LOS ANGELES POLICE COMMISSION
At the Police Commission Meeting on December 16, 2014
Commissioner Comments - All Commissioners thanked the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department for their hard work throughout the year and wished all a happy holiday season.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck stated that 2014 had been a difficult year for the LAPD and he lamented the loss of three officers in on-duty deaths and 10 active duty deaths. Total Part One Crime is down by 2.4%.
Report of the Executive Director - Richard Tefank reported that due to the holidays, the Police Commission will be dark on December 23 rd and 30 th . The next meeting after the break will be on January 6, 2015.
Report of the Inspector General - Alexander Bustamante introduced Sgt. II Jody Stiger, who has filled Aide position in the Office of the Inspector General. He added that his staff has been working on the review of the Suspicious Activity Reporting program and he anticipates presenting it to the Commission in mid-January.
Sr. Management Analyst II Natalie Torres presented Cadet Commander Christine Lopez, Cadet Commander Abel Luis, and the new Cadet Chief Laura Isabel Mendoza, who provided an outstanding presentation. A new promotional video of the Cadet program was also shown.
Captain Phillip Tingirides and Sergeant Emada Tingirides played a recent HBO Real Sports segment featuring the Watts Bears. The youth football team is coached entirely by LAPD officers and brings together youth from different neighborhoods within South Bureau. It has been an extraordinary project which has greatly improved the relationship between the community and the police.
Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing Arif Alikhan presented the current status of the Risk Management Program. He introduced Michael Himes who will be taking over the Risk Management Group. Mr. Alikhan outlined a detailed program of how the program will systematically identify, develop, implement and measure improvement projects on risk management issues. He will return on January 27, 2015, with a detailed report reviewing the program during the year 2014.
Assistant Chief Michel Moore presented an update on Uniform Crime Reporting and the responsibilities of the newly created Data Integrity Unit. He explained that the Department is in the process of training all personnel to ensure compliance with national uniform crime reporting standards. This transition will result in a Uniform Crime Reporting Coordinator in each of the 21 Areas. A new Department-wide Unit will also be created to ensure consistency and compliance.
The Jail Operations Audit, as presented by Lt. Cheryl Baratta and Detective David Kennedy, was approved. The audit revealed general compliance with some administrative issues which have been addressed.
The Department Employee Involved Traffic Collision Reporting, Investigation and Adjudication -- Revised; and Fleet Safety Report, as presented by Assistant Chief Michel Moore, was approved. This report revises the point system used for tracking employee involved traffic collisions.
At the Police Commission Meeting on December 9, 2014
Commissioner Comments - Commissioner Steve Soboroff stated the following:
Chief Beck speaks of deposits and withdrawals from an important account:
The LAPD bank of trust. He and I are aligned in the mission to increase and speed up needed deposits into that account. Here's how:
Recently announced decisions have led to demonstrations and discussions that, justifiably, have dominated our news, and our thoughts, creating withdrawals that amount to a hacking into our bank account. And giving us the responsibility to make deposits to replace and exceed what was there.
Grand Jury guidelines, processes, and decisions that need to be explained for many of us to move forward remain unexplained.
We must promise our diverse communities of Los Angeles that we will continue to build upon our relationships and interact fairly with all people.
Continuing to evaluate tactics, training, outreach programs, and diversity will make good community policing great. And great community policing even better, and
residents must look at how they treat law enforcement officers. Respect and dignity is a two way street. A simple "thanks for what you do" is appreciated by those who perform a difficult job.
The fact that the LAPD is widely recognized as the national leader in community policing and that our oversight model is being replicated by other law enforcement agencies must not allow us to sit still.
Now is the time to continue to build on the past relationships, to improve them and to make new ones.
Report of the Chief of Police - Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger commended the Los Angeles Fire Department for their extraordinary work battling the downtown Los Angeles apartment fire. He offered his congratulations to Captain John Incontro who will be leaving LAPD to become the Police Chief for the City of San Marino. He noted the recent Cadet graduation, which was the largest to date with 730 Cadets graduating. Violent Crime is up by 11.1%, Property Crime is down by 5.5%, and Total Part One Crime is down by 2.7%.
Report of the Executive Director - Richard Tefank reported that due to the holidays, the Police Commission will be meeting on December 16 th and will be dark on December 23 rd and 30 th . The next meeting after the break will be on January 6, 2015. Due to the downtown Los Angeles fire, the staff from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will be displaced until at least Thursday. Police Commission staff will take messages for the OIG at 213 236-1400. Also due to the fire, Items 8D, 8E, and 8F, will be continued as staff from Audits, Inspection and Control are not available.
Report of the Inspector General ? Alexander Bustamante reiterated that his staff is temporarily displaced due to the fire.
Co-Chair Bob Bash and Captain George Rodriguez provided an update from the Topanga Area Community Police Advisory Board . This CPAB has 32 active members and 92 volunteers who participate in programs such as front desk staffing and the surveillance team. While the Topanga Station participates in a great deal of community outreach, recruitment for Hispanics and youth is an ongoing process for the CPAB. However, the actual Youth Programs are very successful with 550 Cadets this year compared to 316 last year. Topanga is very active on social media and maintains communication with the community. Goals include improving service at the front desk, enhancing the CPAB membership, reducing burglary from motor vehicles, and coordinating community emergency preparedness with Neighborhood Councils.
The Inspector General?s report relative to the review of video recordings of arrestee transports, Southeast Area , as presented by Inspector General Alexander Bustamante and Assistant Inspector General Kevin Rogan, was approved. Captain Phil Tingirides and Commander Bill Scott thanked the Inspector General for the opportunity to improve. Since the original audit was done in April, surprise inspections have occurred and they have resulted in 100% compliance. Captain Tingirides added that there was never an issue with missing antennas, it was an issue with the notation of the antennas. The Inspector General and South Bureau command staff will be meeting to discuss further details regarding the use of the video recordings and the Commissioners will be briefed on that meeting.
The Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Proposed Budget , as presented by Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur and Police Administrator Laura Luna, was approved. The Proposed Budget comes in at $1,508,163,889, with salaries representing 91% of the total. This budget is 12.7% larger than the Fiscal Year 2014/2015 Budget, and focuses on technology, including moving forward with the installation of the in-car video cameras.
Twenty-four individuals spoke during the public comment portion of the agenda. Comments reflected experiences from recent protests, disapproval of the use of drones, concern over law enforcement use of force, and other issues.
Sergeant II Jody Stiger has joined the Office of the Inspector General. He has been with the Department for almost 22 years and has worked at Operations-South Bureau, Central Division, Southwest Division, 77 th Division, Southeast Division, West LA Division and Training Division.
Detective I La Donna Cissell-Day has joined Commission Investigation Division. She has been with the Department for 18 years and has worked at Newton Division, South Traffic Division, Media Relations Section, Recruitment Section, Harbor Division, and West Traffic Division.
Detective I James Merle has joined Commission Investigation Division. He has been with the Department for eighteen years and has worked at West Valley Division, West LA Division, Operations Valley Bureau, Southwest Division, Topanga Division and Foothill Division
At the Police Commission Meeting on November 25, 2014
Commissioner Comments - Due to the unrest following the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, Commissioner Steve Soboroff stated the following:
Four Questions :
1) What can the LAPD and the people of Los Angeles do to help...
...show sympathy, compassion, and understanding for the family and friends of Michael Bown,
2) What can the LAPD and the people of Los Angeles do to help...
...Ferguson rebuild their buildings, their community spirit, and their preventative programs in order to create a trusting and future positive relationship between the people and their law enforcement agencies
3) What can the LAPD do to...
...complete a thorough "lessons learned" analysis from the events in Ferguson and the decisions (both good and bad) that were made by their law enforcement departments and leaders.
4) And finally, What can the LAPD do to...
..be proactive in implementing on-body cameras on every officer, and most importantly, listen to and engage with all of our diverse communities so something like this never, ever, happens in Los Angeles
As President of the Los Angeles Police Commission, I pledge our commitment to continue to do anything and everything to help. Thank you.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck said that the vast majority of protestors in the City of Los Angeles last night were peaceful and he was proud of them and he was also proud of how the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department displayed professionalism. He reported that Part One Crime is down by 3%, however Violent Crime is up by 10.3%. As Officer Involved Shootings are of interest, Chief Beck was pleased to add that Officer Involved Shootings are down by 36.6% compared to this time last year.
Report of the Executive Director - Richard Tefank reported that due to the holidays, the Police Commission will hold meetings only two more times this year. The dates of those meetings are December 9 and December 16. As many staff members are not present today, Agenda Items 8C, 8E, 8F, and 8G are continued to the next meeting. Also, Item 8H should read ?transmit to Mayor and City Council.
The Inspector General's report relative to the Employment Litigation Audit Follow-Up report, was approved with the understanding that this topic will now be included in the Risk Management quarterly reports. Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing Arif Alikhan reported that he is hopeful for a decrease in employment litigation cases, yet it is too early to predict a trend. He reported that there is constant communication with the City Attorney?s Office on these cases. Discussion of mediation solutions will be reviewed in the future in closed session.
At the Police Commission Meeting on November 18, 2014
Commissioner Comments - Commissioner Paula Madison mentioned that she recently attended the annual CPAB Summit and she was very pleased to learn that there is now a Teen CPAB Summit. Commissioner Robert Saltzman introduced his sister, Nancy Saltzman, who will be one of the featured speakers at the LAWPOA Professional Training and Development Symposium in 2015. He thanked Angie Roman and Assistant Chief MacArthur for their efforts in coordinating her appearance. Commissioner Saltzman also thanked Assistant Chief MacArthur for her work in coordinating the recent LGBTQ Forum, which he attended and felt was very productive.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck noted the morning attacks in Jerusalem and stated that the Department would be vigilant in patrolling locations of worship. He sadly marked the passing of Police Officer Joe Pollack, stating he is the 10 th active duty officer to pass away this year. Chief Beck announced reorganization and changes in command staff. Notably, Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger will become First Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief Jorge Villegas will be promoted to Assistant Chief, Commander Bill Scott will become Deputy Chief, and Commander Sean Malinowski will become Chief of Staff. Soon to become direct reports to the Chief will be: Information Technology Bureau, Employee Relations Group, and Media Relations and Community Affairs Group. Chief Beck added that more changes will be coming as this is the first step in a long-term plan. Part One Crime is down by 3.1% compared to this time last year. There are currently 9,932 sworn employees and 2,724 civilian employees. Chief Beck stated that the Department is closely monitoring any decisions made in Ferguson, Missouri, and will facilitate community members in Los Angeles should they wish to express their first amendment rights. He also updated the Commissioners on how the Department is adjusting after the passage of Prop 47. This new law changed the booking stance as some crimes previously booked as felonies will now be misdemeanors. Chief Beck believed this new law will greatly increase the work load for the City Attorney's Office.
Report of the Executive Director - Richard Tefank reported that due to the holidays, the Police Commission will hold meetings only three more times this year. The dates of those meetings are November 25, December 9, and December 16.
Co-Chair Rob Kadota and Captain Brian Johnson presented the status report from the Pacific Area Community Police Advisory Board . Captain Johnson was very pleased to share that violent crime has decreased in Pacific Area by 6.4%, compared to this time last year. Youth programs continue to be very strong as there are currently 89 Cadets, 37 Cadets, and eight Jeopardy program participants. Donated trailers are currently being renovated and will be very useful space for Pacific Area. Mr. Kadota outlined some of the events which Pacific Area has become known for such as the Winter Wonderland event and the Santa Sleigh procession. Pacific Area has become involved in the anti-bullying effort and Captain Johnson thanked Monica Harmon for her ongoing work in this arena. Pacific Area has also launched an app, which is LAPDPacific App, allowing even more information to be provided to the community. Commissioner Saltzman thanked Captain Johnson and Mr. Kadota and added that his husband's Little Brother went through the Pacific Area Cadet program and he had nothing but good things to say about it.
Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese, Detective Yvonne Ortiz, Deputy Mayor Eileen Decker, Assistant City Attorney Donna Edmiston, and Deputy City Attorney Eve Sheedy provided an overview of services provided to victims of Domestic Violence . As reported Domestic Violence has increased by 21% compared to this time last year, service providers are trying to look for reasons. While much is unknown, it is possible that increased media attention to this issue and enhanced outreach has resulted in more victims actually reporting the crime. The City Attorney's Office, the Mayor's Office and LAPD work together with the Domestic Violence Task Force to provide as much assistance as possible to victims. Assistance begins at the time of the incident through the court process. Commissioner Paula Madison commented that it is good that assistance is being provided, but it is sad that the rate of incidents is increasing, referencing the tragedy of children innocently involved in the crime.
Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese provided the current status of Special Order No. 7 relative to Law Enforcement Agency Endorsement for Immigrant Victims of Human Trafficking and other Special Crimes Against Persons . Since Special Order No. 7 was approved in May of 2014, the Department looked at June, July and August to analyze assistance with the issuance of U-Visas. Of the 514 requests for U-Visas made, 390 were certified, 75 were denied, and the remainder were either pending or appealed. Commissioner Kathleen Kim commended the Department of the significant progress made.
Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing Arif Alikhan presented the report entitled, " Perspectives on the Disciplinary System: Insights from the Men and Women of the LAPD," which was accepted with the directive to return in 60 days with a progress report on the implementation on the recommendations. Mr. Alikhan described this report as the last of three reports emanating from the Christopher Dorner incident in February, 2013. The first report addressed Mr. Dorner's own termination, the second report addressed the termination of other sworn personnel, and this report addresses the themes of bias, unfair discipline, the Board of Rights system, the lack of transparency, and the complaint system, as described in Mr. Dorner's "manifesto." The Department conducted a survey of 500 sworn and civilian employees through the "10,000 Volts" program which allows people to respond anonymously. Opportunities for improvement were identified to improve the employees' confidence in the system while maintaining the public's trust in holding LAPD employees accountable for misconduct. Eighteen recommendations were made designed to improve clarity and fairness in the discipline system. Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur stated that many of the recommendations are already in progress.
The Department's report relative to Case Prioritization - Enhancement to the Personnel Complaint Investigation and Adjudication Process , as presented by Deputy Chief Debra McCarthy, was approved. This enhancement also allows the Inspector General see the cases earlier in the cycle and allows for input at the beginning of the investigation, producing a better investigation at the end.
The Biased Policing Update - 3 rd Quarter Report, 2014 , as presented by Commander Stuart Maislin, was approved. Commander Maislin noted that obtaining volunteer participants for the mediation program is difficult, but it is rewarding for those who do participate.
At the Police Commission Meeting on November 4, 2014
Commissioner Comments - Commissioner Paula Madison mentioned that she and Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa attended the "Days of Dialogue," coordinated by Councilmember Curren Price in response to the death of Ezell Ford. She said that approximately 300 people attended and the open discussions were beneficial. Commissioner Madison also attended the annual CPAB Summit.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck attended the Major Cities Chiefs Convention and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Convention in Florida. He noted that the theme of the conventions revolved around community trust and the Los Angeles Police Department was considered one of the leaders in this area. He reported that Chief Information Officer Maggie Goodrich and Sgt. Dan Gomez were referred to as national experts at the convention in the in the area of on-body and in-car video systems. He was happy to report that Halloween was basically uneventful in Los Angeles and there were no major disturbances. He was humbled to attend the one year remembrance of the death of Transportation Security Administration agent Gerardo Hernandez at Los Angeles International Airport. Part One Crime is down by 3.5% compared to this time last year. While total traffic collissions are up slightly, incidents of hit and run are down by 2%, and fatal hit and run incidents are down by 38%.
