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At the Police Commission Meeting on December 15, 2015
Commissioner Matthew Johnson stated that the next Police Commission meeting will be on January 5, 2016.
Co-Chair Rob Kadota and Captain Nicole Alberca provided a status report on the Pacific Division Community Police Advisory Board. Captain Alberca described the unique characteristics of Pacific Division including the fact that it borders numerous other cities, and embodies Venice Beach. Pacific Division has a large homeless population and effort has been focused on placing individuals into shelter. Mr. Kadota described the robust youth programs, crime prevention outreach, social media, and special events which Pacific Division accomplishes each year. The "Santa Sleigh Stops" event has become popular throughout the City.
The Inspector General's report relative to the Body Worn Video Inspection - Mission Area, was approved with the direction to the Inspector General and the Department to report back within 90 days with an update. This was the first audit completed on the use of the Body Worn Video Cameras. Overall, the results were positive, however it is becoming apparent that the quality of the video is not desirable when the camera is worn on the belt.
The Inspector General's report relative to the review of Biased Policing Complaints, was approved. Commissioner Robert Saltzman questioned the findings of no Biased Policing complaints being sustained.
The Department's report relative to the Fiscal Year 2015/16 Proposed Interim Budget - Strategic Plan, was approved.
The Department's report relative to the Preventable and Non-Preventable Traffic Collision Audit, was approved.
The Department's Supplemental Police Account Third Quarterly Report, was approved.
The Department's report relative to the Biased Policing Update - 3 rd Quarter, 2015 Report, was approved.
The Department's Quarterly Discipline Report, 3 rd Quarter, 2015, was approved.
The Department's Third Quarterly Risk Management and Harm Reduction Status Report, was approved.
The Department's report relative to the request to negotiate an Agreement with Selected Proposer for the Internet Auctioning Services, was approved.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck reported that Part One Crimes are up by 12.8%, compared to this time last year. There are currently 9,882 sworn employees, 2,768 civilian employees, and 6,884 Cadets. Noting the recent Cadet graduation, his belief is that someday there will be more Cadets than sworn employees. Chief Beck provided a briefing on the status of the email threat received by Los Angeles Unified School District.
Administrative Clerk Marney Hansen has joined the Permit Processing and Records Section. She has been with the City of Los Angeles, at General Services Department Construction, for 12 years.
Senior Administrative Clerk Marvette Metters has joined the Employee Relations Section. She has been with the City of Los Angeles for 20 years, all at the Department of Transportation. She served as an Administrative Clerk for half of a year, and as a Traffic Officer II for more than 19 years.
At the Police Commission Meeting on December 8, 2015
Commission President Matt Johnson opened the meeting and a quorum was established. The meeting began with a moment of silence for the victims of the San Bernardino terrorist attack from the previous week. Commissioner Steve Soboroff made some comments recognizing the preparedness and exemplary actions of law enforcement personnel in connection with the San Bernardino incident. Commissioner Johnson talked briefly about recently spending time with the Watts Gang Task Force and being very impressed with the organization. “It was a great example of what the police department working with the community can do together,” he said.
The meeting proceeded to the Report of the Chief of Police with Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger sitting in for Chief Charlie Beck. He acknowledged the “extraordinary response and heroic efforts” of law enforcement personnel in their handling of the San Bernardino incident, as well as the humanitarian actions of the fire department and general public. Chief Paysinger went on to provide a brief crime report overview.
The next order of business was the Consent Agenda Items, all of which were approved without discussion. The meeting proceeded to Regular Agenda Items. There were six items, 4A through 4F, but 4B was continued to a future meeting on January 5, 2016, leaving five items. The commissioners pulled Items 4A and 4E for discussion and approved Items 4C, 4D and 4F as follows:
• Item 4C, the Department's Report, dated December 2, 2015, relative to the Flashing Red-Light California Vehicle Code Section, as set forth, was approved.
• Item 4D, the Department's Report, dated November 30, 2015, relative to the Supplemental Police Account XXIX (SPA 29), as set forth, was approved.
• Item 4F, the Department's Report, dated December 4, 2015, relative to the destruction of obsolete duplicate records for the Southwest Area, as set forth, was approved.
The meeting continued with a discussion of Item 4A, the Inspector General's Report, dated December 2, 2015, relative to Crime Classification Practices. Assistant Chief Michel Moore, who is also the Director of Administrative Services, and Inspector General Alexander Bustamante led the discussion before the commission. Also present were Assistant Inspector General Jim Willis and COMPSTAT Division Commanding Officer John Newman. An extensive discussion ensued, led mostly by Inspector General Bustamante and Assistant Chief Moore. They provided an overview of some of the matters related to how crimes are classified. Commissioner Johnson wanted to know how effective the Department has been in addressing these issues and if anything of concern was outstanding. In great detail, Inspector General Bustamante responded that a lot of thought and effort went into reviewing the Crime Classification Practices to significantly reduce classification errors. Eventually, Commissioner Robert Saltzman successfully moved to approve the report, as set forth, with the instruction that the Chief of Police report back to the commission in six months for a follow-up.
The final order of business was public comment and discussion regarding Item 4E, the Department's Report, dated November 30, 2015, relative to the payment of a reward offer on City Council File # 11-0010-S40. After some public comment and discussion among the commissioners, Chief Paysinger and Commission Executive Director Richard Tefank suggested the Department review this issue more closely and get back to the commission in January.
At the Police Commission Meeting on November 24, 2015
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck reported on a readiness exercise completed last week in light of the recent attacks in Paris. In the drill, officers were called in from throughout the City to a location reported to be under attack. The resulting response times and readiness were very good. The Department?s holiday party took place last weekend, and he was pleased to report that more than 500 attended. The Department will provide extra patrol at several malls in light of Black Friday sales throughout the city. Part One Crime is up by 12.5% compared to this time last year. Chief Beck provided some statistics on use of force incidents this year. To put the numbers in perspective, LAPD officers have had approximately 1.2 million contacts with community members in 2015 so far. Use of force incidents occurred in 1,600 of those contacts, which is 1.7% of the total number of contacts. Additional use of force information will be provided at future Police Commission meetings and in the end of the year report.
