ANGELES POLICE COMMISSION
At the Police Commission meeting on December 14, 2010
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck lamented the tragic loss of Police Officer Kent Carter who was killed in an off-duty motorcycle accident over the weekend. He reported that total violent crime is down by 10.8% compared to this time last year and gang crime is down by 10.2%
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank noted that there will not be a Police Commission meeting on December 28 th or January 4 th .
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon reported that 150 summaries of categorical use of force incidents have been completed since May. She thanked Assistant Inspector General Django Sibley and Sergeant Luis Bravo for their dedication in completing the reviews. Ms. Bershon will also be attending Valley Bureau meetings in January.
After a brief recess, Commissioner Mack announced that Chief Beck's annual review had been completed, and that the Commissioners were very pleased with his performance in his first year as Chief. While the Commissioners have the option of awarding the Chief with up to a 5% salary increase, they did not in light of the economy. Chief Beck noted to the Commissioners that he would have declined the raise anyway. Earlier in the year, Chief Beck voluntarily gave up 10% of his salary as his commitment to the shared sacrifice.
The Department's report regarding the Controller's Audit of the Photo Red Light Program was approved for transmittal to the Audits and Governmental Efficiency and Public Safety Committees. Assistant Chief Michel Moore, Sgt. Matt MacWillie, and the Department of Transportation's Pauline Chan presented the report. The report recommended the continued use of the cameras. Assistant Chief Moore stated that according to all known studies, cameras at intersections reduce the number of collisions, and therefore they are a valuable safety tool. In Los Angeles, accidents have been reduced by 63% in the intersections where cameras have been installed. The cameras are not intended to be a revenue generator. He stated that if the Courts opted to enforce a DMV hold on violators who do not pay or resolve these tickets, the revenue would indeed be much higher. Chief Moore added that the selection of intersections where the cameras are installed should be revisited. The cameras should be at the intersections where the highest number of collisions occur. The placement of the cameras can be considered during the request for proposal process for the new contract in spring of 2011.
The Devonshire Command Accountability Performance Audit , as presented by Captain Sean Cain, was approved. The audit revealed a very high compliance rate.
The Commission approved the awarding of the Medal of Valor to Sergeant Roy Gardner and Police Officer Thorsten Timmermans.
At the Police Commission meeting on December 7, 2010
Commission Comments – Vice President Alan Skobin attended the most recent Graduation at the Police Academy. In his comments during the ceremony, he reiterated the importance of always working with courtesy and respect and how that enhances the Department's relationship with the community. Commissioner Robert Saltzman commented on an example of great police police work. He was contacted by Captain Zipperman about a theft of some items that belonged to some USC students. Through immediate attention and use of technology, the electronic items were found and returned quite quickly.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck reported that he has been working through the budget issues and is opposed to any civilian layoffs as a means to balance the budget. Last Thursday, he was very fortunate to join his son in a patrol car at the end of his son's probationary period. He also played basketball at Nickerson Gardens in a friendly game with the intervention workers of the complex. He reported that violent crime is down by 11.2% compared to this time last year.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank noted that there will not be a Police Commission meeting on December 28 th or January 4 th . Also, the Commission Investigation Division activity report for October, 2010, is submitted for review.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon reported that 145 summaries of categorical use of force incidents have been completed since May. Ms. Bershon also spoke with command officers of Operation South Bureau regarding the function and role of the Office of the Inspector General. She has now met with all Bureaus upon the invitation of Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger.
The Harbor Area Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) presentation was given by Captain William Hayes, Sgt. Catherine Plows, Senior Lead Officer Joe Buscaino, and Ms. Kavita Desai. Captain Hayes explained that Harbor Area actually has three CPABs: the traditional CPAB, a Spanish CPAB, and a Teen CPAB. All CPABs focus on specific issues such as graffiti prevention, and community improvement. The Harbor Area has been very successful and active through the efforts of its CPAB. To provide positive interaction with the community, Harbor Area provides numerous events such as “Movies in the Park,” health fairs, and “Helping Badge,” which is a large-scale holiday toy and food giveaway and event that assists more than 3,000 individuals. Ms. Desai, a Junior at San Pedro High School, outlined the objectives of the Teen CPAB, including the goal of improving the image of the police to young people.
Inspector General Nicole Bershon presented her Supplemental Review of Biased Policing Complaint Investigations. She began by saying that the overall goal of her review of Biased Policing was to determine if the civilian oversight, as it relates to the Department's investigation of Biased Policing complaints, is effective and working, and she determined that it was. Her report was based on the first 10 investigations performed by the Constitutional Policing Unit. While the process and investigations generally were reviewed in a positive light, there were four areas of concern: Complaint Intake/Actions of the Responding Supervisor, Constitutional Policing Unit Investigations, Complaint Adjudications, and the tone and tenor of the interaction between the complainant and the involved officers. Ms. Bershon also stated that there are relatively few biased policing complaints, yet one is too many, and she would like to see enhancements which would provide prevention of these complaints as well as enhancements in the investigation of them.
Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger, Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff, Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur, and Commander Rick Webb presented the Department's Review of the Supplemental Review of Biased Policing . Chief Beck began by stating that constitutional policing is the Department's number one goal because it is the right thing to do and also because it is essential in gaining the confidence of the community, especially when policing with a small police department in a big city, such as the case in Los Angeles. It was stated that there were items that were agreed upon between the Inspector General and the Department, and things that were not agreed upon, yet the ultimate goal is clearly the same, and that is to lessen the number of biased policing complaints and improve the quality of subsequent investigations. The Department outlined several plans for improvement including the inclusion of the Area Commanding Officer at the intake of any Biased Policing complaint and the review of the complaint by the Office of Operations at the initial stage of the complaint. Assistant Chief MacArthur stated that a task force is being convened to review and develop best practices in four areas: the intake and review process, training at the front end of the incident, community perceptions, and the post complaint experience for the officer. All Commissioners commended both the Inspector General and the Department in this thorough and candid review of biased policing. The Department was asked to return to the January 11 th Police Commission meeting with a time line and plan for the training, as well as responses to the recommendations listed in the Inspector General's report.
Police Administrator Yvette Sanchez-Owens and Captain Kevin McClure provided the DNA monthly status report , which was approved. They were pleased to report that the backlog of DNA kits yet to be tested should be eliminated by February, 2011, which is ahead of schedule. They attributed this achievement to the very hard work of everybody in Scientific Investigation Division and new technology
At the Police Commission meeting on November 23, 2010
Commission Comments – Commissioner Richard Drooyan attended the West Bureau Asian Pacific Islander Community Forum and felt that it was well attended and a good dialogue occurred. Vice President Alan Skobin attended the Muslim Community Forum as well as the Topanga Town Hall. While he did not attend the Fight for Life Boxing event, he talked about the giving spirit of officers who participate. All proceeds from this annual event benefit the City of Hope.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck agreed that the Fight for Life Boxing event is one of the more significant charity events that LAPD officers participate in. He reported that Part One Crime is down by 7.2% compared to this time last year.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon recently spoke to Olympic Division supervisors regarding the role of the Inspector General, as well as Operations West Bureau. She also reported that 135 summaries of categorical use of force incidents have been completed since May.
Detective I John Runyon was named the Police Commission Employee of the Month for October, 2010. In addition to his professional approach to all that he does, Detective Runyon serves as the Terrorism Liaison Officer for Commission Investigation Division.
Management Analyst Thomas Thornton was thanked by the Commission for his outstanding service as he expands his career at Risk Management Division. Mr. Thornton has been an integral component of the Employee Relations Section and he will be greatly missed.
Detective III Alejandro Rosales was honored upon his retirement after 40 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. Detective Rosales is known as an expert in a variety of Juvenile issues.
Deputy Chief Pat Gannon and Sgt. Dan Gomez presented an update on the Digital In-Car Video System in Operations South Bureau . Deputy Chief Gannon stated the cameras are one of the most significant tools for the officers yet some are still skeptical. He believes that this skepticism can be addressed by continually emphasizing the positive aspects of the cameras. At this time, 95% of the South Bureau officers are trained in how to use the cameras, and the majority of the cars are outfitted with the cameras. The cars that do not have the cameras in them are ones that will be rotated out of service in the near future. The cameras have been extremely helpful in the prosecution of criminal cases, especially DUI's. There have been some examples of the cameras not working or officers not being trained, however those issues have been resolved and the benefits of the cameras far outweigh any negatives.
Captain Joan Wakefield discussed the status and recommendations contained in the Department's Vehicle Pursuit Management Audit . This verbal report updated the original audit which was completed in June.
Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff presented the Blake Justice Decree – Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010 , which was approved by the Commission.
The Hunter –La Ley Consent Decree Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010 , was approved.
The Inspector General's Report and the Ethics Enforcement Section Quarterly Report, First Quarter, 2010 , were approved.
At the Police Commission meeting on November 16, 2010
Commission Comments – Vice President Alan Skobin attended the 30 Year Pin Ceremony and noted that the Commission's own Noemi Garcia was acknowledged for her dedicated service at the ceremony. Commissioner Debra Wong Yang attended the Human Rights Watch annual dinner where many issues were discussed including LAPD's success in decreasing the DNA testing backlog.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck reported on the crime statistics. Total violent crime is down by 11.5% compared to this time last year, and total Part One Crime is down by 7.2%.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank stated that there will be no Police Commission meeting on November 30 th . He also noted that the Employee of the Month, Detective John Runyon, will be acknowledged next week as he is sick this week.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon reported that 130 summaries of Categorical Use of Force incidents have been completed since May.
The Inspector General's and the Department's Quarterly Discipline Reports for the Second Quarter of 2010 , were approved with the amendment that a status report be presented within 30 days on the development of the criteria for Conditional Official Reprimands. Much of the discussion on this item was focused on alcohol related allegations, biased policing, the Conditional Official Reprimand, and general deterrents. In the near future, Inspector General Bershon will be presenting her report on biased policing which will address some of these issues. Commander Webb will return with an update on the criteria for the Conditional Official Reprimand.
At the Police Commission meeting on November 9, 2010
Commission Comments – Commissioner Richard Drooyan attended the West Bureau Hispanic Forum and was very impressed with the attendance and the meaningful discussion. Vice President Alan Skobin , as well as Commissioner Debra Wong Yang continue to meet on the Anti-Terrorist Intelligence Section Audit and are working closely with the Inspector General's Office on the Audit. Commissioner Robert Saltzman attended the recent recruit graduation and was impressed with the diverse group. He commented that this was the same recruit class that Joel Rubin from the Los Angeles Times has been following. Commissioner Saltzman also attended the GLBT Forum and he felt that it was an outstanding meeting due to the extra effort from Community Relations staff in reaching out to a diverse population. President John Mack attended the West Bureau Hispanic Forum as well as the memorial services for Police Officer Joshua Cullins, as did Commissioner Drooyan.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck thanked the Commission for attending the services for Officer Cullins. He commented that Officer Cullins was the 204 th officer killed in the line of duty and the second officer this year to be killed in Afghanistan. Chief Beck then noted that the LAPD is in its ninth year of crime reduction. Violent crime is down by more than 11% compared to this time last year.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank stated that there will be no Police Commission meeting on November 30 th , due to the Thanksgiving holiday. He also stated that two items related to the Police Commission were simultaneously being heard in City Council, and he may need to be there. Should he leave, Ms. Eva Vega will sit in for him.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon also attended the GLBT Forum and found it very informative. She also had the opportunity to attend a Valley Bureau Command Staff meeting. She is planning on attending all Bureau level Command Staff meetings.
Ms. Lupe Ramos-Silva and Captain Mark Olvera presented a status report from the Newton Area Community Police Advisory Board . The Newton Area CPAB has been working on three goals: decreasing illegal vending, decreasing drinking in public, and enhancing youth programs. Their focused approach has resulted in successful outcomes including a 6.3% reduction in violent crime. They are very proud of the fact that they have helped Jefferson High School finally achieve “Friday Night Lights” for the home football games. This morale booster for the students also provided a positive bond between the students, the community and the Newton Area.
Captain Matt Blake presented the Olympic Area Command Accountability Performance Audit , which was approved. Four out of five objectives were met with a 99% or more compliance rate. However the objective of “evaluation of criminal complaint process” received a lower rate. Staff was unaware of the appropriate process and immediately addressed the issue with training.
The Request for Information Recapitulation of Warrants Authored and Firearms Seized by Gang Impact Teams , was approved. Chief Beck reminded all that this information in itself does not provide much in terms of crime analysis, however when it is overlayed with other information, it can be very valuable in identifying and addressing crime trends.
