division, the Chief's Office, and the Office of
Operations. Welcome, Troy!
At the Police Commission Meeting on March 2, 2004:
Chief Bratton reported that Part One crimes, or serious crimes,
are down by 8.3% compared to this time last year. The next recruit
class will begin in April with 65 recruits. An update on the Lizarraga
family was given. Staff from Employee Assistance stressed that the
Department's assistance to the family did not end last week at the
funeral. Actually, assistance will be given as long as the family
requests it. Officer Lizarraga's widow will receive a 70-75% pension
for the rest of her life, along with full health and dental benefits,
24-hour counseling, educational funding, and financial counseling.
Mrs. Lizarraga has requested that her privacy be respected. Commissioner
Caruso requested that the Police and Fire Pension Board provide
an update to the Commission on their process for awarding pensions
after an injury or death occurs on duty.
Commissioner Ochi met with the parties involved in the development
of the new Police Headquarters Facility. She will also be a participant
in the Little Tokyo Samarai parade on March 14th. Commissioner Skobin
commented on a tribute Commissioner Cunningham received from the
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Commissioner
Saucedo confirmed that she had been nominated by the Mayor to serve
on the Department of Water and Power Commission. She mentioned that
she felt very fortunate to have served on the Police Commission
and will continue the relationships here at the Police Department
and in the community. Commissioner Cunningham attended the Black
History Month Police and Fire Recruitment Fair and was impressed
with the large number of people in attendance.
Regular Agenda Items:
The Commission approved the Department's nominations for four Police
Distinguished Service Medals, three Police Commission Distinguished
Service Medals, and one Police Commission Unit Citation.
Senior Management Analyst II Saul Romo reported on the Independent
Monitor's Executive Summary for the Fourth Quarter of 2003. He stated
that the report was mainly favorable. Some concern was expressed
in the areas of TEAMS II development, use of force investigations,
the Inspector General's lack of resources, Professional Standards
Bureau's staffing, sting audits, and stop data analysis.
Police Administrators Laura Johnson and Laura Filatoff discussed
the current City budget shortfall along with strategies and options
to fund additional police officers. At this time, the Department
has a $39 million deficit for the current fiscal year. While reserve
funds can cover this amount, this action will translate into a very
large deficit next year. To cover this shortfall, the Department
is looking at all options including raising permit fees, obtaining
corporate sponsorships, fingerprint fees, booking fees, and the
cost of assisting with special events. Staff will report back in
two weeks on the cost of special events along with the feasibility
of raising permit fees. Several proposals were presented on the
opportunities available to fund more officers. Those proposals were:
Sheriff Baca's County initiative, the City's half-cent tax option,
a parcel tax increase, and a rubbish tax increase. In two weeks,
representatives of some of these initiatives will make presentations.
Commissioner Caruso also suggested that staff investigate the possibility
of an added DWP surcharge for public safety.
Assistant Chief Papa updated the Commission on the status of the
new Police Administration Building. A report was forwarded to the
Public Safety Committee from the Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA)
recommending that Police Department staff not be moved into the
Transamerica Broadway Building while the new, permanent building
is being constructed. This item was continued in Public Safety,
however the members of the Police Commission vehemently opposed
this recommendation and will be forwarding correspondence to the
CLA listing the numerous health and safety violations recently issued
for Parker Center.
Lt. Kirk outlined the first statistics related to the new Alarm
Policy. While the new Alarm Ordinance is not in place yet, there
is already a significant drop in calls for service compared to the
same time last year (21%). However, it is difficult to assess the
effectiveness of the new policy due to some technical communications
issues which still need to be addressed. A representative from the
Greater Los Angeles Alarm Association stated that the list of alarm
subscribers would be forwarded to the Chief Legislative Analyst
no later than March 7, 2004. This item will be placed on the March
16, 2004 agenda to confirm receipt of the list.
At the Police Commission Meeting on February 17, 2004:
Chief Bratton reported that Part One crimes, or serious crimes,
are down by 9.4% compared to this time last year. At this time,
there are 123 recruits in the Academy and the next class is scheduled
to begin in April. The size of that class will be determined by
the number of retirements.
Commissioner Ochi attended the most recent recruit graduation and
noted that there was only one African American in the graduating
class. Commissioner Skobin stated that he would like to see a schedule
of the Area Consent Decree meetings. Commissioner Cunningham reported
that a successful fundraising meeting for the Blue Ribbon Rampart
Review Panel was held with some of the top law firms in Los Angeles.
Following that meeting, the City Council approved the Panel with
an 11 to 1 vote. In addition, Commissioner Cunningham attended a
meeting hosted by the Urban League to address African American recruitment
issues. That meeting was followed by a press conference that focused
on obtaining the public's assistance in ending the assaults on officers.
Regular Agenda Items:
The Commission approved the report supplementing the CLA's review
of the 77th Area Official Police Garage contract selection process.
This report shall be transmitted to the Mayor and City Council for
Department and Commission staff shall return at the next meeting
with Strategies and Options to fund additional police officers.