Report of the Executive Director - Richard Tefank reported that he met with the Westin Bonaventure's General Manager Michael Czarcinski to discuss the ongoing noise issue related to Metro?s construction of expanded rail lines. He felt that the discussion was productive. Mr. Tefank stated that there will be no meeting next week, on November 11 th , due to the Veteran?s Day holiday. Looking forward, the next Police Commission community meeting will be held on February 3 rd in Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell's district.
Chief Information Officer Maggie Goodrich and Sgt. Dan Gomez reported on the current status of the Body Worn Camera Project . Ms. Goodrich stated that after the Taser and the Koban systems were each tested for 90 days by volunteer officers in the Central Area, the Taser cameras were selected. One of the reasons why the Taser cameras were selected is that they have the ability to automatically capture video 30 seconds before the officer hits the record button. The next steps will now be to finalize the policy on how the cameras will be used, and how the data will be stored and retrieved. Once the policy is developed with stakeholders? input, the Department will go through the meet and confer process with the Los Angeles Protective League. Simultaneously, the negotiating and purchasing of the cameras will take place with Taser. As this purchase will be made by the Los Angeles Police Foundation, it is anticipated that the process will be expedited. While it is unknown when the cameras will be in use in the field, Ms. Goodrich believed the policy should be developed by the end of the year. Commissioner Paula Madison asked if the downfalls in the Taser cameras were significant enough to request correction from the vendor before the purchase. Sgt. Gomez said that Taser is aware of the downfalls and is working to correct them, however, the cameras are usable as is. Commissioner Robert Saltzman asked that a sample video of what the cameras capture be provided at the next briefing.
The Department's report regarding the implementation of LAPD Transgender Policies , as presented by Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur, was continued for 60 days. Commissioner Saltzman stated that the Transgender Policies have been in place since 2012 and by most accounts, the Department's relationship with the transgender community is greatly improved. Assistant Chief MacArthur explained that she had hoped that her report would have been prepared earlier so that the information could be available for public review before the upcoming LGBTQ Forum this Thursday, but that was not possible due to the Working Group?s schedule. Commissioner Saltzman expressed frustration with the delay and cited the example of how the Department's handling of a recent murder of a transgender woman did not reflect the new policy. Commissioner Madison expressed concern over outreach to the LGBTQ community noting the LAPD's small representation at the Gay Pride Parade in June. She suggested that the Department and the Commission may want to offer an additional event similar to the Department?s Martin Luther King Breakfast. Commissioner Saltzman and Assistant Chief MacArthur will meet to clarify what is being requested in the next report due in 60 days.
The Olympic Area Detective Command Accountability Performance Audit , as presented by Lt. Cheryl Baratta, was approved. Commissioner Madison commented on the high quality of the audit.
The correspondence to the Budget and Finance Committee regarding the Englander - Krekorian Motion, Council File No. 14-1148, relative to sworn overtime expenditures , as presented by Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur and Police Administrator Laura Luna, was approved. This report will now come regularly to the Commission but will not be on the agenda.
The Department's report regarding recommendations in the Inspector General's review of the Department's security video system , as presented by Assistant Chief Sandy Jo Mac Arthur and Police Administrator Thom Brennan, was approved. Assistant Chief MacArthur stated that a working group has been convened to address the issues and, at this time, all of the video systems in the stations are functioning.
Management Analyst II Anita Carter has joined the Employee Relations Section, Grievance Unit. She has been with the City for 25 years and has worked at the Office of Finance, Fire Department, and Department of Housing. Within LAPD, she has worked at Records and Identification, Rampart Division, Hollenbeck Division, Personnel, and Organized Crime and Vice Division.
Senior Management Analyst I Elia Fernandez has joined the Policy Section. She has worked for the City for almost 26 years and has worked at the Department of Housing, Bureau of Sanitation, Telecommunications (no longer a City department), and the Department of Transportation. She joined LAPD in 1998 and has worked the Commission's Alarm Section, the Valley Bureau, and ECCCS Division.
At the Special Police Commission Community Meeting on October 21, 2014
Welcoming comments, introductions and appreciation was expressed by Commissioner Steve Soboroff, Commissioner Paula Madison, Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa, Commissioner Robert Saltzman, Assistant City Attorney Carlos De La Guerra, Executive Director Richard Tefank, Assistant Inspector General Django Sibley, and Chief Charlie Beck.
Councilmember Curren Price, Jr. welcomed the community and the Police Commission to the Green Meadows Recreation Center. He applauded the Commission for coming out to the community in the evening enabling community members to attend and participate in their local government. He noted that in light of the recent officer involved shooting involving Ezell Ford, the community has been through a lot and there is a fair amount of frustration. He has found in his experience that communication is key to calming frustration and better understanding issues. To that end, he is sponsoring a "Days of Dialogue" event allowing open discussion of the Ezell Ford tragedy.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck provided an overview of crime statistics in Los Angeles noting that categorical uses of force are down by 29.6% compared to this time last year, and officer involved shootings are down by 36%. There are currently 9,902 sworn employees and 2,740 civilian employees, and 5,488 cadets.
Report of the Executive Director - Richard Tefank explained that the Board of Police Commissioners meets every Tuesday morning at 9:30 am, in the Police Administration Building, 100 West 1 st Street, in Los Angeles. The community is always welcome. The meetings are also taped by LACityview and are available for viewing on Channel 35 within the City of Los Angeles, and online at LAPDonline.org anytime. Mr. Tefank provided a brief overview of Commission staff responsibilities including the regulation of numerous City of Los Angeles permits including valet operator, tow operator, and alarm operator.
Report of the Inspector General ? Assistant Inspector General Django Sibley described the duties of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and stated that members of the community are welcome to call the OIG at 213 482-6833, or come by the office at 201 N. Figueroa Street, Suite 610, Los Angeles.
Deputy Chief Bob Green and Commander Bill Scott introduced themselves and discussed the challenges and successes of South Bureau . An emphasis has been placed on relationship-based policing which has resulted in a significant drop in gang-related crime. Ongoing relationships with groups such as the Watts Gang Task Force, Operation Cease Fire, and numerous religious organizations have made a positive impact on the community. Deputy Chief Green described how South Bureau has focused efforts on communication with the homeless community and emphasized Latino outreach. Commander Scott discussed the benefits of being the first bureau to use the in-car video cameras.
Captain Phillip Tingirides provided an overview of statistics, activities and community partnerships in Southeast Division . Captain Tingirides has been the Southeast Area Captain for seven years, and he feels that time is essential in building relationships with the many diverse communities within any Division. He attributes the drop in crime in Southeast to the strong community relationships and programs. Programs such as Girl Scouts, operation Progress, Sunburst Youth Academy and the Watts Bears have made a direct impact on the youth of the community. Southeast has also partnered with the Housing Authority to provide quality of life and crime prevention services in housing developments through the Community Safety Partnership.
During the Public Comment portion of the meeting, 32 community members spoke and addressed numerous issues. Some of the topics included perceived racial profiling by police officers, too much police presence at schools, too much funding of police versus other community services, excessive use of force by police, concern of the Ezell Ford tragedy, the sale of drugs in public locations, the dismantling of cameras by police, problems with the County Department of Children and Family Services, excessive ticketing of cars in Jordan Downs, the need for more police support in Jordan Downs, the lack of jobs, the police ownership of military equipment, delayed response when calls are made about prostitution, the improved relationship between the community and the police, the fact that meetings such as this one are now being held when they would not have been 20 years ago, appreciation to the police for participating in numerous community programs, appreciation to Captain Tingirides for listening to the community, the fact that seniors can now safely walk in the community, appreciation for the decrease in crime, promotional comments of upcoming events, and appreciation for respectful relationships.
At the Police Commission Meeting on October 14, 2014
Commission Comments Commissioner Kathleen Kim asked for an update from the Department on November 18 th regarding the implementation of Special Order 7 Law Enforcement Agency Endorsement for Immigrant Victims of Human Trafficking and other Serious Crimes Against Persons.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck prefaced his discussion of crime statistics by stating that the Department is one of the most open in the nation relative to providing crime statistics. The Department is constantly striving to be accurate yet there will always be interpretations. He reported that total violent crime is up by 8.4% compared to this time last year. Traffic collisions are up by 3.3%. There are currently 9,934 sworn employees and 2,735 civilian employees, and 5,448 cadets.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank reminded all of the Police Commission community meeting on October 21 st , 6:30 pm, at Green Meadows Recreation Center, 431 East 89 th Street, Los Angeles, California 90003. There will be no regular Police Commission meeting on the morning of October 21, 2014, nor October 28, 2014.
Co-Chairs Brady Metcalfe and Captain Michael Oreb presented the report from the Central Area Community Police Advisory Board . ? This Board has a well-rounded composition of 17 members. While they are recruiting for new members, including individuals from the homeless community. Committees focus on local issues including crime, Junior CPAB, special events, and skid row clean-up. This CPAB has become very active on social media which has helped with community outreach. Chief Beck added that, from his experience, Central Area is one of the most challenging commands as there are numerous divergent interests and policing matters in the Area. There is also an extraordinary difference between the evening population in the area versus the day, which adds additional challenges.
The Office of the Inspector General's report regarding the Investigation of the Department's Patrol Deployment Practices , as presented by Inspector General Alex Bustamante, Assistant Inspector General Jim Willis, and Special Investigator Brian Buchner, was approved with the request that a follow-up report be presented in 90 days. This investigation was requested by the Commissioners when the issue was raised by an officer to the Office of the Inspector General. The original complaint alleged that management showed patrol cars as being in the field when in fact, they were not. This practice gave the appearance of increased patrol cars available for service calls. The Office of the Inspector General looked at two areas in their investigation and determined that inaccurate patrol deployment numbers were being reported internally. The Department responded immediately and took actions to ensure that all areas were aware that this behavior was inappropriate and must immediately stop. Commissioner Steve Soboroff thanked the Department for the swift reaction in resolving the problem. Additional concerns were raised by Commissioner Kathleen Kim, Commissioner Paula Madison, and Commissioner Robert Saltzman. They questioned as to what the root cause of the practice was, if the officers following the practice had the ability to report about it through the chain of command, and if the issue had cultural roots in the Department. Both Chief Charlie Beck and Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger stated that they were previously unaware of the issue and had not heard of the term ghost cars. They assured that the practice has now stopped. It was requested that the Department and the Inspector General both report back in 90 days with a follow-up report which includes results from additional random inspections, how and why this kind of reporting is done, and what can be done to fix the underlying cause of the problem.
At the Police Commission Meeting on October 7, 2014
Commission Comments Commissioner Robert Saltzman attended the recent recruit graduation, and as always, he was very pleased to be part of the ceremony. Unfortunately, the class was quite small and not diverse. He is hopeful that increased recruitment efforts will improve the size and composition of future classes. Commissioner Steve Soboroff agreed that current retention and recruitment is not sustainable. He also met with those working on the mediation program currently being used for complaint resolution. He is proud of the results so far. Commissioner Soboroff also reminded all to log on to LAPDOnline.org and take the survey regarding the on-body cameras. Input from this survey is needed in creating the policy for the use of the cameras as well as the storage and access to the information captured by the cameras.
Lastly, he was happy to say that the City's Executive Employee Relations Committee announced the education reimbursement account has again been funded.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Earl Paysinger said that the recent recruit graduation was very special for him as his son graduated and will be working with the University of Southern California, Department of Public Safety. He now has two sons working in law enforcement and he could not be more proud. He reported that total violent crime is up by 7.8% compared to this time last year. There are currently 9,912 sworn employees and 2,740 civilian employees, and 5,450 cadets. He invited all to the next cadet graduation which will take place at the Galen Center at the University of Southern California on Saturday, November 22 nd , at 11:00 am.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank reminded all of the Police Commission community meeting on October 21 st , 6:30 pm, at Green Meadows Recreation Center, 431 East 89 th Street, Los Angeles, California 90003. There will be no regular Police Commission meeting on the morning of October 21, 2014, nor October 28, 2014.
Captain Joan Wakefield and Police Performance Auditor Jeffry Phillips presented the Annual Audit Plan for Fiscal Years 2014/15 and 2015/16 , which was approved. Captain Wakefield explained that this plan can certainly be altered as needs arise, but it provides a framework of audits as outlined in the Federal Consent Decree. As these plans are stipulated for two years, this will be Captain Wakefield's final presentation of an Audit Plan because she will be retiring in 2016. The Commissioners acknowledged the professionalism of the plan and Captain Wakefield's contributions.
During the Public Comment portion of the meeting, Directors of the Los Angeles Police Protective League expressed concerns over the management and lack of overtime available to officers.
At the Police Commission Meeting on September 30, 2014
Commission Comments Commissioner Steve Soboroff participated in a ride-along in Southeast Area and came back with some observations. He noticed that while construction is booming in Los Angeles, it is rare in Southeast Area, which is unfortunate. He saw that the officers in Southeast have good relationships with the store owners in the area. He also spoke with an officer who is earning a college degree but learned that the reimbursement program through the Department is on hold during the labor negotiations. While the Commission has no role in the negotiation process, he hopes that an agreement will be reached quickly.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck reported that total violent crime is up by 7.7% compared to this time last year. Much of the increase is attributed to a rise in domestic violence. Traffic collisions are up by 2.9%, however hit and run collisions are down by 2.3%, and the number of DUI collisions is down by 3.1%. There are currently 9,912 sworn employees and 2,740 civilian employees, and 5,451 cadets. Commissioner Paula Madison asked if the DUI Checkpoints assisted in lowering the number of DUI collisions, to which Chief Beck responded that he believes so. The checkpoints are federally funded and are an additional tool for the Department to use. He stressed that placement of the checkpoints is critical as is public notification. Commissioner Madison also asked if an analysis, perhaps from the City Attorney's Office, could be given to the Commission regarding the increase in domestic violence.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank announced that the Police Commission will be holding a community meeting on October 21 st , 6:30 pm, at Green Meadows Recreation Center, 431 East 89 th Street, Los Angeles, California 90003.
Report of the Inspector General Alex Bustamante stated that his office continues community outreach efforts and recently met with the 100 Black Men organization and will be attending the African American Summit at City Hall in the evening.
The report from the Olympic Community Police Advisory Board was provided by Co-Chairs Bill Reichert and Captain Tina Nieto. This CPAB remains vital with the strategy of quickly addressing timely topics and providing dinner at all CPAB meetings. The meetings are large and the participants are very active. Social media also plays a role in Olympic's success in effectively communicating with the community. Olympic maintains numerous programs including a Citizen Police Academy, crime watches, community clean-ups, Community Emergency Response Team, as well as active youth programs. Olympic is also the originating station of Shoes for Santa, which is now growing throughout the Department.
The Department's report on the Blake-Justice Consent Decree Fiscal Year 2013-2014 , was approved. Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur discussed the findings of the report which reflect diversity, however there is concern in the area of actual numbers of sworn employees and recruitment. A working group, of which Commissioner Madison is a member, was created approximately a year ago to improve the recruitment and hiring process. The result is a new memorandum of agreement with the Personnel Department which will give the Police Department a greater role in the hiring process. One of the changes will be an LAPD mentor will be assigned to each applicant so communication throughout the hiring process will be maintained.
At the Police Commission Meeting on September 23, 2014
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck reported that gang-related crime is down by 12%, and categorical uses of force are down by 33%. There are currently 9,930 sworn employees and 2,747 civilian employees, and 5,451 cadets.