The Operations - South Bureau Narcotics Enforcement Detail Command Accountability Performance Audit , was approved with the understanding that a verbal status report on the recommendations will be given within 90 days. There were some very positive results found in the audit as well as some issues which needed improvement. The items which were not in compliance were related to forms not being completed and/or not being turned in on time. Deputy Chief William Scott accepted responsibility for the non-compliant issues and stated that in his review of the audit, no malice was detected in any of the actions of South Bureau personnel. He has taken corrective measures including reassignment of some personnel, training, and in some cases, disciplinary measures.
Police Commission President Matthew Johnson Outlines His Vision And Goals For The LAPD
Los Angeles – On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Police Commission President Matthew Johnson stated the following:
Nearly two months ago I took this chair for the first time and offered my thoughts on taking this very important position. At that time, I promised I would return to you with the initiatives I would like the Commission to support as we move forward. In that short time, I have dedicated myself to hearing the concerns of as many of our City’s residents as possible. I have spoken with community leaders, clergy, elected officials and everyday Angelinos. I have listened to those who have raised their concerns in our commission meetings. I have met with many members of the LAPD, from Command Staff to the rank and file. Today I am setting forth my agenda as Police Commission President. I am also requesting a series of audits and reports from both the Department and the Inspector General to achieve these goals.
The LAPD has had a challenging history which contributed to two riots and ultimately led to a Consent Decree. Under the Consent Decree, the Department was required to make major reforms that led to a positive institutional transformation of the LAPD. We must ensure that the Department remains committed to those tenets of reform and uses them as a foundation to continuously build upon and improve. We must remain focused on the Department’s commitment to constitutional, fair, respectful and unbiased policing of our extremely diverse city, particularly the African-American, Latino, LGBTQ and immigrant communities.
Despite the progress the LAPD has made, we are living in challenging times. The LAPD, like police departments across our country, is facing a crisis of confidence with minority communities, particularly African- Americans. As a result of both real and perceived racial disparities in policing, there are deepening wounds in Los Angeles and cities across our country. In addition, homicides, violent crimes, and property crimes are all rising.
My goal is to use these challenges as turning points, and make the LAPD the model for the entire nation. As President of the Police Commission, my vision is for Los Angeles to simultaneously enjoy both effective and constitutional policing. For this to occur, we need strong police leadership coupled with strong, effective oversight by the Police Commission. To that end, the Commission relies heavily upon to Office of the Inspector General’s robust and independent investigations and audits of the Department. The Commission, with the help of the Office of the Inspector General, must continue to vigilantly monitor these reforms as well as devise new and improved ways to oversee the Department’s operations.
I intend to focus on two important, measurable goals. First, we must reduce the crime rate. The single most important function of any government is keeping its citizens safe. After many years of consecutive yearly reductions in the crime rate, Los Angeles, like so many other cities in our nation, is seeing a significant uptick in essentially every category of crime. Through November 7, 2015, homicides are up 11.7%, violent crimes are up 21% and property crimes are up 10.8% for an overall 12.8% increase in Part I crime when compared to 2014. In August alone we saw 39 homicides, making it the deadliest month since August, 2007.
Second, we must fully commit to minimizing the number of use of force incidents. The LAPD Use of Force Policy specifically states that “The Department’s guiding value when using force shall be reverence for human life.” With that as our guiding principle, I am confident we can significantly reduce the number of use of force incidents while continuing to ensure the safety of our officers.
If successful, we will not only reduce the incidents of physical harm to both our residents and our Officers, we will also increase the level of trust and respect between the police and our community members. This will also reduce financial harm to the City and reduce the amount of organizational harm that invariably follows use of force incidents.
The Department has an impressive ability to use metrics to identify crime trends, shift resources, adapt to situations as they occur, and utilize the CompStat and Predictive Policing models to skillfully improve the policing of our City with its available resources. I have confidence in the Department’s ability to respond to these increasing crime statistics in a smart and effective manner. The vast majority of officers I have met are genuinely committed to effectively reducing crime, keeping our citizens safe and respecting people’s rights. As a Police Commission, we must ensure that the Police response is not only effective and efficient, but most importantly, constitutional. Our policing must respect our diverse communities and be carried out in a fair and impartial manner that respects the rights of all our residents -- while simultaneously respecting and caring for the safety of our officers.
While there is a place for crime suppression tactics, we must continue to focus on our successful Community Oriented Policing strategy and the Department’s newly launched strategy of Relationship Based Policing. From officers assigned to a foot beat or in a black and white patrol car, up to the Chief of Police, the Los Angeles Police Department must work to build genuine relationships with community members. These initiatives are essential in enabling our officers to connect with every community, build on our existing partnerships and develop new ones. Through those partnerships we will improve relationships one by one and work together to reduce crime.
As an example, the Department has shown great success in the Community Safety Partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA). By having dedicated officers in our public housing developments, the program has built meaningful relationships between officers and community members and has helped residents solve every day problems. The program has also resulted in a crime reduction of 21% since its inception in 2011. We clearly need to expand this program, and we will.
Further, the LAPD’s partnership with the Mayor’s Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD) program in conjunction with other Department efforts has reduced gang violence by 40% since its inception. The Summer Night Lights Program, which Mayor Garcetti has expanded to Friday Nights, has greatly assisted these efforts as well. Through these public/private partnerships, the City has shown us how these relationships improve the lives of residents and reduce crime. As a Commission, we need to support and foster these initiatives and make sure that the Department has the resources it needs to continue to grow and expand these efforts.
We can all agree that any use of force incident is one too many. However, it is important to note that while there were 128,366 arrests by Los Angeles Police Officers in 2014, a use of force occurred in only 1,898 of those arrests, a rate of 1.5%. Of that number, an Officer Involved Shooting occurred in 30 of those use of force incidents. It is also important to note however, that in year to date in comparison to 2014, Officer Involved Shootings have nearly doubled, increasing from 23 to 45. This is an alarming development. I believe we can work towards vastly reducing the number of use of force incidents through extensive training and modifying our tactics.
