ANGELES POLICE COMMISSION
Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Commission Business: Commissioner Andrea Ordin, along with the other Commissioners, attended several holiday events, including the Chief's party, Commission staff's luncheon, and the Central City Association holiday event. She also attended the Women Lawyers Association December meeting where Assistant Inspector General Nicole Bershon chaired. Commissioner Alan Skobin attended the Chief's party and the Commercial Crimes Division holiday luncheon. He also worked on the project relative to certain preventable traffic accidents and officers' records. Commissioner John Mack also attended the same holiday parties along with holding meetings with Sgt. Ronnie Cato, Deputy Mayor Arif Alikhan, Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff, and Chief William Bratton. Commissioner Skobin asked that Richard Tefank agendize a report on the process of off-duty and retired officers working on movie locations.
Chief's Report: Assistant Chief James McDonnell discussed the Holiday Assembly, which was an opportunity for the Department to thank all employees. He also commented on the latest graduation of the Westpoint Leadership class. He was very pleased to be part of the holiday celebrations at the Blind Children's Center and at the Hollenbeck Toy Giveaway. He also reported that Part One Crimes are down by 7.8% compared to the same time last year.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that this Commission meeting will be the last one until January 9th. He also stated that City Council was simultaneously considering the motion to allow noise variances to be approved in the same manner as parade permits.
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte, Jr. stated that he is now reviewing resumes for the Assistant Inspector General positions and hopes to begin interviewing individuals soon.
The Commissioners took a brief break and announced that they had completed Chief Bratton's annual review. While they were not able to discuss the particulars of the review, Commissioner Mack stated that the Commission did approve a 5% raise for Chief Bratton, which is the highest possible increase.
Police Administrator Peter DiCarlo and Commander Kirk Albanese presented an update on the In-Car Video Camera System in Department patrol vehicles. A final vendor selection should be complete in January, 2007, and installation into all South Bureau patrol vehicles should commence in April, 2007. These cameras will be a budget item each year until all Department patrol cars are outfitted.
Detective III Ben Jones and Assistant City Attorney Debra Gonzalez presented the resumption of Police Commission permit requirements of tow truck operations and operators in the City of Los Angeles. Commission Investigation Division will accept the new responsibilities following the passage of Assembly Bill 2210. This actions follows 12 years of deregulation of this industry, which in some cases, did not benefit consumers. Commissioner Skobin praised staff for working on this project for years.
Commander Sergio Diaz reviewed the current safety training provided by the Department for officers when they are working night assignments. As a tribute to Officer Landon Dorris, who was killed while investigating a nighttime traffic collision, the best possible safety training will be provided to all officers. Commissioner Skobin inquired about various equipment such as flares and collapsible cones. The report was approved with Commissioner Skobin's suggestion that the possibility of new officer safety equipment be reviewed.
The Commission approved the purchase and issuance of TASER X26s to all field personnel. This purchase of 7,362 TASER X26s will allow each field officer to carry the device. Studies have shown in other law enforcement agencies, injuries to officers and suspects are greatly reduced when officers can readily deploy this device.
Hope you all have a wonderful holiday and a great new year!
Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Commission Business: Commissioner Shelley Freeman attended Friday's graduation for LAPD Recruits at the Elysian Park Academy. She was pleased to observe that the classes keep getting larger and larger. She also reviewed the TEAMS II project before its presentation at today's meeting, and she had several meetings regarding personnel matters. Commissioner Anthony Pacheco attended the Police Protective League holiday celebration, and he also attended the Community Police Advisory Board Co-Chair luncheon. Commissioner Alan Skobin attended the Office of Public Safety Oversight Committee meeting, Commissioner Freeman's holiday celebration, the Command Officers' Association holiday celebration, the Memorial Foundation's holiday celebration, and the LAPD Toy Drive at Mission Station. In addition, he met with Councilmembers Parks and Weiss, and participated in a ride-along at North Hollywood, where he was able to see the license plate recognition device make a hit on a stolen vehicle. He also attended a fundraiser sponsored by West Valley LAPD officers for a fellow law enforcement officer in need from CHP. Commissioner Andrea Ordin attended the Command Officers' Association holiday celebration and also met with staff from the Office of the Inspector General. She was very pleased to attend the Community Police Advisory Board Co-Chair luncheon, and also watch the edition of “Extreme Home Makeover,” featuring Officer Kristina Ripatti. Commissioner John Mack met with City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo along with Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger. He also attended several Department-related holiday celebrations.
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton stated that Part One crimes are down by 7.9%, compared to the same time last year. He also briefly outlined the situation of the officer who was videotaped assaulting a minor at the Central Station. He stated that the actions in the video were such that they allowed the Department to move quickly and decisively in making an arrest on that officer.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that the ordinance change which would allow the Executive Director to approve variance requests for off-hours construction, would be heard by City Council this morning. Commissioner Mack requested that a status report be given next week on the installation of video cameras in cars.
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte, Jr. thanked Commissioner Ordin for coming to his office and sharing her insight with his staff. He also stated that the Department notified to Office of the Inspector General (OIG) immediately upon the discovery of the video of an officer assaulting a minor, and he felt that this was an example of the good relationship that is now enjoyed by the OIG and the Department.
Secretary Bessy Corrales was named the Police Commission Employee of the month for November, 2006. Bessy has done an outstanding job in not only her own position, but also in filling for the Executive Administrative Assistant, in her absence.
Commander Sandy Jo MacArthur and Police Administrator III Maggie Goodrich presented a status report on TEAMS II. The Complaint Management System (CMS) component became operational in November. Testing for the Risk Management Information System (RMIS) will begin in January, and the goal is to have it fully functional by April, 2007. It was stressed that user friendliness was extremely important in all of the systems. Focus groups, and reviews are being used to make the systems an aid to personnel and not a encumbrance. Commissioner Freeman added that she shares the confidence that this project will now be complete in 2007, as it is being very well managed. In the future, it is hoped that this system will interface with the new Learning Management System.
Captain Webb presented the status report on the Adjudication of Categorical Use of Force Incidents - Completion of Training. He expects that the Department will have full compliance on this issue in five months. This would mean that all officers involved in categorical use of force incidents, who have been designated as needing training, would receive that training within 90 days.
Police Officer II Rick Russell has joined Enforcement Section, Commission Investigation Division. He has been with the Department for 11 years and he has worked at Hollywood, Van Nuys, and Harbor Community Police Stations.
Julie Ann Covarrubias of Commission Investigation Division has promoted to Detective II.
Ernesto Vicencio of Commission Investigation Division has promoted to Police Officer III.
Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2006
Commission Business: Commissioner Andrea Sheridan Ordin reviewed, along with Commissioner Pacheco, the abridged summary of the Peña case prepared by the Office of the Inspector General. She also participated in telephone conferences with the Office of the City Attorney regarding downtown law firms providing pro-bono law services to the homeless community. Commissioner Alan Skobin reported that he attended the Chief's Community Forum Summit and met with Captain McCarthy regarding parade permit issues and community notification of such activities. He also attended an award presentation to Kerry Morrison from the Hollywood Business Improvement District. Commissioner Anthony Pacheco spoke at the Western Justice Center's Regional Symposium on Police-Community Relations, and he also attended a breakfast with Councilmember Perry and others discussing the homeless issue downtown. Commissioner Shelley Freeman held several conversations regarding personnel matters and she met with the Chief, members of command staff and Commission staff for breakfast preceding the Commission meeting.
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton stated that he believes the Department will make its goal of an 8% reduction in part one crimes for the year 2006. The Department is slowly growing with 9,407 sworn personnel, and the academy classes continue to be larger.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that the Department will present a status report on TEAMS II at the next Commission meeting. He is also in the process of scheduling interviews for the Hearing Examiner positions. Commissioner Pacheco inquired about the community relations update and Mr. Tefank believed it would be presented next week.
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte, Jr. stated that the Abridged Summary of Peña case is now posted on LAPDOnline.org. This 21-page report is part of the commitment this Commission made to publicly provide clear and detailed information on all Categorical Uses of Force. Mr. Birotte also spoke to a class at Cal State Dominguez Hills University.
Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Dr. Mike Morrison, Mathew May, Bruce Decker, and Ken Pilone from the Toyota University. These individuals worked with the Jail Division staff in developing and applying “Lean Thinking” principals to jail functions. The results are greatly enhanced productivity, quicker arrestee processing times, and significant financial savings.
While the Commissioners approved the request for the Revolving Training Fund Ordinance Change for Fiscal Year 2006/2007, serious concerns were brought up regarding the procedure for officers to obtain reimbursement for educational classes. The Commission asked if Department staff could re-examine the procedure so that personnel could be aware if funding is available before taking courses. All expressed a desire for more funding for training.
Police Administrator Thom Brennan provided a status report on the new Police Headquarters Facility. He stated that groundbreaking is tentatively set for January 22nd.
The Commission approved the request for funding for the Lateral Police Hiring Program with the understanding that this program would probably not be funded by the Police Foundation, instead an effort would be made to have it included in the Department's budget.
Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, November 28, 2006
After nearly nine hours of closed session, the Commissioners rendered a decision on the tragic Officer Involved Shooting case regarding Suzie and José Peña. The Commission found that while there were some issues with command and control, the officers who were involved in the final confrontation with Mr. Peña acted within policy.
The Inspector General's abridged summary of this incident, including the Commission's findings, will be available for review on LAPDOnline.org, in the near future.
Police Officer II Enrique Hernandez has joined Commission Investigation Division, Noise Enforcement Team. He has been with the Department for 12 years and has worked at Northeast and Southeast Divisions. Welcome, Enrique.
Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Commission Business: Commissioner Alan Skobin attended the Devonshire Area Officer Appreciation Day, the La Ley Holiday Mixer, and the Southern California Asian Lawyers Association Awards in honor of Judge Ronald Lew. Commissioner John Mack reminded the audience that the Commission would be reviewing the tragic Officer Involved Shooting case regarding Suzie and José Peña on November 28, 2006. Commissioner Andrea Sheridan Ordin attended the naming of the Ricardo Lizarraga Elementary School. She also held meetings with the Police Protective League and others regarding Consent Decree issues.
Chief's Report: Chief James McDonnell attended both the Explorer and Detention Officer Graduations. He commented on the amount of energy in both groups. He briefly outlined the videotaped Venice Beach Use of Force incident. He stated that the investigation is complete and that the Chief is comfortable with the findings.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that the Commission Investigation Division Activity Report has been submitted. He also stated that interviews for the Hearing Examiner positions will be held in January.
Inspector General's Report: André Birotte, Jr. stated that the Monitor's recent quarterly report reflected well on the operations of the Office of the Inspector General. He also spoke at a roundtable discussion hosted by Earl Ofari Hutchinson. Commissioner Mack suggested again that a community training day be organized in the first quarter of next year.
Deputy Chief Michel Moore and Commander Val Panicea discussed additional personnel resources deployed to the San Fernando Valley in response to an increase in gang violence. While the Valley Bureau remains the safest Bureau in terms of crime per capita, there are some areas of concern. Specifically, street robberies and gang activity are up significantly. Officers have been redeployed to the six Valley Gang Enforcement Details to address this issue. Programs such as CLEAR are very useful for these types of crime, however resources do not allow their creation at this time. The Valley Bureau is trying to recreate these types of programs without the resources.
Captain Richard Webb reported on the elimination of the term “distraction strike.” This change refers to the term only and is designed to encourage articulation in officers' description of events.
Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Commission Business - Commissioner Andrea Ordin met with Tom Sanez from the Mayor's Office to discuss a variety of things including the Consent Decree and homelessness. Commissioner Anthony Pacheco attended, along with the Commission Skobin, the Annual K9 Family and Friends Day, and as a “Use of Force Commissioner,” he had several conversations with the Inspector General regarding the recently released videotapes depicting officers' interaction with arrestees. Commissioner Alan Skobin attended the Asian Pacific Islander Advisory Council meeting, and he was also pleased to attend the recent recruit graduation, which was also a celebration of the Marine Corps' 231 year anniversary. In light of the recently released videotapes, Commissioner Skobin outlined the Police Commission's role in Non-Categorical Use of Force cases. He stated that first and foremost, each Commissioner is engaged in the review process of all Use of Force cases, second, two Commissioners are designated as “Use of Force Commissioners,” and they monitor all cases very closely, third, the Inspector General reviews all Non-Categorical and Categorical Use of Force cases in real time on behalf of the Commissioners, fourth, the Commissioners review the Annual Non-Categorical Use of Force Audit, and fifth, the Commissioners review the Chief's discipline of Non-Categorical Use of Force cases.