Co-Chairs Margarita Amador and Captain Martin Baeza presented the status report on the Hollenbeck Community Police Advisory Board , which is more commonly referred to as the Hollenbeck Community Police Action Board. ? This CPAB focuses on community-based issues to produce the biggest impact: ABC licenses, youth programs, community service projects, and recruitment of new members. Much of the CPAB's success is attributed to collaborations with other organizations such as the Police Business Association of Hollenbeck, the Boys and Girls Club, and Speak Out Against Bullying. Captain Baeza explained that the community is constantly changing and evolving and Hollenbeck Division is always balancing between growth in the community and maintaining the original characteristics of the community. In spite of the increase of new restaurants and bars, CPAB members have been successful in bringing down the number of ABC licenses. The Commissioners commended all for the good work being accomplished in Hollenbeck.
Commander Mike Williams, as well as the Captains from the four Traffic Divisions, presented a verbal status on the Department's Traffic Safety Strategies . He reported that while crime has continued to decrease, traffic incidents have not. In response, the Traffic Impact Team has been created with multiple agencies. The team is actively working on enforcement, strategy, education, and engineering. To assist with the large number of hit and run incidents, a public service announcement is being filmed with celebrities.
The Personnel Selection Criteria and Process Audit , as presented by Police Performance Auditor Jeff Phillips, was continued. The Commissioners asked that the report be resubmitted with additional information which would reflect more detailed information regarding the diversity of selection boards.
Several individuals spoke during the Public Comment portion of the agenda about the use of drones by law enforcement.
At the Police Commission Meeting on September 9, 2014
A moment of silence was held for Police Officer II Erick Alcaraz who was tragically killed in an off-duty traffic collision.
Commission Comments Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa was pleased to attend the 25 Year Pin Ceremony and noted that the Commission's own Stephanie Herron was honored for her years of service. She also announced that Executive Director Richard Tefank will be receiving the Award of Distinction from the Los Angeles Women Police Officers and Associates next week. Commissioner Robert Saltzman attended the recent Recruit Graduation and he said the ceremony was inspiring as always, yet the class was only 24 strong.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck expressed the Department's great sadness over the loss of Officer Erick Alcaraz, adding that he is the sixth LAPD officer to die either in the line of duty or off-duty this year as a result of a traffic collision. He hopes this is the last. He noted that the number of recruits are slowly growing as there are 40 recruits in the new class. He joined the Mayor to close out another successful Summer Nights Lights program. Part One Crime is down by 4.6% compared to this time last year. There are currently 9,938 sworn employees and 2,756 civilian employees.
Co-Chairs Theresa Martinez and Captain Phillip Tingirides, and Officer Dawson Hill presented the update from the Southeast Community Police Advisory Board . Ms. Martinez has been a member of the CPAB for 16 years and has served as Co-Chair for the last 10 years. This CPAB is very active and bases its success on clear and open communication with other supportive organizations, such as the Clergy Council. They regularly invite speakers to attend the meetings to provide varied topics of interest to the members. Community walks are organized three times a year when CPAB members and officers walk through neighborhoods and provide resource materials to individuals they encounter. The Southeast National Night Out was a huge success with approximately 3,500 to 4,000 attendees. Captain Tingirides outlined how Southeast works with numerous community-based organizations as well as the local schools and the Housing Authority to improve the quality of life and reduce crime in this area. Station officers work closely with the Girl Scouts, Watts Bears, and Operation Progress among other organizations. Chief Beck added that Southeast Division has been featured on national news for its approach to community policing.
Dr. Luann Pannell gave a presentation on the Department's Autism Symposium . The next Symposium, to be held on October 9 th , matches 100 students diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum and 100 officers together to learn from each other on the most effective ways to communicate. Through this successful program, 400 students and 400 officers have been exposed to each others' challenges so that a favorable outcome can be reached under more stressful situations. E-Learning on this topic is coming for all officers in the near future.
Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese discussed the status of the Latent Fingerprint backlog . The Fingerprint Unit is authorized for 96 positions, however only 60 positions are filled due to budget constraints. While the Unit is working at full capacity, a backlog has developed and is growing due to the shortage of staff. Steps have been taken to assist in easing the backlog such as training officers to collect the fingerprints in the field and prioritizing cases at the divisional level. Eight positions will be filled in 2015 and it is hoped that more will be filled in the future.
Commander Stuart Maislin presented the Biased Policing Update 2 nd Quarter Report 2014 , which was approved. For the next analysis, it was requested that the demographics of those who filed a complaint and years of service of officers complained against be broken out. Commissioner Saltzman commended the Department for the improved format and approach in investigating Biased Policing complaints.
At the Police Commission Meeting on August 26, 2014
Commission Comments Commissioner Paula Madison asked for two reports from the Inspector General. One, she would like to have a review of policies related to conflicts of interest. She would like the review to include ethics requirements and contracts with third party vendors involving Department employees. Second, she would like a report on the rights of employees to make anonymous complaints without reprisal or retribution. Commissioner Kathleen Kim noted that she will have to leave during the meeting to appear at City Council for her reappointment confirmation. Commissioner Steve Soboroff reflected on the community meeting held last week at Paradise Baptist Church. He said that it was a moving experience that demonstrated to him that the LAPD does an excellent job at community policing, and there is always more to do. He does not place the responsibility on the community to build bridges, but on the Department.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Earl Paysinger agreed that the meeting at Paradise Baptist Church was a good exchange and there is always more community outreach to do. Twenty years ago, meetings such as that one would not have occurred, suggesting that much progress has been made. He then reported on Officer Stephanie Galacia and Officer Nelson Fong who are both recuperating from significant on-duty injuries. He reported that they are both progressing well and Officer Galacia is expected to return to Hollywood Division in a couple of weeks. He reported that Part One Crime is down by 4.7%. Chief Paysinger noted that the largest number of applications to date were received for the most recent class of Cadets, proving that the program is doing extraordinarily well. Commissioner Madison agreed and thanked the Ray Charles Foundation for being the largest financial supporter of the Cadet program. She also added that it may be beneficial to have Cadets visit college campuses. While there is no actual proof, she believes there is a correlation between the overwhelming success of the Cadet program and the decrease in gang-related crime in Los Angeles. Assistant Chief Paysinger agreed.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank reported that there will be no Police Commission meeting on September 2, following the Labor Day holiday.
Report of the Inspector General Alexander Bustamante reported that the Office of Inspector General continues the conversation with community-based organizations. A recent meeting was held with representatives from CHIRLA Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
Co-Chair Betty Ley, Captain Todd Chamberlain, and Captain Leland Sands presented the update from the Mission Area Community Police Advisory Board . This CPAB remains active through constant communication between the numerous councils and committees which all interact with the CPAB. Together, they create outstanding programs such as Operation Cease Fire, which places gang members with community members so gang members can learn of the impact of their actions directly from the community, not the police. Mission Area has experienced a large reduction in violent crime, and it is possible that programs such as this are the reason. Captain Sands described the recent National Night Out event at Mission Division, which was a big success with many attendees. Ms. Ley invited the Commissioners to the next Officer Appreciation Day on October 8, 2014.
The Inspector General's review of the Early Warning System , was approved with the direction to the Department to return with quarterly updates on the progress of making the system more relevant. Alexander Bustamante explained the origins of the Early Warning System and that it was an important component of the Federal Consent Decree. The system was designed to detect and alert supervisors of potential issues with personnel. It is a data collection of all employee information in one location. The Inspector General looked at 748 sample action items generated by the system to determine if it is functioning as it had been intended. The result was that the system is not broken, but definitely not as relevant as it could be given that it has not been updated in five years. ? Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur and Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich agreed that it is time to review the system for efficacy and to that end, a consultant will be obtained to evaluate and revise the system.
The Field Training Officer Selection and Training Audit , as presented by Police Auditor IV Jeffry Phillips. was approved. Commissioners expressed concern over this audit as it reflected issues in the vitally important topic of Field Training Officers (FTOs). Assistant Chief Paysinger vowed that all issues would be proactively addressed and resolved.
The Injured-On-Duty Coordinator Audit , as presented by Police Auditor IV Jeffry Phillips, was approved with the direction to the Department to return back by October 15, 2014, with progress on the new procedures. The audit revealed that the prevailing special order is approximately 15 years old and no longer reflects reality.
At the Police Commission Meeting on August 19, 2014
Commission Comments Commissioner Robert Saltzman was pleased to attend the recent recruit graduation as the graduations are always positive events. However, he noted it was an extremely small class and he expressed concern over the low number of recruits coming through the Police Academy.
Commissioner Steve Soboroff stated the following:
As officers lie in hospitals after being assaulted, and
As family members in Ferguson, New York and here prepare for memorial services for loved ones...
It seems like everyone is an expert....on what others should do.
Let's hear from communities, police forces, politicians, media, philanthropy, governments.
Let's hear from kids, parents, grandparents from every mansion and every homeless shelter.
Let's hear from every service provider and every gang member and every police commissioner.
Let's hear what YOU can do, not what others should do.
Are YOU doing all YOU can?
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck expressed his concern regarding the events of the last week, stating that it has been a difficult time for law enforcement. Commissioner Kim asked what can be done during difficult times to maintain mutual trust and confidence between the community and law enforcement and reduce racial tension. Chief Beck reiterated his belief that it is imperative to make deposits in the bank of trust continually as that action will make difficult times more understandable for all. He feels that the everyday actions of the officers builds trust in the community and it is an ongoing job. He reported that Part One Crime is down by 4.7%. There are currently 9,920 sworn employees and 2,762 civilian employees.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank reported that there will be no Police Commission meeting on September 2, following the Labor Day holiday.
Report of the Inspector General Alexander Bustamante reported that he would be attending the community meeting that evening at Paradise Baptist Church to discuss the Officer Involved Shooting of Ezell Ford last week.
The Inspector General's report relative to the review of the Los Angeles Police Department's Video Camera System , as presented by Inspector General Alexander Bustamante and Assistant Inspector General Jim Willis, was approved, with the direction for an updated report in two months. This report was generated in response to some incidents at stations when the video was in question. All 21 stations were audited for video functionality, usage, and procedural adherence. Simultaneously, the Department has also been examining the video equipment at the stations and has been working with the Inspector General's Office in a working group to improve the use of the equipment. Issues were raised in two categories: budgetary and non-budgetary. The update report in two months will hopefully document improvements in both categories.
At the Police Commission Meeting on August 12, 2014
Today's police commission meeting opened with the election of officers. Commissioner Robert Saltzman nominated Commissioner Steve Soboroff for another term as president. Commissioner Paula Madison seconded the nomination, and all commissioners were in favor. Commissioner Soboroff then announced the acceptance of nominations for vice president, after which Commissioner Kathleen Kim nominated Commissioner Madison. Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa seconded the nomination without any objections from the other commissioners. The nominations for both positions were completely unanimous.
The meeting proceeded directly to public comment, as the meeting's primary focus was on Chief Beck's reappointment. Many individuals approached the podium and spoke in favor or against the chief's reappointment. Some of the speakers addressed other topics as well.
After completion of all public comments, Commissioner Soboroff thanked everyone who addressed the board, and then each commissioner spoke a few minutes on his or her thoughts relating to Chief Beck's performance over the past five years and prospective reappointment. The commissioners covered many topics, with Commissioners Soboroff, Madison, Kim and Figueroa-Villa favoring reappointment, and Commissioner Saltzman opposing it.
Commissioner Soboroff commenced bringing the meeting to a close. Before doing so, he commented that he believed the many differing viewpoints shared at the meeting were healthy. With that in mind, he reiterated the board's purpose to help move forward, and proceeded to introduce a motion and a second (motion) on the floor. In response, Commissioner Figueroa-Villa introduced a motion to reappoint Chief Beck for a second term, and Commissioner Madison seconded the motion. Commissioner Soboroff then requested verbal confirmation of each vote by roll call. Commissioners Soboroff, Madison, Figueroa-Villa and Kim each stated yes, while Commissioner Saltzman stated no. The board secretary then announced the motion had passed by a vote of four ayes and one no.
The meeting concluded with no follow-up comments from Chief Beck or the commissioners and no other presentations or items on the agenda. However, Commissioner Soboroff announced Mayor Garcetti, Chief Beck and others would make comments at a City Hall press conference at noon.
At the Police Commission Meeting on August 5, 2014
The Election of Officers was continued.
Commission Comments Commissioner Steve Soboroff noted that both the Election of Officers and the Commission's vote regarding Chief Beck's request for reappointment will occur next Tuesday, August 12 th . The Los Angeles City Charter gives the responsibility and obligation to the Police Commission for the reappointment of the Chief. To that end, the Commission has obtained community input through community meetings, electronically, through written correspondence, and in person at Commission meetings. The input has been both positive and negative. He referred to the process as an opportunity to make great things happen, and he looks forward to Commissioners voting next week on the Chief's request for reappointment.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck welcomes the reappointment process. He also welcomes the Inspector General's investigation into any and all allegations made against him. He added that he, as the Chief of Police, deserves scrutiny in all that he does, however his family does not. He hopes that the media reports on the Inspector General's findings in equal fashion to the allegations made. He reported that Part One Crime is down by just under 5% compared to this time last year. Categorical Use of Force incidents are down by 38% and Officer Involved Shootings are down by 46.7%. There are currently 9,901 sworn employees and 2,721 civilian employees. Chief Beck also described National Night Out activities which would be occurring City-wide Tuesday evening. All Divisions participate with various events including food, displays, entertainment, marches, movies and children's activities.
Report of the Inspector General Alexander Bustamante noted that all complaints regarding the Chief of Police come to his office and his staff thoroughly investigates and evaluates those complaints. Inspector General staff has been attending and participating in community events such as the IMAN Cultural Center Interfaith event. The Inspector General has also reached out to the Muslim Public Affairs Council to obtain assistance in the upcoming Suspicious Activities Reporting System Audit.
All regular agenda items were approved with no discussion.
During the public comment portion of the agenda, three Department employees provided input regarding Chief Beck's request for a second term.
At the Police Commission Meeting on July 29, 2014
A moment of silence was held for Police Officer III Kathleen (Kat) Talbot , from the Rampart Area. She tragically lost her life in an off-duty traffic collision and she will be missed greatly by the Rampart Division and the entire Los Angeles Police Department.
The Election of Officers was continued.
Commission Comments Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa acknowledged the extensive LAPD participation coordinated by Lt. Al La Brada at the recent National Council of La Raza Convention. Approximately 10,000 people attended and the LAPD was very well represented. Commissioner Robert Saltzman thanked the Department for the quick apprehension of suspects in the USC graduate student murder case. The partnership of agencies worked very well.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck also acknowledged the work of the Department as well as the USC Department of Public Safety in apprehending suspects related to the USC graduate student murder. Chief Beck shared his sympathy regarding the passing of Police Officer Kat Talbot. He reported that Total Violent Crime is up by 4.8%. Total traffic collisions are up by 1.8%, however total hit and run incidents are down by 5.3%.
A certificate was presented to Detective Tom Tommy Butler upon his retirement after 31 years of service to the City of Los Angeles. Detective Butler has worked in Commission Investigation Division for the last 16 years of his LAPD career. He became the Department expert on the towing industry and conducted numerous training sessions on the topic Department-wide. His humor, kindness, and positive attitude will be missed greatly by his co-workers.
Two donations were pulled to allow recognition to the Los Angeles Police Foundation for significant support and assistance to the LAPD. The Foundation provided $10,000 for scholarships for benefit of the Cadet Program, as well as $1,000,000 to install Digital In-Car Video System Cameras in patrol vehicles. The Commissioners expressed their deep appreciation for these significant donations.
Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich and Sergeant Dan Gomez presented a verbal update on the on-body cameras and the Operations Central Bureau Digital In-Car Video System . Officers were present wearing and displaying the three versions of on-body cameras being tested. Assessments of all three versions of cameras are ongoing and a decision on the best version of cameras will be made soon. The Department is working toward officially deploying the on-body cameras in January. Before then, the policies regarding use, storage and access need to be finalized. Updates on policy development for the on-body cameras will be presented at Police Commission meetings. Ms. Goodrich stated that the on-body cameras are receiving positive feedback and they have helped to de-escalate situations. The in-car video cameras are currently being installed in Central Bureau patrol cars and are scheduled to be operational by the end of the calendar year.
At the Police Commission Meeting on July 22, 2014
Commission Comments Commissioner Kathleen Kim recently visited the K9 Unit and was very impressed with the level of expertise of the handlers and of all of those working in the unit.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck reported that he is pleased that the Department will be able to pay cash overtime for at least the next six months. He is also pleased that funding is available to appropriately compensate recently hired officers. He stated that these two issues have negatively impacted the Department for years. He reported that Part One Crime is down by nearly 5% compared to this time last year. All traffic collisions are up by 1.7%, DUI incidents are down by 10.6%, and hit and run incidents are down by 6.3%. Commissioner Paula Madison asked for a report on the reduction of hit and run incidents as the Department's focus on this issue appears to be working. Hit and run incidents will be included in a comprehensive traffic report in September.
Report of the Executive Director Executive Director Richard Tefank reported that the Commission is still accepting input regarding Chief Beck's request for a second term. Input may be sent to: Los Angeles Police Commission, 100 West 1 st Street, #134, Los Angeles, California, 90012, or emailed to email@example.com (all lower case).
Report of the Inspector Genera l Inspector General Alexander Bustamante stated that his office continues to meet with community groups including representatives of the Muslim community, ACLU, and CHIRLA. Mr. Bustamante also stated that he recently has been able to fill several positions in his office and he plans to bring the new employees to the Police Commission meeting next week for introduction.
Commissioner Paula Madison introduced her family members who were present and had traveled from China and other parts of the world to be here with her. Commissioner Madison recently began a quest to find a missing branch on her family tree and her effort resulted in finding her Chinese relatives. Her experience has been documented in a film and a book, both of which will be out soon. The members of her family presented Chief Charlie Beck with two original drawings: one depicting a carp, a symbol of good luck in China, and the other drawing was of characters reflecting the sentiment, responsible for the happiness of people. Chief Beck was very grateful for the kind gesture.
The Categorical Use of Force Process Audit , as presented by Police Performance Auditor Jeffrey Phillips, was approved. This audit reviews the entire process of an investigation from the point of the categorical use of force incident to the final adjudication. Generally, the audit reflected positive findings however there were some concerns such as the delay in some cases in notifying Real-Time Analysis and Critical Response Division (RACR), and not completing a portion of the final use of force report. Both issues have been addressed and checks are in place to ensure that full compliance will be achieved.
The Biased Policing Update, Quarterly Report, 1 st Quarter, 2014 , and Supplemental Year-End, 2013 , as presented by Commander Stuart Maislin, were approved. He stated that the Department remains consistent with approximately 210 biased policing complaints per year. He was pleased to report that better information is being obtained at the intake of the complaint. Often, that is the only time the Department has the opportunity speak with the complainant and it is important to get as much information as possible. He also noted that the number of people participating in the mediation process is slowly growing, and the majority of them report a positive experience.
Sr. Management Analyst I Nghiem Tran has joined the Alarm Section. Prior to coming to the City of Los Angeles, he worked at a legal aid organization in Riverside County that provided free legal services to low income clients. He came to the City in 1999, starting at the Office of the City Administrative Officer, and transferred to the LAPD in 2005, where he worked at Risk Management, TEAMS II, the Ombuds Office, and most recently at Employee Relations Group. Welcome, Nghiem!
At the Police Commission Meeting on July 15, 2014
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck noted the state of the labor negotiations with the sworn employees. He stated that thousands voted on the proposed contract, both negatively and positively, and all are entitled to their opinion. He added that, as in the past, the LAPD will get through these negotiations, and the result will be a professional and united police force. He reiterated that the men and women of the LAPD are among the finest law enforcement professionals in the world, and these negotiations are not related to their real value.
Report of the Executive Director Executive Director Richard Tefank reported that agenda item #7A was removed from the agenda.
The Modified Policy and Procedures for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detainer Requests , as presented by Assistant Chief Michel Moore, was approved. He explained that Immigration Detainer Notices of Action from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will no longer be honored unless: 1) there is a judicial determination of probable cause, or 2) there is a warrant from a judicial officer. Commissioner Kim asked that the Department return in the near future with an update on this effort citing how many ICE requests have been received and what decisions have been made on those requests.
The Fleet Repairs and Maintenance Audit , as presented by Police Performance Auditor Jeff Phillips and Assistant Chief Sandy Jo Mac Arthur, was approved. This was the first audit performed in Motor Transport Division, and overall, the results were very good. The only areas where compliance was not high, were in functions where the technology used is antiquated.
The Bomb Squad Inspection , as presented by as presented by Police Performance Auditor Jeff Phillips, was approved. This inspection was a follow-up to ensure that previous recommendations were implemented. They have been efficiently implemented.
The Asset Forfeiture Revenue Inspection Follow-Up , as presented by Police Performance Auditor Jeff Phillips, was approved. The Commissioners commended the Department on turning the results of this inspection around quickly and efficiently.
Public Comment Several of the directors from the Los Angeles Police Protective League and some officers spoke on the state of the labor negotiations with the sworn employees. All expressed disappointment with the proposed contract as it was declined by the voting rank and file.
At the Community Police Commission Meeting on July 8, 2014
The final community meeting was held on July 8, 2014, to obtain community input on the Chief's request for reappointment to a second term. The meeting was held at the Lincoln Heights Senior Center and approximately 200 people attended. Forty-one individuals spoke and expressed their varied opinions regarding Chief Beck's reappointment.
Commissioner Steve Soboroff expressed the Commission's appreciation to all who attended and shared their thoughts. The input of the community is a major component of the Commission's process in responding to the Chief's request, either positively or negatively. Commissioner Soboroff stated that the Police Commission will announce a decision on August 12, 2014.
Police Performance Auditor III Staci Bias has joined the Office of the Inspector General. Staci is a native Angeleno, holds degrees in Accounting, Taxation, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. She has worked for various state agencies including the California Department of Justice, in the Corporate Fraud Section as an Investigative Auditor where she compiled damage calculations under the False Claims Act. Prior to joining the Department, she worked for the California Highway Patrol, Office of Inspector General as a Staff Management Auditor where she was responsible for Internal Audits.
Police Performance Auditor III Lisa Ridoutt has joined the Office of the Inspector General. She moved to the United States in 2012 from Sydney, Australia. Her experience in Sydney was in State Government as a Senior Investigator with the fire department and prior to that, she was at the juvenile detention centers investigating allegations of staff misconduct. Before joining the OIG, she was employed as an Investigator at Disability Rights California where she investigated egregious incidents of abuse against people with disabilities.
At the Regular Police Commission Meeting on June 24, 2014
Commissioner Comments Commissioner Robert Saltzman reported that he and Commissioner Paula Madison attended the Direct Reports meeting and greatly appreciated the opportunity to observe the process. Commissioner Saltzman also inquired when the second portion of the report regarding the Departmental cultural issues related to the Christopher Dorner incident would be ready.
Report of the Chief of Police Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger responded to Commissioner Saltzman's inquiry stating that the report on Departmental cultural issues should be finalized in two to three weeks and then will make its way to the Commission. Total violent crime is down by .5% compared to this time last year. Assistant Chief Paysinger invited all to attend the Cadet Graduation this Saturday, June 28 th , at the Galen Center at USC. More than 650 students will be graduating from the Cadet program.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank noted that there will not be a Police Commission meeting July 1 st . The next meeting will be on July 8 th , and it will be a community meeting at 6:00 pm, at the Lincoln Heights Senior Center, 2323 Workman Street, Los Angeles, California 90031. He invited the community to share input regarding Chief Beck's request for reappointment by attending the meeting, writing the Police Commission (100 West First Street, Room 134, Los Angeles, California), or
sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (lower case). Mr. Tefank welcomed back Lt. Chris Waters, who successfully completed the FBI Leadership Academy.
Co-Chairs Vicki Burch and Captain Sean Malinowski presented a report from the Foothill Community Police Advisory Board . Captain Malinowski has taken the initiative to improve customer service at the front desk at Foothill. Through an electronic survey system, Foothill now maintains an 80% 90% happy result from individuals visiting the front desk, a significant increase from the previous 50% rate. The CPAB at Foothill currently has four focus committees: Emergency Preparedness, Outreach, Homelessness, and Human Trafficking. All committees have produced positive results.
The Medal of Valor was approved for Police Officer III+III Donald Thompson who, on Christmas Day, pulled a man out of a burning car at great risk of harm to himself.
Comments President Steve Soboroff
June 24, 2014
When the City of Los Angeles and the LAPD were released from the Consent Decree in May of last year, substantial responsibilities and authority were transferred to the LAPC. It is mandated that we do not slide backward with any of the reforms, and I believe if any of your commissioners have a concern that this may be the case, that it's best to be proactive, thorough, and transparent.
During the past 9 1/2 months, your Commissioners have had the opportunity to visit each and every Divison, Bureau, and many special units of the Los Angeles Police Department. On the record, off the record, and sometimes anonymous letters, calls and communications have been encouraged via the IG and are regular occurrences.
I am convinced that if all LAPD employees were asked to prioritize their current issues as well as Our Commission Goals, that two stand above all others and, without committing to a relatively short term plan to fix, could have "consent decree" type consequences.
The first is: The impact of cash overtime not being fully restored to the Department. This commission needs to hear the history and the its wide-ranging ramifications on both the current and short-term operations and efficiency of the LAPD.
So, today I am requesting that a future public presentation from the Department at a Los Angeles Police Commission meeting be made when the appropriate Department staff are available, regarding OVERTIME.
We would like to hear all sides: arguments for and against. For example: How deployment is affected? What are the real financial costs of officers being paid not to, work, vs paying them overtime. Why does losing overtime present unique problems and downsides in LAPD) vs other city departments? I would like the report to include unedited input from the PPL and other stakeholders and certainly start with the premise that come every year from the budget makers across the street.
I believe that spending money to save money is prudent. That is why this department's current risk management and technology (EG on-officer cameras) focus will save millions most of which should go directly into restoring overtime to a level where we stop losing experienced officers at the current rate vs. back to the general fund.
Secondly, I am requesting a similar historical and ramification report on the impact on recruitment and retention of police officers since the disparity in pay for Police Officer I & II positions has been in effect. 16 years ago entry level officers made $55,000. With a cost of living increase, today that number would be $81,000. But in 2014 we pay about $46,000, a HUGE decrease! A few years ago a 20% pay cut was implemented to Police officers 1 and II with promises of restoration which simply has not materialized.
With early release of prisoners, new laws which make urban community policing more complicated than ever, and competition for Americas best cops (LAPD), these two issues rise to the top of everybody's list.
Let's address them openly and thoughtfully in complete detail. The future of our City depends on maintaining America's finest Police Department, moving ahead (without slippage) on the consent decree reforms and discussions like these must happen regularly.
I look forward to the "Department's verbal report and discussion relative to the impact of reduced cash overtime for Department personnel and pay disparity for Police Officers."
At the Regular Police Commission Meeting on June 17, 2014
Police Commission Vice President Paula Madison opened the meeting, filling in for Police Commission President Steve Soboroff. There were no commission comments; so the meeting proceeded directly to the Report of the Chief of Police.
Chief Beck began the report by mentioning two events that occurred over the past weekend: the Kings final game Friday night at the Staples Center and the Safe Summer Tip-Off event on Saturday. He mentioned the Kings game had a very orderly crowd, made safer by the deployment of about 500 officers. He then discussed Safe Summer Tip-Off, which was a game between LAPD and LAFD players at the USC Galen Center. The event also featured youth displays, entertainment and more. He mentioned it was well attended by many cadets and a couple thousand young people. Chief Beck concluded the report with his usual overview of current crime statistics.
During Executive Director Richard Tefank's report, he noted there would be no commission meeting on July 1, 2014.
The meeting continued with six regular agenda items. Commissioner Saltzman wished to pull one item for discussion (Item 8-C) and moved that the remaining items (8-A, 8-B, 8-D, 8-E and 8-F) be approved. His move was seconded and the items were approved.
Discussion commenced regarding the remaining agenda item (8-C), which concerned the Department's report relative to the Ethics Enforcement Section quarterly report for the first quarter of 2014. Representing the Department before the commission were Commander Stuart Maislin and Captain Edward Pape. There were a few brief questions from commissioner; however, Commissioner Madison led most of the discussion. She was concerned about the report's formats and tables being confusing and difficult to understand. She proposed meeting with Department officials to determine if a simpler system could be developed. Chief Beck interjected that the Department would be happy to meet with her and the commissioners to discuss prospective improvements to formatting future reports.
At the Regular Police Commission Meeting on June 10, 2014
A moment of silence was held for Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo.
Commissioner Comments Commissioner Paula Madison said she was very pleased to participate in the Pride Parade on Sunday along with Commissioner Robert Saltzman and Chief Beck, and added that it was a wonderful event where individuality was celebrated. Commissioner Robert Saltzman concurred that the Pride Parade was a great event with many years in the making and he was pleased to be part of the celebration. Commissioner Steve Soboroff commended the Department on a job well done regarding the tactics used to safely resolve a well-publicized stand-off situation in North Hollywood.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck agreed that the tactics used to resolve the North Hollywood situation were excellent. Part One Crime is down by 7.1%, Categorical Uses of Force are down by 41%, and overall traffic collisions are down by .2%.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank shared information on the community meetings coming up at the Westchester Senior Center on June 11 th , the A.G.B.U. Manoogian-Demirdjian School on June 12 th , and the Lincoln Heights Senior Center on July 8 th . Comments may be sent to email@example.com (lower case).
Report of the Inspector General Alexander Bustamante reported that his office is in the process of preparing the Suspicious Activity Audit, as was done last year. This report includes multiple interviews with community organizations and those meetings are being organized now. He anticipates that the report will be presented to the Commission in five to six months.
Sr. Management Analyst Karen Hysell was presented with a certificate upon her retirement from the Police Commission after 25 years of service to the City of Los Angeles. Karen has steadily promoted through a very diverse career with the City. She began as a Clerk Typist with the Personnel Department, served a Park Ranger, worked as a Management Analyst for the Department of Aging, returned to Recreation and Parks as the assistant to the Chief Park Ranger, and then coordinated the Griffith Park Film Office. She joined the Police Department in 1996 and has worked in Planning and Research, Scientific Investigation Division as well as the Police Commission, where she has been for the last 14 years. At the Commission, she has been an integral component of the team and coordinated numerous projects including tracking compliance for the Federal Consent Decree and the awarding of Official Police Garage contracts. Karen has also served as the building's Fire Safety Director, a first at the LAPD. She will now enjoy her retirement in Texas. Congratulations, Karen!
The Operations Central Bureau Narcotics Enforcement Detail Command Accountability Performance Audit was approved as presented by Lt. Cheryl Baratta. While the civil rights and high risk components of the audit were in compliance, there were portions of the administrative component that were not in compliance. The Commissioners expressed deep concern over the findings of the audit, especially in the area of canned language found in written reports. Deputy Chief Jose Perez, and all of Central Bureau command staff, was present acknowledging the immediate need to correct the non-compliant issues, and assured that compliance would be reached quickly.
At the Community Input Meetings Regarding Chief Beck's Reappointment:
1) in Westchester on June 11, 2014
Approximately 20 community members attended the input meeting where opinions could be shared with the Police Commissioners regarding the request by Chief Charlie Beck for a second five-year term.