The LAPD rightfully takes pride in its role as the national leader in the development of police training and tactics in the law enforcement community. But with that desire to lead comes responsibility. The Department must continue to review, improve, and evolve our training and tactics from the first days of the police academy throughout our officer’s careers, even for the most experienced police officers. The Commission received an extensive briefing from the Department during our September 22nd meeting on the revised training program to even better prepare our police officers.
This training includes four components:
• Public Trust and Preservation of Life
• Constitutional Policing
• Handling persons suspected of being mentally ill
• Use of Force De-escalation Techniques
In particular, the Department’s focus on use of force de-escalation techniques and training in dealing with people suspected of being mentally ill are critical components in minimizing encounters that result in use of force. We need to ensure that this training is effective and that there is enthusiastic acceptance from the Command Staff through every level of the Department. The initial Stand Down training conducted over the past several months plus the new training to be launched later this month is an encouraging start. It clearly puts us at the forefront of these efforts nationwide. But, culture and habits do not change overnight. To accomplish these necessary changes we will need continual training and reinforcement of the new expectations. We will have to reward excellence and hold accountable those who do not comply. We cannot expect to change behavior if there are not real consequences for those found to be out of policy.
In addition to supporting community and relationship based policing initiatives and increased training, we must also ensure that our officers have the best equipment to support our efforts to reduce incidents of deadly use of force while continuing to keep our officers safe. Thanks in large part to Commissioner Soboroff’s efforts and Mayor Garcetti’s leadership, Los Angeles will soon be the largest city in America to put Body Worn Cameras on every officer on the street. I believe that the widespread deployment of Body Worn Cameras and Digital In-Car Video System cameras will be transformative for policing by reducing both use of force and biased policing.
Early research supports that officers wearing cameras have significantly fewer use of force incidents and complaints than officers not wearing the cameras. Body Worn Cameras will benefit both community members and the police officers who wear them. Overall, the research found that when police officers are aware that their behavior is being monitored through on-body cameras and when residents are aware they are being recorded, everyone behaves better.
Thanks to a recent directive by Chief Beck, soon all police officers in the field will be equipped with and required to carry a Taser device -- allowing less than lethal use of force when called for. I would also like to see bean bag shot guns more widely deployed. These resources can save lives by preventing a deadly use of force from occurring. Our training and tactics must use less than lethal options in a manner that maximizes their effectiveness and minimizes the use of deadly force.
I am confident that the combination of these initiatives -- a commitment to providing the most current Training and Tactics, doubling down on Community Oriented and Relationship Based Policing, the full deployment of Body Worn Cameras, the Digital In-Car Video system cameras, and ensuring that our officers have the best equipment available including Tasers and bean bag shotguns -- will simultaneously help us reduce crime, decrease use of force incidents, and increase the level of trust between our communities and the Police Department that serves them.
But we must recognize that it is not just about crime and statistics. This work requires everyone in Los Angeles to accept more responsibility. Respect is a two-way street, and communities and police in Los Angeles must work together. Though much work lies ahead, the changes we make in our city will serve as an example to other cities facing the same issues. As we begin to see the transformative results in our city, we will all have helped create a greater Los
Angeles for our future generations as well as a model for police departments around the world to follow.
In conclusion, I request concurrence from my fellow Commissioners with the following:
1. That the office of the Inspector General analyze the Department’s Categorical use of force over the last decade. The report should break down the various types of force used over that time period, and detail the changes in training and policies that have occurred over that same period. This report will include the office of the Inspector General identifying the rates of injury to community members and officers associated with uses of force, and the adjudicated outcomes for those cases that have occurred.
2. That the office of the Inspector General prepare a report comparing deadly use of force by the LAPD to other large agencies in our country. This report should provide the basis for an informed discussion on the rate and manner of the Department’s uses of force.
3. Building on the comments of Chief Beck last week, that the Department work with the Inspector General and the Commission’s Use of Force sub-committee, consisting of Commissioner Saltzman, and myself to develop an annual categorical use of force report format, with the emphasis on breaking down uses of force in a manner that is useful to the Police commission in its oversight and policy-making role, the Department, and the public. A final draft of the format should be completed for review and approval by the Commission within 30 days, to be implemented by the Department 60 days from Commission approval.
4. That the office of the Inspector General review the Department’s use of what is commonly called “less than lethal force” to examine how the Department can improve the use of Tasers, Bean Bag Shotguns and other less than lethal options, particularly in the handling of persons suspected of being mentally ill and the handling of persons with knives or weapons other than firearms, in an effort to reduce incidents of Officer involved Shootings.
5. That the office of the Inspector General monitor and attend the new training initiatives and issue a report evaluating their effectiveness once completed.
6. That the Department, in concert with the office of the Inspector General, develop a comprehensive audit and inspection plan related to Body Worn Cameras that reviews the usage of these cameras to identify training issues, concerns with existing policies, and constitutional policing issues. The office of the Inspector General is further asked to design its own plans to monitor the use of these videos.
It is important to note that these audits and reports are not ends in and of themselves. They will be tools to guide us how and where we can improve the Department. Once we have this information, it will be our collective responsibility -- the Department, this Commission, and the Community -- to use it to continue the reform efforts that began with the Consent Decree and to build the LAPD into
the best trained, best equipped, most professional and most respected police organization in America. Together, we will make our City the safest big city in America, and become a model for constitutional policing for the nation.
At the Police Commission Meeting on November 17, 2015
A moment of silence was held in remembrance of those lost in the terrorist attacks in Paris, France.
Commission Comments - Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa missed last week's meeting but expressed her support for President Johnson's vision and goals. She felt that he captured the contemporary needs and challenges of law enforcement throughout the country and transformed them into an action plan for Los Angeles. She is proud to support this very important initiative in the Commission's ongoing responsibility of civilian oversight. Commissioner Steve Soboroff attended a portion of the Department's "Building the Community Leader Course" and said that it was an excellent example of the realigned training. Commissioner Matthew Johnson visited the Joint Regional Information Center and was briefed by Deputy Chief Michael Downing and Captain Steve Sambar. He also visited Central Division and took a walking tour of Skid Row. He was very appreciative to Deputy Chief Jose Perez, Captain Michael Oreb, Captain Donald Graham, and Senior Lead Officer Deon Joseph for the tour.