Chief's Report: Chief James McDonnell stated that the Department is reviewing and evaluating the videotapes. He also attended the graduation honoring the Marine Corps. He reported that Part One crimes are down by 8.0% compared to the same time last year, and there are currently 360 recruits in the Academy, 14 ½% being female.
Inspector General's Report - André Birotte stated that he addressed a class of students at Santa Monica City College. He also discussed the fact that he was immediately notified of the videos and has been monitoring the investigation. While he could not say a great deal about the investigation as it is a personnel matter, he wanted to assure the public that an outside entity, being the Inspector General's Office, is closely monitoring the investigation.
Jeff Isaacs from the Office of the City Attorney outlined the Skid Row Safer City Initiative. The concept, which is already in place in four other portions of the City, is based on the “Broken Windows,” concept of policing. Multiple agencies coordinate efforts to restore law and order, inprove the quality of life for all residents, and improve the appearance of the area. The components of this program have been introduced in stages. The components consist of enforcement, enhancement, and outreach. Mr. Isaacs feels that the results so far in skid row are considered to be very good to excellent, as crimes are down and arrests are up. The first priority of the enforcement component was to address the drug dealing issue on skid row. He pointed out that while many arrests are taking place, many in arrestees are being diverted into assistance programs before filing, which helps in the long-term solution of eradicating the issues surrounding homelessness. Captain Andy Smith, from Central Division stated that while the number of people living on the street has dropped significantly since the program began, he does not feel that they are being dispersed into other areas of the City. Instead, he feels that they are actually in jail or assistance programs at this time.
Police Admistrator Laura Filatoff presented the Department Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2007/2008. The approved budget of $1,361,698,954, embodies the addition of 780 officers and two new stations. Commissioner Skobin suggested the possibility of a functioning helicopter that is available to the Department at a much lower cost than the one depicted in the budget.
Detective II Wilfredo Ortiz has joined Commission Investigation Division, Central/South Bureau Enforcement Team. He has been with the Department for 11 years and has worked at Foothill Division, the Narcotic Buy Team, the Bureau Gang ATF Task Force, Van Nuys Division, and Wilshire Division.
Police Officer II Luis Garcia has also joined Commission Investigation Division, Central/South Bureau Enforcement Team. He has been with the Department for six years, and has worked at 77th Street Division, the Command Post of Communications Division, Van Nuys Division, and Central Division.
Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, October 7, 2006
Commission Business - Commissioner Andrea Ordin, along with several other Commissioners attended the Anti-Defamation League's “Deborah Awards,” to honor Commissioner Shelley Freeman, who was a recipient. Commissioner Ordin also met with representatives from Los Angeles Community Action Network to discuss the downtown homeless issue. In addition, she attended the farewell celebration for Deputy Chief Michael Berkow. Commissioner Anthony Pacheco participated in a roll call and ride along in Southeast where he also reviewed the Gang Enforcement Detail (GED) audit with GED officers. He also participated in a vice undercover operation and robbery undercover operation in Hollywood. And, he met with Assistant Chief McDonnell and several community leaders. Commissioner Shelley Freeman attended several personnel-related meetings, a meeting to review the budget with Police Administrator Rhonda Sims-Lewis, and a meeting with representatives from the Los Angeles Police Protective League. She was also pleased to attend the celebration honoring 30 years of service to the community by the Valley Economic Development Corporation. She asked that an update be agendized on the secondary employment issue. Commissioner Alan Skobin was also pleased to attend the “Deborah Awards,” the farewell to Deputy Chief Berkow, and he also participated in Devonshire's Inspection. He asked that the issue of how traffic collisions are classified on officers' records be agendized in the future.
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton reported that the crime statistics continue to reflect good news. Compared to the same time last year, homicides are down by 4.3%, rape is down by 7.5%, and aggravated assaults are down by 8.7%. While robberies are up by 7.3%, that is a smaller percentage increase than last reported.
Executive Director's Report - Richard Tefank reported that the Public Safety Committee approved the request to give permission to the Executive Director to approve Noise Variance Requests. That action should go into effect in early 2007.
Captain Anita Ortega presented the Department's proposal to not implement a Graffiti Hotline similar to the model used in Phoenix. While there are benefits to the model, it is cost prohibitive. Instead, the Department recommends further publicizing the programs that are already in place in Los Angeles such as the Graffiti Rewards Program and Operations Clean Sweep. The Commission approved the Department's recommendation and asked that an update be given in six months that includes input and advice from neighborhood programs that have had success in removing graffiti.
Senior Management Analyst Karen Hysell presented the methodology used for future rate changes for Official Police Garage towing and storage. The Commission approved a 5.6% increase in OPG towing and storage rates beginning January 1, 2007. Ms. Hysell was commended for her professional and detailed work on this project.
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Commission Business - Commissioner Andrea Ordin attended several meetings related to the Consent Decree, homelessness in the downtown area, administrative issues, and she also attended fundraising events. Commissioner Shelley Freeman attended various meetings. Commissioner Alan Skobin attended the “Twice a Citizen” Reserve Banquet along with Commissioner Pacheco, the Police Foundation's “True Blue” Awards Dinner, the Los Angeles Council of Jewish Organizations' Public Safety Succah Celebration, the Hollywood Police Activity League Supporters Annual Awards Dinner, and the Mission Area Officer Appreciation Day. He also participated in a live public service radio program on KROQ.
All Commissioners expressed sadness over the loss of Officer Landon Dorris, who was hit by a motorist while conducting a traffic investigation. A moment of silence was held in his honor.
Captain Ann Young presented plaques on behalf of the Hunter Training Fund to Richard Tefank and Andre Birotte for their participation in a recent training seminar.
Chief's Report: Assistant Chief James McDonnell reported on the incident that led to the tragic death of Officer Landon Dorris. He announced the funeral arrangements planned for later this week. He also outlined the recent annual events including the “True Blue” event, and the “Twice a Citizen” event. He discussed how the television program “Extreme Makeover,” literally built a new home for the Ripatti family. That program will air on Sunday, November 19th.
Executive Director's Report - Richard Tefank reported that the Commission Investigation Division Activity Report was submitted for review.
Captain Sandy Jo McArthur presented the Hunter/La Ley report for the fiscal year 2005/2006. She discussed the reinvigorated Mentoring Program and how the Department is starting to provide review materials for promotional tests on one CD. Captain McArthur linked the importance of the Blake/Justice Consent Decree because of its impact on “feeder pools” of candidates interested in promotional opportunities. A significant accomplishment in this area has been the Hunter La Ley Strategic Planning Group, which includes various Departmental groups. Commissioner Freeman asked that future reports include trends that span over several years, and also for reports on level increases within ranks. Commissioner Ordin suggested that comment cards or annual reviews be used as an incentive for the Mentoring Program. Sgt. Ron Cato thanked the Department for its great improvement in this area but stated that much still needs to be done. He feels that there needs to be a greater urgency placed on the promotion of ethnic officers, and that clear goals need to be established and met so that faith is not lost in the system. Detective Art Placencia discussed some of the specific issues and his concerns regarding promotional opportunities.
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Commission Business - Commissioner Anthony Pacheco had the opportunity to meet with a Reserve Officer and learned a great deal about the reserves' integral role in the Department.
Commissioner Alan Skobin attended the Rape Treatment Center's Annual Brunch, met with Captain Webb to discuss a way in which training for categorical use of force cases can be viewed and administered in a more positive light, and he also met with Deputy Chief Michel Moore to discuss current issues in the Valley.
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton reported on the crime statistics. Homicides are down by 2.6% compared to the same time last year, and total Part One crimes are down by 9.69%. A significant arrest was made in respect to recent homicide of a three year old girl. Chief Bratton also announced promotions of several command staff. Commander Mark Perez will become the Deputy Chief and Captain Sandy Jo McArthur will become a new Commander.
Executive Director's Report - Richard Tefank reported that agenda items 8E and 8F are for referral to the Inspector General only. Commissioner Pacheco asked about the progress of interviewing the people who have applied for the Hearing Examiner positions. Mr. Tefank reported that the process will begin within a couple of weeks. Commissioner Pacheco also asked when the report will be presented on the Department's community relations efforts.
A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Assistant Inspector General Terry Martin, who is leaving to practice law in a private law firm.
Captain Sandy Jo McArthur and Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff presented the Hunter/La Ley report for the fiscal year 2005/2006. The presentation was continued for two weeks so that various Departmental organizations could provide input.
Captain Richard Webb presented the Adjudication of Categorical Use of Force Incidents. The report was approved however future updates were requested to ensure that officers involved in categorical uses of force who are designated to receive training, actually receive the training.
April Hood, Commission Investigation Division, was promoted to Sr. Clerk Typist.
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, October 3, 2006:
Commission Business - Commissioner Andrea Ordin attended the annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month event presented by the City's Domestic Violence Task Force. She commented that it was very well attended and a large number of members of the media were there. Commissioner Anthony Pacheco was out of the country for the past week, but did attend the Citywide Community Relations Officers meeting. Commissioner Shelley Freeman has been involved with a family illness, but did participate in a breakfast with Commissioner Skobin and Command Staff. Commissioner Alan Skobin participated in a meeting of the Office of Public Safety Oversight Committee. A highlighted topic was communications between participating agencies. He also attended a Hollenbeck Youth Center event, along with the Quarterly Mental Health Crisis Response Program Advisory Board meeting chaired by Commander Harlan Ward.
Chief's Report - Chief William Bratton reported on the crime statistics. Homicides are down by 1.9% compared to the same time last year, and total Part One crimes are down by 7.9%. A significant arrest was made in respect to recent robberies targeting Asian businesses. Today, Chief Bratton will be joining District Attorney Steve Cooley to announce a “Stay Away Order” for the skid row area. He will also be publicly presenting an update on the area with Mayor Villaraigosa later this week.
Executive Director's Report - Richard Tefank announced that Jeff Isaacs, Chief of the Criminal Branch of the City Attorney's Office, will provide a briefing to the Commission on the Safer City Initiative on October 31st.
Inspector General's Report - André Birotte reported that advertisements are currently running for the Assistant Inspector General position and the Special Investigator II position.
A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Brigitte Christine Hansmann. Ms. Hansmann, who is from Austria, is believed to be the Department's first international intern.
Commander Kenny Garner provided an overview of current recruitment efforts. He played commercials which are now being shown on Channel 4 through December. The commercials depict actual members of LAPD talking about their experiences. At this time, the Department is meeting its goal of 50 recruits per class however new and innovative measures are being taken to maintain the momentum. Advertising on internet sites such as My Space, offering incentives to community and religious groups, apartment subsidies, and signing bonuses for officers returning, are measures that are either in place or are in the works.
Police Administrator Thom Brennan reported that the smoke alarm and life/safety improvements are virtually finished in Parker Center. Full funding for the new Police Administration Facility has been approved. Groundbreaking will be scheduled soon and the final move-in date is set for early 2010.
Shontae Jones, Commission Investigation Division, was promoted to Sr. Clerk Typist. Congratulations, Shontae!
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Commission Business - Commissioner Andrea Ordin, along with Commissioner Mack, met with individuals with Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) to discuss the homeless issue. In addition, she participated in a Central Area early morning roll call and toured Skid Row to view the Department's interaction with individuals living there. She commented that, at this time, there is a tremendous amount of energy behind efforts to improve life for individuals living on Skid Row and that we are close to some significant improvements. She also met with Deputy Mayor Maurice Suh and Assistant Chief McDonnell to discuss Department matters. In addition, she addressed the graduates at the most recent Academy Graduation. Commissioner Alan Skobin met with Captain Kris Pitcher to discuss Force Investigations Division operations. He also met with the Commanding Officer of Major Crimes Division. Commissioner Shelley Freeman met with Joe Freeman from Councilmember Weiss' office to discuss personnel and recruitment issues. Commissioner John Mack, along with Commissioner Ordin, participated in a meeting with the Independent Monitor. He also held a meeting with Deputy Mayor Maurice Suh, and joined a dinner meeting with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton announced that crime statistics continue to reflect decreases compared to the same time last year in all categories except robberies. He also stated that there are 354 recruits currently in the Academy and that classes are now beginning to have more recruits in them. The Memorandum of Understanding with Los Angeles World Airports is now being implemented and LAWA Police Department recruits will now be going through the LAPD Academy. The Fourth and Fifth Safe City Initiatives were introduced in the last week in Pacoima and Skid Row. These initiatives have proven successful in other areas by providing an aggressive, collaborative approach to law enforcement with the City Attorney's Office. Fifty additional officers were assigned to Skid Row during the weekend, and the Mounted Unit will soon be deployed to the area. Chief Bratton also reported that all Command Staff participated in all-day training seminar in the Harbor Area focused on anti-terrorism. He commented on the tragic murder of a three year-old girl in Baldwin Village. In closing, he announced that Chief Berkow accepted the Chief of Police position in Savanah, Georgia, but that he will be staying here until the end of November.