2) in Canoga Park on June 12, 2014
Approximately 175 community members attended the meeting. Presentations were given by Police Commissioners Steve Soboroff, Paula Madison, Sandra Figueroa-Villa, Kathleen Kim, Executive Director Richard Tefank, Inspector General Alex Bustamante, Chief Charlie Beck, Deputy Chief Jorge Villegas, and Captain Jorge Rodriguez. Numerous community members provided comment on a variety of local issues ranging from general support to specific public safety concerns on certain streets. Speakers were referred to attending staff for follow-up on issues raised.
At the Police Commission Meeting on June 3, 2014
Commissioner Comments Commissioner Robert Saltzman thanked Chief Beck for the Department's strong support of LGBT Heritage Month including his participation in the Pride Parade this Sunday. He also referenced a letter from concerned USC students about the LAPD's response to a disturbance last year. He asked that a public report on the investigation be scheduled. Commissioner Steve Soboroff noted the many options for the public to participate in the Commission's work in the coming months. The community is invited to attend regularly scheduled meetings on Tuesday mornings, community meetings throughout the City, and send emails.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck reported on another successful gun buy-back event where numerous weapons were taken off the streets and given anonymously to law enforcement. Unfortunately, there were 12 homicides over the weekend, bringing the homicide year to date statistics slightly up from last year. Total Violent Crime is down by 4%, and Hit and Run incidents are down by 9.3%.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank shared information on the two community meetings coming up next week: June 11 th at 6:00 pm, Westchester Senior Center, 8740 Lincoln Boulevard, Westchester, and June 12 th , 6:30 pm, at A.G.B.U. Manoogian-Demirdgian, School, 6844 Oakdale Avenue, Canoga Park. He also noted that item 8G on the agenda is being continued.
Co-Chairs Iada Cerda and Captain Jeff Bert presented the status report from the Northeast Area Community Police Advisory Board . The members of this innovative CPAB have focused on three main goals: outreach to underserved members of the community, youth programs, and crime reduction. Chief Bert has initiated the Mamas/Captains Table providing an opportunity for mothers of at risk youth to meet with him regularly over meals to develop relationships. The Mamas program has been extremely successful and mutually rewarding for all involved. Northeast has robust youth programs and recently held Youth Voices Conference, attracting 120 youth from 13 to 18 years old. Northeast has also been a leader in the area of social media. Recently, Northeast produced a hide it, lock it, keep it video featuring zombies which garnered a great deal of attention. Captain Bert also explained how he has deployed resources to areas receiving the most complaints, such as marijuana dispensaries and massage businesses. He stated that complaints of lewd acts in Griffith Park are not significant.
Mr. Arif Alikhan provided a verbal report on the current status of the Risk Management Program . He briefly explained his experience leading to his appointment to the LAPD and how he is developing a strategy to decrease exposure on litigation, employee injuries, traffic collisions, and uses of force. His strategy is comprehensive and inclusive of the entire Department as well as outside agencies. Mr. Alikhan will be the designated Risk Manager and additional responsibility will be drilled down throughout his command. The Commissioners commended Mr. Alikhan for his inclusive and detailed approach. While success is difficult to measure in Risk Management, he feels that improvements can be made.
Sr. Management Analyst Natalie Torres-Soriano and Officer Tony Newsom provided an introduction to the new Cadet Mobile App , which will allow Cadets and the public the opportunity see upcoming events, fellow Cadets, and news about the program. The Cadets are now a very large and active youth development program servicing approximately 6,600 youth.
The Topanga Area Detective Command Accountability Performance Audit , as presented by Detective David Kennedy, Captain Jon Peters, and Captain Jorge Rodriguez, was approved.
At the Police Commission Meeting on May 20, 2014
Commissioner Comments Commissioner Steve Soboroff reported that Chief Charlie Beck has submitted his request to be considered for another five-year term. The Police Commission now has the responsibility to respond to that request, either positively or negatively, by August 19, 2014. To obtain community input regarding Chief Beck's performance, the Commission will be holding community meetings: one on July 12 th , 6:00 pm, at the Westchester Recreation Center, 7000 West Manchester Avenue, Westchester, and one on July 8 th , at a location to be determined. These meetings are in addition to the community meeting already scheduled on June 12 th , 6:30 pm, at the A.G.B.U. Manoogian-Demirdgian, School, 6844 Oakdale Avenue, Canoga Park. In addition, members of the community may share their input regarding Chief Beck by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Of course, the community is always welcome to share their thoughts during the public comment portion of regularly scheduled Police Commission meetings on Tuesday mornings.
Report of the Chief of Police Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger remembered Detective Ernie Allen who was tragically killed in a traffic collision ironically in the same location as where Officer Nicholas Lee lost his life. Chief Paysinger characterized Detective Allen as a beautiful man in numerous ways. Recently, approximately 300 adults graduated from the Cadet Academy, complimenting the youth program. On June 28 th , the largest class of Cadets will graduate at the Galen Center. Chief Paysiner also reported that Rampart Area just opened its Little Free Library, providing the opportunity for children in the area to borrow or take books as they wish. He applauded the Department for the increased presence on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Total Violent Crime is down by 5.2%. There are currently 9,891 sworn personnel.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank reported that there will be no Police Commission meeting next week due to the Memorial Day holiday. The next meeting will be held on June 3, 2014. He also shared information about the community meeting on June 12 th , 6:30 pm, at A.G.B.U. Manoogian-Demirdgian, School, 6844 Oakdale Avenue, Canoga Park.
Co-Chairs Gwen Wood and Captain Robert Arcos presented the status report from the 77 th Area Community Police Advisory Board . This CPAB has 37 diverse members and always holds open meetings to encourage even more participation. Meetings provide guest speakers on various public safety and community topics. The 77 th CPAB is very active in numerous events such as National Night Out, Halloween and a large Christmas toy-giveaway. A short video was played depicting the many events and services provided at 77 th Area.
The Categorical Use of Force Investigations Audit , as presented by Lt. Cheryl Baratta, was approved. Commissioner Saltzman commended the work on the audit, acknowledging the value of catching discrepancies.
The Supply Procurement and Disbursement Audit , as presented by Detective David Kennedy and Police Auditor Jenelle Chow, was approved. Slight procedural changes have been made to ensure compliance with the appropriate use of blank purchase orders.
Senior Clerk Typist Venus Pelaez has joined Commission Investigation Division. She has been with the City of Los Angeles for 19 years and has worked at Personnel Department, Department of Housing, Office of the City Clerk, and for the last 14 years, she has been with the Police Department. Within LAPD, she has worked at Training Division, Training Group, Ombuds, and Employee Relations.
John Garner has joined the Office of the Inspector General as a Special Investigator II. He worked just under 30 years as a police officer at the Ventura Police Department, promoting through all the ranks, leaving as a Commander. He worked virtually every division from patrol, as a motor officer, the gang unit, detectives, to community services. He even served as the City Information Technology Manager when the then current IT Manager resigned unexpectedly. When he retired, he was responsible for the Operations Division, which included professional standards, records, IT, and business services.
David Baroway has joined the Office of the Inspector General as a Special Investigator II. He retired in 2013 from the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Investigations, as a Special Agent Supervisor / Task Force Commander. He has worked numerous assignments including probation/corrections and investigations. He has worked cases involving fraud, embezzlement, identity theft, and public corruption as well as special assignments involving the sexual assault of minors, child exploitation, child prostitution and child pornography. He was the former Task Force Commander for a Crimes Against Children Task Force in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas as well as the supervisor of the Attorney General's Statewide Mortgage Fraud Task Force.
At the Police Commission Meeting on May 13, 2014
Police Commission President Steve Soboroff began the meeting with a moment of silence for Detective Ernie Allen who was tragically killed in an off duty traffic collision on Friday May 9, 2014.
Commissioner Robert M. Saltzman thanked the Chief of Police for allowing him to pay his respects at the accident site of Detective Allen. He and Commissioner Paula Maddison attended last week's quarterly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Community Forum. Commissioner Saltzman thanked the Department for its continuing efforts with this community where progress continues to be made. He said the forum had a high attendance and was very informative.
Unprecedented string of catastrophic events that have taken the lives of five of our officers in just a few months make it too easy to refer to the sheer numbers instead of the individuals, said Police Commission President Soboroff. Not numbers but each a hero, each with a unique success story. Not numbers but dad, sons, uncles, cousins, mentors, friends and husbands. Police Commission President Soboroff announced singer Rihanna has donated $25,000 to the LAPD Police cadet program.
Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger said on behalf of the Chief of Police he too adds his thoughts and prayers to members of the Department that have passed. Chief Paysinger said today is the service for Officer George Nagata who died from a heart attack and tomorrow, Wednesday May 14, the memorial service for Officer Roberto Sanchez will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady Queen of Angels where Officer Sanchez will be remembered for the life he lived. Services for Detective Allen are pending. He added Detective Allen lost his life yards from where Officer Nicholas Lee lost his life in a similar traffic incident. Chief Paysinger said this is a difficult time for the LAPD. The number of successive deaths that have seen in a few months is unprecedented. Chief Paysinger appreciates the public support as it is truly special.
Chief Paysinger thanked the Department psychologists, from Behavioral Sciences Services, who he considers silent warriors who have been a huge support to the LAPD family during this special time. He added their work does not go unnoticed. Chief Paysinger also thanked Macerich Corporation for their $10,000 donation to the LAPD Cadet Program in the name of fallen Officer Christopher Cortijo, Valley Traffic Division. He announced the next cadet graduation will be Saturday June 28, 2014, where college scholarships made possible from the Macerich Corporation donation will be presented in the name of Officer Cortijo. Chief Paysinger announced the Cadet leadership academy will begin Saturday July 26, 2014. He is expecting a larger class of 650 students. He thanked The Ray Charles Foundation for their steadfast commitment and support over the years to the Cadet Program pledging $1.5 million dollars for youth across the City giving them opportunities to succeed and allowing the LAPD to shepard this youth development campaign.
Department's Report, dated May 2, 2014, relative to the grant award acceptance for the fiscal year 2013-14 Police Grant Funds Post-Release Supervised Persons Program, approved the Department's report concurrently to the Mayor and City Council.
Department's Report, dated April 30, 2014, relative to the Confidential Informant Audit (IAID No. 13-076), approved the Department's report and Executive Summary.
Department's Report, dated May 9, 2014, relative to the Personnel Selection Criteria and Process Audit (IAID No. 13-059), will report back after working with the Executive Director Mr. Richard M. Tefank.
At the Police Commission Meeting on May 6, 2014
Moment of Silence Commissioner Steve Soboroff led a moment of silence for Police Officer George Nagata, a thirty-three year veteran from the Central Area, who was lost to a heart attack over the weekend, and also for Police Officer Roberto Sanchez, a six year veteran who was killed in the line of duty in a horrific traffic collision in the Harbor Area. Services for Officer Sanchez are scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
Commissioner Comments Commissioner Robert Saltzman commented on the tremendous loss the men and women of the LAPD have endured with yet another officer losing his life in the line of duty. He reported that he and Commissioner Paula Madison would be present at the LGBTQ Community Forum in the evening and he looked forward to meeting with all attendees. Commissioner Saltzman also stated that he was very concerned with the recent jury verdict awarding five recruits with a multimillion dollar sum. Commissioners Robert Saltzman and Kathleen Kim will continue to focus on risk management issues and are looking forward to seeing progress in this area under the direction of Mr. Arif Alikhan. Commissioner Steve Soboroff stated that he is saddened to open the meeting with another moment of silence, noting the tremendous losses the Department has endured in the last two months. Before the Commission meeting, Commissioner Soboroff met with members of the Domestic Violence Task Force and asked them to stay and provide additional information on the many services the Task Force provides the community.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck strongly disagreed with the jury verdict regarding the recruits and stated that he be seeking to appeal the decision. Chief Beck reiterated the sadness of the Department upon the loss of Officer Roberto Sanchez and Officer George Nagata. Ironically, the Department will be holding its annual Memorial Ceremony on Thursday, May 8 th , honoring the now 207 officers who have been killed in the line of duty. There are currently 9,906 sworn personnel and 2,780 civilian employees. Total Violent Crime is down by 3.6% and Hit and Run Collisions are down by 7.6%.
Report of the Inspector General Alexander Bustamante added that he would also be attending the LGBTQ Community Forum in the evening.
Chief Information Officer Maggie Goodrich and Sgt. II Daniel Gomez provided an update on the field test of the On-Body Camera Project . The first 90-day testing period is wrapping up now. This test included two types of Taser cameras. The next 90-day test, which begins on May 14 th , will be with Coban cameras. The tests are going well and the cameras are proving to be useful in terms of de-escalating tense situations. Surveys are being conducted with participating officers and useful information is being collected. Ongoing meetings are being held to develop policy to guide the use of the cameras, and the storage and access of the data collected. The Inspector General, the Police Protective League, and the American Civil Liberties Union are included in the stakeholders who participate in the policy development meetings. Commissioner Madison asked that officers come to a future meeting demonstrating the cameras being considered. That demonstration will be scheduled in the near future.
Commander Stuart Maislin presented the Biased Policing Update, Annual 2013 and Supplemental 2 nd Quarter, 2013 , which was approved. Commander Maislin explained that there are approximately 200 Biased Policing complaints per year. He is in the process of looking at the statistics based on the year of occurrence and not when the complaint is closed. Closure dates have been used for statistics as these kinds of complaints often fall into additional categories throughout the investigation. These kinds of complaints also receive heavy scrutiny and are investigated deeply to ensure integrity with the community. Commissioner Madison asked what would be needed to complete these investigations more quickly. While the Department has reached the Consent Decree goal of 50% of the complaints being investigated within five months, it would be better to provide the public with prompter resolutions to these types of complaints. At this time, all investigating staff is carrying full loads, so additional staff would be required to complete investigations more quickly. The mediation process is now being used to close these cases when both the complainant and the officer voluntarily agree. So far, five such mediations have occurred, and four of the five were viewed positively by the participants.
At the Police Commission Meeting on April 29, 2014
Commissioner Comments Commissioner Steve Soboroff referred to the news of the comments made by the owner of the Clippers basketball team, and stated that a peaceful approach was essential at the NBA Play-Off game later in the day.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck agreed that the bad actions of one person does not justify the bad actions of another person. He called for peace and added that the Los Angeles Police Department will deploy resources appropriately at the Staples Center for the game. The Department will also deploy resources for the upcoming May Day demonstrations, but anticipates peaceful events. There are currently 9,906 sworn personnel and 2,780 civilian employees. Total Violent Crime is down by 4.0% and Hit and Run Collisions are down by 6.5%.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank noted that agenda item 7L was removed and item 8C was continued.
Senior Clerk Typist Maria Heredia was honored and presented a certificate by the Police Commissioners for her dedication to the Police Commission for 15 years. She was wished the best as she begins her new position at the Department of Water and Power. Maria was an integral component of the Employee Relations Section and she will be missed greatly.
The status report on Chief of Police Notice, dated April 12, 2012 , was continued, and Jail Division Order 3 regarding the implementation of the Transgender Policy , was approved. Captain David Lindsey explained that face to face training has helped jail staff in working with the Transgender Community, and more training is being scheduled.
The Office of the Inspector General's 2014 Non-Categorical Use of Force Audit Status Report , was approved. The Non-Categorical Use of Force Special Order is still being completed and will be submitted for review to the Inspector General and the Commission Use of Force Committee (Commissioners Kim and Saltzman) before submitted to the full Commission.