Report of the Chief of Police - Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger reported that violent crime is up by 20.4%, compared to this time last year.
Co-Chair Bob Basch and Captain Alan Hamilton presented the annual report from the Topanga Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB). Mr. Basch has served with the CPAB for seven years and has focused on numerous projects and events. Topanga currently has 28 CPAB members, 104 volunteers, and 690 participants in youth programs such as the Cadets and PALs. Ongoing goals include enhanced service at the front desk, increased membership, crime reduction, and emergency preparedness. Topanga is very active with social media and has found it to be a good way to interact with the community.
Inspector General Alexander Bustamante and Assistant Inspector General Kevin Rogan presented the Inspector General's report relative to the analysis of employees currently on injured-on-duty leave . The analysis of this data displayed the need for all injury-on-duty data to be centralized in one system. Police Administrator Francois Gardere explained that all of the information can be retrieved at any time, but it is located in different databases, and some of those databases are not housed at the LAPD. He said that the Department agrees that the information should be centralized, and there is a plan to accomplish that within one year. The report was approved and the Department will report back in 60 days with a more detailed picture of the data, management issues related to injury-on-duty cases, and a comparison of LAPD to other law enforcement agencies in terms of injuries-on-duty.
The Inspector General's report relative to the review of the Mental Evaluation Unit (MEU) , was approved with the direction that the Department will provide quarterly updates. Lt. Brian Bixler reported that MEU staff, including clinicians from the County of Los Angeles, will actually be doubled after the beginning of the year. Captain John Romero noted that patrol officers are also receiving additional training in working effectively with the mentally ill, beginning with the Divisions which are most impacted.
Commissioners are welcome to attend these training sessions.
The Department's report relative to body worn video deployment and implementation costs and personal services agreement with Taser International, Inc, for body worn video and conducted electrical weapons for the Los Angeles Police Department , as presented by Chief Information Officer Maggie Goodrich, was approved. This next phase of the body worn cameras will deliver 6,200 cameras by 2016. The contract was awarded to Taser International, Inc., through the City contract process. Inspector General Alex Bustamante noted that the audits on the use of the body worn cameras will start to come to the Commission soon.
The Department's report relative to the grant application and award acceptance for the FY 15 Body Worn Camera Police and Implementation Program Grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance , as presented by Chief Information Officer Maggie Goodrich, was approved. This grant provides an addition $1,000,000 toward the implementation of the body worn camera project.
At the Police Commission Meeting on November 3, 2015
Chief Beck stated that on October 20,2015, he was in Washington D.C. to meet with law enforcement leaders to discuss reducing crime and incarceration. Chief Beck met with more than 60 Chiefs of Police and Attorney Generals gathered to discuss what can be done on the federal, state, and local level to reduce incarceration and crime.
The next day Chief Beck joined President Barack Obama to discuss the incarceration levels in the country, police use of force, and public trust. Chief Beck found President Obama to be extremely knowledgeable on law enforcement issues. The following week, President Obama incorporated many of the lessons learned from Los Angeles when addressing the IACP, Internal Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Beck attended the Major Cities Chiefs Conference in Chicago which was attended by the Chief of Police from the top 75 cities in America. They discussed the similarity of issues law enforcement is dealing with: violent crime, public trust, police use of force. Chief Beck found the conversation heartening. He said Los Angeles is on the right path as many other police departments across the nation are putting into practice what LAPD is doing.
Yesterday it was announced the arrest of the Western Bandit. Highlighted an incident over the weekend in Metro Division crime suppression detail in Rampart area where a male gang member, concealed weapon and fired at officers. The officers took the suspect into custody without using deadly force or firing their firearms. This does not happen all the time but he recognizes the success of the officers and is thankful for their lives.
The Department will undertake an end of year Use of Force Review more comprehensive than ever before. The report will include what Police Commission wants to see a report that is respective and relevant to the issues Police Commission wants to see addressed.
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 Olympic Area.
Department's verbal report and discussion relevant to the review of firearms qualification schedules for full-time and reserve police officers was presented by Deputy Chief Bill Murphy, Commanding Officer, Police Science and Training, and Lieutenant Darnell Davenport, Office in Charge, Reserve and Youth Education section.
Department's and Inspector General's verbal update report relevant to the progress in developing guidelines to be utilized in the process of procurement of supplies, goods and equipment by the Department will report back in 90 days.
Department's Report, dated October 14, 2015, relative to the Project Management and Quality Assurance for Computer-Aided Dispatch and Related Systems Agreement, as set forth. [BPC #15-0331] was approved and will be transmitted to the Mayor.
Department's Report, dated October 27, 2015, relative to the Personal Services Agreement with Emergency Response Crime Scene Cleaning for Emergency Crime Scene Cleanup Services, as set forth. [BPC #15-0332] was approved and will be transmitted to the Mayor.
At the Police Commission Meeting on October 20, 2015
Commission Comments - Commissioner Matthew Johnson stated that he attended the Mayor's Town Hall Meeting in South Los Angeles and he was disappointed that the meeting was cut short by a small group of disruptive individuals. Commissioner Johnson also attended one of the last training sessions devoted to "Operation Stand Down." He was very impressed with approach to the training.
Report of the Chief of Police - Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger reported that Violent Crime is up by 20.7%, and Part One Crime is up by 12.6%.
All items on the agenda were approved without discussion including: Executive Director's report on recommendation to reissue request for proposals to provide Official Police Garage towing and storage services for Service Area 8; Executive Director's report on Official Police Garage towing and storage rates for 2016; Department's report on request for proposals for a Records Management System for the Los Angeles Police Department; and Department's report on hit and run traffic collisions data.
One person was escorted out of the room because of disruptive behavior.