At the Police Commission meeting on November 2, 2010
A moment of silence was held for Police Officer Joshua Cullins. Commissioner Mack noted that he was most recently assigned to Central Area when he left to join the forces in Afghanistan. He was a hero abroad and here at home.
Commission Comments – Commissioner Robert Saltzman thanked the Department for their coordination efforts in facilitating the President's visit to Los Angeles. He noted the tremendous amount of planning required for such a visit, and this one was accomplished with very little traffic disruption. Commissioner Saltzman also joined a meeting regarding the Grobeson Settlement, for which he thanked Captain Jeri Weinstien for her work in keeping track of this complicated settlement. He also visited the Pacific Station for a community event and was impressed with the community outreach and participation. Vice President Alan Skobin and Commissioner Debra Wong Yang attended a demonstration of the Palintir System at the Joint Regional Intelligence Center. Commissioner Yang was particularly impressed with the center as it had been four years since she was there and remarkable progress has been made. Commissioners Skobin and Yang also participated in meetings regarding the Anti-Terrorist Intelligence Section Audit. They thanked the Inspector General's staff for their work on this audit. Commissioner Skobin also noted that there are very touching videos on You Tube about Officer Joshua Cullins, including images of his homecoming tribute at Los Angeles International Airport.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck thanked the Commission for the acknowledgement of Officer Joshua Cullins. He was present at the airport for the homecoming, and he said it was very touching. He also outlined the plans for the visitation and the service for Officer Cullins. Over Halloween weekend, there were some horrific incidents such as the shooting of a five year-old boy who was getting ready to go trick or treating, and also an incident where a man drove into a house killing his 10 month-old child and the mother of the child. The crime statistics continue to improve as violent crime is down by 11.2% compared to this time last year. Chief Beck also noted that the Summer Nights Lights program was a big success and he hopes that this program can continue, if not expand, in the future.
Report of the Inspector General – Inspector General Nicole Bershon noted that five more reviews of categorical use of force cases have been completed, making a total of 120 cases reviewed since May.
Captain Ann Young and Detective Eric Moore presented the response to the City Council Motion relative to Alcohol Licensed Establishments , which was approved by the Commission. The Department does not recommend an imposition of blanket conditions for Conditional Use Permits as it could hamper the Department's ability to abate nuisance properties.
Commander Rick Webb presented the Biased Policing Update, Quarterly Report, 3 rd Quarter 2010 , which was approved. The Commissioners commended Commander Webb as he and the Constitutional Policing Unit have done an outstanding job in raising the bar on these investigations. They also discussed this issue at length expressing concern that while there is now a robust and complete job being done in investigating biased policing complaints, the adjudication results are unchanged: the allegations are unfounded. Commissioner Mack repeated that he is not on a “witch hunt” to find any officers guilty of biased policing complaints, rather he, and the other Commissioners, feel that there must be another piece of information to utilize in analyzing these cases. Inspector General Nicole Bershon stated that she had recently been at the International Chiefs of Police conference where this issue was addressed. Her office will be preparing a report that will be presented next month outlining some other options that could be considered in investigating these complaints.
At the Police Commission meeting on October 19, 2010
Commission Comments – Commissioner Robert Saltzman attended a meeting for California GLBT elected and appointed officials over the weekend as did the Department's GLBT Liaison, and he felt it was very productive. Vice President Alan Skobin attended the recent La Ley Educational Foundation meeting. The Foundation has renewed its commitment to scholarships and awarded another $5,000. Also, the La Ley holiday party has been set for November 17 th .
Chief's Report – Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger stated that violent crime is down 11.3% compared to this time last year, and gang-related crime is down by 11.3%. He then acknowledged Captain III Sean Kane, Lt. I Michael Buritt, Lt. I Cory Palka, Lt. I Anthony Oddo, and Lt. I Gregory Doyle for an outstanding job in developing recommendations for the function, staffing and operations of the Patrol Watch Commander position. They have worked on this project for more than a year and have developed an outstanding plan that will be implemented when budgeting allows.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon noted that five more reviews of Categorical Use of Force incidents have been completed, making the total 115 since last May. She also attended a meeting and press conference regarding the Southeast Officer Involved Shooting. She commended Captain Tingerides on his approach of providing as much information as possible to the community. Inspector General staff also attended a recent Watts Gang Task Force meeting
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank reported that the Commission Investigation Division Activity Report for September 2010, is submitted for review.
Los Angeles Police Foundation Executive Director Cecilia Glassman provided an overview of the functions and goals of the Foundation. She stated that the Foundation is looking ahead as the City's budget is limited in what it can provide. Her main focus, since she assumed the role of Executive Director last summer, is to enhance development and increase fundraising. The Foundation provides financial assistance to the LAPD in the following categories: training, equipment and technology, youth programs, and community outreach.
Captain Phillip Tingerides and Mr. Arnie Corlin provided an overview of the activities of the Southeast Area Community Police Advisory Board . Southeast has a very active CPAB which produces numerous, unique events to engage the community, especially the younger members of the community. Recently, they held a prayer breakfast that attracted more than 150 local clergy members, a mother and daughter tea that outlined important issues facing young women, and a spectacular National Night Out event. Captain Tingerides feels that it is important to maintain substantive communication with the community to provide effective police services. He places emphasis on crime prevention and intervention and works closely with area schools to reach the area's youth. His theory has proven to work well in Southeast as crime has continued to decrease.
Commander Jorge Villegas and Captain Joel Justice outlined the status of policy regarding transferring calls from Geographic Area Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD) to Communications Division . Following a newly created Special Order, calls on these devices will be automatically transferred to Communications Division for service.
The Commission approved the Purchasing Card Audit – First Quarter 2010/11 , as presented by Lt. Burt Mora and Police Administrator Laura Filatoff. There are currently 69 active purchasing cards. Last fiscal year, the cards were used to purchase approximately $179,000 worth of goods. Motor Transport Division uses 32 cards and uses them primarily for spare auto parts. This audit highlighted some procedures that are being tightened to ensure a higher level of accountability.
At the Police Commission meeting on October 12, 2010
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck commented that the True Blue Gala over the weekend raised $2 million for the Los Angeles Police Foundation. He reported that total violent crime is down by 11.6% compared to this time last year. He completed his report by adding that there are 2,884 civilians, 999 volunteers, and 9,916 sworn currently at LAPD.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon noted that five more reviews of Categorical Use of Force incidents have been completed.
Inspector General Nicole Bershon reported on the Consent Decree paragraphs that are currently not codified in Department policy . She thanked Commissioner Skobin for asking that this report be created as it is very important to ensure that the accomplishments made through the Consent Decree become a permanent way of doing business at LAPD. She reported that of the 187 paragraphs of the Consent Decree, 96 have been codified. Out of the remaining 91 paragraphs, Ms. Bershon believes that 16 of them should be codified. The other 75 paragraphs are not applicable to LAPD operation any longer. Commissioners expressed some concern and asked questions about specific paragraphs. The Department will return in 45 days with a draft Special Order that will embody the Inspector General's recommendations and the Commissioners' comments.
The Gang Enforcement Detail/CLEAR Arrest, Booking, and Charging Inspection was approved.
The Van Nuys Area Gang Enforcement Detail Command Accountability Performance Audit was approved. While the compliance rates were generally high, Captain Bill Eaton acknowledged that the few items that were not in compliance were due to human error and did not represent any kind of pattern.
The Confidential Informant Package Inspection was approved. The majority of the 50 sample packages reviewed were in compliance. Commander Kevin McCarthy added that there is ongoing training on this issue throughout the Department.
At the Police Commission meeting on October 5, 2010
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck stated that he continues to meet with Latin American Consul Generals as well as holding Days of Dialogue meetings to keep the community updated on the Rampart Officer Involved Shooting incident. He reported that Part One Crime is down by 7.5% compared to this time last year.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon noted that she met with representatives from the organization El Rescate. She felt that it was an excellent meeting and she looks forward to a good relationship with this organization. She added that five more reviews of Categorical Use of Force incidents have been completed.
The Inspector General's Review and Department's Quarterly Discipline Report for the First Quarter of 2010 , were approved. Inspector General Nicole Bershon stated that this report was a requirement of the Consent Decree and because of its importance, the Department and the Inspector General will continue to produce it even though the Consent Decree is over. She commented that the review looked at Valley Traffic Division as a Traffic Section had not been looked at in some time. Overall, the Inspector General concurred with the Department's findings. Commissioner Saltzman asked that a TEAMS II run be requested that would look more closely at the cases involving Detection and Reserve Officers.
Detective Diane Webb reported on the Follow Up Response to City Council Motion 09-0066, relative to procedures related to Concentrations of Residential Locations of Registered Sex Offenders . She stated that the issue of where sex offenders may reside has been an issue that the State has worked with for a long time. There are approximately 5,100 sex offenders in the in the City of Los Angeles, and 25% of those individuals are under formal regulation. She created a map of locations where three or more sex offenders reside. It is recommended that City Council not create additional restrictions on top of the State's restrictions.
Detective Luz Flores joined Commission Investigation Division. She has been with the Department for 15 years, and has worked at Hollywood, Van Nuys, Civil Rights Integrity Division, Rampart, Olympic, Gang and Narcotics Division, and again in Hollywood. Welcome, Luz!
At the Police Commission meeting on September 28, 2010
Commission Comments – Vice President Alan Skobin attended LAPD Day presented by the Los Angeles Police Officers Association of Los Angeles County. He said it was a very well-organized event and it was nice to see so many people (approximately 500) honoring the LAPD. President John Mack attended the Community Police Advisory Board Summit and said it was a wonderful opportunity to see so many of the CPAB members.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck thanked President Mack for his attendance at the CPAB Summit and agreed that it was a great event with many dedicated people. He reported that the Department assisted with a recent “Critical Mass” bicycle ride where 1,500 to 2,000 individuals rode. Overall, the event was safe, and he commended the West Bureau for the extensive coordination efforts. He also attended the Deaf Festival at Woodley Park where the LAPD had several exhibits. Unfortunately, there was slight spike in violent crime over the weekend, however the overall statistics continue to decrease. Total violent crime is down by 11.8% compared to this time last year.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank noted that he may have to leave the Commission meeting as there were two Police Commission items being heard in City Council
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon attended the National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) annual conference and participated on three panels. She added that Special Investigator Brian Buchner from the Office of the Inspector General has recently been placed on the Board of NACOLE. She introduced Kevin Rogan , the new Assistant Inspector General. Mr. Rogan came from the City of Riverside where he was the Community Police Review Commission Manager. He retired from the City of Pomona Police Department in 2007 where he was a Captain. He is also an attorney and graduated from La Verne Law in 2005.
Management Analyst II Corey Blake of Charitable Services Section was named the Police Commission Employee of the Month for September, 2010. Corey has recently accepted additional responsibilities due to unfilled vacancies, and he has done so with ease b. He has been instrumental in identifying improvements in regulating charities in Los Angeles and those improvements are now in the Committee process. He is a pleasure for all who are fortunate enough to work with him!
The Inspector General's report, relative to Department's Complaint, Form 1.28, Investigations Audit – Phase I, was approved.
The Inspector General's report, relative to the Department's Complaint, Form 1.28, Investigations Audit – Phase II, was approved.
The Hollywood Area Gang Enforcement Detail Command Accountability Performance Audit was approved. Captain Bea Girmala was commended for her proactive approach to the audit and record of steady improvement at Hollywood Area. Captain Girmala added that gang related crime is down by 14% in Hollywood compared to this time last year, and by 36% compared to 2008.
The Classification and Investigation of Head Strikes – Revised , was approved. This document allows the distinction between an inadvertent head strike and a non-inadvertent head strike. The Commissioners agreed that it was good policy to make this distinction clear, and that obvious inadvertent head strikes should not be investigated as Categorical Uses of Force. However, injuries requiring hospitalization and any questionable injuries will remain in the Categorical Use of Force category.
Melanie Eyerly has joined the Alarm Section. Melanie has been with the City for five years and began her career here at the Police Department as a Clerk Typist in the Legal Unit of Risk Management. She then promoted to Sr. Clerk Typist at General Services in Construction Forces. Melanie has returned to the Police Department due to the City's budget crisis. However, this situation has turned out to be very, very beneficial to the Alarm Section, and we are very fortunate to have her! Welcome, Melanie!