At the Police Commission Meeting on April 15, 2014
The meeting was opened with a moment of silence in memory of Police Officer II + II Christopher Cortijo. Commissioner Paula Madison noted that services for Officer Cortijo will be held next Tuesday, April 22, 9:00 am, at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Commissioner Comments Commissioner Robert Saltzman thanked Captain Peter Zarcone and Hollywood Division for the opportunity to ride along with the Vice Unit on Friday evening and early Saturday morning. He found the experience very informative and was appreciative of the professionalism of Hollywood personnel.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck thanked the Commissioners for their recognition of Officer Cortijo. He noted the tragic irony that Officer Cortijo spent much of his career as an advocate against driving under the influence and he was killed by a motorist who was under the influence. In speaking with the District Attorney, Chief Beck is hopeful that justice will be served. There are currently 9,906 sworn personnel and 2,789 civilian employees.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank reported that next week's Police Commission meeting is cancelled in light of the funeral services for Officer Cortijo. The next Police Commission meeting will be held on April 29, 2014.
Report of the Inspector General Alexander Bustamante reported that, after a long wait, he is looking forward to filling positions in the Office of the Inspector General.
Chief Charlie Beck, Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger, Deputy Chief Rick Jacobs, and Deputy Chief Robert Green provided a verbal presentation relative to the Digital In-Car System Audio Recording Antennas for Operations - South Bureau and Southeast Area . Chief Beck prefaced the presentation by saying that he and command staff fully support and believe in civilian oversight, and any lack of notification to the Commission was wrong on the Department's part. Assistant Chief Paysinger stated that while the Department has been released from the Consent Decree, the Department still maintains the mandates of the Consent Decree and strives to surpass them. Deputy Chief Green stated that he accepts responsibility for the missing antennas, which were primarily in Southeast Division, and he has taken precautions to ensure that equipment checked out to officers is now tracked much more closely. Due to the immense scope of information, it was decided not to conduct an investigation. Deputy Chief Rick Jacobs stated he feels he maintains good communication with the Commission through Executive Director Richard Tefank and Inspector General Alex Bustamante, however, notification was not made on this issue and it was an oversight on his part. Commissioner Kim questioned the specificity of the antennas being missing in Southeast and the inability to investigate that Division. Chief Green stated that an investigation would still cover a three-year time period and with hundreds of officers moving in and out of the Division, the amount of time spent on such an investigation may not produce a meaningful result. Commissioner Saltzman thanked the staff present for the quick response to this important issue. He asked about future inspections as a way to prevent the loss of equipment in the future. Assistant Chief Paysinger stated that inspections are now being conducted which provide immediate results to command staff. Results of these inspections and any related information will be promptly shared with the Inspector General. Commissioner Madison asked if the missing antennas could be symptom of cultural issue in Southeast Division. Assistant Chief Paysinger noted that all Divisions are unique, and the leadership team is fully aware of the nuances in all Divisions. Commissioner Saltzman asked the Inspector General to follow up on this issue by preparing a written report with conclusions.
At the Police Commission Meeting on April 8, 2014
The Police Commission opened the meeting in honor of the Valley Traffic officer who was involved in serious traffic collision over the weekend and the West Traffic officer who was involved in an officer involved shooting yesterday.
Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said he visited the officer from West Traffic Division who was shot on Monday night. He said the officer was in good spirits and praised him and his female partner for their courageous actions which saved many lives.
Police Commission Vice President Paula Madison said she attended the 25 year pin ceremony in the Deaton Auditorium and congratulated the recipients on their accomplishment.
Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman thanked the members of the Department for their courageous service and said he was honored to be associated with the organizations. Commissioner Saltzman then requested the Department return next week with a detailed report on the issues surrounding the perceived tampering of the in-car video system antennas.
Police Chief Charlie Beck informed the Board the Department looks forward to responding to Commissioner Saltzman's request. He then said the Department suffered its fourth tragedy in recent weeks with the brutal assault of a West Traffic Division officer and his partner. He said the officer sustained non-life threatening injuries and his and his partner's actions saved lives. Chief Beck then offered an update on the Valley Traffic Division officer who was critically injured over the weekend. He said the officer was crushed between two vehicles and was in extremely critical condition with catastrophic injuries. Chief Beck thanked the members of the public who came out to donate blood and said the blood drives would continue.
The Department's verbal report, Powerpoint presentation and discussion relative to the strategies to be utilized to implement the 2014 goal of reducing the number of traffic collisions, fatalities and incidents of hit & run was given by Deputy Chief Michael Downing and Deputy Chief Terry Hara. Chief Downing informed the Board the goal is to reduce minor hit & run incidence 5% and major incidence 10%. Chief Hara said some of the enforcement strategies will include a secondary enforcement group, command emphasis over traffic enforcement, ADW with vehicle investigation, traffic enforcement grants, legislative proposals, public service announcements and in-service traffic education outreach. He added some engineering strategies include improved technology, improved crosswalks and engineering requests. Finally, collaboration with local traffic organizations such as the Los Angeles Department of Transportation would be utilized.
The Executive Director's report, dated March 26, 2014, relative to the proposed adjustments to police permit fees for fiscal year 2014-2015, was approved and transmitted to the City Administrative Officer and Chief Legislative Analyst.
The Executive Director's report, dated April 3, 2014, relative to the write-off of uncollectible false alarm receivables January 1 through March 31, 2011, as given by Executive Director Richard Tefank, was approved and transmitted to the Board of Review. Mr. Tefank informed the Board there was approximately $380,000 of uncollectable receivables over three years old. He said the Commission collects on 92% of all receivables.
The Department's report, dated March 21, 2014, relative to the request for approval of personal service agreement with Gartner, Inc., for mainframe modernization and records management system requirements study, was approved and transmitted to the Mayor.
The Department's report, dated March 28, 2014, relative to the request for payment of reward offer on City Council file no. 11-0010-529, was approved and transmitted to the Mayor and City Council.
The Department's report, dated April 1, 2014, relative to the supplemental award for the 2012-2013 Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Program grant, was approved and transmitted concurrently to the Mayor and City Council.
The Department's report, dated April 7, 2014, relative to the grant application and award acceptance for the 2013 California Coverdell Program, was approved and transmitted concurrently to the Mayor and City Council.
The Department's report, dated April 4, 2014, relative to the extension and budget modification of the 2012 Forensic DNA Backlog Reduction Program, was approved and transmitted to the Mayor and City Council.
The Department's report, dated March 28, 2014, relative to the Department's Quarterly Discipline Report, Fourth Quarter, 2013, was received. The Board directed the Office of the Inspector General to submit an analysis of this report along with any appropriate recommendations to the Board.
The Department's report, dated March 25, 2014, relative to the destruction of obsolete duplicate records for Foothill Area, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.
The Department's report, dated March 18, 2014, relative to the destruction of obsolete original records for 77th Street Area, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.
The Department's report, dated April 8, 2014, relative to the destruction of obsolete duplicate records for Newton Area, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.
At the Special Police Commission Meeting on April 1, 2014
This week's Police Commission meeting was held at the Peck Park Auditorium in San Pedro and was a part of the Commission's ongoing efforts to hold their weekly meeting in a different council district once a quarter. Police Commission President Steve Soboroff thanked the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks for allowing the Commission to hold the meeting in the Peck Park Auditorium. He also thanked City Councilman Joe Buscaino for attending the meeting as well.
President Soboroff then proceeded to state the goals for the Police Commission for fiscal year 2014-15. They are as follows:
Represent all Angelenos: provide independent, visible, and transparent civilian oversight by exercising their authority and responsibilities in accordance with the City Charter.
Strength in Numbers: achieve the goal of 10,000 police officers with the hiring of police recruits who reflect the diversity of the City of Los Angeles.
Have a Better Picture of what Occurred: implement the Police Officer On-Body Camera project in cooperation with all stakeholders. Adopt the necessary policies regarding the use and control of recorders and recordings.
Conflict Resolution: embrace fairness for all employees by supporting and monitoring; develop guidelines and standards for imposition of Conditional Official Reprimands; and implementation of a formal Department Conflict Resolution Program that encourages communication so as to reduce internal complaints and lawsuits involving Department employees.
Financial Priorities: support the Department's budget proposal and efforts to achieve the incremental reinstatement of cash overtime and pay parity for newly hired police officers with those hired over four years ago.
Save City Funds while Protecting Employees and Residents: support and monitor the Department's implementation of a global and proactive Risk Management Program and development and implementation of a lessons-learned process after disputes or incidents are litigated or settled.
Buckle Up: ensure the Department implements a program to mandate the wearing of seat belts by all personnel who operate and/or are a passenger in a Department vehicle.
Hit & Stop: mandate the Department implement a traffic education program focused on education, enforcement and engineering to improve pedestrian, automobile and bicycle safety and to reduce the incidence of hit and run traffic collisions.
Kids of All Ages: celebrate and support the various Department programs and encourage Community Policing such as Cadets, Community-Police Advisory Boards, Magnet High Schools, etc.
After the Commission stated their goals for the year the floor was given to Council District 15 representative Joe Buscaino. Mr. Buscaino welcomed the Commission and Chief to his Council District and reflected on his seven years as a Los Angeles Senior Lead Police Officer. He informed the Board his area led the City in overall crime reduction and attributed that success to youth programs and partnerships with community organizations and non-profits. Councilman Buscaino completed his comments by stating his commitment to ensure funding continues for the Department.
Police Chief Charlie Beck thanked Councilman Buscaino for his commitment to maintain the Department budget and said he was familiar with the area from his days working as a Sergeant at Harbor Division in the 1980's. He informed the Board he rode with a gang officer in the area for a few hours earlier that day and proceeded to provide the city-wide crime statistics. Chief Beck completed his comments by saying there are currently 9,914 sworn and 2,796 civilian employees on the Department.
Harbor Area Captain Gerarld Woodyard introduced new patrol Captain Jennifer Thomas to the community members in attendance and informed the Board crime is currently down 18.5% in the area. The C-PAB chair and Teen C-PAB chair give brief remarks relating to their on-going community outreach efforts. South Bureau Deputy Chief Bob Green then gave brief remarks reaffirming his commitment to the area community.
The final portion of the meeting was the public comment period. The members of the community who spoke expressed concerns over issues affecting their quality of life and also thanked the officers in the area for their service. More than 10 people took advantage of the opportunity to address the Board.
The Board of Police Commissioners as well as the Chief of Police look forward to these special meetings as they serve as an opportunity for community members to attend who might otherwise not be able to attend the regular meetings of the Board in Downtown Los Angeles. The Commission plans to hold these special meetings in each Council District in the upcoming months.
At the Police Commission Meeting on March 25, 2014
Commissioner Comments Commissioner Robert Saltzman thanked Hollywood Division again for their professional response to an officer involved shooting incident
in the Hollywood Hills. He expressed best wishes to the injured officer for a speedy recovery. Commissioner Steve Soboroff reminded all of the Police Commission Community Meeting next week in the Harbor Area. Last Friday he was very pleased to attend the recruit graduation ceremony, however he noted that the class was neither large, nor diverse. He feels that the issue of recruiting large numbers of diverse, qualified candidates must be addressed and he and his fellow Commissioners are prepared to work with the City family to achieve this goal. Commissioner Soboroff commented that he spoke with the Chief in the morning, noting that the Chief had a long-standing plan to be off this week. He said the Chief has a very difficult job with difficult decisions, and so do the Commissioners. All decisions are based on information and information is shared continually. The Commission has the responsibility to evaluate its direct reports, which include the Executive Director, the Inspector General, and the Chief of Police. The Commissioners are currently in the evaluation process and it is their obligation to consider all information. Commissioner Soboroff remains a supporter of the Chief and of the Department while he maintains his obligations.
Report of the Chief of Police Assistant Chief Michel Moore reported that he is grateful that the officer who was injured in the Hollywood Hills incident will be all right. He was also pleased to announce that 16 Detention Officers graduated last week. More good news was shared with the results of the Baker to Vegas event, which had many LAPD winners. Chief Moore reported that Part One Crime is down compared to this time last year. There are currently 9,901 sworn personnel, 886 volunteers, and 2,796 civilian employees. He believes that the on-body cameras will assist the community, the Department, and the City of Los Angeles in numerous ways.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank announced that the next Police Commission meeting will be in the community. It will be held in the Harbor Area on April 1, 2014, 6:30 pm, at Peck Park, 560 North Western Avenue in San Pedro. Councilmember Joe Buscaino will be a special guest. The community is invited to attend.
Report of the Inspector General Alexander Bustamante reported that his office is continually briefed and has all access to documents. The Office remains vigilant in its responsibility to fully brief the Commission with honest assessments.
Sr. Management Analyst I Stacy Rafter was honored by the Commission for 15 years of service with LAPD. She will now begin a new chapter in her life as she becomes a full time mom. Stacy has worked the majority of her LAPD career at the Office of the Inspector General and the Police Commission, performing a myriad of assignments. She has consistently been an outstanding employee and she will be missed at the Police Commission. Best wishes to Stacy as she begins her new adventure.
The overview of the Southwest Community Police Advisory Board was given by Captain Paul Snell, Co-Chair Johnny Raines and Teen Co-Chair Omar Predencio. Captain Snell discussed the diverse characteristics of Southwest, including the USC campus and an evolving homeless population. This active CPAB has 20 members and is comprised of committees designed to target local issues such as blighted property. The youth programs at Southwest are very strong, as represented by the large Teen CPAB, which has been featured on KCAL news. All youth programs played a strong role in the Southwest Public Safety Youth Conference, which was a significant success.
The Operations-West Bureau Timekeeping Inspection , as presented by Police Performance Auditor Jeffrey Phillips and Deputy Chief Hara, was approved. While there were small correctional items, the Inspection revealed overall compliance.
The Operations South Bureau Gang Enforcement Command Accountability Performance Audit , as presented by Detective Dave Kennedy and Deputy Chief Green, was approved. While there were small correctional items, there was overall compliance.
The Hollenbeck Area Detective Command Accountability Performance Audit , as presented by Detective Dave Kennedy and Captain Martin Baeza, was approved.
Police Officer II Raymond De La Torre has joined Commission Investigation Division, Central/South Bureau Enforcement, and is on loan from Olympic Division. He has been with the Department for more than five years, working at Olympic Division. His probation was completed at Hollenbeck Division.
Police Officer III Eduardo Madarang has joined Commission Investigation Division, Valley/West Bureau Enforcement. He has worked for the Department approximately seven years and has worked at Northeast and Central Divisions. He has worked the Central Area Safer Cities Initiative Task Force for approximately five years.
Police Officer II Corey Dillard has joined Commission Investigation Division, Central/South Bureau Enforcement, and is on loan from 77 th Division. He has 14 years with the Department and has worked at 77 th and Central Divisions.
Police Officer II Christina Salas has joined Commission Investigation Division, Central/South Bureau Enforcement, and is loan from Rampart Division. Next month, she will have five years with the Department and she has worked Rampart Division.
Detective I Mustafa (Moe) Hassanzai will join Commission Investigation Division, Central/South Bureau Enforcement. He has been with the LAPD for 18 years and has worked at Wilshire, Central Traffic Division, West Traffic Division, LAX FSD, and Pacific Division. Detective Hassanzai is actually loaned back to Pacific Division for a DP, but will hopefully join us in DP 5
At the Police Commission Meeting on March 18, 2014
Commissioner Comments Commissioner Steve Soboroff stated that he spent a couple of hours with Behavioral Sciences Section learning of all of the services they provide. Behavioral Sciences Section will provide a presentation to the full Commission in the near future.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck thanked all Commissioners for their attendance and condolences at the services for Police Officer III Nicholas Lee. It has been a very difficult time at LAPD and Chief Beck expressed his appreciation to the community for the outpouring of support. Violent crime is down by 5.6% compared to this time last year. To date, there have been just under 8,000 traffic collisions, 387 alcohol-related traffic collisions, and 3,357 hit and run incidents (down by 12.8% compared to this time last year). Chief Beck will include intersections experiencing high levels of collisions in a comprehensive traffic report on March 25 th future reports. There are currently 9,901 sworn personnel, 267 level one reserves, 21 level two reserves, 189 level three reserves, 371 specialist reserves, 38 chaplains, 2,796 civilian employees, and 4,005 cadets.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank announced that the next Police Commission Community Meeting will be held in the Harbor Area on April 1, 2014, 6:30 pm, at Peck Park, 560 North Western Avenue in San Pedro. Councilmember Joe Buscaino will be a special guest.