At the Police Commission Meeting on October 13, 2015
Commission Comments - Commissioner Matthew Johnson stated that he and his fellow Commissioners are limited in what can be publicly discussed regarding use of force cases, however, he did express deep concern over four recent cases. With that in mind, he asked for an update on the status of training in the areas of public trust, constitutional policing, use of force, and working with the mentally ill. Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger stated that training in each of these areas is going very strong and this kind of training is a priority for the Department. Inspector General Alexander Bustamante will also be monitoring the training closely, and will report back to the Commission with a status report.
Report of the Chief of Police - Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger reported that Violent Crime is up by 20.1%, and Part One Crime is up by 12.6%. There are currently 9,873 sworn employees, 2,667 civilian employees, and 6,248 Cadets.
Police Performance Auditor Jeff Phillips and Police Administrator John Neuman presented the Crime Classification Audit, which was approved. While the audit revealed generally good results, there were some areas of concern. Assistant Chief Michel Moore explained that the Department is always trying to achieve 100% compliance in classifying crimes within Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) standards, however that goal cannot be achieved with the current electronic equipment the Department uses. The newly-created Data Integrity Section is continually working on improving the compliance rate.
The amended Department Annual Audit Plan, as presented by Police Performance Auditor Jeff Phillips, was approved.
At the Police Commission Meeting on October 6, 2015
Commission Comments - Commissioner Rob Saltzman attended the recent recruit graduation and he shared that it always a positive experience.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck described the recent Above and Beyond Ceremony where the 25 individuals either received the Medal of Valor or the Purple Heart Award. Approximately 900 people attended the emotional ceremony. Chief Beck also participated in the Mounted Unit's fundraiser and the Rape Treatment Center's annual brunch. He noted the current display in the Police Administration Building lobby, which is a salute to actor Martin Milner who played LAPD Officer Pete Malloy in the television series "Adam Twelve." There are currently 9,885 sworn employees, 2,679 civilian employees, and 6,248 Cadets.
The Probationary Police Officer Procedures Audit, as presented by Police Performance Auditor Jeffrey Phillips and Commander Jon Peters, was approved with the understanding that the Department will present a status report on this issue in 90 days. Commissioner Johnson expressed his concern as he noted that the probationary period of an officer's career is critical, and as such, was monitored by the Consent Decree. The Consent Decree required that compliance rates be maintained at 95%, and this audit reflects low compliance rates. All four Bureaus presented their action plans to improve compliance. All plans centered on a specific and audited checklist for the training and/or probation coordinator.
The Department's Quarterly Discipline Report, Second Quarter, 2015, was received and the Office of the Inspector General was directed to submit an analysis of this report along with any appropriate recommendations to the Commission.
Seven people were escorted out of the meeting because of disruptions.
Senior Management Analyst I Amelia "Mel" Sayo has joined the Policy Section. She has been with the City of Los Angeles for almost 19 years and has worked within LAPD at Hollenbeck Division, Central Bureau, and Information Technology Bureau - Contracts Section. Prior to LAPD, she worked at the Housing Department, City Planning Department, and Los Angeles World Airports.
Management Analyst I Beverly Flynn has joined the Alarm Section. She has been with the City of Los Angeles for 25 years. She began her career at LAPD in Property Division, went to work at the Charter Bus Program at LADOT, and then returned to LAPD Property Division.
At the Police Commission Meeting on September 29, 2015
A quorum was established, and there were no commission comments. The meeting proceeded to the Report of the Chief of Police, and Chief Charlie Beck began by talking about his concern over a spike in citywide shootings from the previous weekend. There were 19 shootings, 12 of which were gang-related and four of which resulted in homicides. Chief Beck continued his report with additional, current crime statistics, including traffic-related data and departmental personnel statistics.
There was no report from the Inspector General; so the meeting proceeded to the Consent Agenda Items, which were approved after public comments. The meeting then proceeded to the Regular Agenda Items. There were three Regular Agenda Items. A motion was made to approve Items 4B and 4C, which was seconded and approved as follows:
- Item 4B, the Department's Report, dated September 9, 2015, relative to the request to negotiate an agreement with selected proposer, Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc., to provide routine hazardous materials waste management services, as set forth, was approved.
- Item 4C, the Department's Report, dated September 23, 2015, relative to the grant application and award for the 2015 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program, as set forth, was approved.
The meeting proceeded to Item 4A, the Inspector General's Report, dated September 29, 2015, relative to the investigation of the LAPD's procurement practices. Representing the Department for purposes of discussion before the commission were Inspector General Alexander Bustamante, Assistant Inspector General Jim Willis, Special Investigator Dave Baroway and Training Division Deputy Chief Bill Murphy. The presenters shared some general information about the investigation and then addressed specific questions and issues from the commissioners. Chief Beck also had some recommendations and comments. Lastly, Commission President Matt Johnson asked that any changes to the recommendations or additional information about the investigation be reported back to the commission in 30 days. He also asked Inspector General Bustamante to contact the City Attorney's Office and General Services Department for assistance in formulating the recommendations that will come back to the commission.
At the Police Commission Meeting on September 22, 2015
After a quorum was established, commissioner comments proceeded with President Matt Johnson reviewing several guidelines covering the proper protocol for members of the public to attend commission meetings and address the board. Commissioner Johnson also mentioned recently attending a silent vigil called “Suits in Solidarity,” at which he addressed about 50 attendees. “Suits in Solidarity” was a solidarity vigil dedicated to law enforcement reform and practices.
After a recess due to disruption from audience members, the meeting proceeded to the Report of the Chief of Police. Chief Beck provided current crime statistics, including data related to Department personnel and traffic collisions. He was especially pleased that no gang-related homicides occurred during the previous weekend.
After another recess due to disruption, the meeting resumed. There was no Report from the Executive Director or Inspector General; so the meeting proceeded to the Consent Agenda Items, which were approved. The meeting continued to the Regular Agenda Items. There were three Regular Agenda Items, two of which were verbal presentations. Commissioner Saltzman made a motion, which was seconded, to approve Item C as follows:
Item 8C, the Department's Report, dated September 15, 2015, relative to contract # 15112360 to present the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation courses, July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, as set forth, was approved.