Commander Moore and Sergeant Dennis presented the report on Community
Policing Efforts in 2003. Emphasis was placed on the fact that the
Neighborhood Councils have not replaced the Community Police Advisory
Boards in any way, and in effect, they have actually benefited each
other because of their distinct roles.
The Commission approved the Department's proposed modification to
the emergency call for service dispatch policy. This modification
removed the "Code Two High" designation.
André Birotte and Nicole Bershon presented the Inspector General's
report on retaliation. Their research resulted in the opinion that
the Department's retaliation policy is good, however the implementation
of that policy is lacking. They found that the cases they reviewed
did not reflect direct retaliation against whistleblowers per se,
but instead revealed work environments where retaliation was perceived
by an individual. These situations were either not known or allowed
to occur by immediate supervisors. The report included 12 recommendations
designed to improve the implementation of the current policy. These
recommendations were approved by the Commission.
At the Police Commission Meeting on February 3, 2004:
Assistant Chief McDonnell reported that while the homicide rate
has decreased by 14.6% compared to this time last year, there were
six homicides over the weekend. There was also a traffic collision
involving LAPD and Sheriff patrol cars in which injuries occurred,
yet none were life-threatening.
Commissioner Saucedo thanked Executive Director Dan Koenig for all
of his work on the introduction of the Task Force for Ethical Charities.
Commissioner Skobin announced that he would be attending a Town
Hall meeting in the Devonshire area that evening, and also a meeting
to discuss the Reserve Officers on February 24th.
Inspector General André Birotte outlined the status of the Blue
Ribbon Rampart Review Panel. Correspondence between the Chief Legislative
Analyst and the Commission has been clarifying the role and function
of the panel. The final report is to be discussed by the Public
Safety Committee on February 9th.
Regular Agenda Items:
Assistant Chief Gascon made a presentation on the Coplink system
which is a software that can access numerous law enforcement databases.
This system can greatly reduce the amount of time and effort spent
on searching several databases with various bits of information.
This system will be paid for through a federal grant and will be
operational in the near future. Preliminary reports show that it
can be a very effective tool in crime fighting.
The placement of the Hate Crimes Unit within the Detective Bureau
was technically approved.
Assistant Chief Papa reported on the status of the new Police Headquarters
Facility. The Department has met with the Mayor's Office in an attempt
to create a balance between the Department's and the community's
needs in terms of placement of the buildings and parking structures.
A possible third proposal may be developed. If that is the case,
Chief Papa will outline that proposal in her next status report
to the Commission.
Maggie Whelan and Phyllis Lynes from the Personnel Department outlined
the status of recruitment in light of the current hiring freeze
and reduced staffing. They emphasized that stopping recruitment
efforts is not an option because too much momentum would be lost.
At this time, there are 150 individuals who have been cleared for
a job offer, yet the Department is only authorized to match attrition.
Therefore, only approximately 60 positions can be offered during
the remainder of this fiscal year. Commissioner Saucedo suggested
that it would be preferable to have smaller, more frequent classes
instead of larger, infrequent classes. President Cunningham asked
for specific recommendations designed to keep the Department as
fully staffed as possible in light of the limited budget.
Assistant Chief Papa provided an update on the FY 2003/04 budget.
Due to current budget restraints, innovative approaches are being
considered such as payment from outside agencies for outside booking
Commander Eric Lillo provided information on Special Order 1, which
outlines the new discipline system. A recently completed audit revealed
that it is still somewhat early to determine the complete effectiveness
of the new policy, but there are clear indicators of increased productivity
such as complaints being resolved in less than half the time.
Deputy Chief McMurray discussed current officer safety issues. In
2003, there was an increase in assaults against officers. President
Cunningham expressed concern over this statistic and asked for recommendations
to improve this situation.
Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff presented an update on Consent
Decree compliance. With 132 days left to the deadline, it appears
that substantial compliance will be achieved.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 13, 2004:
Chief Bratton reported that total violent crimes are down by 16.9%
compared to this time last year. He also announced that the Department
currently has 9,234 sworn personnel, however it is budgeted for
9,211. This means that the Department will hold back on hiring new
recruits until attrition provides openings. The Department currently
has 562 civilian job vacancies, yet is unable to fill them due to
the hiring freeze. These issues raised great concern with the Commissioners
who warned that it will be difficult to continue the progress that
has been achieved when the Department is so limited in its ability
to hire people. The Commission requested a list of recommendations
of strategies designed to improve the current budget situation.
That list will be presented at the February 17th meeting.
Commissioner Skobin attended a Town Hall Public Safety Meeting in
Council District One, along with Commissioner Saucedo. He felt that
it was extremely important to hear the community members' comments
which revolved around the broken window theory, gangs, illegal street
vendors and the booking of evidence. He was also present at the
Command Post which was set up for the capture of a murder and rape
suspect. He was very impressed with the thoroughness of the investigation.
Commissioner Ochi attended an Asian recruitment press conference
along with a special recognition for Hate Crimes Task Force member
Scott Millington, a Mental Health Crisis Response Program Advisory
Board meeting, and the retirement celebration for Detective Tim
Upcoming Commission Items:
President Cunningham asked for a report on officer safety enhancement.