Executive Director's Report - Richard Tefank announced that Commissioner Pacheco has made arrangements for Jeff Isaacs, Chief of the Criminal Branch of the City Attorney's Office, to provide a briefing to the Commission on the Safe City Initiative. He reported that Commission Investigation Division and Policy Group are conducting a complete review of the permit process, including the process related to the auto park industry. He also reported that the Commission Investigation Division Activity Report was included for the Commissioners' review.
Inspector General's Report - André Borotte reported that he had a lengthy meeting with the Chief of Police from Victoria, Australia, and they compared and contrasted the different forms policing, civilian oversight, and auditing. He also reported that an advertisement is currently running for two Assistant Inspector General positions.
Certificates were presented to several members of the LAPD from Motor and Bike Units who were instrumental in the City of Angels Fun Ride benefitting the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
Commander Harlan Ward and Detective Laurie Taylor provided an outline of Domestic Violence in Los Angeles today. While the number of Domestic Violence calls are down from previous years, these kinds of calls still represent 67% of all calls for service. More than 48,000 Domestic Violence calls for service were reported last year. Commander Ward walked through each step of a Domestic Violence incident from the time it is called in to Communications to the time it is prosecuted by the City Attorney's Office. He also talked about the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART), which consists of community-based, trained advocates who assist the victims immediately following a Domestic Violence incident. Carol Tantow, who is the Chair of the City's Domestic Violence Task Force, and a DART volunteer, described one of her experiences as part of the DART team
Police Administrator Tim Riley outlined the proposed new retention schedule for video imagery for in-car, fixed post, and jail/facility camera systems. Upon Commissioner Skobin's request, this item was continued for one week to confirm that all retention schedules allow for retrieval of possible evidence in the event of a complaint being received near the end of a statute date.
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Commission Business - Commissioner Alan Skobin attended a meeting of tactical officers, or SWAT officers that was sponsored by LAPD, the LA County Sheriff's Department, and Burbank Police Department. This meeting reinforced Commissioner Skobin's appreciation for this specialized law enforcement work. He also attended a “topping off” ceremony for the new Operations Valley Bureau and Valley Traffic Division facility, and a fundraiser for the Foothill Area. Commissioner Anthony Pacheco participated in several staff meetings.
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton announced that crime statistics continue to reflect decreases compared to the same time last year in all categories except robberies. He also stated that the recent national statistics show that Los Angeles is the second safest large city in the United States. Los Angeles is second to only New York City when considering cities with a population of more than one million.
Executive Director's Report - Richard Tefank announced that 85 Hearing Examiner applications have been received. The applications are now being reviewed and individuals will be contacted for interviews in the coming weeks.
Public Comment - Three individuals spoke in support of Chief Bratton's work in Los Angeles. Two individuals spoke about concerns in the homeless community of downtown. One individual requested a video interview with Chief Bratton.
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2006
A moment of silence was observed in memory of former Police Commission President
Commission Business - Commissioner Andrea Ordin also commented on the unparalleled energy and devotion Melanie Lomax held for civil rights issues. On behalf of the Commission, she expressed the deepest sympathies to Ms. Lomax's family. Commissioner Alan Skobin attended an Auto Theft Symposium, the Valley Industry and Commerce meeting with Deputy Chief Moore, the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation reception honoring Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger, Captain II Horace Frank, and Captain I Eric Davis, the Medal of Valor ceremony, the Secret Service dinner honoring an Agent, the National Latino Caucus dinner, and the Jack Webb Awards benefiting the Los Angeles Police Historical Society. Commissioner Anthony Pacheco participated in the City's 225th Birthday Celebration by walking the route the Pobladores did in 1781. He also received a briefing from Special Investigation Section. Commissioner John Mack commented how inspired he was after attending the Medal of Valor awards.
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton announced that crime statistics continue to reflect decreases compared to the same time last year in all categories except robberies. He also discussed some of the recent attacks against officers.
Inspector General's Report - André Birotte has just returned to work after the birth of his daughter!
He reported that his office is currently advertising for a new Assistant Inspector General.
Detective Aaron Bankhead was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his service in Commission Investigation Division. Aaron is transferring to Major Crimes Division.
Sergeant Troy Abordo and Officer Frederick Jamison were unable to attend the meeting to receive certificates upon their departure from Commission staff.
The Police Commissioners approved the variance to construct the parking structure for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art after a community meeting was held and an understanding was reached by concerned parties.
Captain Pat Gannon, Officer Joe Marrone, and Officer Julie Peat presented an overview of the 77th Area “Boot Camp.” This program was developed due to a severe need to address the challenges facing at-risk youth in the area. It has been very successful in part because it also includes a parenting component. Funding is mainly provided by the Police Foundation and the ultimate goal is to expand to a 30-day live-in program. Several success stories were cited.
Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff presented a status report on the Consent Decree. He stated that TEAMS II should be fully operational by the first of the new year. He also outlined his plan for a command staff training day on the divisional responsibilities of the Consent Decree.
Inspector General André Birotte presented the Annual Categorical Use of Force Report for 2005. Generally, these incidents are decreasing from previous years. The Commissioners were pleased with the statistics and asked that future reports track additional information such as related discipline.
The Department's report on the Adjudication of Categorical Use of Force Incidents, was continued.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Department and Los Angeles World Airports was approved.
Sr. Management Analyst I Peggy Yang has joined Charitable Services Section. She has been with the City for 11 years and has worked at Community Development Department, Public Works Department - Bureau of Engineering, Ontario International Airport, and LAPD Audit Division.
Clerk Typist Sonia Pereda has transferred from Records Section to Charitable Services Section.
Police Performance Auditor III Mona Samuels-Sego has joined the Office of the Inspector General. Mona has served in the Office of the Inspector General with the following entities: the Department of Education, the Small Business Association, and the United States Postal Service.
Police Performance Auditor III Sarah Richardson has joined the Office of the Inspector General. Sarah was previously with United Government Services, a subsidiary of Wellpoint as a Policy Administrator and Senior Auditor. She has also served with the Screen Actors Guild and a CPA firm.
Welcome to all!!
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Commission Business - Commissioner Shelley Freeman thanked all who expressed concern and sympathy following the passing of her father. While she has not attended a number of Commission related events recently, but she has participated in several personnel meetings. Commissioner Anthony Pacheco attended the August 18th Recruit Graduation and was very impressed with the graduates and with the presentation from United States Army Lieutenant General Russell Honoré. Commissioner Andrea Sheridan Ordin stated that she had attended meetings and held discussions related to the homeless issue on skid row. Commissioner John Mack outlined the role of the Police Commission at a recent session of the Valley Community Police Academy. He also held a meeting with individuals from the RAND Institute to discuss racial profiling, and he visited the command center during the employee strike last week.
Chief's Report: Chief Earl Paysinger announced that crime statistics continue to reflect decreases compared to the same time last year in all categories except robberies. He stated that the robbery issue is actually a national trend. He also reported on the two officers who were seriously injured in a traffic collision when they were on their way home.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported a correction to item 7A to reflect that the Chief's travel request represents no cost to the City, and that item 8D (audit of Tour of Duty in Professional Standards Bureau) be continued. He also submitted Commission Investigation Division's monthly activity report.
Inspector General's Report - Nicole Bershon commented that the Office of the Inspector General is working through the Commission's Personnel Group to fill staffing needs.
The Police Commissioners asked the individuals involved in the request for a variance to construct the parking structure for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to return on September 12th, after they have met with affected neighbors and Police Commission staff. The contractors proposed a new plan which would limit concrete pouring from 6:00am to 6:00pm on Saturdays with additional, quieter work being done one half hour before and six hours following that time allotment. This proposal is considerably less disruptive, however the community members have not had the opportunity to review it. It was noted that the contractors could continue Saturday work, as they have done in the past, until the September 12th Police Commission meeting.
Police Administrator Thom Brennan presented an update on the Police Facilities Headquarters. At this time, the single bid from Tutor Saliba has been accepted pending approval by City Council. The final bid is $222 million, and the completion date is late 2009. He reported that the installation and testing of the alarm system is complete in Parker Center, and the new jail facility is on schedule.
Detective I Julie Covarrubias has joined Commission Investigation Division, Central/South Bureau Enforcement Section. She has been with the Department for 17 years and has worked at Foothill Division, Newton Division, and Administrative Vice, before joining us. Welcome, Julie!
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Commission Business – Commissioner Mack opened the meeting by announcing the sad passing of Commissioner Freeman's father. Commissioner Skobin stated that he attended National Night Out events in West Valley and Mission Areas. Commissioner Ordin stated that she attended an American Bar Association meeting and found the theme of justice in policing beneficial. Commissioner Mack was in Atlanta at the National Urban League conference where the opening ceremony was held in the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church . Before he left for Atlanta , he was pleased to attend and address a Recruit Graduation.
Chief's Report: Chief Bratton announced that again crime statistics reflect decreases compared to the same time last year in all categories except robberies. The robberies are reflecting two trends. One, home takeover robberies are becoming more common, and two, robberies are occurring at bus stops more often. Chief Bratton will be representing the Department at the National Crime Conference in Washington D.C. in September. While national crime trends are increasing, Los Angeles continues to decrease its crime statistics. He commented on the Department's success in producing numerous National Night Out events throughout the City.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that the digital recorders will be delivered in September and training will commence in October. He also introduced Joshua Johnson, a Community Police Aide who will be working in both Commission Investigation Division and the Commission Executive Office.
Inspector General's Report: Andre` Birotte attended a National Night Out event in South Bureau. He also reported that the seven new positions for his office that were approved by City Council are in the process of being filed.
Chief Sharon Papa and Phyllis Lynes from the Personnel Department briefed the Commission on the hiring standards for recruit police officers. Ms Lynes stated that when changes are made regarding testing for any of the City's 1200 positions, a great deal of research is done and industry standards are reviewed thoroughly. That was the case when the Personnel and Police Department decided to allow police officers applicants to proceed in the application process with one time, experimental usage of some drugs, such as marijuana, before the age of 25. Usage of specific drugs including heroin and LSD are never acceptable. From January, 2004, to April 2006, six individuals were accepted into the Department who admitted to one time usage of drugs, however, 866 were turned down. Ms Lynes stated that the City of Los Angeles still maintains one of the most conservative acceptance policies in the country. In addition to this presentation, a briefing was given by individuals from a company that performs drug testing using hair. Chief Bratton stated that he would like to start using this form of testing instead of, or to augment, urine testing. The advantage of hair testing is that it detects drug usage for a much greater length of time, given the length of the hair.
Community Police Aide Joshua Johnson has joined Commission Investigation Division, but he will also be working in the Commission Executive Office. Joshua comes from a law enforcement family and is hopefully planning on joining the LAPD in the future!
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Commission Business – Commissioner Ordin attended the Mayoral reception for English Prime Minister Tony Blair, along with the farewell reception for Assistant Chief George Gascón. She was also involved in several homeless-related issues. Commissioner Pacheco commented that his law firm received a briefing on South Bureau issues from Deputy Chief Paysinger. He also participated in a roll call and ride-along in Newton. During his ride-along, he viewed the aftermath of an officer involved shooting incident. He commended all the officers who handled the incident professionally. In addition, Commissioner Pacheco announced that the Commission is now accepting Hearing Examiner applications. Commissioner Skobin also joined the reception for Tony Blair and George Gascón, as well as a celebration presented by the Los Angeles Cuban community for George Gascón. He attended the Joint Regional Intelligence Conference, and a meeting of the Office of Public Safety Oversight Committee. He also visited Camp Pendleton and noted that LAPD recruitment announcements were very visible.
Chief’s Report: Assistant Chief Sharon Papa announced that crime statistics reflect decreases compared to the same time last year in all categories except robberies. She reported on the opening of the Regional Intelligence Center which will be shared with other agencies and will assist in homeland security efforts greatly. She also mentioned the numerous events planned for National Night Out on August 1st.
Executive Director’s Report: Richard Tefank reiterated the application process for the Hearing Examiners. Interested parties may apply on LAPDOnline.org, and the deadline to submit an application is August 11, 2006. He reported that the Department will make a presentation next week on officers hired since the standards were altered. He also introduced William Jones, the new
Sr. Management Analyst I in the Policy Group.