The meeting proceeded with two verbal presentations. The first was Item 4A, a verbal presentation and update from the commanding officer and Community Police Advisory Board representative regarding community initiated problem solving, crime strategies and other programs and goals within the LAPD's Wilshire Area. The dialogue included a PowerPoint presentation to enhance and clarify discussion topics.
Item 4B, the second agenda item for discussion, was a Department verbal presentation and discussion relative to an overview of police officer training. Representing the Department before the commission was Deputy Chief Bill Murphy, Commanding Officer of Police Sciences and Training Bureau and Dr. Luanne Pannell, Director of Police Training and Education. A very comprehensive discussion ensued, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation, covering current and future elements of police officer training. Audience disruption once again interrupted the presentation. The meeting resumed after several minutes of recess, and the presentation continued. After the presentation, the commissioners had several comments and questions that Deputy Chief Murphy and Dr. Pannell were well prepared to address.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2015
||CONTACT: Tami Catania
POLICE COMMISSIONER MATTHEW JOHNSON ELECTED
OF THE LOS ANGELES POLICE COMMISSION
Los Angeles – On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Police Commissioner Matthew Johnson was elected President of the Los Angeles Police Commission by his fellow Police Commissioners. In accepting this post, he stated the following:
“Good morning. I am honored and humbled to have been appointed to the Board of Police Commissioners by our Mayor, Eric Garcetti. I strongly believe that this is the most important Commission in the City of Los Angeles, particularly at this moment in history. It is an honor to join my new colleagues? and I thank them for the trust and responsibility they have bestowed upon me as the President of this Commission.
The LAPD is the leader in providing law enforcement services to our diverse community. I am eager to learn more about the Department and I look forward to meeting as many of the nearly 10,000 police officers and 3,000 civilian staff that provide these services? to our great City as possible. I am equally eager to continue meeting with members of the public to hear their thoughts and concerns regarding the Department so I can be an effective representative for all the citizens of this City. I am committed to working in partnership with the community and Department as I begin this mission.
Our City wants and deserves an engaged Police Department that is equally committed to keeping our neighborhoods safe, reducing crime, constitutional policing AND respecting people's rights. Safe and prosperous communities rely on the work of an effective Police Department. Police work is incredibly difficult and often dangerous and the overwhelming majority of LAPD police officers perform their jobs in a lawful manner, with respect for the communities they serve.
Respecting rights and reducing crime are NOT conflicting goals. The history of Los Angeles has shown us this. The LAPD is not the same Department it was in 2001 when a Federal Consent Decree was needed to ensure reforms. Los Angeles exited the Federal Consent Decree with one of the most respected and emulated Police Departments in the country. Today, the Department largely reflects the diversity of the city it serves, has a strong commitment to community policing, and benefits from the most robust and effective civilian oversight of any major city in the country. However, as noted in the Independent Monitor's Final Report upon our release from the Consent Decree, "the process and institutions that have been created must be nurtured and strengthened by the City family in the years to come. Benign neglect will endanger the hard-won progress that the LAPD has made."
When situations occur where police officers employ deadly use of force there are many important questions we must ask. We must not be quick to judge the actions of those involved. Instead, we must ensure that a proper and thorough investigation is completed and be as transparent as legally permissible when adjudicating the investigation. As a Commission, it is our sworn responsibility to make sure that the facts are thoroughly analyzed and a fair result, based upon those facts, is arrived at.
We do not live in a bubble. We can't pretend that what happens in other cities does not have an impact on how our citizens feel, or fail to recognize that we have suffered our own conflicts arising out of police actions. Each of these incidents builds on the others, and feeds a narrative of "us" vs. "them." Each of these incidents impact how citizens view the Police and how the Police view their role and relationship with the communities they serve. All of the se incidents have impacted the relationship and trust between the community and the Police Department.? As Chief Beck recently noted, "there have been withdrawals from an important account," the LAPD account of trust between the Department and the community. With each withdrawal, there is a greater urgency to increase the speed of needed deposits into that account. In these moments, we need to take extra care to ensure that the bonds of trust between the Police and our diverse communities are secure and strengthened. This has to be done on an institutional level through policies and programs and on an individual level through the daily interactions of our officers and the public.
I am a firm believer, along with both Mayor Garcetti and Chief Beck, that community and relationship based policing is a powerful tool that if used fully, can transform the results we can achieve as a city. Now, more than ever, our officers need to have a presence in our diverse communities. As Mayor Garcetti said in his last State of the City, “When cops and community members don't know each other -- crime thrives. But knowing the neighborhood... knowing the people … building trust...This is the heart of our approach to tackling crime, which we call relationship-based policing.”
In the near future I will share some of the goals that I would like my colleagues to support as we move forward. Again thank you for the honor of serving on this Commission and being elected as President.
Let's begin the meeting.”
Commissioner Soboroff's final comments
Congratulation to our new President, Matt Johnson. I speak for all of his fellow Commissioners when I say we are committed to supporting your efforts and look forward to working with you to help a great City and a great Police Department.
Just two years ago I began my Presidency with a pledge to emphasize two words: Body Cameras
Similarly, I now begin my Vice Presidency with a pledge to emphasize two words: (1) De-escalation (2) Off-ramps
(1) All of us, on both sides of the body-cam, need to find additional tools to help us de-escalate conflicts before and during those critical seconds where the outcomes can be so tragic for all. From anger management, communication skills, less lethal physical alternatives, training, and respect for one another, there is not one of us in Los Angeles that can't benefit.
(2) There is one freeway that seems to get faster and faster even though more people are on it: the Freeway to Jail. The on-ramps are easy on for so many underserved men and women, boys and girls and there seem to be so very few Off-ramps. So, we must build bigger and more, but it can not be the sole responsibility of the LAPD to provide them.
There are virtually hundreds of service-providers in Los Angeles who provide ways off (I call them off-ramps) The Freeway to Jail. Gang Intervention programs, early childhood programs, substance abuse programs, mentoring programs, jobs programs, mental health programs, sports and cultural programs, counseling , after school and parenting programs, etc, etc. We have the service providers who have the abilities but they are horribly underfunded.