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners and the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, relative to the services of the Inspector General , was approved.
Deputy City Attorney Eve Sheedy and Carol Tantau provided a presentation on the City of Los Angeles Domestic Violence Task Force . The task force was created by the City Council in 1994 to coordinate services and resources for domestic violence victims. Each Council District has a representative as well as other entities, including the LAPD. The task force also advocates for funding and legislation to prevent domestic violence. Committees within the task force focus on specific issues. ? Statistics are somewhat consistent from year to year, but it is understood that this crime is underreported. While the task force has made great progress is assisting victims, more could be done with additional funding resources for the service providers.
Co-Chairs Gary Minzer and Captain Peter Zarcone provide an overview of the Hollywood Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) . ? Captain Zarcone began by thanking all for the outpouring of support to the Hollywood Station after the loss of Police Officer III Nicholas Lee. The Hollywood CPAB remains very active as it stays relevant with the significant growth and transition of the Hollywood community. Captain Zarcone described the physical boundaries and characteristics of Hollywood emphasizing the Hollywood Entertainment District which provides special policing challenges due to the transitory population density and large number of attractions including nightclubs. Gary Minzer explained that the area is growing even more, and that growth is due to the foundation of good public safety. Significant retail, entertainment, hospitality, educational, mixed-use and residential endeavors are now being built within the Hollywood community, creating more activity and challenges. The Hollywood CPAB has 40 members and embodies committees focusing on specific issues such as emergency preparedness, homeless outreach, nightclubs, and station beautification. Commissioner Saltzman thanked Captain Zarcone and Mr. Minzer for the sensitivity shown to the needs of the community, specifically within the homeless and LGBT communities. Chief Beck noted and appreciated Captain Zarcone's difficult time as the Commanding Officer of a station following the death of an officer, and expressed his appreciation to him.
At the Police Commission Meeting on March 11, 2014
Commissioner Comments The Police Commission observed a moment of silence in memory of Police Officer III Nicholas Lee, who tragically died in the line of duty in a vehicle collision. Commissioner Steve Soboroff stated that he went to the hospital to visit with the officer who survived the collision and thanked all who assisted her in her survival. He stressed her still being with us is a miracle and we should recognize it as that. Commissioner Rob Saltzman noted that he visited the site of the collision and was impressed with the professionalism of all of the personnel at the site.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck expressed his deepest condolences to the family of Police Officer III Nicholas Lee. Officer Lee is the 205 th officer to die in the line of duty at the Los Angeles Police Department, and while all are mourned, the most recent hurts the most. Services will be held on March 13, 2014 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Chief Beck concluded with weekly statistics. Violent crime is down by 6.3% compared to this time last year. To date, there have been 7,120 traffic collisions, 352 alcohol-related traffic collisions, 3,057 hit and run incidents, and 21 hit and run incidents resulting in injury or death. Chief Beck will include intersections experiencing high levels of collisions in future reports. There are currently 9,910 sworn personnel, 261 level one reserves, 21 level two reserves, 189 level three reserves, 371 specialist reserves, 38 chaplains, 2,799 civilian employees, and just over 4,000 cadets.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank announced that the next Police Commission Community Meeting will be held in the Harbor Area on April 1, 2014, 6:30 pm, at Peck Park, 560 North Western Avenue in San Pedro. Councilmember Joe Buscaino will be a special guest.
Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich and Sgt. Daniel Gomez provided an update on the field test of the On-Body Camera Project . The Department is now 60 days into the first 90-day test of on-body cameras. Upon completion, a second 90-day test will commence with a different vendor. By summer, a vendor should be selected. Approximately 30 officers from the Central Area are participating in the test. So far, the results are generally positive with only minor technical issues arising, and those issues have been resolved. They have been able to identify actual incidents when the acknowledgment of the camera has deescalated a confrontational situation. The cameras generally have a calming effect. A final policy for capture, use and storage of the data will be developed and all stakeholders, including the Inspector General, will be involved in the process. Being one of the largest law enforcement agencies to adopt on-body cameras, the Los Angeles Police Department has gone from learning from best practices from others to being watched by others during this process.
The Inspector General's report relative to the Inspection at 77 th Street Jail and Metropolitan Detention Center , as presented by Inspector General Alex Bustamonte, Assistant Inspector General Kevin Rogan, and Captain David Lindsey, was approved. The Inspection revealed that signage does exist for phone call information, soft foods are available for inmates who cannot eat harder foods, inmates are provided the opportunity to vote, if requested, and inmates were advised in writing on how they could obtain the primary report supporting their detention.
Special Investigator II Jonathan Ota has joined the Office of the Inspector General. Jonathan is an attorney with five years of legal experience, specializing in eviction defense and foreclosure prevention. He most recently worked at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, a non-profit agency providing free legal services to low-income communities with a focus on the impoverished pan-Asian community. Jonathan is a graduate of Brown University and UCLA School of Law.
At the Police Commission Meeting on March 4, 2014
Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said the Commission is currently working on their goals for the year and will present them in open session in the coming weeks.
Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman commended the work and planning of the Department for the Academy Awards held over the weekend. He said everything went extremely well.
Police Chief Charlie Beck thanked the Board for the recognition of the job the Department did in policing the Academy Awards. He also thanked the Office of Operations and everyone else involved for their work on providing security for the Academy Awards. Chief Beck also announced he will be adding a traffic/collision report to his regular report on crime to the Police Commission. He added this year the Department is focusing their efforts on traffic issues.
The verbal presentation and update from the Commanding Officer and Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) representative regarding community initiated problem solving, crime strategies, and other programs and goals within the Van Nuys Area was given by Captain Ivan Minsal and Ms. Penny Meyers. Ms. Meyers stated there are currently 35 active members with five committees which include bicycle safety, emergency preparedness, homelessness, neighborhood watch and community outreach. Some accomplishments include the removal of illegal magazine stands, illegal phone booths, and illegal street vending.
The Department's report, dated March 1, 2014, relative to the Ethics Enforcement Section quarterly report, fourth quarter 2013, was received. The Board directed the Office of the Inspector General to submit an analysis of this report along with any appropriate recommendations.
The Department's report, dated February 25, 2014, relative to the Operations West Bureau vice command accountability performance audit (IAID No. 13-077), was approved.
The Department's report, dated March 4, 2014, relative to the Department manual section 1/556.10, policy on the use of force revised, was approved.
The Department's report, dated February 25, 2014, relative to the destruction of obsolete duplicate records for Mission and Northeast Area, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.
The Department's report, dated March 4, 2014, relative to the destruction of obsolete duplicate records for Devonshire Area, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.
At the Police Commission Meeting on February 25, 2014
Commissioner Comments Commissioner Steve Soboroff reported that he recently visited the Crime Lab at California State University Los Angeles and he was more than impressed.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck reported that Total Violent Crime is down by 3.1% compared to this time last year. There are currently 9,902 sworn personnel, 267 level one reserves, 21 level two reserves, 189 level three reserves, 371 specialist reserves, 38 chaplains, 2,804 civilian employees, and 4,005 cadets.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank noted that the draft request for proposals for the Official Police Garage contracts were being simultaneously considered in City Council, and in the event that would need to be there, Sr. Management Analyst II Eva Vega will fill in for him.
Report of the Inspector General Alexander Bustamante was pleased to announce that the Office of the Inspector General continues to expand its outreach through social media. He thanked Julie Buchwald, Kathy Takahata, and Charlotte Broughton for their outstanding work in restructuring the Office of the Inspector General's website, and setting up Twitter and Facebook accounts. Commissioner Steve Soboroff noted that the new Twitter account is a must follow.
The Supervisory Training Audit , as presented by Police Performance Auditor Jeff Phillips, was approved. In the audit, he recommends that the related Human Resources bulletins be updated. Commissioner Robert Saltzman thanked the auditors as the audit was well done and the results were very positive.
At the Police Commission Meeting on February 18, 2014
Commissioner Comments Commissioner Steve Soboroff asked the Department to provide a report the issue of increasing hit and run incidents throughout the City. Chief Beck said that he would be happy to provide a report on hit and run incidents and how the LAPD is approaching the issue. He added that traffic is a major focus for LAPD this year.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck , on behalf of the LAPD, expressed condolences to the California Highway Patrol after the tragic loss of two patrol officers during a traffic collision over the weekend. Crime continues to decline as Total Violent Crime is down by 3.6% compared to this time last year. There are currently 9,902 sworn personnel, 267 level one reserves, 21 level two reserves, 189 level three reserves, 371 specialist reserves, 38 chaplains, 2,804 civilian employees, and 4,005 cadets.
Report of the Inspector General Alexander Bustamante reported that he has restructured the Office of the Inspector General. The Office now has two sections: the Audit and Compliance Section and the Special Investigation and Compliance Section. This new structure allows for more flexibility in determining immerging investigative issues for the Police Commission.
Ms. Alise Cayen provided a presentation on the Police Academy Magnet School program. This program was created in one school in 1996 under the direction of Roberta Weintraub and it has grown to four high schools and two middle schools today. The program offers students who are interested in a law enforcement career, or the structure of that environment, to participate in physical training, a learning program, and a career pathway program which exposes them to numerous speakers and experiences. The program has proven to be quite successful as it has produced a very high graduation rate and virtually all of the students proceed to college. Each attending student introduced themselves, providing a very impressive representation of the program. Commissioner Paula Madison applauded the success of the all of the LAPD Youth Programs and inquired if there was a way to prove a nexus between the surge in young people joining these programs and the decline in crime. Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger stated that there are several factors to consider when looking at the decline in crime, and it is not unreasonable to believe that the huge numbers of youth in LAPD programs is one of them. He stated that the Department is currently looking at that theory by overlaying student locations and crime occurrences.
Inspector General Alex Bustamante outlined the review of the Categorical Use of Force Policy , which was approved. The Inspector General recommended that the policy be clarified by including that the adjudicators may consider the tactical conduct and decisions leading up to the use of deadly force. Mr. Bustamante stressed that tactics, the drawing of the weapon, and the actual use of force have been, and will continue to be, exhaustively reviewed. This amendment to the policy will only apply to less than one percent of the cases, when tactical issues may be directly related to the use of force. This amendment reflects how the Commission has already been reviewing cases, and serves as clarification within the policy. The Commissioners asked that the Department return to the Commission within two weeks with the revised Use of Force Policy for final approval.
At the Police Commission Meeting on February 11, 2014
Commission Comments Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa expressed the Commission's wishes for a speedy recovery for the officers who were injured yesterday. One injury occurred during a shooting in Reseda and one injury occurred in a traffic collision on the Glendale Freeway. Commissioner Figueroa-Villa also participated in a ride-along in Rampart Division. She was very impressed with the personnel there and was happy to report that it was a quiet night. Commissioner Kathleen Kim participated in a visit and ride-along in the Pacific Division and she thanked Lt. Steven Lurie and Sgt. Theresa Skinner for providing an outstanding tour. Commissioner Steve Soboroff visited Supply Division and Professional Standards Bureau and noted how committed the employees were in those locations. He also stated the following:
|My relationship with Chief Charlie Beck is mutually honest, open, mature and respectful. If we were both wearing on-body cameras for the last six months, we could prove it quickly and definitively. Does that mean we must agree on everything, all the time? Of course not. And that is by design of the Charter of the City of Los Angeles and is also articulated within the consent decree transition documents. We have different jobs with different responsibilities, but the same goal, the same end game: A safe city by virtue of great community policing. From the consent decree release documents..."LAPD has become the national and international policing standard for activities that range from audits, to handling of the mentally ill, to many aspects of training, to risk assessment of police officers and more." The crime numbers, released here publicly every week, validate that statement. This commission's support of, caring about, and appreciation of the members of the LAPD (both sworn and civilian) does not require 100% agreement on every issue all the time. And our support for, caring about, and appreciation of Chief Charlie Beck doesn't either. So, on we go, working towards and even safer city, with even better community policing, with even better training, with even more lessons learned, and hopefully with even more money... Thank you.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck thanked the members of the Commission for their support and reiterated that the strength of the relationship between the Commission and the Chief is not in always agreeing, but balancing each other out. Crime continues to decline as Total Violent Crime is down by 4.5% compared to this time last year. There are currently 9,874 sworn personnel, 267 level one reserves, 21 level two reserves, 189 level three reserves, 371 specialist reserves, 38 chaplains, 2,807 civilian employees, and 4,005 cadets.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank reported that Item 10C on the agenda is being continued to next week's meeting, and Item 8D has an additional sheet which has been added to the agenda packages.
Captain John Romero and Captain Sean Malinowski provided an overview of the Predictive Policing Project . This method of policing was introduced in Foothill Division in 2011, and through various experiments, it has proven to reduce the three categories of crime being targeted: burglary, auto theft, and theft from motor vehicle. The project breaks Divisions into 500 ft x 500 ft boxes, and based on previous crime, prioritizes the boxes in order of most likely to experience crime. Deployment is then based on those statistics. The order of the boxes can change in real time allowing for the most efficient deployment. As this project has proven successful in crime reduction, the Department is looking at expanding it further.
Captain Joan Wakefield and Police Performance Auditor Jeffrey Phillips presented the Department's 2013/14 Fiscal Year Annual Audit and Inspection Plan , which was approved. Commissioner Robert Saltzman applauded the plan as ambitious and confirmed that notification would be made to the Commission if any changes in the schedule occur.
At the Police Commission Meeting on February 4, 2014
Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman had the opportunity to speak at the Police Academy graduation 10 days ago. He reported to the Police Commission the graduating class was small. The number of African Americans in the graduating class was below target and there was only one female graduate. He stated this is a continuing problem and further impetus to work on a significant problem.
Vice President Commissioner Paula Madison was happy to be back from a 14 hour flight and is fighting a cold.
President Steve Soboroff visited Northeast Station yesterday morning. This is his 20th police station he has visited. He said it's refreshing and incredibly interesting every time he visits a police station as he learns a lot. He said they will have a new building be end of year. President Soboroff met with Captain Jennifer Thomas who is recognized as the first captain from the Chinese community. He also spent the morning on Skid Row for the first time as a Police Commissioner.
Police Chief Charlie Beck expressed his condolences on the one year anniversary of the murder of Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence by Christopher Dorner. Chief Beck also paid tribute to Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain and Jeremiah MacKay, a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy, and the three law enforcement officers severely wounded during the 9 day conflict with Christopher Dorner. Their heroism stands in stark contrast to the evil that took their lives. Chief Beck expressed his condolences, thoughts, and heart felt feelings to the law enforcement officers who were slain and their family members.
Chief Beck reported there was a 12.5% decline in Total Part I A crimes in the first month of the year compared to January 2013. Gang crime is down 18% compared to the start of last year. There are 9,874 sworn personnel with 38 recruits in the Police Academy.