At the Police Commission meeting on September 21, 2010
Commission Comments – Vice President Alan Skobin commented that he is very grateful to the doctors of the University of Southern California who have proactively addressed his melanoma. He reminded everyone to take advantage of all opportunities for health screenings as it is imperative to catch illnesses early. President John Mack attended the 25 year pin ceremony and enjoyed seeing so many people being recognized for their dedication and commitment to the City of Los Angeles.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck thanked President Mack for his attendance at the 25 year pin ceremony. Over the weekend, Chief Beck attended the demonstrations in the Rampart Area related to the Officer Involved Shooting there. All protests were peaceful. He commended the great work that Central Bureau has accomplished in reaching out to the community. He also attended the Central American parade, as a guest of the Guatemalan Consulate, and added that it was very well attended. He reported that total Part One Crime is down by 7.4% compared to this time last year.
Report of the Inspector General – Assistant Inspector General Django Sibley reported that 95 reviews of the categorical use of force incidents have now been completed.
Ms. Betty Ley and Captain Bill Scott presented the Mission Community Police Advisory Board report. They outlined several activities designed to increase community participation, strengthen youth programs, enhance interaction with Neighborhood Councils, and lower property crimes. They have done well in all areas. As a result of their efforts, nine Neighborhood Watch groups. They have been very successful with the Lock it/Hide It/Keep It program by using Cadets to inspect cars and leave reports on them if the owner did or did not leave valuables visible. Captain Scott pointed out that property crime is down by 5% compared to this time last year in the Mission Area. They invited the Commissioners to attend their Officer Appreciation Day on October 13 th . The Commissioners congratulated Ms. Ley and Captain Scott for their hard work and accomplishments.
The Executive Director's report relative to the recommendation of a qualified vendor to provide Official Police Garage Heavy DutyTowing and Storage Services in South Bureau was approved. Executive Director Richard Tefank explained the selection process for Official Police Garage services. The bids undergo several levels of review before reaching the Police Commission and ultimately, City Council, for final approval. At no time, do individual staff members make recommendations for the final choice. Commissioner Yang expressed concern that there was only one bidder for this contract and wanted to ensure that the opportunity for the contract was widely distributed. Mr. Tefank stated that the request for proposals is distributed widely, however there are not many heavy duty tow operators who are willing to place bids. The equipment is very expensive and the requests for heavy duty tow service is relatively low, therefore the bidders are limited to the few tow companies who already have heavy duty trucks in operation.
At the Police Commission meeting on September 14, 2010
Commission Comments – Commissioner Saltzman noted that he attended the community meeting in the Rampart Area related to the Officer Involved Shooting on September 5 th . He felt that it provided a good interaction with the community and he applauded the Department's inclusive approach in the investigation and also in addressing the concerns of the community. Commissioner Mack attended the Department's event honoring 100 years of female police officers. He said that it was a very poignant moment during the ceremony when it was announced that Captain Regina Scott will soon become the Department's first African American Female Commander.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck discussed some of the meetings and community outreach efforts made since the September 5 th Officer Involved Shooting. He stated that the Department's investigation would be swift yet thorough. Currently, the Department is awaiting additional witness interviews and the Coroner's report. Chief Beck added that he will keep the Commission and the public updated on this investigation at the Police Commission meetings. He would like to employ the “Days of Dialogue” model for further meetings with the community as he has seen that model be very effective. Over the weekend, the Department participated in the Mexican Independence Day Parade in East Los Angeles and received only positive feedback. Chief Beck also reported the weekly crime statistics. Total violent crime is down by 12% compared to this time last year, and gang-related crime is down by 13%. He provided the number of employees and stressed that the large number of vacancies of civilian positions is being felt by the Department.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank reported that he attended the recent Public Safety Committee meeting where three Police Commission items were approved: the proposal to impose a fee for noise variance permits, granting the Executive Director the authority to issue Commission Investigation Division permits, and the report adjusting fees for various permits.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon also attended the Rampart area community meeting and felt that it was an excellent opportunity to discuss the role of the Inspector General during and following an Officer Involved Shooting. She and her staff are committed to reaching out to the community in any additional meetings. She added that her office has now posted 90 summaries of categorical use of force cases since she assumed the role of Inspector General.
Mr. Maurice Leff and Captain John Egan presented the West Valley Community Police Advisory Board report. Captain Egan explained that the CPAB has recently transitioned into a very focused, goal-oriented group. Captain Egan asked Francisco Ortega from Community Development Department to assist in re-aligning the group into specific goals. They are now focused on membership, emergency preparedness, and iwatch. Commissioner Skobin commented that West Valley has adjusted amazingly well to demographic shifts as well as the reassignment of some territory to Topanga. Chief Beck commented on the very successful National Night Out event that West Valley hosted, and he also acknowledged Francisco Ortega for his work not only at West Valley, but in Rampart, and at the Watts Gang Task Force.
The Inspector General's report relative to Councilmember Parks' Motion regarding the posting of Categorical Use of Force Incident Summaries online , was approved. Ms. Bershon stated that her staff has made significant progress in posting the summaries. She added that the summaries are only one portion of the responsibilities of the Office of Inspector General, and in all other instances, her staff has managed to keep up with the extremely demanding work load. She also added that many of those responsibilities have now grown with post Consent Decree tasks. For example, last year, the Office of the Inspector General was responsible for 20 audits. This year, the office is responsible for 28 audits. Nevertheless, 90 summaries of categorical use of force cases have been posted since Ms. Bershon assumed the role of Inspector General in May, 2010.
The Department's report relative to Councilmember Parks' Motion regarding the posting of Categorical Use of Force Incident Summaries online, was approved. Lt. Brian Pratt explained that there are currently 77 use of force incidents being reviewed and none of them are in danger of being out of statute.
At the Police Commission meeting on September 7, 2010
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck provided an overview of the Officer Involved Shooting which occurred in the Rampart Area at 6 th and Union Streets on September 5 th . He stated that bicycle patrol officers were flagged down by individuals complaining that a man with a knife was threatening people. The officers approached the man and ordered that he drop the knife in English and in Spanish. The man did not drop the knife, but instead raised the knife over his head and came toward the officers. At that time, an Officer Involved Shooting occurred. Chief Beck assured that a complete investigation will occur. A community meeting is being organized to hear and share information with the local community. The Commissioners expressed interest in participating in the meeting, as did the Inspector General. Commissioner Mack added that this incident was a tragedy and that the investigation will be as transparent as possible. On a separate note, Chief Beck added that the Department's response time for emergency calls is 5.7 minutes. Last year, at this time, the response time was 6.2 minutes. He stated that he was very pleased with this time given the recent budget cuts that the Department has endured.
Report of the Inspector General – Assistant Inspector General Django Sibley stated that the Office of the Inspector General has now completed 85 summaries of categorical use of force incidents.
The Police Commission presented Michael Gerhard Maschler with a certificate of appreciation. Mr. Maschler is from Austria and successfully participated in a student internship in Motor Transport Division.
Mr. Johnnie Raines and Captain Steve Zipperman provided the status report for the Southwest Area Community Police Advisory Board . Captain Zipperman discussed the crime statistics, which are remarkably low. Homicides are down by 54% in this area. He attributed this amazing accomplishment to the Safer Cities Initiative in the area, and to the outstanding work being done by the Southwest officers. Mr. Raines described the activities of the C-PAB including programs to create, train, and maintain block clubs, youth education programs associated with the Lancaster prison, a Teen C-PAB, and a very active and prolific Boot Camp program. All Commissioners praised this active and productive team.
Captain Scott Sargent and Lt. Brian Pratt presented the 2009 Use of Force Annual Report, which was approved. All Commissioners agreed that this report was a useful document which provides a great deal of information for the public. The report will be posted on LAPDOnline.org.
The Non-Categorical Use of Force Investigations Audit was approved. During the discussion of this item, Executive Director Richard Tefank noted that the Special Order regarding Miranda Rights will be ready for the September 28 th Police Commission meeting.
At the Police Commission meeting on August 31, 2010
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck reported that total Part One crime is down by 7.3% compared to this time last year, and gang-related crime is down by 12.2%.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank noted that item 7b was to be continued.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon stated that her office has now completed 80 summaries of categorical use of force incidents.
News reporter Stan Chambers was honored by the Police Commission upon his retirement after 63 years of reporting the news with KTLA. He has reported an amazing 22,000 stories during his career and has been at the forefront of journalism breakthroughs such as the first live broadcast of a breaking story. Commissioner Mack and Chief Beck both commented on his consistency in reporting the news in a fair, objective way. He has set numerous standards in the news reporting industry.
The Police Explorer Program was officially deactivated and the Police Cadet Program established . Sr. Management Analyst II Natalie Soriano-Torres provided an update on how the new Cadet Program is working, and by all accounts, it is a significant improvement over the Explorer Program. Ms. Soriano-Torres stating that the Cadet Program is wrapping up the “Summer of Fun,” which involved numerous events such Youth Leadership Day, a day at the Museum of Tolerance, Bowling, Skating, the Getty Museum, and many other activities. Emphasis has been placed on providing life skills for the Cadets, should they choose to join the LAPD, or not. All Commissioners were very complimentary of the Cadet Program and Chief Beck, Assistant Chief Paysinger and Ms. Soriano-Torres were thanked for their complete dedication to the program's success. Commissioner Saltzman added that the Cadet Program was created due to the fact that the previous Explorer Program was a creation of the Boy Scouts of America, which has a discriminatory policy. Last year, the Police Commission decided to cut the ties with the Boy Scouts and end the Explorer program due to that policy. Today, that decision is formalized.
The Inspector General's Review of the Department's Travel Authorization and Expenditures Reporting Audit was approved. Inspector General Nicole Bershon stated that the review found the audit to be of high quality and complete. A recommendation has been made by Police Performance Auditor Warren Low to look into the possibility of personnel obtaining the hotel occupancy tax exemption when they travel. Chief Beck agreed that this was a good recommendation and the Department will look into it.
The Inspector General's report relative to the Executive Level Review of Department's Warrant Applications and Supporting Affidavits Audit was approved.
At the Police Commission meeting on August 10, 2010
Commission Comments – Commissioner Robert Saltzman commented that he and Commissioner Alan Skobin participated in a training session with the investigators from Force Investigation Division. He felt that it was a valuable exchange of information. Commissioner John Mack attended the National Night Out event at Southeast Division and thought the evening was a large success in terms of the number of attendees and many activities for children.
Chief's Report – Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger reported that total Part One crime is down by 7.2% compared to this time last year. Gang-related crime is down by 11.6%. He commented on the success of National Night Out throughout the City. At this time, there are 9,925 Sworn employees. Chief Paysinger also acknowledged Captain Daryl Russell from Central Division upon his efforts to collaborate with a rave party promoter and ensure a safe event.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon stated that her office has now completed 65 summaries of categorical use of force incidents. During the past week, she met with Council Members Jan Perry and Dennis Zine.
Detective I David Lange was named the Police Commission Employee of the Month for May, 2010. He is a detective in the Valley/West Bureau Enforcement Section of Commission Investigation Division. Nominated by fellow employees, they feel that Commission Investigation Division is fortunate to have him, referring to his extraordinary work ethic and outstanding demeanor.
Edie Ruvieni, Bradley and Captain Bill Murphy presented a status report from the Northeast Division Community Police Advisory Board . Ms. Ruvieni reported that new initiatives have been very successful including efforts to thwart graffiti and auto theft. To enhance community participation, the meetings were moved to different parts of the Division last year. The meetings are now back at the station as participation has increased. Northeast produces numerous community events and programs designed to improve the quality of life in the area.
The approval of the Special Order related to the Training Requirements for Sworn Personnel Selected for a Gang Enforcement Detail or Community Law Enforcement and Recovery Program Assignment , was continued for one week. Sgt. Randy Holcomb outlined the curriculum for all gang officers, including the history of specific gangs, injunctions, intervention and prevention, prison gangs, court preparation, search and seizure, and tactical considerations. The item was continued so that the new Special Order that mandates this training will specify that the training must take place as soon as possible once an officer has been selected to work in one of these units.
At the Police Commission meeting on August 3, 2010
Election of Officers – The members of the Police Commission unanimously re-elected Police Commissioner John W. Mack to the President post and Police Commissioner Alan J. Skobin to the Vice President post. Both were grateful for the opportunity to serve again.
Chief's Report – Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger reported that total Part One crime is down by 7.3% compared to this time last year. Gang-related crime is down by 11%. Chief Paysinger also commented on the outstanding effort being put into the annual National Night Out event by both the community and the Department. Each station will be presenting a significant community event this evening, August 3 rd . He added that the Cadet Program continues to grow and a new class will start in September. Commissioner Saltzman thanked Assistant Chief Paysinger for his work in creating and now enhancing the Cadet Program. He remarked that he recently saw a group of Cadets at USC practicing a presentation of colors and he was very impressed with their focus and direction.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank updated the Commission on some changes being made in the hearing room such as the lowering of the computer screens so that the Commissioners can see the audience, and some added graphics for the walls. The work has begun and should be complete in the near future. He also noted that Commission Investigation Division launched a “Tow Truck Complaint Hotline” where individuals who have a complaint against a towing company can call. The hotline number is: (323) 680-4-TOW (4869). Individuals who feel they have been victimized by tow companies that demonstrate unethical and illegal business practices may call this number at any time. The individual will be asked to state their name, phone number, name of the towing company and nature of the complaint. An investigator from Commission Investigation Division, the arm of the Police Commission that regulates permits throughout Los Angeles, will be assigned to look into the complaint .