Inspector General’s Report – André Birotte reported that he also attended the Office of Public Safety Oversight Committee meeting, along with the reception for George Gascón. He introduced his new Aide, Sgt. II Valencia Thomas. In addition, he participated in two meetings with the Independent Monitor.
Captain Terry Hara and Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff provided an outline of the Department training provided related to the Pedestrian and Motor Vehicle Post-Stop Data Analysis report. Commissioner Pacheco asked that the Department prepare information on the possibility of providing more in-depth recruit training related to the community nuances specific to each Division. He also asked that a presentation be given on the role of Community Relations Offices at each Division.
Sgt. II Valencia Thomas has joined the Office of the Inspector General, filling the Aide position. She has been with the Department for 11 years and has worked at Van Nuys Division, Wilshire Division, Employment Opportunity Development Division, Internal Affairs Advocate Section, Newton Division, and Internal Affairs Group.
Sr. Management Analyst I William Jones has joined the Policy Group of the Commission Executive Office. He has been with the City for six years and has worked at Information Technology Division, the Convention Center, and the Office of the City Clerk.
Detective III Gary Guevara has joined Commission Investigation Division, Valley/West Bureau Enforcement Section. He has been with the Department for 22 years and has worked at Hollywood Division, Hollenbeck Division, DARE, Hollenbeck Vice, Burglary Special Investigation, Bunco Forgery, South Bureau Homicide, Organized Criminal Intelligence Division, and Administrative Vice.
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POLICE COMMISSION SEEKS
HEARING EXAMINER APPLICANTS
Los Angeles - The members of the Los Angeles Police Commission are looking for Board of Rights Hearing Examiners and for Police Permit Hearing Examiners. On June 20, 2006, the Police Commission approved the new Hearing Examiner Selection and Appointment Process, paving the way for interested community members to fill at least 25 Hearing Examiner positions. The Commission is specifically looking for individuals with a community service background combined with arbitration, mediation, administrative hearing, or comparable work experience.
Police Commissioner Anthony Pacheco, one of the architects of the new process, stated, "We are very pleased to announce these openings to all community members interested in serving the City of Los Angeles in a meaningful way. This unique opportunity allows individuals to make a significant impact in LAPD matters."
Board of Rights Hearing Examiners participate as members of a tribunal that conducts quasi-judicial administrative hearings on police officer disciplinary matters. A Hearing Examiner participating in a Board of Rights makes findings of fact based on sworn testimony and evidentiary submissions, and may recommend to the Chief of Police that a sworn member of the Police Department be suspended, demoted, or removed.
Police Permit Hearing Examiners conduct quasi-judicial administrative hearings on police permit matters involving businesses regulated by the Board of Police Commissioners. A Hearing Examiner conducting police permit hearings makes findings of fact and may recommend to the Police Permit Review Panel that a business permit be granted, denied, suspended, revoked, or conditioned.
These "as-needed" positions are compensated with $900 for a full day hearing, $450 for a half day hearing, and $900 per final report.
Interested individuals may obtain further details and an application online by going to LAPDOnline.org, and clicking "Police Commission."
Or, individuals may call the Police Commission at (213) 485-3531, for more information.
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Commission Elections – The Commissioners unanimously re-elected Commissioner Mack as President, and Commissioner Skobin as Vice President.
Commission Business – Commissioner Freeman participated in a meeting with the new Commanding Officer at Hollywood Division, Captain Farrell, along with several members of the Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Community. She was very impressed with Captain Farrell and his vision for the area. She also held various administrative meetings with Assistant Chief Papa and Mr. Romo of Commission staff. In addition, she attended the Homer Broome building dedication at Southwest Division. Commissioner Pacheco received a briefing from Deputy Chief Berkow regarding Southeast Division. Commissioner Skobin joined the Devonshire PALs for a fundraiser as they work toward building their Youth Center, attended a fundraiser for Officer Kristina Ripatti at the Valley Communications Center, observed the Valley Prostitution Task Force Operation, and attended a Bastille Day celebration hosted by the French Consul General. Commissioner Ordin participated in Command Staff meetings. Commissioner Mack also attended the Homer Broome event and commented on retired Commander Broome’s significance as the first African American Commanding Officer of a Division. He also spoke at the Jonathan Club monthly breakfast club meeting and received a briefing on the Peña case from Deputy Chief Berkow.
Captain Voge presented a status report on the Peña and Rev. Tony Dixon-Muhammad
use of force cases. These complex cases have required considerable investigation. It is anticipated that they will be presented to the Commission within two months. Both cases have been tolled, or temporarily suspended from the statute date, due to review from outside agencies. Several members of the community came to the meeting, and seven individuals spoke in support of Rev. Muhammad.
Representatives from the Midnight Mission, the Skid Row Housing Trust, and the Los Angeles Mission Project spoke on the services provided to the Homeless Community in Los Angeles. These agencies provide significant housing, food and social services to individuals in the skid row area, and they are working on providing much more. The vast majority of individuals living on skid row suffer from mental illness and/or addiction issues. All representatives agreed that the best approach for assisting these individuals is "Permanent Supportive Housing," which provides heavily subsidized housing and services for the homeless in one location on a permanent basis.
The Commissioners approved the Request for Proposals for the Digital In-Car Video system for transmittal to the Mayor and City Council. This first phase will equip 300 vehicles in five divisions with cameras.
The Inspector General’s review of the Discipline Report, First Quarter, 2006, was approved. This report highlighted some issues of categorization of complaints and emphasized the difference between "improper remarks" in general, and "ethnic remarks." Department staff agreed that the cases in question needed review.
Special Order No. 7, Temporary Modified Duty/Reasonable Accommodation, was approved.
The Executive Director’s report establishing timeframes for Categorical Use of Force Investigations was approved. This report requires that the Department forward completed investigations to the Inspector General 180 days before the statute date. In addition, portions of the investigation are to be forwarded to the Commissioners as soon as they are completed to assist in the regulating the large amount of Commissioner reading.
Chief Bratton announced that he will appoint a task force to examine and possibly implement the recommendations from Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel. The task force will be headed by soon to be Assistant Chief Paysinger. Chief Bratton anticipated that the task force would be able to start updating the Commission in September on this issue.
Presentation by Rampart Blue Ribbon Review Panel on Thursday, July 13, 2006
Connie Rice, Chair of the Blue Ribbon Rampart Review Panel presented an overview of the panel’s report, "Rampart Reconsidered, The Search for Real Reform Seven Years Later." Her overall assessment was that generally, the department has made significant progress since the Rampart incident and Chief Bratton has provided outstanding leadership, however there are still some issues that could be improved upon. She also highlighted the fact that many of the ills that are mentioned in the report are not caused by the LAPD, nor can they be cured by the LAPD. There are other serious issues such as education, health care, housing, job opportunities, and the court system. LAPD is often the visible, first response to much deeper problems. Her recommendations included transitioning from proactive/suppression policing to high road policing, creating a taskforce to accomplish high road policing, end "thin blue line" policing, and others. The Police Commission accepted the report and asked Chief Bratton to return at the next Police Commission meeting with plan on how to proceed with the recommendations.
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, June 6, 2006:
Commission Business – Most of the Commissioners’ comments revolved around the tragic injury of Officer Kristina Ripatti. Most of the Commissioners visited Officer Ripatti’s family either at the hospital or other locations. Commissioner Mack stated that she is an example of a devoted officer who was there to protect all of us and that she literally placed her life on the line Saturday night. Commissioner Skobin stated that he was outraged at this act of blatant violence and disrespect for humanity and questioned why there was no outcry from the public. Commissioner Ordin was honored to be with the entire LAPD family during this very difficult time. Commissioner Pacheco had actually met Officer Tim Pearce, Officer Ripatti’s husband, during a ride-along on Friday night. He met with him again yesterday under very different circumstances. Commissioner Freeman echoed Commissioner Skobin’s sentiments and questioned why there was no outrage over this incident.
Commissioner Pacheco also reported that he participated in a ride-along at both Southeast and Central Divisions. He also attended a Mayoral event where Carlos Fuentes was presented with the key to the City.
Chief’s Report – Chief William Bratton thanked the Commissioners for their immediate reaction and genuine concern for Officer Ripatti. He introduced four SWAT Emergency Medical Technician Officers who literally saved Officer Ripatti’s life that night with their training and available equipment. Officer Ralph Ward described the event in detail and it was clear that she would have lost her life if they had not responded. Chief Bratton also addressed the marked increase of assaults on officers recently. Since the beginning of the year, 18 officers have been shot at in 11 incidents. That is almost twice as many incidents compared to last year. Chief Bratton also reported on internal command staff transfers in anticipation of upcoming retirements. He stated that he does not support Senate Bill 1882, which would give primary responsibility to both the LAPD and the Los Angeles Airport Police for the Los Angeles International Airport. He also mentioned that much of the reporting on this issue has been inaccurate. Finally, he asked Captain Jim Voge to update the Commission on the investigation on the tragic Officer Involved Shooting incident involving a toddler and her father. The criminal investigation is currently at the District Attorney’s Office. The administrative investigation should be forwarded to the Commission in late July.
Executive Director’s Report – Richard Tefank reported that the Commission Investigation Division activity report was included in the Commissioners’ information.
Inspector General’s Report – André Birotte announced that he presented an overview of the Office of the Inspector General to approximately 30 lieutenants in Command Development School.
Clerk Typist Janet Zelaya was named the Police Commission Employee of the Month for May, 2006. While still relatively new, Janet has been an outstanding team member in the Alarms Section.
Pacific Area Community Police Advisory Board Co-Chairs Captain Bill Williams and Mary Ballou Richert presented a status report on the Area. They spoke of some significant programs including installation of surveillance cameras in the Oakwood complex, a domestic violence assistance program, the Westside Gang Task Force, the Pacific Resource and Monitoring Web site, and the CPAB’s strong ability and proven success in interacting with other organizations.
Deputy Chief David Doan presented an update on TEAMS II. While the entire system is not completely functional yet, portions such as the Document Management System are currently running. It is anticipated that all aspects should be functional within six months.
The supplemental report on the Youth Gang Prevention, Intervention, and Suppression Programs, was approved with the amendment that the wording "…good moral character," be replaced with "…honesty, integrity, high ethics, and prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, religion and sexual orientation," in reference to the Explorer program.
The Hunter-La Ley quarterly report for deployment periods 1-3, fiscal year 2005/2006, was approved. This report reflected 69% compliance compared to the last report which reflected 61%. Improvement is being made in terms of promotions of minorities. In addition, the Mentoring Program is beginning to develop. Commissioner Skobin asked that the Commission look into pay differentials for individuals who possess foreign language skills. He feels that having a bonus affiliated with a position instead of with the person sends the wrong message to individuals who wish to promote. Commissioner Freeman agreed to work on this issue with Commissioner Skobin.
Commander Charlie Beck and Sgt. Paul Espinoza presented the 2005 Community Policing Efforts Annual Report. The Department assesses success in this area based on achievement of predetermined goals, numbers of meetings, and Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment (SARA) projects. While there may some areas that are currently static, community policing has become "part of the fabric" of the Department.
Senior Clerk Typist Donna Basulto has joined the Commission’s Board Secretary staff. She has been with the City for 20 years. She started with Community Development Department, and then she came to LAPD and worked at Hollenbeck Records Section and Robbery Homicide Division.
Management Analyst I Linda Granados has joined the Alarm Section. She has been with the City for five years and has worked at the Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works, and the Los Angeles World Airports.
Management Analyst I Orestus Valenzuela has joined Charitable Services Section. He has been with the City for four and one half years, all at the Department of Housing.
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At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Commission Business – Commissioner Shelly Freeman attended several meetings regarding personnel issues. Commissioner Alan Skobin attended several of Police Memorial Week events, the Asian Pacific Islander American Community Forum, met with the Chinatown Public Safety Association, attended the Department’s memorial service for former Chief Edward M Davis, met with Captain Smith and Wakefield from Central Division, participated in a training session for members of the Oversight Committee for the Department of General Services Office of Public Safety, and met with the President of the Department of Transportation Commission. He commented on some of the firsts that the LAPD has held in regards to Asian Americans, such as the first Asian American Officers, the first female Asian American Officer, and unfortunately, the first Asian Officer killed in the line of duty in the United States. Commissioner Anthony Pacheco attended the Annual Police Celebrity Gold Tournament, met with Commissioner Skobin and Captain Webb to discuss use of force issues, and met with Captain Smith. Commissioner John Mack, and other Commissioners, attended the Joint Meeting with the Public Safety Committee to discuss several Consent Decree related issues. Commissioner Mack felt that the meeting was very constructive and positive. He feels optimistic about the progress the Department has made even though the Consent Decree has been extended for three years.