Without these programs it is virtually statistically impossible for underserved kids and teens to stay out of jail. And when they do get out, without enough guidance or opportunities, almost 70% wind up back in jail within a few years.
With these off ramp expansions will come an historic decrease in crime, and without them I don't even want to speculate the ramifications to ALL of us.
LAPD provides some great off-ramps: The Cadets program has 6,000 participants, we have little free libraries in many of our police stations, and all kinds of involvement with schools and sports. This weekend I'm going to a game of my favorite football team, The Watts Bears.
If we wait for government funding of the off-ramps, it will take decades and cost 10x. We need to all look in the mirror and say "Am I Doing All I Can"
The top 10% doesn't seem to have empathy for the bottom 40%. Ignoring homeless and gang violence does not make the problems go away.
Building off-ramps should be party talk, country club talk, dinner talk, parent-kid talk because it's cool, it's prestigious, it should be honored and publicized.
That's gonna be tougher than body cameras but it's worth it.
At the Police Commission Meeting on September 8, 2015
The meeting began with Executive Director Richard Tefank establishing that a quorum was present and directly proceeding to Item 1 on the agenda, the election of commission officers for 2016. Commission President Steve Soboroff nominated Matt Johnson as the new president. His nomination was seconded, and Matt Johnson nominated Commissioner Soboroff as vice president. His nomination was seconded, and the elections concluded.
During Commission Comments, President Matt Johnson said a few words about his new position and his hopes for accomplishments in the coming year. However, due to audience disruption, a temporary recess was called before he finished speaking. After several minutes, the meeting resumed, and President Johnson continued his address. Commissioner Soboroff added some comments and a few words of support.
The meeting proceeded to the Report of the Chief of Police, and Chief Charlie Beck began by congratulating the new commission president and thanking Commissioner Soboroff for his past service as commission president. Chief Beck went on to discuss an incident from earlier this morning in which one of the Mission Division officers was struck by a vehicle while setting up a perimeter. Chief Beck assured everyone that even though the officer had a broken leg, staples in his head and other injuries, he was expected to make a full recovery. He also mentioned a recent community forum in South Los Angeles that he believed was quite successful bringing together officers and local residents. He was also pleased about a decline in gang homicides over the past week, though homicides in the city overall remained at about the same level as recent statistics. Chief Beck concluded his report with current crime statistics, including traffic-related data. Due to audience disruption, a recess was once again called after Chief Beck's comments.
There was no report from the Inspector General; so the meeting proceeded to the Consent Agenda Items, which were approved after public comments. The meeting then proceeded to the Regular Agenda Items. There were eight Regular Agenda Items. A motion was made to approve Item 5H, which was seconded and approved as follows:
• Item 5H, the Department's Report, dated September 10, 2015, relative to the request for payment of reward offer on City Council File # 13-0010-S15, as set forth, was approved.
The meeting proceeded with Executive Director Richard Tefank giving a presentation on Item 5A, the Executive Director's Report, dated September 10, 2015, relative to the rules for public attendance and participation at meetings of the Board of Police Commissioners. After his presentation, Commissioners Robert Saltzman and Soboroff had a few comments/suggestions and asked for clarification on some points. Commissioner Johnson also added some comments. The new rules were then adopted with aforementioned changes/amendments.
The meeting proceeded with a verbal presentation from Assistant Inspector General Kevin Rogan and others regarding Item 5B, the Inspector General's Report, dated September 15, 2015, relative to review of the LAPD's Reserve Police Officer Program. After commissioner comments and responses from representatives of the Department before the commission, it was decided this item should be placed back on the agenda in a few weeks for further discussion.
The next order of business was Item 5C, the Department's Report, dated August 12, 2015, relative to the Handling of the Mentally Ill Audit (AD# 14-066). Discussion of this item was led by Police Performance Auditor Jeffrey Phillips who explained various aspects of the audit and answered questions and comments from the commissioners. After public comments, Item 5C was approved, as set forth.
The meeting proceeded with approval of additional agenda items. Before some of the items could be approved, there were public comments, as well as commissioner comments and questions to Department representatives before the board who were prepared with presentations.
• Item 5D, the Department's Report, dated August 25, 2015, relative to the Grant Award for the Fiscal Year 2015/16 Selective Traffic Enforcement Program Grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, as set forth, was approved.
• Item 5E, the Department's Report, dated September 3, 2015, relative to the Biased Policing Update- 2nd Quarter 2015 report to the Board of Police Commissioners, as set forth, was approved.
• Item 5F, the Department's Report, dated September 3, 2015, relative to the Policy Prohibiting Biased Policing- Revised, as set forth, was approved.
• Item 5G, the Department's Report, dated September 9, 2015, relative to the LAPD's Second Quarterly Risk Management and Harm Reduction Status report, as set forth, was approved.
At the Police Commission Meeting on September 1, 2015
Before a quorum was established, Commission President Steve Soboroff made some brief comments. Firstly, he announced there would be no commission meeting next week on Tuesday, September 8. The next regular meeting would be Tuesday, September 15.
Secondly, he advised that Regular Agenda Item 5A, relative to the Rules for Public Attendance and Participation at commission meetings, was being removed from the agenda for further development and discussion. Executive Director Richard Tefank also talked about why the item was being removed at the request of the City Attorney's Office.
A quorum was then officially established and the meeting proceeded. Commissioner Soboroff stated that Item 1, the Election of Officers, would be continued to the next meeting on September 15. There were no further commissioner comments, and the meeting proceeded to the Report of the Chief of Police.
Chief Beck began by discussing the rise in homicides occurring on a national level, including a breakdown of homicide types and numbers in Los Angeles. He then provided current crime and traffic statistics. Immediately following his report, Commissioner Soboroff asked questions about yesterday's rollout of the on-body camera program, and Chief Beck recommended the commission wait about one month to allow time for data collection and analysis.
There was no Report from the Executive Director or Inspector General; so the meeting proceeded to the Consent Agenda Items, which were all approved after public comments.