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon stated that her office has now completed 60 summaries of categorical use of force incidents.
The Police Commissioners presented Assistant Inspector General Django Sibley with a certificate of appreciation for his outstanding work as the Acting Inspector General. While the Police Commission searched for a new Inspector General, Django Sibley provided expert guidance for the Office of the Inspector General. Through his outstanding work, the transition in leadership went very well. He was commended for his true dedication, hard work, and commitment to the goals of the Office of the Inspector General.
The Modification to the Los Angeles Municipal Code to Authorize the Executive Director to Approve Police Permits under certain conditions was approved for transmittal to City Council. Mr. Tefank clarified that there is an appeal process for denied permits which includes an office meeting and then full review by the Police Permit Review Panel. This change is designed to approve police permit in a shorter amount of time.
Captain Daryl Russell discussed the Professional Services Agreement with Pro 911 Systems for the Central Area Little Tokyo – Skid Row Surveillance Room/Video Feed Upgrade and Wireless Camera Integration . The updated digital cameras and integration system are being provided by the Community Redevelopment Agency and the Central City East Association. The Agreement was approved for transmittal to the City Administrative Officer.
Commander Rick Webb presented the Biased Policing Update, Quarterly Report, 2 nd Quarter, 2010 , which was approved. While it is uncertain exactly how many, the bulk of complaints reviewed during this time frame fall under the new protocols for Biased Policing, meaning that they are reviewed by the Constitutional Policing Unit and a recommendation is forwarded to the Area Commanding Officer for adjudication. Commander Webb added that he still believes mediation of these complaints could be useful, yet there are still some issues to be resolved before that can occur.
Commander Stuart Maislin presented the Training Requirements for Sworn Personnel Selected for a Gang Enforcement Detail or Community Law Enforcement and Recovery Program Assignment , which was approved. This report was generated because it became apparent that a number of officers in these units had not had the appropriate gang training. Commander Maislin said that all training for these officers should be complete by December, at the latest. A Special Order was approved which mandates that officers entering these units obtain the training in 180 days. The Commission asked Commander Maislin to return in a week or two with the outline of the training.
The North Hollywood Gang Enforcement Command Accountability Performance Audit was approved. Captain Justin Eisenberg was complimented for the results of the audit, which overall, were very good.
Senior Clerk Typist Tasha Tennell has joined the Office of the Inspector General. She has been with the City for four years and has worked at Airport Police, LAPD Personnel Records, LAPD Training Division in the Administrative Section, and Los Angeles World Airports in the Construction and Maintenance Administrative Section. Welcome, Tasha!
At the Police Commission meeting on July 27, 2010
Election of Officers – The election for the President and Vice President positions was continued until next week when all five Police Commissioners will be present.
Chief's Report – Assistant Chief Michel Moore reported that total Part One crime is down by 7.1% compared to this time last year. Gang-related crime is down by 10.3%. There are currently 9,934 sworn employees, 995 volunteers, and 2,900 civilians.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon stated that her office has now completed 55 summaries of categorical use of force incidents. She was also pleased to report that interviews will take place this week to fill the Assistant Inspector General vacancy.
Mr. Joe Bryant and Captain Justin Eisenberg presented the North Hollywood Area Community Police Advisory Board status report. North Hollywood is currently exceeding their goal of a 5% Part One crime reduction, as the area currently enjoys a 12.5% reduction. Captain Eisenberg stated that some proactive tools are being used to achieve these results such as a “Hot Sheet” which briefs officers on a daily basis and allows for officers to share information and strategies on specific crimes. The Area is also utilizing a parolee tracking program which currently monitors 975 parolees in the Area. North Hollywood also utilizes Q Star cameras, Nixel, and other technology to fight crime. The Community Police Advisory Board has 22 members and more than 35 regular guests. The CPAB has numerous committees that focus on certain projects such as National Night Out, youth programs, and surveillance activities.
All other agenda items, including the Analysis and Response to City Council Motion regarding the Flexible Work Schedule , the Board of Police Commissioners Quarterly Report 2 nd Quarter 2010 , the Review of the Department's Gang Enforcement Detail Command Accountability Performance Audits , and the Inspector General's Review of the Department's Gang Unit Inspections , were approved.
At the Police Commission meeting on July 20, 2010
Chief's Report – Chief Earl Paysinger reported that total violent crime is down by 11.6% compared to this time last year. He was pleased to note that no murders occurred during the past weekend. There are currently 9,961 sworn employees, 993 volunteers, and 2,913 civilians. Chief Paysinger stressed the low number of civilians.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon stated that her staff has reached a milestone in producing 50 summaries of categorical use of force incidents. Her staff will continue working on these reports at a rate of five per week. Numerous applications have been received for the position of Assistant Inspector General and interviews will take place soon. Ms. Bershon added that she also met with Council Members Parks, LaBonge, and Rosendahl last week.
Captain Bill Scott discussed the Mission Area Command Accountability Performance Audit . While there were a few findings that needed improvement, the audit generally revealed good practices. Captain Scott stated that training has been given and comment cards issued when needed to address any deficiencies. The audit was approved.
Lt. Paul Vernon presented the Central Area Command Accountability Performance Audit , which was approved. The audit generally revealed good practices. There was a finding of not inputting gang information into the database. This issue is being addressed. He commented that gang activity in Central Area is generally transient in nature as most of the gang members do not live in the area, yet they come there for narcotics sales.
Lt. Art Sandoval presented the GED/CLEAR Selection Criteria Audit . The Department met 12 of the 13 objectives. While it is still early in the process, 73 officers assigned to these units have already submitted their financial disclosure information. Chief Paysinger added that it is a slow process, yet it the number of officers providing the information has steadily been growing. The audit was approved.
Deputy Chief Mark Perez outlined the Department's report on the Standard-Based Assessment – Lieutenants and Below Inspection . He explained that this new performance rating system was put into use in January of 2009. The new system eliminates the narrative portion of the review and replaces it with statements that can be valued with either “does not meet standards,” “meets or occasionally exceeds standards,” or “exceeds standards.” The “exceeds standards” category must be justified with documentation. Chief Perez stated that “exceeds standards” category has caused problems and is often not used appropriately. He recommended removing that category from the form. The report was approved.
Sgt. Joseph Yamzon has joined Commission Investigation Division. He has been with the Department for 10 years, and has worked at Foothill Area, Transit Rail Division, Southeast Vice and Patrol, Gang and Operations Support Division, Foothill Area (as a Detective), and then at Rampart Area (as a Sergeant). Welcome, Joseph!
At the Police Commission meeting on July 13, 2010
Commission Comments – Commissioner John Mack expressed his appreciation to those responsible for the arrest related to the “Grim Sleeper” murders. He stated that the way in which this case was solved was ground breaking and represents cutting edge law enforcement technology. He was so pleased with the resolve in this case that he asked the men and women involved in the case to be acknowledged for their work. All Commissioners added their appreciation. The following LAPD personnel received a standing ovation:
|Deputy Chief David Doan
Kevin McClure (not present)
Lieutenant II Tom Thompson
Detective III Dennis Kilkoyne (not present)
Detective II Paul Coulter
Detective II Bill Fallon
Detective II Cliff Shepard (not present)
|Police Administrator Yvette Sanchez-Owens
Chief Criminalist Greg Matheson
Supervisor Criminalist Jeff Thompson
Criminalist III Jennifer Francis
Criminalist II Supria Rosner
Criminalist II Angela Zdanowski
Criminalist II Guy Holloman
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck reported that Total Violent Crime is down by almost 12%. He commented that it is Cadet Leadership Day, and that is why there are Cadets in the audience as they are assigned to different command officers for the day. He thanked Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich and Sgt. Dan Gomez for their outstanding work implementing the In-Car Video Cameras.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon stated 45 Use of Force reviews have been completed since she announced her goal of completing five reviews per week. She also met with City Council President Eric Garcetti and plans to meet with all Council Members.
Management Analyst II Stephen Thorne from the Policy Group of the Police Commission was acknowledged upon his retirement with 31 years of service to the City of Los Angeles. After serving in the Army, Stephen joined the City at the Housing Authority. In 1985, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department and has worked at a variety of LAPD functions including Position Control, Inspection and Control, Governmental Liaison, Administrative Support Services, Personnel Group, Police Commission Personnel Group, and Police Commission Policy Group. Stephen also holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree. He was thanked for his outstanding accomplishments with the City and wished much happiness in his future endeavors. Stephen will be missed greatly by all at the Police Commission.
Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich and Sgt. Dan Gomez presented the update on the In-Car Video Cameras . They have been running smoothly in Southeast, and will be debuted in 77 th on July 14 th . A press conference is planned following the Police Commission meeting on July 13 th to highlight the installation of the cameras. Commissioner Mack commented that the cameras have been a high priority for this Commission and he is pleased to see it finally come to fruition.
Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich discussed the status of the implementation of recommendations included in the Office of the Inspector General's Training, Evaluation and Management System Audit . She said that there were two recommendations. The first recommendation stating that there needs to be an action item of “no further action required” has been implemented. The second recommendation of a more precise definition of pattern and practice of misconduct will be discussed when all of the participants can get together to discuss the matter.
Co-Chairs Vickie Burch and Captain Joe Hiltner presented a status report from the Foothill Area Community Police Advisory Board . Ms. Burch stated that the Foothill CPAB is small, so all members are encouraged to participate by distributing information throughout the community. Captain Hiltner says that they have had surprising success with impromptu community meetings. This is when Cadets and volunteers go door to door shortly before a meeting to invite community members. Foothill has very active and successful youth programs. Two Cadets from Foothill were present, and one of them described the reason why he was a Cadet and what he hopes to achieve in the future. He was quite grateful for the program and opportunity.
Commander Williams presented the Proposed Bureau of Street Services Special Event Staffing Procedures . His objective in revising the procedures was to ensure that small events were not priced out. All Areas will have the ability to determine if an event can be staffed. If that decision cannot be determined, it will be determined at the Bureau level. The item was approved for transmittal to the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst.
At the Police Commission meeting on July 6, 2010
Commission Comments – Commissioner Robert Saltzman participated in the Pacific Palisades Americanism Parade on the 4 th of July. He thanked Officers Debbie Nichols and Ernesto Vicencio for their assistance at the parade, and he thanked Commissioner Skobin for Galpin Motors' generosity in providing a convertible vehicle. He also noted the great job all of the West Los Angeles officers were doing as they worked the parade.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck reported that Total Part One Violent Crime is down by 7.1% compared to this time last year, however homicides are up by 2.7%. Unfortunately, there were seven homicides over the holiday weekend. There are currently 9,937 sworn personnel.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank noted that the April, 2010 Activity Report from Commission Investigation Division was included for review in the Commissioners' materials.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon stated 40 Use of Force reviews have been completed since she announced her goal of completing five reviews per week.
Dr. Pannell and Lt. Palmer presented the status of Compliance with Requirements for Field Training Officers . There are currently 665 Field Training Officers, and two of those officers had not been through the required FTO training when a review of training status had been conducted. Assistant Chief MacArthur explained that all officers have now been through the training and the compliance issue should not arise again.
Commander Kroeber and Captain Farrell presented the Staffing and Operational Plan of the Metropolitan Detention Center . This report was prepared in response to the request made at the joint meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners and the Public Safety Committee to identify the additional personnel resources needed to simultaneously operate the current Los Angeles City Jail System and open the Metropolitan Detention Center. The report concluded that 119 additional personnel are required. In addition to the increased number of individuals required to staff the Metropolitan Detention Center, there are other factors that are included such as the number of hours that are now lost to increased furloughs, the number of employees anticipated to be lost through attrition, and the operation of the Medical Treatment Officer program. Chief Beck added that this report will now go back to City Council and it is hopeful that the positions will be filled.
Captain McDonald and Sgt. Dohmen presented an overview of Earthquake Preparedness in the City of Los Angeles . All of the plans are developed and will be carried out in conjunction with other departments. There are standing plans for the entire Department and also for each station and these plans are updated each year.