Chief’s Report – Chief James McDonnell commented on the Department’s participation in the National Police Memorial Week even in Washington D>C> Sixty LAPD Officers stood at attention for the entire ceremony, which was quiet long. On Sunday afternoon, there were two attacks on officers. He also reported that year to date, total part One, or serious crimes, are down by 11.3% compared to the same time last year.
Inspector General’s Report – Andre` Birotte commented that he was pleased with the City Council’s approval of his budgetary items.
Maurice Suh, Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety presented the Mayor’s Visions and Goals for Public Safety. The first goal is related to general public safety concerns. To that end, the Mayor has been successful in obtaining approval for 1,000 more LAPD Officers. The Mayor is also supporting expanding the fixed camera surveillance operations, coordination with county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, completing construction and upgrades of various stations, increased civilianization of the Department, and expansion of the Safer City Initiatives. The second goal is related to improve communications for emergency response. The third goal is related to the LAPD’s ability to respond to terrorism and threats and attacks. The fourth goal is to further enhance the reform progress that the Department had made. And the fifth goal is to enhance the City’s gang prevention programs.
Commander Kenny Garner presented the Department’s resent recruitment efforts. He has met with Blair Taylor from the Los Angeles Urban league. He has also met several churches and has arranged a challenge for each to recruit five individuals. Unique approaches such this along with various community events are resulting in more individuals applying to the Department. Commissioner Skobin added that monetary incentives should be considered for outside entities as well.
Commander Kenny Garner also presented the supplemental report relative to off-duty LAPD Officers working as private investigators. This item will now go through the meet and confer process with the Los Angeles Police Protective League. Bi-weekly updates were requested.
Special Order 13, pertaining to the Placement and Disposition of Illegal Entry Holds was approved, yet a follow up report was requested to clarify some issues. Essentially, this Special Order will update the Department’s policy to reflect the Federal regulation which stipulates that arrestees be held no longer than 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays, when an illegal entry into the United States is the only remaining charge. Current Department police stated that the hold be no longer than 24 hours.
In observance of Asian Pacific Islanders Heritage Month, Commissioner Skobin adjourned in memory of the Four Asians American Los Angeles Police Department Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
|Officer Gary Murakami, End of Watch 1968
Reserve Officer Stuart Taira, End of Watch 1983
Officer Arthur Soo Hoo, End of Watch 1983
Officer William Wong, End of Watch 1983
The Noise Enforcement Team (NET) has joined Commission Investigation Division! Meet all four NET Officers!
Officer Venson Drake joined LAPD in 1988 and ahs worked at Central Division, Wilshire Division, and Special Operations Support Division.
Officer Phil Evans joined LAPD in 1990 and has worked at Southern Division, and Special Operations Support Division.
Officer Fred Jamison joined LAPD in 1995 and has worked at West Los Angeles Division, Internal Affairs Division, Personnel Group, Detective Support Division, and Special Operations Support Division.
Officer Patrick Roman joined LAPD in 1990 and has worked at Southern Division, Hollywood Division, Harbor Division, Detective Support Division, and Special Operations Support Division.
Clerk Typist Kathya Olvera has joined Permit Section. She has been with the City for two and one half years at the Housing Department.
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At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Commission Business - Commissioner Alan Skobin attended the most resent Recruit Graduation and also the Community Police Advisory Board Summit. He was very impressed with both events and enjoyed George Kelling's presentation at the Summit . Commissioners Anthony Pacheco participated in a roll call and ride along with two Superior Court Judges at 77 th Division. He also attended the Arbor Day festivities at Sycamore Grove Park . Commissioner Shelly Freeman, along with other Commissioners, attended the Department's Annual Recognitions Day. The event honored several LAPD personnel who performed outstanding and often life-saving feats. Commissioner Freeman met with Deputy Chief Doan to review the TEAMS II system. A review of that system will be presented to the full Commission June 6 th . She also met with Deputy Mayor Maurice Suh to discuss related issues. Commissioner John Mack was also very impressed with deeds accomplished by the Recognition Day award recipients. Commissioner Mack addressed the current Valley Community Policy Academy class. These academies allow the Department to partner with members of the community in a very significant way. Commissioner Mack commended both the demonstrators' ad the members of the LAPD for an outstanding job in keeping the peace at the Great American Boycott 2006, in Los Angeles .
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that there will be no Commission meeting next week. The digital recorders to be used by Professional Standards Bureau personnel investigating use of force cases should be in use by July 1 st .
Chief's Report – Chief William Bratton presented the Citywide crime statistics and broke them down by bureau. While the past week represented a spike in homicides, the overall homicide statistics are down by 14.4% compared to the same time last week. Total Part One crimes are down by 12.1%. Deputy Chief Michael Berkow hosted a two-day multi-agency Professional Standards conference which brought together the best and the brightest in the business. Chief Bratton announced that the Department will be recognizing National Police Memorial Week with two events. On May 17 th , there will be a Candlelight Vigil at the Ahmanson Training Center , and on May 18 th , the Department will hold its annual Memorial Ceremony at Elysian Park Academy. He also announced the Memorial Service for Former Chief of Police Ed Davis on May 4 th . He stated that the Department will be requesting that certain portions of the Consent Decree be considered compliant by the court as the proposed end date of the Consent Decree approaches.
Inspector General's Report – Andre` Birotte introduced two new members of his staff, Senior Clark Typist Beverly Pitts and Special Investigator II Najuma Henderson. He met with the Association of Governmental Accounts, a group that has been critical in assisting the Office of the Inspector General in auditing procedures. He also mentioned that he was actually a student in the resent Alarm School because of a false alarm which occurred at his home. He felt that the class was very informative! Attendance at this class also waives the false alarm fine one time per year.
The Commission presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Detective II Manny Arujo upon his retirement from the Department after 25 years. Manny's diverse law enforcement career includes patrol, CRASH, motors, homicide, and administration. He retires from Commission Investigation Division as the Office in Charge of the West and Valley Bureau Enforcement Team. He will be sorely missed by all Commission staff as he pursues new endeavors.
A presentation was given by Harbor Area Community Police Advisory Board Co-Chairs Bill Upchurch and Captain Joan McNamara. The Harbor CPAB is extremely active and has evolved and changed as local issues change. Each meeting attracts 35 to 40 participants. Quality of life issues such as graffiti and street vending are of main concern. The Harbor Area Teen Community Police Advisory Board was also represented by Isaiah Alexander and Gabriel Maldonado. This active group has been responsible for new and different approaches to issues such as graffiti and gang conflicts.
Sr. Management Analyst Glenn Cabrera presented and update on the Police Administration Facility. The project has already gone out to bid and proposals are due back by June 7 th . Commissioner Freeman asked that information regarding the outreach effort made to diverse potential contractors be presented to the Commission at the May 16 th meeting. Groundbreaking for this facility will take place on June 14 th . The Parker Center life safety system is installed and is currently being tested.
Captain Anita Ortega outlined the Department's Juvenile Programs. She discussed prevention programs such as the Explores and the Magnet School Program. She also reviewed gang resistance education and training programs along with intervention programs such as the Juvenile Impact Program.
Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff presented a status report on the Consent Decree. While it is not expected that the Department will be in compliance by the end of the five-year term on June 15 th , the Department has made an incredible amount of progress. Mr. Chaleff stated that the Department is now setting standards nationally in certain areas such as auditing, training, care of the mentally ill, internal affairs, and use of force.
Assistant Chief George Gascon and Dr, Kevin Jablonski presented the final report on District Policing Pilot program. This program essentially gives officers responsibility for areas more so than basic car plan. Most who have worked the program find it very beneficial, and overall crime was reduced at the pilot divisions. While the program requires further enhancement, the Commission approved its continuance Department-wide.
Commander Eric Lillo and Sgt. Lou Torres discussed the current system and process utilized to track personnel complaints. This system has been quite effective, however it will be replaced by the Complaint Management System of Teams II.
Sr. Clerk Typist Beverly Pitts has joined the Office of the Inspector General. She has been with the City for a little over five years. Within LAPD, she worked Traffic Coordination Section, Emergency Operations Section, and Special Operations Support Division. She then worked at Department of Transportation before joining us.
Special Investigator II Najuma Henderson has joined the Office of the Inspector General. A graduate of Georgetown Law School , Najuma has worked as a law clerk for the City of Berkeley , an editor for the Daily Journal Corporation in San Francisco , and as an investigator for the Police Review Commission of the City of Berkeley .
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2006:
Commission Business – Commissioner Alan Skobin viewed Operation Nighthawk II which displayed excellent interagency cooperation at the Los Angeles International Airport in the event of a real emergency. He also attended a reception and lunch with Chief Bratton honoring the custodial staff and the outstanding work they do. Commissioner Anthony Pacheco attended several meetings with Commission staff. Commissioner Shelly Freeman received another update on the TEAMS II project and will be scheduling a briefing for the full Commission soon.
Executive Director's Report - Richard Tefank reported that the topic of Hearing Examiners will be on the May 16th agenda. Consideration of digital recorders for Professional Standards Bureau is scheduled for the April 26 th Council meeting.
Chief's Report – Chief William Bratton presented the Citywide crime statistics and then broke them down by bureau. In the City's budget process, the Department is faring well so far. Commissioner Mack added that he was pleased to see new radios and in-car camera in the proposed budget, along with additional staffing for the Inspector General.
Inspector General's Report – Andre` Birotte stated that he was very pleased that the Mayor's budget allotted a $1,000.000 increase for his staffing needs.
Assistant Chief Sharon Papa and Commander Kenny Garner presented and update on the review of off-duty officers working as private investigators. Chie Papa stated that three areas are being looked at: 1) private investigators licenses held by employees, 20 the work permit process, and 30 the use of Department equipment for off-duty private investigator use. The Commissioners asked for full report on this issue by May 16 th , and for it to include a comprehensive plan to address training, code of ethics, and a way to monitor effectiveness.
The Commissioners approved establishing a Latent Print Unit Case Detail within Scientific Investigation Division, along with $150,000 to cover additional expenses related to the expanded Serology/DNA Unit.
Special Oder No. 7, entitled “Temporary Modified Duty/Reasonable Accommodation,” was continued to a future date. Commissioners Skobin and Freeman will also work on this Special Order.
Clerk Typist Claudia Chaidez has joined Commission Investigation Division Records Section. She has been with the City for four years at the Housing Department.
Clark Typist Elander Hill has also joined Commission Investigation Division Records Section. She is new with the City and has been here three months.
Commission Executive Assistant I Chantey Berry has joined the Commission Executive Section. She has been with the City for 14 years and has worked at Los Angeles World Airports and at the Bureau of Sanitation.
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At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2006:
Commission Business - Commissioner Anthony Pacheco reported that he and Pacific Area Officers made a presentation at Summit View School in West Los Angeles. He also had several meetings with Command staff. Commissioner Alan Skobin attended the open house at the Valley Communications Center in honor of National Dispatchers’ Week. Commissioner Andrea Ordin mentioned her plans to speak at an upcoming Women Lawyers Association. Commissioner John Mack attended the open house at the Metropolitan Dispatch Center. He also attended a follow up meeting to Councilmember Hahn’s original gathering of community leaders to discuss gang injunctions. In addition, he met with former Police Commission President David S. Cunningham, III.
Chief’s Report – Chief William Bratton presented the Citywide crime statistics and then broke them down by Bureau. Overall Part One Crime is down by 12.6% compared to the same time last year. The Department is well above the goal for this year, which is an 8% reduction in crime. He stated that he has been joining the Mayor in the presentation of the desire to hire more officers through an increase in trash collection fees. He commented that he will be requesting the City Attorney to appeal the 9th Circuit Court ruling on sleeping or lying on a city sidewalk. Chief Bratton stated that this decision is disappointing, but does not prevent the Department from continuing law enforcement on skid row.
Executive Director’s Report - Richard Tefank stated that the issue of the digital recorders needed to decrease the amount of investigative time, is being considered by the City Council on April 26, 2006.
Inspector General’s Report – André Birotte stated that he also attended the gang injunction meeting and will continue to follow up on related issues.
Anabella Fermin was awarded Police Commission Employee of the Month for March 2006. Anabella is an integral component of the Alarm Section’s success. She has filled in as the Officer in Charge on numerous occasions and has won the respect of her peers, supervisors, and customers.
Police Foundation Boardmembers Mel Levine and Ron Rogers presented a history and status report on the Foundation. The Police Foundation was formed in 1998 as a way to provide funding for LAPD projects and equipment that was not feasible through the City budget process. They outlined numerous projects that have been funded including several ongoing events such as the promotional ceremonies.