Executive Director Richard Tefank reported valet enforcement ordinance has begun throughout the City of LA this past weekend and will continue aggressively in the field, issuing citations and taking appropriate actions with valet operators and attendants that are not permitted. If the public has concerns about a valet operation they can visit LAPDonline.org, click on the Police Commission link and click on the valet icon and the reported information will be reviewed. Mr. Tefank stated this is an important public safety issue the Mayor and City Council has taken a great interest in and they will be the lead enforcement agency along with the 21 LAPD Divisions.
The Department's report, dated January 29, 2014, relative to the personal expense Statement of Chief of Police Charlie Beck, for expenses incurred from January 1 through January 3, 2014, in the amount of $1,726.70, while attending Commissioner William Bratton's Swearing - in Ceremony in New York, as set forth, was approved.
The Department's report, dated January 31, 2014, relative to the donation of the hosting of the Young Women's Violence Prevention Conference to be held in February 2014, valued at $40,800.00, from the Los Angeles Police Foundation, for the benefit of Harbor Area, as set forth, was approved, and will be transmitted to the Mayor and City Council for acceptance.
The Department's report, dated January 31, 2014, relative to the donation of an Apple iPad, valued at $546.91, from the Topanga Boosters, for the benefit of Topanga Area, as set forth, was approved.
The Department's report, dated January 31, 2014, relative to the donation of a Quarter Horse, valued at $3,500.00, from the Los Angeles Mounted Police Foundation, for the benefit of Metropolitan Division, as set forth, was approved.
The Inspector's general report, dated January 29, 2014, relative to the Anti Terrorism Intelligence Audit, Fiscal Year 2012/2013, as set forth, was approved.
The Department's report, dated January 31, 2014, relative to the transmittal for approval to reprogram funds within the 2012 Community oriented policing services hiring program grant, as set forth, was approved and transmitted to the Mayor.
The Department's report, dated January 24, 2014, relative to the Destruction of obsolete original records, for West Los Angeles Area, as set forth, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.
The Department's report, dated January 24, 2014, relative to Destruction of obsolete duplicate records, for Hollenbeck Area, as set forth, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 28, 2014
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck reported on the personnel strength of the Department. There are currently 9,984 sworn personnel, 275 level one reserves, 22 level two reserves, 131 level three reserves, 392 specialist reserves, 44 chaplains, 2,809 civilian employees, and just over 4,000 cadets.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank reminded all that enforcement of the Valet Operator and Attendant Permits will begin this Saturday, February 1 st . Call the Police Commission at 213 236-1400 with any questions regarding this new Ordinance.
The donation of 8,000 trauma kits from the Los Angeles Police Foundation was approved for transmittal to the Mayor and City Council for acceptance. This large donation, valued at $352,652.00, could possibly save lives as it allows Los Angeles Police Officers to carry small trauma kits with them on their belt. The kits may be used immediately when seconds matter after a serious injury occurs and in situations when there is an active shooter and emergency medical personnel cannot enter areas that have not been rendered safe. While it should not be expected that officers will use these kits on civilians, it is probable that they will when an urgent need arises. The Police Foundation's Cecilia Glassman and Board Member Byron Reed reiterated the Foundation's goal of providing needed equipment and goods when the City's budget does not allow such purchases. The Police Foundation began its work in 1998 starting with one grant in that year. Now, the Police Foundation supports LAPD with more than $2 million in donations annually.
Co-Chairs Bertha Woolridge and Captain Brian Pratt presented the report from the Rampart Community Police Advisory Board . The Rampart Division has met all of its 2013 goals and plans to do the same in 2014. Those goals are: further reduce Part One Crimes by 3%, expand social media outreach, expand the CPAB by five members, and fully launch the Youth CPAB. Ms. Woolridge has been a volunteer at Rampart for 32 years and has served on the Community Police Advisory Board since its inception 20 years ago. She has been a valuable advisor to Captain Pratt. This CPAB accomplishes goals and addresses issues through a committee structure which includes a crime committee, traffic committee, and youth committee. Rampart Division is also very successful in producing community outreach events. The last National Night Out brought out 4,000 community members.
The report on the Department Manual Sections 1/115, Management Principles and 1/240.10, Use of Force Revised , as presented by Captain Dwayne Hayakawa, was approved.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 21, 2014
Commissioner Comments Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa , as well as Commissioner Paula Madison and Commissioner Steve Soboroff , attended the LAPD Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast. They noted that it was a truly moving experience and it was nice to see the community come out for such a memorable event. Commissioners Madison and Figueroa-Villa were also pleased to participate in the Kingdom Day Parade. Commissioner Soboroff stated that he and his fellow Commissioners are now developing goals for both the LAPD and for the Commission. These goals will be released publically when they are complete.
Report of the Chief of Police Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger thanked the Commissioners for coming to the LAPD Martin Luther King Breakfast and noted that the Department has come a long way since he was a student worker in 1974. He is very proud of the many changes within the Department and he is especially proud of the development of the Cadets. This program has become so strong that the training process is now called the LAPD Cadet Leadership Academy and there are currently 850 future Cadets ready for the next class starting this Saturday. He encouraged anyone who is interested in becoming a Cadet to call 213 486-0100.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank stated that staff is currently working on setting up the next Police Commission Community Meeting in the Third Council District. He also reminded all that enforcement of the Valet Operator and Attendant Permits will begin on February 1 st .
Report of the Inspector General Alex Bustamante announced that the Office of the Inspector General will be launching Facebook and Twitter pages later this month.
Sgt. II Jerretta Sandoz was acknowledged for her historic accomplishment of being the first African American to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. Also present to mark the occasion were representatives from the Oscar Joel Bryant Foundation, Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Latin American Law Enforcement Association, Los Angeles Police Protective League, Law Enforcement Association of Asian Pacifics, and Los Angeles Women Police Officers Association. ?
Father Greg Boyle provided an overview of the programs and activities of Homeboy Industries . He operates essentially the largest gang rehabilitation center in the world, offering an 18 month training program for individuals wishing to leave gang membership. Father Boyle's experience has led him to conclude that all gang members initially join gangs to flee from something in their lives and it is either despondency, trauma, or mental illness. Homeboy Industries offers hope and way out of the gang. Funding remains difficult as government support has been cut drastically. The businesses which Homeboy operates, such as the restaurants and bakery, have helped support the program. Father Boyle added that the decrease in gang-related crime has a relationship with the efforts of Homeboy Industries.
Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich and Sgt. Dan Gomez provided a status of the implementation of the Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL) system. When installed in all patrol vehicles, this system will provide GPS information to dispatchers so they will have additional information when dispatching calls for service. The system will also provide situational awareness for command staff. Currently, 230 patrol vehicles are equipped with AVL, and 60 of those vehicles are being tested in the Northeast Division. Funding for the AVL system has been provided by the Los Angeles Police Foundation.
Maury Leff, Nani Shaked and Captain David Grimes provided the status report from the West Valley Community Police Advisory Board . This large (51 members) continues to challenge itself with new goals to enhance the quality of life in the West Valley Area. The challenge for this year is to Claim Back the Sidewalk, which is a multi-faceted plan to decrease graffiti, trash, and bulk trash items on public walkways. Through social media, outreach to the community has increased significantly. The West Valley CPAB meetings are actually streamed live on the Internet and the community can ask live questions.
The Biased Policing Update, Quarterly Report, 3 rd Quarter , as presented by Commander Stuart Maislin, was approved. He reported that the current data did not reflect significant changes from historical data. Inspector General Alexander Bustamante added that he is currently working with Professional Standards Bureau to improve all systems and the Biased Policing complaints will be part of that review.
Captain Kelly Muldorfer, Detective Hector Sanchez and Lt. Andre Dawson presented the report relative to the City Council Motion Regarding the Status of the Animal Cruelty Task Force , which was approved for transmittal to the Public Safety Committee. The Animal Cruetly Task Force was created in 2005 and is currently staffed with four LAPD personnel and one staff member from the Department of Animal Services. The Task Force investigates approximately 140 cases per year of the most egregious incidents of animal cruelty
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 14, 2014
Introductory Commissioner Comments All Commissioners welcomed the audience and expressed their excitement to be in the Pacific Division community. Commissioner Steve Soboroff discussed the recent announcement of year-end crime statistics which reflected the lowest crime rates in decades. He attributed this significant success to strong community policing and the integral role the community plays in public safety. He noted a phrase which guides his public service, which is, Are you doing all you can? There are always ways to make Los Angeles better including mentoring kids, adhering to traffic laws, hiring interns, and partnering with the LAPD. Commissioner Paula Madison introduced Dr. Liam Joyce, the Principal at Daniel Webster Middle School and thanked him for the opportunity to hold the meeting at the school. She also thanked all attending Pacific and West Los Angeles Community Police Advisory Board Members for all that they do in the community policing partnership.
Comments from Councilmember Mike Bonin Councilmember Bonin thanked the first responders who were fighting the fire in the Pacific Palisades. He also thanked the Commissioners for coming out and listening to the people of this community as they have unique and valid concerns, especially in the community of Venice. ? He stated that his District has some of the biggest attractions in Los Angeles, such as the Los Angeles International Airport and Venice Beach, and these large attractions also come with many challenges.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck welcomed the Commissioners and the community and thanked all for coming out and being part of the community policing process. Earlier in the day, Chief Beck went on patrol in Pacific Division and visited various locations. He vowed to do the same before each community meeting the Police Commission holds. He reiterated that crime has not been this low in Los Angeles since the 1950's. While this reduction is a huge success, the Department still faces challenges including the need to hire more officers.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank described his role as the Executive Director of the Police Commission. He serves as the Commissioners' advisor and liaison to the Los Angeles Police Department as well as all other City entities. In addition, Mr. Tefank oversees Commission Investigation Division, where all Police Permits are issued and monitored. These permits include alarm, towing, and valet permits, among many others. Mr. Tefank has previously served in three police departments, and retired as Chief of Police in both Buena Park and Pomona.
Report of the Inspector General Alex Bustamante described his role as the eyes and ears of the Police Commission by providing auditing and investigating services of the LAPD. He clarified that his office is separate from the LAPD and has the full ability to independently review investigations and complaints. Approximately 40 people work at the Office of the Inspector General.
Report from the Commanding Officers, Pacific Area and Operations-West Bureau Deputy Chief Terry Hara welcomed all to the West Bureau and provided an overview of the successes and challenges. At the forefront of his concerns is traffic and he is constantly working to increase the number of traffic officers as well as develop strategies to alleviate the traffic congestion. Deputy Chief Hara also described the Cadet program and how, he himself, a former Explorer, can attest to the vast opportunities and exposure the program provides youth. The hope is that the Cadets will apply to become LAPD officers. Pacific Captain Brian Johnson stated that he was very pleased to be in Pacific Division because the community members are great. He specifically acknowledged the outstanding contributions of Rob Kadota, Monica Harmon and Cindy Hench. Violent Crime in Pacific Division is down by 4.1%, and he refers to that as 245 less victims. He is currently working on creating a Teen CPAB, and is implementing a Super Block Captain program. Today, Pacific Division opened its Little Free Library, a place where community members can meet, borrow and bring books. Captain Johnson thanked Commissioner Soboroff for his quick and significant assistance in arranging for the Pacific Area Community Relations trailers to be remodeled. While there are many successes, many challenges remain.
Public Comment Period - Forty-five individuals from the community spoke and shared their thoughts on the following issues: increased homelessness in Venice, fear of crime in Venice, overnight parking of residential vehicles in Venice, vandalism in Pacific Palisades, encampments in the hills of Pacific Palisades, specific neighbor issues, enforcement of ordinances related to sales of art on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, activities and contributions of community members, support and appreciation for the Pacific Division officers, requests for more officers, need for housing for the homeless population, need for assistance for the homeless population, traffic issues throughout West Los Angeles, request to end LAPD's SARS (Suspicious Activity Reporting System), request to hold a community meeting in the Skid Row area, compassion for the homeless population, inability to operate a business in Venice due to crime, biased policing, and closure of public bathrooms during curfew hours.
While the Police Commissioners could not directly respond to each comment due to the Brown Act, Pacific Area Senior Lead Officers were available to assist individuals.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 7, 2014
Commission Comments Commissioner Robert Saltzman noted that retired Deputy Chief Marshall Andy Anderson had recently passed, and he noted his enormous contributions to the Police Commission's oversight following the Eula Love shooting in 1979. The meeting was adjourned in Deputy Chief Anderson's memory. Commissioner Kathleen Kim visited Hollywood Division and went a on a ride-along with Sgt. Robert Ward. Commissioner Steve Soboroff thanked all sworn and civilian LAPD employees who worked over the holidays and acknowledged their sacrifice. He also expressed best wishes to Detective Shaun King and his daughter as they recover from a serious traffic collision. He added that he looks forward to a great year with many goals achieved at LAPD.
Report of the Chief of Police Chief Charlie Beck said that he began the new year by riding with the LAPD Mounted Unit in the Rose Parade with Sheriff Lee Baca and the Sheriff's Department Mounted Posse. He was honored to be there. Noting Detective King's injuries, he reiterated that employee wellness is an important goal for the Department. He also attended the swearing-in ceremony for New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton. It is too early for year-to-date crime statistics for 2014, however, he will join Mayor Eric Garcetti next week to announce crime statistics and trends for 2013.
Report of the Executive Director Richard Tefank reminded all of the Police Commission community meeting next Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 6:30 pm, at Daniel Webster Middle School, 11330 Graham Place, in West Los Angeles.
Report of the Inspector General Alex Bustamante reported that his office met with Max Huntsman as he sets up the component of civilian oversight for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.
Captain Kelly Muldorfer and Lt. Lionel Garcia presented an overview of the duties and responsibilities of the Mental Evaluation Unit (MEU) and Systemwide Mental Assessment Response Team (SMART) . ? For many years, the Department has provided expert support to patrol officers who encounter individuals suffering from mental illness. This approach of combining County Department of Mental Health clinicians and trained LAPD officers to respond to patrol requests has been so successful that it has become a worldwide model for law enforcement working with the mentally ill. There are approximately 13,000 requests from patrol officers for this specialized approach each year, and that work is handled by one car in each Bureau and drop-in centers at Van Nuys, Central and Hollywood Divisions.
The Fiscal Year 2014/15 Proposed Budget , as presented by Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing Gerald Chaleff, Assistant Chief SandyJo MacArthur, and Police Administrator Laura Luna, was approved. The budget incorporates the goals of both the Mayor and the Chief including community policing, crime reduction, preparedness in anti-terrorism, employee wellness, personnel strength, creating the safest city in the nation, providing outstanding customer service, and enhancing technology and modernization. The total budget is approximately $1.4 billion. Looking forward, the Department is implementing a 3-5 year plan to restore the civilian workforce to full capacity. Commissioner Soboroff noted the importance of the many booster and support groups that continue to fill the budgetary gaps.
Captain Joan Wakefield presented the Audit/Inspection recommendations status report for November, 2013 , which was approved. Commissioner Saltzman asked that the status of recommendations on Non-Categorical Use of Force Investigations be submitted by the Department to the Commission in two months.
The Inspector General's Follow-up on Non-Categorical Use of Force Investigations was presented by Alex Bustamante. The issue of not audio taping the Level Two Use of Force investigation interviews was discussed. The Level Two incidents are considered the lesser level cases however they constitute 90% of all Use of Force cases. It was suggested that some kind of balance could be achieved where the investigative process of Level Two Use of Force cases could be enhanced yet resources would not be drained. Chief Beck stated that the Department will look at a revised procedure. The item was approved with the understanding that the Department provide a status report in two months on these recommendations and that the Office of the Inspector General review and report in six months on the Non-Categorical Investigation process, including the status of the policies of the on-body cameras in reference to Non-Categorical Use of Force Investigations.
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