The Hunter - La Ley 4 th Quarter Report for Fiscal Year 2009 – 2010 , as presented by Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff, was received and filed. He stated this report is not mandated any longer, yet it is being continued on a voluntary basis. Commissioners asked that future reports reflect lateral transfers clearly.
The Witness Protection Program System Audit , as presented by Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff and Police Administrator Laura Filatoff, was approved. Chief Beck added that this item has now been added to COMPSTAT, holding each division accountable for the financial matters related to the Witness Protection Program.
The Police Commission approved the Southwest Area Gang Enforcement Detail Command Accountability Performance Audit, as presented by Captain Zipperman. The audit reflected great improvement at Southwest.
The Vehicle Pursuit Management Inspection was approved, however the Department is to return in 30 days with assurance that pursuit information is entered into TEAMS II in a timely manner.
The West Los Angeles Area Gang Enforcement Detail Command Accountability Performance Audit was approved, as presented by Captain Nathan. She stated that West Los Angeles Area has developed its own daily and monthly audits to assist with compliance.
Captain Kris Pitcher outlined the Investigative Responsibility for Officer-Involved Animal Shootings and Non-Tactical Unintentional Discharges of Firearms – Revised; and Investigation of Animal Shooting and Non-Tactical/Accidental Discharge of a Firearm Form 01.67.08 – Revised and Renamed . This action will bring the responsibility for investigating these types of uses of force back to Force Investigation Division from the Area. Having FID investigate these reports will be more economical as well as resulting in more consistent reporting.
The Inspector General's Review of the Department's Cash Management and Control – Unclaimed Monies Seized Account Audit was approved. While the Audit was found to be complete, the Department is currently addressing procedures to improve accounting and monitoring of bank reconciliations.
Management Analyst I Charles Clifton was named the Police Commission Employee of the Month for April, 2010. Charles was honored for his complete dedication in the Alarms Section where he coordinates the Home Study program. The extremely high volume of workload in the Alarm Section is very demanding and difficult, yet Charles always provides personal, excellent customer service to each alarm user. He is also a real pleasure to work with.
At the Police Commission meeting on June 29, 2010
Commission Comments – Commissioner John Mack attended a press conference announcing the installation of cameras at Nickerson Gardens. He was pleased to be there as these cameras have proved to provide increased public safety in other locations such as Jordan Downs.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck thanked Commissioner Mack for his support of the installation of cameras at Nickerson Gardens and commented on the successful partnership with the Housing Department that resulted in these cameras. He noted two significant incidents. One being a “critical mass” bicycle ride which was a success due to the LAPD's participation in the ride. The other event was the Electric Daisy Carnival where 100 people were hospitalized. He feels that there needs to be more work done with the promoter to ensure greater safety at these types of events. Chief Beck reported that homicides are up compared to this time last year, however all other crimes are down. Total violent crime is down by 11.3%.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank noted that items 7A and 7B should be amended to reflect “approve and accept.”
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon stated 35 Use of Force reviews have been completed since she announced her goal of completing five reviews per week. She attended the Chief's Muslim Community Forum, and she also met with City Controller Wendy Greuel. She noted that the Assistant Inspector General position is now open and she encouraged all those who are interested to apply.
The Executive Director's report relative to Write Off of Uncollectible False Alarm Accounts Receivable in LATAX for the period January 1, 1998 through December 31, 2005 , was approved. Executive Director Richard Tefank confirmed these accounts had already been unsuccessfully referred to a collection agency, and that placing a lien on any related property to collect on these accounts was not an option.
Police Performance Auditor Rowena Nelson and Captain Ivan Minsal presented the Topanga Area Gang Enforcement Detail Command Accountability Performance Audit . This was the first audit of this kind for the Topanga Area and it went very well. Commissioner Skobin commented that the Commission rarely sees the words “remarkable performance” on these audits and he commended everyone at the Topanga Area, including Lt. Dave Storaker and Lt. Nicole Alberca.
The Inspector General's Review of the Ethics Enforcement Section Quarterly Report for the Fourth Quarter of 2009 , was approved. Ms. Bershon stated that this audit looks at the two kinds of audits, Complaint Intake Audits and Integrity Audits, conducted by the Ethics Enforcement Section. She stated that the audits were handled well and for the most part, the Inspector General's Office agreed with the findings of the Ethics Enforcement Section.
At the Police Commission meeting on June 15, 2010
Commission Comments – Commissioner Robert Saltzman introduced Ms. Jaime Forest, a USC law student who will be working with him this summer. He reported that the Inspector General continues to make great progress in posting the Use of Force reviews. He urged his fellow Commissioners to review the outstanding work being achieved by the Cadet Program. He added that he was pleased to participate in the Gay Pride Parade this past weekend. He thanked Commissioner Skobin for allowing two vehicles from Galpin Motors to be used for the parade, and he acknowledged Commission Investigation Division staff for coordination. Commissioner John Mack stated that the Police Commission and the Public Safety Committee held a Joint Meeting on Monday, June 14 th , and the jail staffing issue was discussed.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck stated that homicides are up by 7.6% compared to this time last year, however, that figure needs to be put in perspective as the last couple of years showed phenomenal decreases in homicide. Total Violent Crime is down by 11.8%. There are currently 9,956 sworn officers. Over the weekend, Chief Beck was pleased to participate in the LAPD/LAFD Summer Tip-Off, a friendly basketball game which attracted more than 1,000 kids. He was equally pleased to participate in the Gay Pride Parade with Commissioner Saltzman and Inspector General Nicole Bershon. Chief Beck presented two public service announcements regarding the Cadet Program entitled “Drill Competition” and SWAT Challenge.” Both videos featured Cadets in exciting action.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank reported that the Department asked that Item 8f, the Proposed Bureau of Street Services Special Event Staffing Procedures, be pulled. He also noted that former Inspector General Andre Birotte will be honored for his outstanding service to the City at the City Council meeting on June 18 th , at 10:00 am.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon stated that she was honored to participate in the Gay Pride Parade and enjoyed it very much. She added that 25 Use of Force reviews have been completed since she announced her goal of completing five reviews per week.
Commander Blake Chow presented the report prepared for the Transportation Committee regarding Bicycle- Related Concerns . He stated that the Department has endeavored to improve the relationship with the bicycling community through several steps. A liaison position has been created and is now being held by Commander Jorge Villegas. Training for all officers has been enhanced to include all bicycle-related issues. Several Operation Notices are being developed, including one that deals with bicyclists' rights and another with parking enforcement related to vehicles parked in bike lanes. The Department will also be coordinating an outreach campaign that will appear in public service announcements, bus benches, etc. There will also be a way for individuals to report bicycle-related issues online. The report was approved for transmittal to the Transportation Committee, City Council.
At the Police Commission meeting on June 8, 2010
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck stated that the Department continues to plan for any events related to the NBA Playoff Series, such as a Laker victory in Los Angeles. On June 12 th , the LAPD and LAFD will share a competitive yet friendly game of basketball at the Sports Arena. The game is being called the “Summer Tip-Off” and thousands of youth are expected to attend. While there has been a slight increase in homicides, total violent crime is down by 12% compared to this time last year.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank reported that Information Technology Agency is still in the process of posting Police Commission meetings online. At this time, the last meeting that is posted is March 9, 2010.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon stated that her office is still on track for completing five Officer Involved Shooting reviews per week. Since she announced this goal, 22 reviews have been completed, and 18 of those reviews have been posted online. She continued to meet with various civic community groups and individuals including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, Police Protective League President Paul Weber, Anjelica Salas from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Leon Jenkins from the NAACP, the Oscar Joel Bryant Association, the Watts Area Gang Cease Fire Committee at Bethel AME, the Watts Gang Task Force, the Los Angeles Community Action Network, and the community meeting regarding the bicycle incident in Hollywood.
Commander Michael Williams and Lt. Ray Garvin provided an overview of the Proposed Bureau of Street Services Special Event Staffing Procedures . This report recommends reimbursement for police services from organizations or individuals producing festivals and/or parades that are revenue generating. The report recommends that 100% of the cost of the officers over and above normal deployment be reimbursed by the promoter. This new ordinance change would not impact First Amendment events. The item was continued so that the report also includes the possibility of asking for reimbursement for significant events that require a great deal of Department planning and resources before the actual event.
At the Police Commission meeting on May 25, 2010
Commissioners Comments – Commissioner Mack commented that most of the Commissioners attended the Medal of Valor Ceremony and were truly impressed with the unbelievable stories of heroism and bravery.
Chief's Report – Assistant Chief Michel Moore stated that Chief Beck is currently in Washington D.C. with other Police Chiefs to discuss Arizona's new immigration law with United States Attorney Eric Holder. Assistant Chief Paysinger is currently holding a retreat with his staff. Assistant Chief Moore noted the Officer Involved Shooting which occurred on the 101 freeway, stating that the suspect brandished a knife. Crime continues to decrease in all categories. Part One Crimes are down by 7.1% compared to this time last year.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank reported that the panel in front of the Commissioners' desk in the hearing room will be reconfigured to allow the Commissioners to see the audience and vice versa. In addition, there will be adornments, such as the Department seal, placed on the walls of the room.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon stated that her office is on track for completing five Officer Involved Shooting reviews per week. She also met with Council Member Greig Smith and agreed to assist in getting the two Assistant Inspector General positions filled. In addition, Ms. Bershon had the opportunity to meet with “Sweet” Alice Harris, a community leader.
Pacific Area Community Police Advisory Board Co-Chairs Rob Kadota and Captain Jon Peters presented their annual report. The Pacific Area is 26 sqaure miles and has 217,000 residents. The population can greatly swell with several tourist attractions, including Venice Beach. While crime is decreasing in the area, there are challenges such as an increase in medical marijuana dispensaries, Los Angeles International Airport, homelessness, and oversized vehicles and RVs. Pacific Area creates significant events for the community including Winter Wonderland, Santa Sleigh, and Spring Carnival. The youth programs are very active a Pacific, with Cadets, Deputy Auxiliary Police, and the Jeopardy program. Pacific's goals include increasing the variety of perspectives of CPAB members, increasing teamwork with other community based organizations, and developing the Pacific Leadership Summit, a bridge building meeting to bring a broad group of community leaders together.
Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich presented an update on the In-Car Video Camera System . She stated the cameras have been operating in Southeast for one month now and they are working well. 77 th Area will receive the cameras next and all of South Bureau should have them by the end of the summer.
At the Police Commission meeting on May 18, 2010
Commissioners Comments – On behalf of the Board, Commissioner John Mack expressed deepest condolences to Commissioner Alan Skobin upon the loss of his mother. Commissioner Skobin thanked Commissioner Mack and stated that now his wife is in the hospital, making it a quite difficult time for him and his family. Commissioner Skobin also commented that the La Ley Educational Foundation gave three scholarships at the recent Cadet graduation and plan to give more in the future. Commissioner Robert Saltzman participated in the USC Commencement Ceremony and wanted to note that the showing and assistance from LAPD was impressive. He also stated that he has begun working with the Inspector General's Office in the production of use of force summary reports.
Chief's Report – Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur noted that the Lakers game occurred with no incidents and also that the City's Budget for 2010/2011 was approved by City Council. With the new budget, the LAPD may continue hiring to attrition, translating to 266 – 295 new hires next fiscal year. While the number of sworn personnel is at 9,937, the number of civilian personnel is low at 2,956, reflecting 632 vacancies. Crime statistics continue to reflect decreases. Violent crime is down by 12.2% compared to this time last year.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank reported that the videos of Police Commission meetings have not been posted since March 9, 2010. This is because of staffing issues at Channel 35, where they are working on getting all of the meetings back online.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon stated that her office is working on eliminating the backlog of use of force summaries that are posted online. She has set a goal of completing five summaries per week. In the past week, she met various members of the community including Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Betty Day, a reporter from the Wave Newspaper and next week, she will be meeting with reporters from the Korea Daily News.
Deputy Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur and Dr. Luann Pannell presented an Overview of Training . They stated that Training at LAPD is continually evolving. New information, current events, and various sources of input force new elements to be weaved into the curriculum on a continuous basis. Chief MacArthur stated that they have been working with several colleges and universities in making LAPD courses equivalent to college courses. Commissioner Skobin asked about the availability of the Peace Officers Legal Source Book, as he had been told by some officers that they did not know it was available. Chief MacArthur stated that it was announced through a notice and the LAN when it became available, however, another notification will be made. Updates are also being made to the Civilian Orientation Class as well as the Civilian Supervisor Course.