Co-Chairs Captain John Sherman and Jeanette Capaldi presented the status report from the West Valley Community Police Advisory Board. Some of their significant accomplishments include the creation of e-policing which started in West Valley, very active and well-attended youth programs, a nightly cable television program, the creation of the field booking device, and Officer Appreciation Days that include breakfast, lunch and dinner!
After much consideration, the Commission 1)denied the California Public Records Act request from the Los Angeles Times regarding Officer Involved Shooting #012-05, 2) directed the Department to prepare and disseminate press releases on all categorical use of force incidents, and 3) directed Commissioners Ordin and Pacheco to continue looking at other documents that may be considered for public release.
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, April 11, 2006:
Commission Business - Commissioner Alan Skobin reported that he was in Sacramento for "Law Enforcement Legislation Day." He also attended the Staff Officers Annual Retreat and was extremely impressed with Chief Bratton’s presentation on leadership. He ordered a videotape of the presentation for all Commissioners. In addition, he attended an event at Devonshire Division thanking Captain Curreri for his outstanding work there, the groundbreaking for the new Rampart Station, the Southwest Car Show, and Sumo Wresting match featuring an LAPD Officer! Commissioner Andrea Ordin was briefed by the Chief on leadership issues. Commissioner John Mack was interviewed by Jim Newton of the Los Angeles Times regarding recruitment issues. He and Commissioner Skobin attended a citywide Commissioner meeting held by the Mayor to focus on certain priorities. Commissioner Mack asked that Deputy Mayor Maurice Suh come to a future Police Commission meeting to outline those priorities.
Chief’s Report – Chief William Bratton presented the Citywide crime statistics and then broke them down by Bureau. Overall Part One Crime is down by 12.5% compared to the same time last year. There are currently 294 recruits in the Academy.
Inspector General’s Report – André Birotte stated that he briefed Public Safety Committee on Office of the Inspector general activities. He also attended a Use of Force seminar presented by the Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County. He introduced Bessy Corales, a new Secretary in his office.
Police Administrator Yvette Sanchez-Owens reported on the New Police Headquarters Facility. She stated that the project went out for construction bidders on March 29th. It is possible that only one or two contractors may bid on this project as many large scale contractors are currently occupied. Commissioner Mack asked that every effort be made to attract more bidders to the process. Groundbreaking will be in June and construction will begin in the summer. Discussion led to the recent article which discussed some residents’ concern that a park should have been on the same property. There are efforts underway to place green space or parks in other areas of downtown. Parker Center is 90% complete with the Fire and Life Safety improvements. The Metropolitan Detention center is 5% complete.
Captain Sandy Jo McArthur and Commander Kenny Garner presented the Supervisory Performance Evaluations Audit, Third Quarter, Fiscal year 2005/2006. While the Audit did not reveal positive information regarding the execution of performance evaluations, there has been some progress. Performance ratings are often not done and contained canned language from previous ratings. This issue will become a priority as it will be addressed at the next Command Staff meeting.
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, March 28, 2006:
Commission Business - Commissioner Andrea Ordin attended the "Women Behind the Badge" recruitment event held at the Elysian Park Academy. She was very impressed with the organization of the event and with the presentations made. She commented that it was disheartening that such a wonderful event was not highly attended. Commissioner Ordin viewed some of the immigration protests and complimented the Department on its work in keeping the peace. She also attended an event for Commissioner Alan Skobin and his wife, Romi. They were honored with the Circle of Life Award by the Executives of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging for their outstanding contributions to the community. Commissioner Anthony Pacheco participated in a ride-along with Air Support and was very impressed with the professionalism and talent of the helicopter pilot and the tactical flight officer. Commissioner Shelley Freeman also commented on the event for Commissioner Skobin and Mrs.Skobin and reiterated the sentiment that they have given a great deal to the community, and for this reason, the event hosted approximately 600 people who were appreciative of the Skobins' dedication. Commissioner Alan Skobin attended the "Women Behind the Badge," event and was equally impressed with the attendees and the show of support from family members.
Chief's Report - Chief William Bratton stated that overall Part One Crime is down by 12.6% compared to the same time last year. A new recruit class will be graduating this Friday. He stated that the Department is looking at new ways to recruit individuals from different sources. He agreed with Commissioner Ordin that the large recruitment events do not appear to be worth the effort. He also mentioned that the student protests are being monitored closely.
Executive Director's Report - Richard Tefank reported that the Commission Investigation Division (CID) Activity Report was included in the Commissioners' packages and that four Police Officer II's from the Noise Enforcement Team will soon be assigned to CID. It is probable that they will have time to participate in other CID enforcement activities once the variance process is streamlined.
Inspector General's Report - André Birotte stated that he was honored to attend the event for the Skobins. He also attended the funeral for Detective III Raul Reyna and stated that it was a very fitting tribute. He mentioned that responsibilities of the Consent Decree will eventually fall within the Office of the Inspector General and that will require some internal changes. Mr. Birotte will return to the Commission with recommendations designed to meet those changing needs.
Commissioner Ordin questioned the quotes that range from $30 to $50 million annually to comply with the Consent Decree. Chief Bratton stated that he too felt that those quotes seemed rather high and he will be returning with more exact figures.
Police Administrator Thom Brennan presented the status of the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP). The plan, which was first implemented in 2002, was designed to retain seasoned officers within the Department. It allows officers to continue working for up to five years while drawing their regular salary and their retirement allowance. The allowance is kept by the City but given to the officer in a lump sum upon retirement. It is probable that officers will be able to enroll in the plan until 2012. The Department will begin to feel the impact of DROP next year as the first enrollees begin to retire. Efforts are under way to enhance recruitment to make up for the difference. One of the programs is the implementation of the Community Police Aide classification. This classification allows individuals who have not yet reached the age to be eligible for the Police Academy to become civilian employees first.
The Police Commission approved the awarding of the Medal of Valor to Detective III Richard Record, Police Officer III Christopher Vasquez, Police Officer II Carlos Figueroa, Police Officer III Matthew Cundiff, and Police Officer II Carlos Figueroa. The Medal of Valor ceremony is scheduled for September.
The meeting was adjourned in memory of:
|Police Officer II Robert Poole, Pacific Area
Reserve Police Officer III Jimmy Jones, Central Traffic Division
Detective III Raul Reyna, Force Investigation Division
Police Officer II Marsha Brandt, Narcotics Division
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2006:
Commissioner John Mack, Chief Bill Bratton, and Inspector General André Birotte all expressed their sympathies on the loss of Detective Raul Reyna. Detective Reyna was last assigned to Force Investigation Division and was an integral component of the Commission's review of Use of Force cases. All expressed their respect and admiration for his professional and personal talents. He will be fondly remembered.
Commission Business - Commissioner Alan Skobin visited the newly activated Real-Time Analysis and Critical Response Division and was very impressed with its abilities. Commissioner Anthony Pacheco was pleased to attend the most recent Detention Officer Multi-Agency Graduation.
Chief's Report - Chief William Bratton stated that overall Part One Crime is down by 12.8%. The Chief is currently working with Assistant Chief Gascon and consultant George Kelling to formulate proposals on addressing the homeless issue in Los Angeles.
The Special Order establishing Force Investigation Division and deactivating Critical Incident Investigation Division was approved. Captain Jim Voge and Deputy Chief Mike Berkow were commended for their work on this transition into a more efficient system. Force Investigation Division has actually been in place for almost two years and this move is really the final transitional step.
Captain Sandy Jo McArthur presented the revised Hunter-La Ley Consent Decree, Fiscal Year 2004/2005 Annual Report. The Commissioners were complimentary of the new report which relayed the information in a clear and concise format. She discussed three goals for the Department, 1) reactivating the mentoring program, 2) reactivating the cross training program, and 3) reactivating the career development program. Commissioner Freeman suggested placing the information on the Intranet and Captain McArthur agreed that would be helpful in getting the information out to the members of the Department.
Commander Charlie Beck and Captain Jerry Szymanski outlined the success of the Release From Custody Pilot Program in Devonshire Division. The program has been quite successful and has reduced the misdemeanor arrest/booking/release time from four hours to one half hour. It is hoped that the program can be used in other parts of the Department as there were approximately 50,000 releases from custody last year.
Executive Director Richard Tefank reported on the progress of the recommendations to reduce the time required to investigate Categorical Use of Force incidents. He reported that digital tape recorders should be in place by July 1st, the cases currently being investigated has been slightly reduced, and that there has been progress in civilianizing some of the process. Commissioners Skobin and Pacheco are the Commission's Use of Force liaisons and they have also been addressing this issue. Commissioner Freeman asked for future progress updates.
Yazmin Garcia is promoting back to us! She will be the new Senior Clerk Typist in the Advocate Section. Welcome back, Yazmin!
The Police Commission Bike Team completed the entire Acura Bike Tour preceding the Los Angeles Marathon! Members André Dawson, Aaron Bankhead, Ernesto Vicencio, Diana Acosta, DeEsta Crenshaw, Sonia Pereda and Vincent Thrash braved the chilly early morning weather and had a great time along the way. Support team members Angie Roman and Norma Clarke made it all possible. The entire event was so successful, the Police Commission Bike Team is considering future bike tours!
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2006:
Commission Business - Commissioner Andrea Ordin participated in the pre-Commission meeting breakfast with Chief Bratton and staff. Commissioner Alan Skobin attended an Auto Theft Prevention program in the Valley Bureau which was very successful. Attendees could have their vehicle identification number etched in their windshield. He also attended two separate roll calls in the West Bureau and has since spoken with Police Administrator III Rhonda Sims-Lewis regarding some of the needs in that Bureau. He and Commissioner Pacheco have been meeting with the Department on some of the Use of Force issues and continues to work on best practices in this area. Commissioner Anthony Pacheco had several Department related meetings this week, as did Commissioner Shelly Freeman . She also met with Commander Kenny Garner to discuss recruitment issues and she met with Barry Greensfielld, the Chair of the Chief's Gay and Lesbian Community Forum. Commissioner John Mack attended a meeting that was coordinated by Councilmember Janice Hahn to discuss crime and gang related activities in the South Bureau. Also in attendance were Chief Bratton, Executive Director Tefank, Inspector General Birotte, Sheriff Baca, representatives from the City Attorney's Office and many others interested in ending the gang activity in that area.
Chief's Report – Chief William Bratton stated that overall Part One Crime is down by 13.3%. There are currently 301 recruits in the academy, and there are 9,314 sworn employees in the Department. He advised the Commissioners of a recruitment event on March 25 th called, “Women Behind the Badge,” at Elysian Park. He also announced that he will be going on a trip to Isreal, along with Deputy Mayor Maurice Suh, Councilmember Jack Weiss, and Commander Mike Downing. The main purpose of the trip is to focus on anit-terrorist approaches. Commissioner Ordin asked that the “weekly profiles” also be presented in the Chief's report. Those reports are community specific.
Executive Director's Report - Richard Tefank stated that he and Management AnalystII Stpehen Thorne attended the most resent 77 th Community Police Advisory Board meeting. He was very im[pressed witht the organization of the meeting and the number of youth in attendance. He reminded the Commissioners that the Community Poilce Advisory Board Summit will be held April 29 th .
Inspector General's Report - Andre Birotte attended a Watts community meeting and plans to continue to do so on a periodic basis. Mr. Birotte presented a certificate of appreciation to Special Investigator II Brian Pellis for his outstanding contributions during Nicole Bersohns maternity leave. Brian stepped in and did a fantastic job while maintaining his own workload.
Commander Kenny Garner outlined the Work Permit process for as officers working private investigators. The permits are issued annually and are essentially the employee's responsibility. The permits are approved by the officer's commanding officer and by the commanding officer of the Personal Group. The approval process includes a review of any conflicts of interest and a summary of the officer's attendance habits. Two more detailed studies on this topic will be presented. One will be back within 30 days and the other shortly thereafter. The Commissioners had many questions and concerns regarding officer's fatigue, time limits for working other jobs, and conflicts of interest.
Chief Information Office Tim Riley discussed the need to replace the ASTRO hand=held radios which are soon nearing their useful life. While the Commissioners were extremely supportive the budget request for more radios, they questioned the number of radios being requested. They wanted to ensure that the Department was asking for the number actually needed, especially in fiscally tight times. The item was continued for two weeks.