Regular Agenda Items:
The Police Commission unanimously approved the Task Force for Ethical
Charities. This 15-member panel was asked to develop a recommendation
that will provide a method of easily identifying unethical charities
in Los Angeles. Often, charities operate legally but they do not
operate ethically, meaning that a small percentage of donations
is dedicated to the actual cause. Unethical charities victimize
the donor, ethical charities and Los Angeles because of the loss
of goods and services that ethical charities provide the City. The
Task Force will present their recommendation to the Police Commission
in a future meeting.
The recommendation to place the Department's Hate Crimes Unit within
the Detective Bureau was approved.
The report on the Hunter LaLey Consent Decree was continued to February
17th, as was the report on Community Policing.
The semi-annual review and modifications to the Police Commission's
Vision Statement and Goals were approved.
The briefing from the Department and the Personnel Department regarding
recruitment was continued.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 13, 2004:
Chief Bratton reported that total violent crimes are down by 22.4%
compared to this time last year. Using this achievement as a base,
additional goals for 2004 will be announced on January 14th, at
a community meeting at West Angeles Church of God. Chief Bratton
also reported that the Department just wrapped up a two-day conference
that sets the stage for a national approach to the gang issue. In
November, the International Association of Chiefs of Police will
hold their annual conference in Los Angeles. This event normally
attracts 20,000 to 25,000 people. Recruitment is currently on "promotion
hard freeze" status, meaning that new recruits are being hired to
cover attrition only.
Commissioner Saucedo was presented a plaque by the Boyle Heights
Neighborhood Council for her interest and work in the area. Commissioner
Saucedo was surprised and honored and stated that she enjoyed working
in the Boyle Heights area very much.
President Cunningham stated that he attended the most recent recruit
graduation and was pleased to see approximately 1,500 attendees.
Commissioner Ochi requested that Hate Crimes Task Force issues be
placed on the next agenda. Commissioner Saucedo requested that the
unethical charity issue be placed on the next agenda.
Senior Management Analyst II Saul Romo reported that Commission
staff is reviewing Mayor's Executive Directive No. MO-1, "Commissioners
Participation in Contract Evaluation," and will report back as soon
as the next meeting.
The Prototype Contract for Official Police Garages was approved
for transmittal to the Mayor and City Council for their approval.
The Inspector General's report of Criminal Cases Submitted to Prosecutors
for Review, Second Quarter 2003, was approved. Inspector General
André Birotte commented that the Department has made improvements
in terms of timeliness in submitting referrals.
Special Meeting Item:
Police Administrator Laura Filatoff reported on the current status
of the Department's Budget in light of State budget cuts. At this
time, it is uncertain what the outcome will be as the information
tends to be fluid. President Cunningham asked that this item be
placed on the agenda regularly so that the Commission can be aware
of actions that may be necessary. Commission staff will report back
on how other municipalities are approaching the issue and the possibility
of an initiative that may compliment other revenue enhancing measures.
Special Investigator II Samuel Colina has joined the Office of the
Inspector General. Samuel has been with the City four years and
has worked at Building and Safety Department and LAPD's Audit Division.
Senior Management Analyst I Diana Acosta has joined the Policy Unit.
Diana has been with the City five years and has worked at Public
Works and LAPD's Audit Division.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 6, 2004:
Chief's Report: Chief Bratton reported that 2003 ended with crimes
on the decrease and 2004 is continuing that trend. The Department
is also awaiting further budgetary direction from the State to determine
the future possibility of hiring more officers. Chief Bratton advised
that he is proceeding with the understanding that the Department
will stay constant at 9,300 sworn personnel for the next two years.
The heightened security alert level remains elevated even though
the holidays are over. Commissioner Caruso noted that no incidents
occurred during the holidays because of the efforts made by LAPD
and local law enforcement.
A presentation was made on the Department's current process for
handling variance permit requests. The process is currently quite
intricate and often results in the permits being issued retroactively
due to the amount of time the process takes. Commission staff will
look at the current procedure and submit a proposal to streamline
The Semi-Annual Review of the Police Commission's Vision Statement
and Goals was continued for one week.
The Department's report relative to removing the out-of-county travel
restriction for emergency response vehicles and to allocate sufficient
emergency response vehicles to supply each homicide detective with
a vehicle assigned to that position, was approved. The Department's
report of Criminal Cases Submitted to Prosecutors for Review, Second
Quarter 2003, was continued until portions of the report could be
heard in closed session.
Deputy Chief Mike Hillman presented a proposal to create a draft
ordinance to prohibit the carrying and/or possession of certain
items at public assemblages. Restrictions would include pipes and
gas masks among other items. The goal of this ordinance would be
to reduce the number of use of force applications. President Cunningham
cautioned that the Department must ensure that no first amendment
rights would be affected by this proposal. With the understanding
that Department staff would work with the City Attorney's Office
to create a proposal, the Commission approved the concept. Deputy
Chief Hillman stated that the draft ordinance would return to the
Commission before it is sent to the City Council.
Inspector General Andre Birotte's Audit of 1.28 Investigations was
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