At the Police Commission meeting on May 11, 2010
Commissioners Comments – Commissioner Robert Saltzman stated that he was pleased to attend the first graduation ceremony for the Cadet Program. He thanked Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger and his staff for creating the new program and ensuring its success. He also attended a portion of a Use of Force training session given by Force Investigation Division. He felt it was very informative and useful training for officers. Commissioner Alan Skobin attended one of the Gun Buy Back events located throughout the City over the weekend. He was very impressed with the number and variety of people who participated. He expressed concern over the fact the companies and/or individuals stationed themselves near the Buy Back locations offering cash for the guns. The Department is looking into this matter for future Buy Back events.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck reported that the Gun Buy Back event was a indeed a success and 2,511 guns were removed from the streets. While there is a slight increase in homicides, all other crime categories are down. There are currently 9,946 sworn personnel and 2,961 civilian personnel in the Department.
Report of the Inspector General – Nicole Bershon stated that she has now been in her new position for one week and she thanked Mr. Richard Tefank for his expertise in assisting her with the transition.
Hollywood Community Police Advisory Board Co-Chairs Gary Minzer and Captain Bea Girmala presented their annual report. The Hollywood Area continues its revitalization and public safety remains at the heart of that effort. Recently, the W Hotel opened, representing another significant transformation in the area. The Hollywood CPAB is committee driven with the following interests: homelessness, youth programs, emergency preparedness, nightclubs, and technology. The Hollywood Area continues to exceed its own goals in terms of crime reduction.
The Ethics Enforcement Section Quarterly Report, First Quarter, 2010 , was approved. Forty audits were conducted involving 82 employees, with a 92% pass rate.
Commander Rick Webb presented the Biased Policing Update Quarterly Report, 1 st Quarter, 2010 . He stated that the Constitutional Policing Unit is now up and running and is now processing complaints. As far as the biased policing data is concerned, it remains somewhat consistent: 59 complaints have been closed in the last quarter, and the officer involved is usually a male Caucasian or Hispanic and the complainant is usually a male African American. The Department is still reviewing the option and value of mediation for these types of complaints. The Western Justice Center is assisting in this effort by facilitating meetings that include community members, the LAPD, and organizations interested in the process. The Commissioners agreed that it would be useful for the Training Division to return with an update on the training components that incorporate biased policing prevention.
The Pacific Area Gang Enforcement Detail Command Accountability Performance Audit was approved. While the audit results were generally positive, Captain Jon Peters stated that systems are now in place to correct any deficiencies.
The Non-Budgetary Funds and Accounts Audit was approved. This was first audit of station funds in the LAPD. Eleven station funds with gross receipts of $5,000 or more were randomly selected for the audit. The findings revealed that training on station fund coordination needs to be centralized and implemented. Reserve Officers with expertise in Accounting will assist with this training. The first meeting for this training has already taken place and 53 station fund coordinators attended.
The Executive Director's Report relative to Official Police Garage Renewals was approved for transmittal to City Council. This report recommends a five year extension of the contracts with 17 of the 18 current Official Police Garage contractors. Commissioner Skobin pointed out that these contracts have a maximum of two five-year terms. At the end of that time, a complete Request for Proposal process must take place, allowing for an open competition.
At the Police Commission meeting on May 4, 2010
Commission Elections - The Commissioners held an election for the Vice President position and unanimously elected Commissioner Alan Skobin . “I am very humbled and appreciative by this honor and additional way to serve that I have been entrusted with by my fellow Police Commissioners. The five Police Commissioners are each an important part of a dedicated team, and I look forward to continuing to work with each of them and the Los Angeles Police Department as we build on the momentum and continue the progress that has been made” stated Vice President Skobin.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck announced that the LAPD assisted in ensuring that the largest May Day event in the nation was peaceful. Approximately 50,000 people participated in Los Angeles and there were no significant incidents. Chief Beck acknowledged all of the men and women of LAPD who worked on the successful outcome. He specifically acknowledged the work of Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger, Commander Rick Jacobs, Commander Blake Chow, Commander David Doan , Commander Robert Green, Captain Todd Chamberlain, Captain Phillip Fontanetta, Sergeant James Baker, Officer Orlando Nieves and Officer Mary Balchowsky. He also reported that violent crime is down 12.8% in Los Angeles compared to this time last year.
Assistant Inspector General Susan Hutson was presented with a certificate upon her appointment to the position of Police Monitor for the New Orleans Police Department. All Commissioners thanked Susan for her outstanding contributions at the Office of the Inspector General and congratulated her as she moves on to this prestigious yet challenging position.
Announcement of New Inspector General – Commissioner Mack announced that the Police Commission had completed the interview process for the Inspector General position. He stated that the candidates were truly outstanding and the Commissioners were impressed with all of them, however Ms. Nicole Bershon truly stood out in this group. Ms. Bershon stated that she was honored to be selected and vowed to continue and enhance the significant work done by her predecessors. Commissioner Mack thanked Django Sibley for his excellent service as the Acting Inspector General.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank noted that the Commission Investigation Division Activity Report for March 2010 was included in the Commission packages for review.
Report of the Inspector General – Acting Inspector General Django Sibley thanked the Commission for the opportunity to serve. Nicole Bershon assumed the role of Inspector General on the dais.
Central Community Police Advisory Board Co-Chairs Brad Metcalfe and Captain Todd Chamberlain presented a status report. Captain Chamberlain outlined the unique communities and needs within Central Area, including downtown Los Angeles, Skid Row, and the L.A. Live complex. The Central CPAB is active and works with a committee structure emphasizing community outreach, youth programs, business improvement districts, and events. Their monthly meetings usually feature a speaker with a timely topic, providing continual growth and education.
The Commission Liaison and Assignments were approved with the addition that Commissioner Saltzman would serve as a liaison to monitor the use of force summaries produced by the Office of the Inspector General.
The Administrative Statute Deadline for Categorical Use of Force Investigations was approved. This action mandates that all Categorical Use of Force recommended administrative findings be submitted to the Board of Police Commissioners 60 calendar days prior to the administrative statute date.
Commander Scott Kroeber and Captain Clay Farrell presented the Staffing and Operational Plan of the Metropolitan Detention Center . In January, 2012, the Parker Center Jail must be closed. It has been determined that 100 additional detention officers would need to be hired to properly staff the new MDC. Alternate plans have been reviewed and some of the options are: including closing four of the smaller jails throughout the City and bringing the personnel from those jails to the MDC, including sworn officers in jail staff, privatizing the jail operations, and the possibility of “pay to stay.” Chief Beck added that it is impossible to make a determination on the best solution until the Budget is confirmed.
The Inspector General's report relative to Training Evaluation and Management System II Audit was discussed and the recommendations adopted.
At the Police Commission meeting on April 20, 2010
Commissioner Comments - President John Mack began the Police Commission meeting with a moment of silence in memory of former Police Chief Daryl Gates. President Mack also introduced and welcomed new Police Commissioner Richard Drooyan to the Commission. He outlined Commissioner Drooyan's expansive private and public law career. He currently is a partner in the law firm of Munger, Tolles and Olsen, where he handles civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense cases. Commissioner Drooyan has served at the United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles on two occasions, first as an Assistant United States Attorney and again as the Chief Assistant United States Attorney. In 1991, Commissioner Drooyan served as a Deputy General Counsel for the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department (the “Christopher Commission”). In 2000, he served as General Counsel of the Rampart Independent Review Panel. Commissioners Yang and Saltzman also offered a warm welcome to Commissioner Drooyan.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck noted the Department's mourning of former Police Chief Daryl Gates. He stated that a service would likely be held on Tuesday, April 7 th . He added that day will mark one month that LAPD officers have been wearing black bands across the their badges to first mourn the loss of Sergeant Robert J. Cottle, and then former Chief Daryl Gates. Chief Beck attended the burial service for Sergeant Robert J. Cottle in Arlington, Virginia. Chief Beck reported that City Council voted to maintain hiring officers until the end of the fiscal year, bringing on 90 more recruits. The Department peacefully policed the National Socialist Demonstration although the potential for violence existed. Chief Beck also attended a portion of the annual Baker to Vegas race and reported that it enjoyed the highest attendance in the event's history. For crime statistics, Part One Crime is down by 8.3% compared to this time last year.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank noted that the videos of the Police Commission meetings have not been posted since March 9, 2010, due to staffing issues at Channel 35. Efforts are being made to have Commission staff accept the responsibilities and be trained to upload the videos.
Detective Tommy Butler was named the Police Commission Employee of the Month for March, 2010. Mr. Tefank stated that Detective Butler is an outstanding employee who is always ready to assist with any task. His pleasant and fun demeanor make Tommy very popular among his peers.
Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich provided a status report on the In-Car Video Cameras as well the procedures for obtaining recorded video files from the Digital In-Car Video System, and Digital In-Car Video Evidence Control Log . She stated that tests with the Southeast Senior Lead Officers has been going well. This Sunday, all of Southeast will begin to use the cameras for 30 days. If all goes well, the next Area to receive the cameras will be 77 th Street Patrol Division. Ms. Goodrich will return with another status report when the Southeast test is complete. Commissioner Mack asked that the wording be quite specific for the reasoning when an officer may request video files from the In-Car Video Camera System. Ms. Goodrich will work with Executive Director Tefank to ensure the wording is appropriate.
At the Police Commission meeting on March 30, 2010
Officer Robert “R.J.” Cottle Remembered - President John Mack asked for a moment of silence in honor of Police Officer Robert “R.J.” Cottle, who was killed while serving with the United States Marine Corps in Afghanistan . Officer Cottle was appointed to the LAPD on Sept. 10, 1990. He had been assigned to Metropolitan Division since February 1996 and his most recent assignment was in “D” Team, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) as a Police Officer III+I. This fast rise to the elite SWAT assignment was a reflection of his phenomenal skills and abilities. He will be remembered with the greatest amount of respect, affection, and gratitude. He was, and will always be, a true hero at the Los Angeles Police Department.
Commissioner Comments – Commissioner Skobin and Saltzman also expressed their sadness regarding the loss of Officer Cottle. Both Commissioners also had the opportunity to see a demonstration of the In-Car Video Cameras in action. They felt hopeful that the cameras will soon be functional.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck noted the loss of Officer Cottle, and described him as a friend who was also a great protector of those who were less able to protect themselves. A memorial service is being planned for next week. Unfortunately, last week, the Department had to lay off 51 civilians due to the budget crisis. There was a spike of 19 homicides last week. Today is the first day for the 170 officers who have been redeployed to patrol functions. The crime statistics still look positive despite the recent spike. The Department currently has 9,952 sworn personnel, 980 volunteers, and 3,067 civilians.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank introduced students from Crenshaw High School who will be spending the week in the Police Commission office and in the Chief's office. They are participating in a program sponsored by the Los Angeles Urban League.
Police Administrator Laura Filatoff and Captain Joan Wakefield presented the Department's response to the Supply Procurement and Disbursement Audit . Commissioner Skobin questioned the wording that places the responsibility for accepting merchandise on the Area Captains. Captain Wakefield suggested that the wording could be changed on that item, yet all agreed that the final responsibility still rests with the Captains. Captain Wakefield will work with Executive Director Richard Tefank on the wording on an upcoming directive.
The Inspector General's Financial Disclosure Audit – Fiscal Year 2009/2010 , was approved. Acting Inspector General Django Sibley stated that for the time period analyzed, 31 officers were eligible and reviewed, and the report revealed 100% compliance. Chief Beck feels that the Department is doing well with Financial Disclosure in the required areas, yet he also feels the true test will come when all officers in these areas will be required to comply.
At the Police Commission meeting on March 23, 2010
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck provided an overview of the tragic Officer Involved Shooting which occurred early Saturday morning. In the Olympic Area, after hearing a loud noise, two officers stopped and approached a young man who was acting in a suspicious manner. The young man advanced quickly toward the officers while reaching for something in his waistband area. The officers feared he was reaching for a gun and each shot at him one time. The young man died from his injuries, and it was later discovered that he was Autistic. All Officer Involved Shootings are investigated by Force Investigation Division, along with the Inspector General's Office. The District Attorney will determine if a criminal filing is appropriate, and the Coroner's Office will provide their findings to Force Investigation Division. At the end of all investigations, the Police Commission will be presented with the case and will have the responsibility to determine if the officers' actions were in or out of policy. Chief Beck added that in 2007, the LAPD initiated Autism Training and so far, 2,500 officers have been through the training. Commissioner Saltzman thanked Chief Beck for the overview and especially for the ongoing Autism Training.
|Investigation and Oversight of Officer-Involved Shootings LAPD
Investigations of Officer-Involved Shootings (OIS) are done only by Force Investigation Division (FID), a group of investigators specially trained, equipped and assigned exclusively to investigate serious uses of force by police. The FID is overseen by Professional Standards Bureau, which also includes Internal Affairs. The investigation includes recorded interviews of officers involved, witnesses, the collection of all forms of evidence, the assembly of all reports, and presentation of an extensive report (usually much longer than a thousand pages) to the Chief of Police and the Board of Police Commissioners.