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, February 28, 2006:
Commission Business - Commissioner Shelley Freeman participated in meetings regarding recruitment and the LAPD Magnet School Program. She reported that City Council did approve increasing the employee incentive for referring a successful recruit to the academy to $1,000. She also had a meeting regarding the status of TEAMS II. The deployment system of TEAMS II is currently up and running, the use of force system is being rolled out, the risk management system should be out in the next few months, and the complaint management system will be operational by the end of the second quarter of the calendar year. Deputy Chief Doan will present a TEAMS II status report to the Commission in early April. Commissioner Anthony Pacheco participated in a panel discussion at Loyola University. Other panel members included Inspector General André Birotte and Councilmember Jack Weiss. Commissioner Alan Skobin met with Officers at two Divisions. He, along with Commissioner Mack, attended the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) annual dinner. He also attended the Peace Officers of Los Angeles County event honoring Reserve Officers. In addition, he met with Blair Taylor of the Urban League, who had a productive suggestion of including community based organizations in the Department's recruitment effort. Commissioner Andrea Ordin stated that she was looking forward to attending the Recruit Graduation this Friday. Commissioner Mack met with Captain Scott Kroeber and received a briefing on Metropolitan Division. He was impressed with many tasks under Captain Kroeber's command, including the Canine Unit and the Dive Team. He was also concerned over the Division's extreme shortage of physical space. He participated in two media events. One was Channel 35's "Roundtable," taped with Chief William Bratton, Sheriff Lee Baca, and Civil Rights Attorney Connie Rice. The other was an in-depth interview regarding the Civil Rights movement with CBS, Channel 2. He also attended the Mayor's African American Heritage Celebration at the Bonaventure Hotel.
Executive Director's Report - Richard Tefank stated that he will follow up on the recruitment suggestion raised by Mr. Taylor of the Urban League. He will also be reporting back within two to three weeks regarding the status of reducing the length of investigative time on Categorical Uses of Force. Four Officers from the former Noise Enforcement Team will be absorbed by Commission Investigation Division. Commission staff is currently working on a system which will provide approval for construction variance permits in a similar manner to the parade permits. Commissioner Freeman asked that the Executive Director facilitate a report regarding the impact of the DROP program in 2007.
Chief's Report - Assistant Chief James McDonnell commented that some figures given last week regarding the number of officers also working as private investigators, may need to be altered. A review of those figures will be presented to the commission next week. A hand search is now being conducted to determine if any officers are working as consultants for private investigation companies. He also reported that there were three LAPD Reserve Officers honored at the Peace Officers of Los
Angeles County luncheon that Commissioner Skobin mentioned. He acknowledged the success of DNA testing in identifying suspects for current and older crimes and that the Department will work through the budget process to ensure that the success of this testing is not lost due to staffing and equipment issues. As Chief Bratton reported last week, overall crime is down, with the exception of a robbery spike in the Valley. Commissioners added that they would like to hear clearance rates in conjunction with the crime statistics.
Inspector General's Report - André Birotte introduced his niece, Mikala Larez, who was spending the day him. She is a fifth grader who aspires to be and attorney and judge. He also commented on the Loyola Panel.
Several Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Department employees who contributed to the success of the "Toys of Joy Run," which gathered toys and raised consciousness for children with Sickle Cell disease.
Commander Eric Lillo responded to the questions raised in last week's meeting regarding the Department's Annual Complaint Report 2005. He provided a six-year history of the complaints with breakdowns in certain categories. The Commission requested a specific breakdown of the sustained complaints along with a median of the time that it takes to complete a complaint investigation.
Chief Information Officer Tim Riley, Captain Sharyn Buck, and Mehrdad Larijanaha discussed the current status of the Police Radio System. While there are some specific areas of concern such dead zones and lack of radio communication at critical times, the overriding issue appears to be the life span of the hand held radios. The radios are essentially in good shape, but they are either at or approaching their life expectancy. The Department has made two annual budgetary requests for the radios, which would cost approximately $50 million to replace, however the requests were not approved by the City Administrator's Office. The Commission asked that more information be provided on this issue including a breakdown of the costs associated with the replacement of the radios, along with possible alternate solutions.
Detective II Dionne Taylor has joined Commission Investigation Division. She joined the City family in 1989 at the Department of Recreation and Parks as a Park Patrol Officer. She then joined LAPD in 1994 and worked Southwest Division, Wilshire Division and Tactical Planning Section as an Officer. As a Detective, she worked at Foothill Division. Welcome, Dionne!
At the Police Commission Meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2006:
Commission Business - Commissioner Shelley Freeman stated that City Council was simultaneously considering increasing the monetary incentive for referring a successful recruit into the police academy. She also asked Executive Director Richard Tefank to prepare a report outlining the Department's role in permitting and allowing officers to work separately as private investigators. Commissioner Alan Skobin attended a Mentoring Meeting along with Commissioner Mack. In this meeting, representatives from several Departmental employee groups discussed mentoring less-tenured officers through the ranks. He also proposed hosting another joint meeting with the Department of Transportation Commission to discuss several items of common interest including a pilot program related to the towing of vehicles. He, along with Commission staff, is working on the methodology to be used for negotiating rate increases for the Official Police Garage contractors. He also asked that a comparison with other law enforcement agencies be added to the report being prepared on private eyes. Commissioner Andrea Ordin reported that she met with the Chief and some members of the command staff for a breakfast meeting which was informative and productive. Commissioner Mack also attending the Mentoring Meeting and met with Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff.
Executive Director's Report - Richard Tefank reported that a summary of the Hearing Examiner selection process would be presented to the Board within 30 days with any recommendations for modification. Staff is working with Commissioner Pacheco on this issue.
Chief's Report - Chief William Bratton stated that the crime statistics still reflect a downward trend, however there is a spike of burglaries in the Valley. The Department is addressing that spike. Two recruit classes will be graduating in March. Chief Bratton traveled to Washington D.C. for the Major Cities Chiefs Conference. He also met with President Bush to discuss homeland security issues. In addition, he commented on recent news articles. In reference to the topic of LAPD officers also serving as private investigators, he stated that there are only two individuals licensed for such activity. The Department monitors this kind of activity very closely. In reference to the issue of the 2005 Annual Complaint Report, he stated that the comparisons made in the media were not accurate and did not reflect the facts.
Inspector General's Report - André Birotte reported that many of his staff members attended a training day at the Davis Center, and some members also attended a Use of Force training seminar in Las Vegas. Mr. Birotte also had a meeting with Blair Taylor, the new Director of the Los Angeles Urban League.
The Commission approved the donation of $1.2 million worth of security technology equipment to be used at the Jordan Downs Housing Complex. This equipment will allow officers to visually monitor activity within the complex from patrol cars. In addition, this new system will provide free internet access to residents of the complex.
Vice President Skobin was selected as the Police Commissioner to serve as a member of the Office of Public Safety Oversight Committee.
Commander Eric Lillo presented the 2005 Annual Complaint Report. He stated that complaints have increased since 2004, and significantly since 2003. He attributes this increase to the Department's proactive stance. In 2003, the Department began to conduct internal stings to ensure that all complaints are taken and processed. There are many factors to consider when looking at the discipline imposed based on complaints. The time frame for investigating complaints can vary widely. While the variables were understood, the Commissioners asked for some additional information on the topic such as the total occurrences of public contact so that the figures can be put in context, the total number of personnel involved instead of the total number of complaints, a real-time reporting mechanism, and a historical perspective.
Inspector General Andre Birotte briefed the Commission on his annual report on the Retaliation Policy. Due to past efforts from the Office of the Inspector General, retaliation analysis now takes place with a global approach considering the entire workplace environment. Commissioner Skobin asked that consideration be given to changing the role of the Police Commission's Discrimination Unit to a place of intake for retaliation and discrimination complaints, and then have the Office of the Inspector General conduct the actual investigation.
At the Police Commission Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 2006:
The Police Commissioners discussed the disclosure of the Chief of Police transmittals to the Board for Categorical Use of Force incidents, upon requests made for such documents under the California Public Records Act.
Upon the waiver of the attorney-client privilege by both the members the Police Commission and the City Council, the advice letter from the City Attorney's Office has been made publicly available. Deputy City Attorney Julie Raffish outlined the findings in the letter. To summarize, there are legal arguments for disclosure of involved officers' names in such documents, and there are arguments for non-disclosure. However, she stated that the Commission maintains a significant risk in releasing officers' names when the information is combined with an assessment of the officers' actions. The combination constitutes personnel information regardless of in what kind of document it is contained.
While the Commission did not alter its decision to not release officers' names in such documents, it was left that additional arguments for and against disclosure would possibly be considered in the future.
Senior Management Analyst I Stacy Rafter has joined the Policy Group. Stacy has been with the City for seven years and worked at the Rampart Community Police Station, Police Commission Policy Group, Office of the Inspector General, and with Operation Archangel at Counter-Terrorism. Welcome back, Stacy!
At the Police Commission Meeting on Monday, February 13, 2006:
The members of the Police Commission waived their attorney-client privilege for the advice received from the City Attorney's Office regarding the disclosure of officers' names in publicly released summaries of categorical use of force incidents. Commissioner Mack announced that a more detailed discussion of this issue will occur at the next Police Commission meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, February 15, 2006, at 8:30am.
At the Police Commission Meeting on February 7, 2006:
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Ordin met with Deputy Mayor Maurice Suh and discussed various issues including the Department's continued recruitment efforts for both sworn and civilian employees. Commissioner Skobin attended an appreciation lunch associated with the successful Cops for Tots program. He also stated the Los Angeles Police Historical Society will soon be featuring a "Commissioners' Gallery," at the Police Museum. He was honored to attend the celebration for 50 years on the job for Detective III Jack Giroud, and he also attended the West Angeles Community Development Corporation Dinner as did Commissioners Mack and Freeman. Commissioner Freeman stated that she also met with Deputy Mayor Maurice Suh regarding various issues. In addition, she met with members of Jack Weiss' office regarding enhanced recruitment referral incentives. That issue will soon be before the Budget and Finance Committee.
Commissioner Mack attended a press conference with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilmember Jack Weiss to announce the Homeland Security and Disaster Preparedness Initiative. He also commented on positive impact of the Department's African American Recruitment Expo held at Rancho Cienega Park Sports Complex.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that staff would be returning to the Commission to begin the Request for Proposal process within 45 days for the Official Police Garage heavy tow operators. The RFPs will include the Mayor's minority supplier process.
Chief's Report: Chief James McDonnell reported that eight homicides occurred over the weekend and 14 people were hurt in a road rage incident. The Department's Counterterrorism package was approved by City Council. He also commented on the introduction of the new global positioning dart which can be directed at a fleeing car to avoid a pursuit.
Police Administrator Yvette Sanchez-Owens provided an update on the new Police Administration Facility. She stated that the plans are currently under review and that they are expected to be put out for construction bidding in March. The Fire/Life Safety system improvements for Parker Center are being installed. Parker Center should be operating with a key card system within 90 days. Demolition on the corner of Los Angeles and First Streets has begun for the construction of the new jail.
In a Supplemental Agenda, the Police Commission approved the Executive Director's report relative to California Public Records Act requests for Chief of Police transmittals to the Police Commission for Categorical Use of Force Incidents. The approval of this item reiterated a previous directive to remove the involved officers' names from such documents before public release.
Welcome to all of our new employees!!
Clerk Typist Daisy Bonilla has joined the Records Section. She has been a part-time employee with Recreation and Parks, Citywide Aquatics, at the J.C. Argue Swim Stadium for almost nine years.
Detective I Kris Tu has joined the Enforcement Section. He has been with the Department for eight years. He has worked Central Patrol, West Los Angeles Patrol, Central Traffic Division, and Special Operations - Asian Crimes, as an Officer. He returned to Central as a Detective, and then joined us!
Management Analyst I Margaret Carmine has joined the Alarms Section. She has been with the City for three years as a Management Assistant with the Housing Department.
Clerk Typist Londie Hill is beginning her career with the City of Los Angeles in the Records Section.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 31, 2006:
Following a brief agenda, a public comment period, and closed session, the members of the Police Commission presented their decision on the use of force incident which resulted in the tragic death of Devin Brown. The Commission's decision was as follows:
As it relates to the tactics in this incident, the Police Commission found that the tactics employed by the officers were in policy, formal training for one officer and divisional training for five officers. The vote was unanimous.
DRAWING OF THE WEAPON
Relating to the drawing of the weapon, the Police Commission found that the drawing of the weapon was in policy by a unanimous vote.
USE OF FORCE
Regarding the use of force, or firing of the weapon, the Police Commission found that the use of force was out of policy, Administrative Disapproval, by a four/one vote. Commissioners Mack, Freeman, Ordin and Pacheco voted "aye," and Commissioner Skobin voted "nay."