The Office of the Inspector General (IG) answers only to the Police Commission, not to the Chief of Police. Inspector General investigators respond to every OIS and have unrestricted access to everything being done at the scene. The IG's staff not only sees the investigative steps being taken from start to finish, but also reviews each final report and investigation for completeness, accuracy, and any other concerns they may wish to present to the Police Commission. The IG is an independent civilian oversight authority.
The District Attorney (DA) sends investigators to every OIS where someone is hit. The DA investigators examine the scene, can interview witnesses and can conduct their own investigation. The DA determines whether the there will be criminal charges against the involved officers.
The County Coroner sends an investigator to the scene and conducts an examination of the scene, acquires reports from investigators, and later performs an autopsy. The Coroner is responsible for determining the cause of death and producing a report. A copy of the Coroner's report is incorporated into the FID report submitted to the Police Commission.
The Board of Police Commissioners reviews the extensive final investigation done by FID, reviews the IG's report of the investigation, and independently determines whether an Officer-Involved Shooting is “In Policy” or “Out of Policy.” The Police Commission has the authority to require more investigation if they need more information. The Police Commission is the final authority to declare an Officer-Involved Shooting. The Police Commission is an independent civilian oversight authority.
March 24, 2010
Chief Beck also stated that civilian layoffs are being currently processed, and more details will be provided to the Commissioners as the process continues.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank noted that Agenda Item 7(A) shall be amended to be forwarded to the Mayor and City Council for approval as it exceeds the $14,000 donation threshold. He also stated that the end of the filing period for individuals interested in the Inspector General position is March 30. Individuals may apply by logging onto www.lacity.org.
Senior Management Analyst Natalie Torres-Soriano presented an update on the Cadet Program . She stated that all Cadets have now exchanged their old uniforms for the new uniforms, the insurance is in place, and the first class will be graduating on April 24th. New curriculum has been added such as Toastmasters and the Six Pillars of Ethical Decision Making. She outlined numerous activities for the 2010 Cadet Calendar. As there will be no summer school this year, the Cadet Program will be offering a “Summer of Fun,” that will include several outings and activities.
The Commission approved the Proposed Amendments to Police Permit Fees, Fees for Special Services and Establishment of a New Special Service Fee for Fiscal Year 2010-2011 .
Deputy Chief Richard Roupoli and Sgt. Matthew MacWillie presented the Department's report relative to the Traffic Collision Analysis regarding the Automated Photo Red Light Program . Sgt. MacWillie stated that this report was requested by City Council in response to a recent story on KCAL/KCBS News that suggested that more accidents have occurred at intersections after Photo Red Light systems have been installed. The analysis conducted by the Department included more information than the KCAL/KCBS analysis. With the additional information and analysis, Sgt. MacWillie was able to numerically demonstrate that the rate of accidents was not as high as the news report suggested. The Department was able to review the primary collision factor (PCF) in each accident, revealing some of the accidents even occurred half a block away from the cameras. The cameras have been effective in their primary duty, which is motorist safety. From 2004 through 2006, which was prior to the installation of the cameras, there were nine reported traffic fatalities, five of which were red light-related. Since the cameras have been installed, there have been no red light-related fatalities at any of the intersections. The report was approved for transmittal to City Council, Public Safety Committee.
Deputy Chief Michael Downing presented the Amendment to Major Crimes Division Standards and Procedures . Chief Downing introduced Captain Steve Sanbar, the new Captain in Major Crimes Division. Much of the work of this Division is now done as a partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has proved to be very effective. Commissioner Saltzman stated that this report and the work of Major Crimes provides a critical balance between the anti-terrorist work that it must accomplish along with a clear understanding of civil rights. Commissioner Skobin commented that the Department has changed significantly in 10 years, and civilian oversight is now a primary focus. Commissioner Wong Yang added that this model could be used by other law enforcement agencies. The report was approved for transmittal to City Council, Public Safety Committee.
The Commission approved the Hunter La-Ley Consent Decree – Coveted Positions Inspection , as presented by Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff. He also announced that the Hunter La-Ley Consent Decree officially expired on March 22, 2010, yet the Department will continue to conduct related audits.
The Commission approved the 2009 K-9 Platoon Annual Summary Report as presented by Captain John Incontro and Lt. Robert Arcos.
At the Police Commission meeting on March 9, 2010
Commissioner Comments – Commissioner Robert Saltzman participated in a community meeting at the University of Southern California. Chief Beck addressed community and student safety issues at this meeting, which was well-attended.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck reported the the Academy Awards occurred without any incidents and was well-coordinated on behalf of LAPD. There are currently 108 recruits in the Academy.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank noted that the Commission Investigation Division activity report for January 2010, was included in the Commissioners' packages for review. He also added that item 10(a)2 should reflect that it is actually an Animal Involved Shooting, not an Unintentional Discharge.
Report of the Inspector General – President Mack announced that Django Sibley will serve as the Acting Inspector General until the position is permanently filled. President Mack commented that the same procedure was followed as was utilized during the Chief of Police selection process by choosing an Acting Inspector General who will not be applying for the permanent position. Mr. Sibley thanked the Commissioners for the opportunity to serve. He also commented that he and another staff member attended the Department's Police Rifle Training and feel that it will be beneficial in assessing Use of Force cases.
Senior Management Analyst I Harriet Voloso was presented a certificate upon her retirement after nearly 28 years of service. Harriet had a career as a school teacher in the Philippines before she immigrated to the United States. She then joined the City of Los Angeles and worked at the Harbor Department, the Department of Water and Power, the Housing Department, and the Los Angeles Police Commission. Due to her outstanding work ethic and dedication, she continuously promoted through the ranks of Clerk Typist, Customer Service Representative, Principal Clerk, Principal Clerk Utility, Management Aide, Management Analyst I, Management Analyst II, and Senior Management Analyst. Congratulations, Harriet!
Ms. Diane Morales from the Personnel Department outlined the process and timeline for hiring the next Inspector General . She stated the announcement will appear in numerous publications throughout the country beginning immediately. The applications will be accepted and screened by the Personnel Department and then forwarded to the Police Commission for the interviews. It is scheduled that the close of filing will be on March 30 th , interviews by the Police Commission will occur the week of April 26 th , and a new Inspector General shall be selected by the Police Commission by mid-May.
At the Police Commission meeting on March 2, 2010
Commissioner Comments – Commissioner Alan Skobin attended a fundraising event for the Los Angeles Police Band. The USO-themed event will assist the band members to travel to the east coast to perform at various functions. Commissioner Robert Saltzman participated in a community meeting with Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation representatives focusing on Hate Crimes and the GLBT Community. He wanted to especially thank Deputy Chief SandyJo MacArthur, Captain Bea Girmala, and Dr. Luann Pannell for their leadership on this issue. Commissioner Saltzman also attended the recent recruit graduation and while the class was small, he was pleased to see that it was quite diverse. In addition, he attended the LEADS training and was impressed with the biased policing portion which was presented by Commander Rick Webb.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck reported on the continuing decline in crime. To date, there are 10% fewer Part One Crimes than there were at this time last year. The civilian staffing issue continues to be an area of concern as the Department has many vacancies that cannot be filled.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank noted that there will be no Police Commission meeting on Tuesday, March 16 th .
The Police Commissioners unanimously approved granting the Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal to outgoing Inspector General André Birotte . Each Commissioner shared stories and praise about Mr. Birotte and collectively, they wished him the best in his new post as United States Attorney for the Central District of California. He in turn, commented on his experience with each Commissioner and the Executive Director, stating that he has made friendships that will last a lifetime. He thanked his staff profusely for their total dedication to the goals and objectives of the Office of the Inspector General.
Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich presented an update on the current status of the In-Car Video Camera System . She stated that after Information Technology Bureau assumed responsibility for the project in January. During the month of January, her staff focused on exactly what the problems are, and in February, they worked on fixing the problems. At this time, the video quality issues and the time synch function have been resolved. Approximately 200 hours of testing has been accomplished for the stand-alone system. In March, Information Technology Bureau will work with Motor Transport Division to prepare the Southeast SLOs' vehicles for deployment. At that time, the SLOs will also need to be re-trained on the system. Ms. Goodrich will return with an update report in mid-April when the field testing in Southeast is complete.
At the Police Commission meeting on February 16, 2010
Commissioner Comments – All Commissioners congratulated Inspector General André Birotte upon his appointment as the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. Commissioner Robert Saltzman attended a tour of the new Metropolitan Detention Center which he found very helpful in understanding the current staffing issues. He also participated in a regular conference call, along with Commissioner Alan Skobin , to discuss the status of the In-Car Video Cameras with Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich. Both Commissioners Saltzman and John Mack attended the Community Police Advisory Board Symposium, which was well-attended and very informative. As the new “Personnel” Commissioner, Commissioner Saltzman reported that he completed his first grievance appeal.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck added his congratulations to André Birotte. He noted that he visited former Chief Daryl Gates in the hospital as he is ill and he asked that all keep him in their thoughts. In addition, he wanted to stress that the recent reorganization reflects the current budget crisis, and in no way, reflects the importance of the specialized units that have been reorganized. The crime statistics continues to decline in the new year.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank noted that the Commission Investigation Division Year-End Activity Report is included in the Commissioners' packages for review.
Commission Executive Assistant II Angie Roman was named the Police Commission Employee of the Month for January, 2010. Mr. Tefank stated that Angie is an outstanding employee who is always willing to assist with any project. She recently assisted all staff with the move to the new building and continues to provide support related to the adjustment. She goes above and beyond her regular duties by serving as a volunteer at the Blind Children's Center and the Los Angeles Police Historical Society. Commissioner Skobin added that Angie is a regular at numerous LAPD events as a volunteer.
Co-Chairs Bertha Woolridge and Captain Steve Ruiz presented the annual report for the Rampart Community Police Advisory Board . Crime statistics in Rampart are declining significantly and Captain Ruiz attributes much of this success to a good community relationship. The Rampart CPAB has 25 members and operates with four committees: Crime, Traffic, Membership and Youth. Rampart has been successful with several programs including a Reserve Program, a Chaplains and Clergy Council, a very popular bi-lingual Community Police Academy, the Juvenile Impact Prevention Program, Cadets, and several large events such as National Night Out and an Open House. For the future, the Rampart CPAB plans to implement a citizen patrol, expanding membership and identifying new stakeholders, and creating a Youth CPAB.
Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff provided a briefing on the current status of the Fiscal Year 2009/2010 Department budget . He stated that the City is currently facing a $212 million shortfall for the current fiscal year, and $480,000 in the coming fiscal year. This severe deficit, which is growing, is causing the Department to look at alternate ways of doing things to save money. Overtime will now be closely monitored and compensated with time off instead of cash, unless there are exceptional circumstances. There are many proposals currently being discussed by City Council and it is likely that action will be taken within the next 30 to 60 days.
Captain Tom McDonald and Lt. Raymond Garvin provided an update on the facilitation of filming in the City of Los Angeles . Lt. Garvin stated that the process of permitting filming has greatly improved now that all things related to filming have been centralized in the Contract Services Section. The President of Film L.A. also commented that the film industry is now very supportive of new arrangement and it is working very well.
Assistant Inspector General Gary McGaskill provided an overview of the Complaint Investigations Audit 2009/2010 . Thirty complaints were looked at using 23 objectives. Twenty-two of the 23 objectives were met with a rate of 100%, and the remaining objective was met with a rate of 97%. Deputy Chief Mark Perez commended Commander Rick Webb and his staff on a job well done.
The Biased Policing Update, Quarterly Report, 4 th Quarter, 2009 was approved as presented by Commander Rick Webb. He stated that Constitutional Policing Unit will now be conducting all investigations involving Biased Policing complaints. This Unit will be providing training for all command staff on February 25 th . While it is becoming clear that complainants often do not wish to mediate, that possibility is still being pursued. The method for adjudicating these cases will be a recommended disposition from Internal Affairs to the concerned Commanding Officer. If the Commanding Officer disagrees with the disposition, he or she will present an alternate outcome to the Chief of Police.