Sr. Management Analyst I Harriet Voloso has joined Alarms Section. Harriet has been with the City for 24 years. She has worked at the Department of Water and Power as a Community Service Representative, Tax and Permits as a Principal Clerk, Department of Water and Power as a Principal Clerk - Utility, and then as a Management Aide, the Department of Housing as a Management Analyst, and then back to the Department of Water and Power, before joining us! Welcome, Harriet!
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 24, 2006:
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Skobin commented on the effectiveness of the Candidate Assistance Program, which assists individuals wanting to enter the Academy with the necessary physical requirements and academic preparation. He also attended a La Ley meeting which was very productive. Commissioner Pacheco participated in a ride-along in the Van Nuys Area. Commissioner Freeman attended a community meeting which mainly focused on the lewd conduct issue in Hollywood. She felt that the meeting was very constructive and that Captain Sanchez effectively relayed the issues. She also commented on Officer Michael Joliquer's announcement that the Department will be participating the Gay Games taking place in Chicago. Commissioner Mack had a meeting with some of the African American Commanding Officers discussing the increased recruiment efforts in the African American community. Commissioner Mack also announced that pursuant to the Police Commission's new policy of publicly providing abridged summaries of use of force incidents, summaries would be available on LAPDOnline.org in two days, or less. Note: The summaries were actually online that afternoon.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that the "False Alarm School" is now being held in the Valley. The first class is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24th.
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton reported that Part One, or serious, crimes are down by 16.8% compared to the same time last year. He stated a presentation was given to Public Safety Committee regarding placing cameras in all cars, and while the initial cost would be substantial, the cameras would pay for themselves within a short period of time due to decreased litigation. He also stated that the Department is in the process of obtaining firearms simulators for all 19 Areas.
Police Officer Ernesto Vicencio was awarded the Employee of the Month for January 2006. Ernie does an outstanding job in the Enforcement Unit specializing in Permit Compliance.
A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Natalie Bopp for selfless donation of time, expertise, and funds to produce the 2006 Department calendar. Al proceeds from the sale of this calendar benefit the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation.
Chief George Gascon presented an overview of the history and status of Special Order 40. This Order, which was produced in 1979, was and is essentially documentation stating that the Department does not enforce the immigration status of individuals. That responsibility then fell with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and now falls with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Chief Gascon stated that some of the confusion regarding this Order actually stemmed from some of the Officers' misinterpretation that Special Order 40 prevented them from enforcing criminal law. As
this is not the case, the Department sought to clarify the Order, reiterating that criminal behavior, if it is illegally re-entering the United States following a felony conviction, or committing any crime, is still a crime and holds no protection under Special Order 40. However, the Order remains the same, LAPD will not inquire into the immigration status of an individual as a solitary offense.
Commander Mark Leap presented an overview of Operation Archangel which identifies possible terrorist targets and coordinates the multi-agency protection of those targets protecting the infrastructure of the City.
POLICE COMMISSION ANNOUNCES
ABRIDGED SUMMARIES OF
USE OF FORCE CASES NOW ONLINE
Los Angeles - Following a historic Police Commission decision last year, abridged summaries of Categorical Use of Force incidents are now readily available on the Department's Web site, LAPDOnline.org. These summaries are prepared by the Office of the Inspector General and include a summary of the incident and a review of the Police Commission's findings. Providing unprecedented information to the public, yet still respecting personnel issues, the reports do not include the names of the involved officers. Summaries will be available for all incidents adjudicated by the Board of Police Commissioners after January 1, 2006.
"This is a big step towards transparency," stated Los Angeles Police Commission President John W. Mack.
"We are very pleased that this information is now available for the community that we serve."
The reports may be found by going to LAPDOnline.org, clicking on Police Commission, and then clicking on Summaries of Use of Force Incidents. These reports are also available at the Offices of the Police Commission, 150 North Los Angeles Street, Room 150, Los Angeles.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 17, 2006:
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Pacheco attended a press conference to announce the beginning of the transition of cell phone 911 calls coming directly to LAPD Communications instead of the California Highway Patrol. He commented on the pinpoint accuracy of how the calls will be routed based on the exact position of the cell phone. The benefit of this transition will be saved time during critical emergencies. Commissioner Skobin attended a Valley Vote meeting where Deputy Chief Michel Moore spoke about techniques used for reducing crime in the area. Commissioner Skobin also met with Department personnel regarding the need to create a stronger public awareness of what to do when an emergency vehicle is approaching. He asked that Executive Director Richard Tefank prepare a report that examines the productivity efficiencies and cost benefits of placing cameras in cars. He mentioned that there may be possible benefits such as the elimination of Field Data Reports and definitive solutions to personnel complaints. Commissioner Ordin added that the report should include experiences from other law enforcement agencies that have installed the cameras. Commissioner Freeman attended a meeting convened by Councilmember Jack Weiss's office regarding the lewd conduct issue in Hollywood. Many people attended the meeting and the outcome was a better understanding of the most viable solutions which include better lighting, gating the alley in question during the evening, tree trimming, etc. Commissioner Freeman will also be attending the community meeting to discuss this issue at the Hollywood Neighborhood Hall on Thursday, January 19th, at 6:00pm. Commissioner Mack had a meeting with Councilmember Tony Cardenas and discussed many issues related to the Police Department including the placement of cameras in the patrol cars. He also attended the Mayor's event in honor of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Four members of the Parks family were brought to Los Angeles to attend this event. Commissioner Mack commented that the event was very moving.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that the list of pending projects was included in the Commissioners' packages, and that the report on cameras in patrol cars will be added to that list.
Chief's Report: Chief William Bratton reported that he was recently in London and met with British Police Services. The Department has set an 8% goal for Part One crime reduction in 2006, and while the statistics are difficult to guage at the beginning of the year, they are moving in the right direction.
Inspector General's Report - André Birotte, Jr. reported that he is in the interview process for hiring the last open Special Investigator position in his office.
Co-Chairs Debbie Klevens and Captain James Miller presented a status report on the Van Nuys Community Police Advisory Board. The 38-member, diversified Board accomplished a great deal in the past year. Among those accomplishments were a successful Neighbor to Neighbor program, an anti-drag racing campaign, a citizens' speed patrol, and one of the most attended National Night Out
events in the City. Captain Miller attributes the decreae in crime in Van Nuys to the CPAB activities along with a Motel Detail, a car designated to Parolee enforcement, and the ability to place plain clothes officers in problem areas.
Captain Blake Chow presented an overview of the newly created Realtime Analysis Critical Response Division. This Division, which was inspired by NYPD's program, will allow the Department to process and respond to crime information throughout the City on a realtime basis, 24 hours a day.
The Commission approved the donation from the Motion Picture Association of America of
10 surveillance cameras and a three-year maintenance agreement, to be used in Central Division. These cameras will assist officers with investigations of counterfeit merchandise, burglary from motor vehicles, Grand Theft Autos, and street robberies in Central Division.
The Department's report relative to contractor selection and request to enter into negotiations with court hearing reporter service providers was approved.
The Civil Rights Integrity Division Police Commission Recommendation Status Report was approved.
During Public Comment, speakers requested that the Police Commission not change Special Order 40 at an upcoming meeting, however, this item is not scheduled for review in the future. Believing that there may be a perception issue, the Commission asked that a review of the history and use of Special Order 40 be presented publicly at a Commission meeting in the near future.
Sr. Management Analyst I Stephanie Herron has re-joined Personnel Group. Stephanie was previously with Personnel Group as a Management Analyst II. She has since promoted and we are glad she is back!
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 10, 2006:
Commissioners' Reports: Commissioner Freeman participated in a roll call and ride along at the Rampart Community Police Station. As part of her ride-along, she observed a scene where a deceased person had been discovered and she was very impressed with the professionalism and the compassion displayed by the officers on the scene towards the family members of the deceased. She has also participated in a great deal of discussion regarding the Hollywood lewd conduct issue that was discussed during the December 20, 2005, Police Commission meeting. She was pleased to report that some lighting has already been improved in the area in question. As part of her discussions on this issue, she visited the Hollywood Community Police Station and had the opportunity to see the effectiveness of the cameras that are used to monitor activity on Hollywood Boulevard. Commissioner Pacheco attended a roll call and ride along at the Hollenbeck Community Police Station. As part of his ride-along, he observed the execution of a search warrant that was done in conjunction with Metropolitan Division. He was heartened to see how well the officers worked together from various units. Commissioner Skobin and Commissioner Mack met with members of the Los Angeles Protective League to discuss various issues. One of the items discussed was the quality of officer interviews following a Use of Force incident if fatigue is a factor. He represented the Department at a Hanukah event at City Walk. He also attended a response to an Officer Involved Shooting with a dog. He requested a status report from the Department when the procedure for response to this type of incident is fully implemented. In addition, he will be presenting subsequent initiatives for the continued revitalization of both the Reserve Program and the Explorer Program in the near future. Commissioner Ordin visited the West Los Angeles Community Police Station on New Years Eve and thanked the officers for their dedication in working that evening. She also attended the recent Promotions Ceremony and the press conference to announce the year-end crime statistics. She, along with Commissioner Mack, was very impressed with both events. Commissioner Mack, along with Commissioner Skobin, attended a meeting with Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA) officials regarding the deployment of 22 additional officers at Los Angeles International Airport. The meeting resulted in the agreement that LAWA staff would assess the needs of LAX and report back to the Police Commission. Commissioner Mack also had a meeting with Deputy Mayor Maurice Suh and discussed some of the Police Commission's priorities such as compliance with the Consent Decree and the importance of diversity in recruitment of officers.
Executive Director's Report: Richard Tefank reported that the Office of Public Safety will become operational on February 19th. He will agendize the selection of a Police Commissioner to serve on the Office of Public Safety Oversight Committee for the February 14th meeting. Mr. Tefank has also reassigned some Police Commission personnel. Sr. Management Analyst II Eva Vega now oversees the Policy Group, Senior Management Analyst II Saul Romo now oversees the Personnel Group, and Management Analyst II Stephen Thorne is now part of the Policy Group.
Chief's Report: Assistant Chief James McDonnell reported on many of the same events the Commissioners attended. He commented on the year-end crime statistics which placed Los Angeles as the second safest large city in the country. While the population has drastically changed, the crime rate is presently the same as it was in 1956. He thanked the community for its role in this impressive achievement.
Inspector General's Report - André Birotte, Jr. reported that he participated in the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement annual conference in Miami. He also relayed his gratitude for being named the Grand Marshal of the Toys for Joy Run benefiting children afflicted Sickle Cell decease. The Run, which consisted of classic motorcycles and vehicles riding a designated path in the South Bay area, collected toys and raised public awareness.
Commander Mark Leap and Captain Gary Williams presented an overview of the responsibilities of the Counter Terrorism Criminal Intelligence Bureau. Along with the various sections and areas of responsibilities, they discussed the process for information received from the public on possible terrorist threats. All information goes through a preliminary investigation, and based on the validity of the information, there are different levels investigative authority. Captain Williams was also pleased to announce the opening of the Joint Regional Intelligence Center in Norwalk next month. This center will be a focal point for intelligence gathering and sharing for many law enforcement agencies.
Deputy Chief Gary Brennan presented the Department's report on youth gang prevention, intervention and suppression programs. The Commissioners were pleased with the report, but asked if there was a way to determine the efficacy of the programs. Chief Brennan responded that measuring efficacy is rather difficult but the Department is currently working on a Youth Programs Initiative which would eventually provide more information on that question.
Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff presented the Department's report on the Use of TEAMS Data Audit. While the audit generally revealed positive aspects, it appears that Department supervisors do not routinely review TEAMS reports when an employee is transferring into their area of command. The Department will return within 45 days with a written report reflecting the reasons for this lack of compliance along with a plan to remedy the issue.
Assistant Inspector General Beth Kennedy presented the Inspector General's report on the Complaint Investigations Audit for Fiscal Year 2005/2006. Out of 46 randomly picked sample investigations of high risk complaints, 19 were believed to have weaknesses in the investigation process that could have impacted the adjudication. While this is an annual audit, it was determined that an earlier report would assist the Commission in monitoring the quality of the investigations.
Sr. Management Analyst II Eva Vega has moved from the Commission's Personnel Group to Policy Group.
Sr. Management Analyst II Saul Romo has moved from the Policy Group to the Commission's Personnel Group.
Management Analyst II Stephen Thorne has moved from the Commission's Personnel Group to Policy Group.
Detective I Jose Ceja has returned to Commission Investigation Division!
Detective I Jason Kwock has joined Commission Investigation Division. He has been with the Department for 13 years and has worked at Central, Wilshire, Arrest and Control, Financial Crimes, Van Nuys, and Risk Management Group before joining us. Welcome, Jason!
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