Assistant Inspector General Nicole Bershon presented the Review of the Department's Quarterly Discipline Report for the Third Quarter of 2009 . She said that due to timing and efficiency, this report was combined with the Quarterly Review of Retaliation Complaints. During the Inspector General's review, concerns were raised about the fact that the Department opted not to interview some individuals involved in retaliation cases. There was also concern about the Department being listed as the “accused.” However, Ms. Bershon stated that the retaliation investigations were handled well and they were quite thorough. Deputy Chief Mark Perez stated that the retaliation complaints are unique and completely different than any other type of complaint. The report was approved.
At the Police Commission meeting on February 2, 2010
Upon her retirement, Commission Executive Assistant II Isabel Rosas was honored for her 31 years of service to the City of Los Angeles. Along with the members of the Police Commission and Chief Charlie Beck, she was thanked and honored by Council Member Tom LaBonge, and Fire Chief Millage Peaks.
Commissioner Comments – Commissioner Robert Saltzman stated that he was pleased to attend the most recent recruit graduation, and he was equally pleased to participate in the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's welcome to Chief Beck. It was a very well attended meeting and numerous issues were raised and addressed. Commissioner Debra Wong Yang thanked Executive Director Richard Tefank for his assistance in providing and clarifying material related to Use of Force standards. She also noted that she was looking forward to a meeting with West Bureau command officers to discuss issues in that area.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck commented on the impressive and well-attended meeting at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. He reported that all crime statistics again reflect significant decreases, yet it is still somewhat early in the year for meaningful comparisons.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank reported that former Commissioner Andrea Sheridan Ordin's name was inadvertently placed on the agenda. He also noted a correction related to Item #10(A)5. The record should reflect three Police Officer II's instead of Police Officer III's.
Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur reported on training and policies relative to Robbery Homicide Division, Specialized Investigation Section . She stated that she and Captain Kevin McClure focused on specialized details with extraordinary tactics. Previous training in these areas has been appropriate, yet lacked the proper oversight. The method of training in Metropolitan Division will now be used in these areas, specifically in Specialized Investigation Section. The Captain and Training Coordinator of these areas will now meet with Training Division twice a year to review and discuss formal lesson plans and continued training. Commissioner Saltzman offered to assist with the process.
Commander David Doan, Captain Joan Wakefield, and Dr. Luann Pannell presented the Foreign Language and Telecommunications Device for the Deaf Inspection, and it was approved. In terms of the Department's ability to respond to telephonic inquiries in a foreign language, the inspection revealed that additional training is needed. This training will be administered through the e-learning process. As for the Department's use of the
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, a change in procedure is recommended. Within a month, these calls will be automatically forwarded to Communications Division where individuals are better prepared to handle these calls. Captain Wakefield will return to the Board in 60 days with a progress report on these two aspects of communication.
Captain Scott Sargent presented the 2008 Use of Force – Year End Report , which was approved. This report provides a great deal of public information and now, upon approval, will be posted on LAPDOnline.org.
The report relative to the Assumption of the Contract with Nestor Traffic Systems, Inc., by American Traffic Solutions, Inc., and the City Council Motion regarding Automated Photo Red Light Program , was approved. However, Deputy Chief Richard Roupoli will return to the Board in 30 days with the report to the City Council regarding the effectiveness of the program.
The Department's report, dated January 26, 2010, relative to the Automated Photo Red Light request for proposal , was approved and transmitted to the Public Safety Committee. Upon the recommendation of Commissioner Alan Skobin, the RFP process will include two panels to evaluate the proposals: one to ensure that the proposals meet the stipulated needs of the city, and one to determine the rating of each proposal. It is recommended that the subject matter expert not be on the rating panel.
At the Police Commission meeting on January 26, 2010
Commissioner Comments – Commissioner Saltzman noted that he was pleased to attend the Chief's Muslim Community Forum. Many community members attended the Forum and it proved to be a diverse yet constructively supportive group.
Chief's Report – Chief Charlie Beck thanked the men and women of the LAPD for their outstanding work in preparing for potential floods throughout the City during last week's series of rain storms. He also thanked Commissioner Saltzman for his attendance at the Muslim Forum. While the crime statistics number are still soft due to the new year, they reflect decreases in all areas.
Upon her departure to serve as Los Angeles County Counsel, Police Commissioner Andrea Sheridan Ordin was presented the Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal . Each Commissioner commended her for her outstanding partnership and vision on the Police Commission. Commissioner Debra Wong Yang commented on the significant accomplishment Commissioner Ordin achieved by becoming the first United States Attorney for the Los Angeles area. All agreed that she is revered as a true leader in the law community who has dedicated much of her expertise to the public sector. Her outstanding sense of justice and fairness, her expansive knowledge of law enforcement, along with her extensive experience with the LAPD, made her an exemplary Police Commissioner. All Commissioners wished her the best in her new position and thanked her for her partnership on the Police Commission.
Clerk Typist Janet Zelaya , Alarm Section, Commission Investigation Division, was honored for her outstanding work during the past four years. She is now promoting to Customer Service Specialist at the Department of Water and Power. During her tenure in the Alarm Section, she became an expert on the new alarm management system and generously shared her talent with others.
While the “Information – Filed Items” are normally accepted without comment, Executive Director Richard Tefank noted that the Noise Variance Permit issued to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Mid-City/Exposition Light Rail Transit was revoked. The reason for this revocation was based on significant community disruption, which was confirmed by Commission Investigation Division Investigators. Mr. Tefank will be meeting with individuals from MTA to discuss methods and alternatives to achieve the desired construction with a lower level of community disruption.
Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger and Senior Management Analyst II Natalie Torres presented the update on the Cadet Program . Ms. Torres stated that the transition from the Explorer Program to the Cadet Program occurred on January 1, 2010, and that the Mayor's Office is now insuring the program. All reference to the Explorers has been removed from the Department Web site and all literature. The first Cadet class will begin this Saturday and will graduate on April 24 th . She stated that patches, etc. are being changed to reflect the Cadet program.
The Department's Proposed 2010/2011 Budget was presented by Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff. Chief Beck commented that the Budget reflected a very realistic approach to what is actually needed at LAPD for the coming fiscal year. It is minimal in terms of equipment, yet it maintains the Commission's and Department's goals of continued hiring of officers and criminalists, along with installing in car video cameras for the patrol cars. The total LAPD Budget is $1.19 billion. Mr. Chaleff explained that 95% of the LAPD Budget is dedicated to salaries. He went through the line items and explained some of the increases and decreases in each category. Salary overtime continues to be an area of concern in controlling costs. Chief Beck commented that the COMPSTAT process assists with holding Commanding Officers accountable for their overtime expenditures. The Budget was approved with additional language reflecting “constitutional policing” mandates.
The Department's report, dated January 21, 2010, relative to the Fiscal Year 2010/11 Supplemental Information Package , was received.
The Commission continued the following reports: the Department's verbal presentation and discussion regarding training and policies relative to the Department's Robbery Homicide Division, Specialized Investigation Section, Foreign Language and Telecommunications Device for the Deaf Inspection, the Board of Police Commissioners Quarterly Report, 4 th Quarter 2009 (October-December), the Hunter-La-Ley 1 st Quarter report – Covering Deployment Periods 7-9, Fiscal Year 2009-10, and the Department's report, and Inspector General's report, relative to the Arrest, Booking and Charging Reports Audit .
At the Police Commission meeting on January 19, 2010
Commissioner Comments – Commissioner Alan Skobin was pleased to attend the Mayor's reception for Community Police Advisory Board members. Commissioner Robert Saltzman also attended the CPAB event and was impressed with large number of attendees. He also noted that there were significant donations on the agenda dedicated to the creation of the new Cadet program. He was thankful for these donations and again expressed his appreciation to the Department for diligence in creating the new program. Commissioner Andrea Sheridan Ordin added that the Police Foundation is greatly appreciated for the generous donation made for the Cadet program, along with the numerous donations regularly made.
Chief's Report – Police Chief Charlie Beck reported that he was honored to participate in the Kingdom Day parade. He noted that the Police Department is working closely with the Fire Department to address the public safety issues arising from the rain. Part One Crime is down by 18.5% compared to this time last year, however the numbers are soft due to the short period of time being compared. There are currently 9,939 sworn officers.
Maria Teresa Magula was named the Police Commission Employee of the Month for December , 2009. Inspector General Andre Birotte described Teresa's extraordinary talents and thanked her for her outstanding work. She has become an expert on the MacArthur Park May Day incident. Due to her exceptional skills, she is currently on loan to the Management Unit of the Mayor's Office, yet all in the Inspector General's Office are looking forward to her return!
Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich presented a status report on the Digital In-Car Video Camera System testing and installation. Ms. Goodrich stated that more stand alone and integrated testing needed to be completed to address the issues that the Southeast Senior Lead Officers have experienced when operating the system. The cameras need to be completely functional before they are rolled out throughout the Department. Ms. Goodrich will return in five weeks to provide recommendations for the next steps. At that time, testing will be complete. All Commissioners expressed their concern over this issue and reiterated that having cameras in the patrol cars is a priority. Commissioner Mack asked Commissioner Skobin to monitor the progress of the testing with Ms. Goodrich.
Deputy Chief James McDonnell presented the Department's strategies to respond to the California Prison Reform and resulting release of prisoners . He stated that an additional 5,940 individuals will be released in the Los Angeles County area in 2010. LAPD will be working with the California Department of Corrections to monitor these individuals as well as with the Mayor's Office of Gang Reduction Youth Development to positively reintegrate them into the area. Captain Justin Eisenberg stated that he expects the Skid Row area will sustain the greatest impact of parolees.
The Warrant Applications and Supporting Affidavits Audit, Second Quarter, Fiscal Year, 2009/2010 , was approved. This audit raised the question of the use of comment cards given the change to the Standards Based Assessment performance evaluation. That issue will be forwarded to Planning and Research for review.
The response to the Office of the Controller relative to the Audit of the Forensic DNA Backlog Reduction Grant Program Awards , was approved. Chief Beck commented that the company which LAPD uses for testing the DNA kits has a very good record. He continues to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to create standards for organizations testing DNA samples. Police Administrator Yvette Sanchez-Owens stated that the backlog is now down to 1,200 cases.
At the Police Commission meeting on January 12, 2010
Commissioner Comments – Commissioner Mack greeted and expressed best wishes to all for the new year. Commissioner Skobin requested that a working group be created with Commission Investigation Division personnel and others to examine and streamline the process for obtaining business licenses in the City of Los Angeles. Commissioner Ordin commented on how positive and hopeful the recruit graduation on New Year's Eve was.
Chief's Report – Police Chief Charlie Beck reported that he worked patrol on New Year's Eve in the Van Nuys Area, and the evening was generally very peaceful throughout the City. He also reported on the crime statistics compared to this time last year, however numbers at this time of year are not always reflective of trends due to the short period of time. In addition he provided personnel statistics, including the fact that there are currently 147 recruits enrolled in the Academy.
Report of the Executive Director – Richard Tefank noted that the Commission Activity Report for November, 2009, was included in the Commissioners' package for review.
Report of the Inspector General – André Birotte, Jr., stated that his office hosted an individual from the Australian Research Council on Excellence in Policing. He also introduced a new member of his staff, Special Investigator II Sue Stengal.
The Commission acknowledged and presented a certificate to Clerk Typist Lourdes Leyden upon her retirement. Lourdes has been a strong component of Commission Investigation Division for the last 14 years and she will be missed by her customers, co-workers, and supervisors. She was thanked for her hard work and dedication and wished the best in her retirement.
Lt. John Rodriguez reported on the Actions Taken Regarding Unsecured Documents . He stated that a task force was immediately convened which resulted in inspections at all stations to ensure that there were no additional incidents of documents in unsecured locations. The cause of the problem is attributed to lack of space for document storage, and that incident occurred because older documents had not been properly forwarded to archives. Staffing shortages were attributed to this issue. Lt. Rodriguez assured the Commission that checks and balances are now in place to prevent this from happening in the future. Chief Beck also commented that the Department takes this issue very seriously and will be following the oversight of documents closely.
Captain Joan Wakefield presented the Supervisor Training Inspection report, which was approved.
The Revised Field Training Officer Training Inspection report was approved. This was a follow up report addressing some of the issues of maintaining consistent training throughout the Department.
Deputy Chief Mark Perez presented the Tour of Duty for Professional Standards Bureau Investigators report. He stated that in his experience and research, Professional Standards Officers remain open and objective to pursuing the truth, regardless of the amount of time they have been doing internal affairs work. Currently, officers serve a three year tour of duty in Professional Standards Bureau, subject to review at the end of the three years for possible retention in another area of PSB. Chief Perez noted that national standards for tours of duty in internal affairs jobs is five years. This report was approved and the Commissioners also asked that this item be included in the Consent Decree Transition Plan presentation on January 26th.
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