The next orders of business were the Regular Agenda Items. There were two Regular Agenda Items, one of which, Item 5A, was pulled from the agenda (see above). Commissioner Soboroff made a motion, which was seconded, to approve the remaining item as follows:
•Item 8B, the Department's Report, dated August 27, 2015, relative to the Supplemental Police Account Second Quarterly Report (April through June 2015), as set forth, was approved. .
At the Police Commission Meeting on August 25, 2015
The Election of Officers was postponed. Commissioner Steve Soboroff explained that the posts of President and Vice President of the Commission can only be held for two consecutive years. He anticipated that the election will be held on September 15 th .
Report of the Chief of Police - Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger stated that approximately 600 students are enrolled in the current recruit Cadet class. This is one of the largest classes since the inception of the Cadet program. He concluded with crime statistics, reporting that violent crime is up 19.6% compared to this time last year.
Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing Arif Alikhan, Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich, and Sgt. Daniel Gomez provided a verbal report relative to the status of the implementation of the Body Worn Video program and policies related to the use of and access to video imagery . Ms. Goodrich outlined the progress of the network and infrastructure needed to operate the cameras. Delivery of the cameras is on schedule and the next area to receive them is Mission Division, followed by Newton Division, and then Central Traffic Division. Sgt. Dan Gomez reported that the Divisions have been very receptive to the training and the implementation of the cameras is going well. Commissioner Robert Saltzman asked if there will be any forthcoming written policies regarding the discretion used by investigators when allowing or not allowing involved officers to view video, and the criteria when there is an exception and video is released publically by the Chief. It was his understanding that these issues were covered by other policies and he would like to see those policies. Mr. Alikhan explained that these issues are indeed embodied in everyday police work, governed by State and Federal regulations. As procedures and policies related to the use, storage and access of video imagery is still relatively new to the Los Angeles Police Department, it is anticipated that adjustments will be made as practical knowledge is obtained. A status report will be presented to the Police Commission in six months.
At the Police Commission Meeting on August 18, 2015
The Election of Officers was postponed.
Report of the Inspector General - Inspector General, Alex Bustamante provided an overview of the Inspector General?s involvement and review process following a Use of Force incident.
Co-Chair Betty Ley and Captain Todd Chamberlain presented the annual update from the Mission Area Community Police Advisory Board . Ms. Ley said that great progress has been made through Mission?s active participation in the Valley Co-Chair Bureau program. She said that working together is effective in reaching more individuals with information Mission Area CPAB was very effective in getting the word out in the "Cut the Kaboom," campaign designed to decrease the use of fireworks near the 4 th of July. They also participated in Kid's Day, Operation Ceasefire, Summer Night Lights, and Coffee with the Captain to increase community outreach and service. Captain Chamberlain described a very successful program where gang members and community members interact and talk about the impact of gang activity in the community and alternatives. The Mission Area also works closely with their Clergy Council, which has provided non-denominational speakers at numerous community events.
At the Police Commission Meeting on August 11, 2015
After a quorum was established, the meeting opened to commissioner comments with President Steve Soboroff reviewing public comments/speaking guidelines. He also acknowledged that today was the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots of 1965. Commissioner Robert Saltzman stepped in to talk about his participation in last week's recruit graduation ceremony. He also expressed appreciation for recent training he underwent in Hollywood Area.
The meeting proceeded to the Report of the Chief of Police with Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger sitting in for Chief Charlie Beck who was on vacation. Chief Paysinger provided a brief overview of crime statistics based on data from last week.
Next on the agenda was the Report from the Executive Director, provided by Executive Director Richard Tefank. He informed everyone that until the new commissioner, Matt Johnson, who is replacing Commissioner Paula Madison can be confirmed, Commissioner Madison will remain in her position (though she is currently on vacation). Matt Johnson will most likely assume commissioner responsibilities in early September.
There was no Report of the Inspector General; so the meeting proceeded to Consent Agenda Items, which were all approved with no discussion.
The next order of business was the Regular Agenda Items. There were two Regular Agenda Items, both of which were verbal presentations.
• Item 8A was a verbal presentation and update from the commanding officer and Community Police Advisory Board representative regarding community initiated problem solving, crime strategies, and other programs and goals within the LAPD's Southeast Area.
Because of significant disruption to the meeting during the public comment period following the verbal presentation for Item 8A, Commissioner Soboroff continued Item 8B to a future meeting and called for a temporary recess. After about 20 minutes, the meeting resumed for a few closing public comments and was then adjourned.
NOTE: The recording of the meeting is in two parts. Part one covers the meeting before the recess, and part two covers the remainder of the meeting after the recess.
At the Police Commission Meeting on August 4, 2015
The Election of Officers was postponed to August 11, 2015.
Commission Comments - Each Commissioner expressed their appreciation to Commissioner Paula Madison for her professionalism, grace and fairness as a fellow Police Commissioner for the last two years. Each added that they learned a great deal from her and will reflect on her guidance often. Commissioner Kathleen Kim commented that she provided "enormous inspiration."
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck thanked Commissioner Madison for her consistently fair and dedicated service to the City and to the Los Angeles Police Department. He noted the significant role the men and women of the LAPD played in the success of the Special Olympics. On Tuesday evening, the LAPD will participate in National Night Out, an event that encourages all to attend various law enforcement events in a stand against crime. Total Part One Crime is up by 12.1% and Violent Crime is up by 19%, compared to this time last year. There are currently 9,897 sworn employees, 2,678 civilian employees, and 6,493 Cadets.
Report of the Inspector General - On behalf of the staff of the Office of the Inspector General, Mr. Alex Bustamante thanked Commissioner Madison for her devotion and professionalism.
Police Administrator Thom Brennan provided a verbal status report of the review of the Los Angeles Police Department Area Station Security Cameras . Since the last time he provided an update, 100 people have been trained on the appropriate operation of the station cameras, and 60 more will trained shortly. Mr. Brennan has visited each station in the West and Valley Bureaus and developed a list of needed additional cameras which will be included in next year's budget.
Assistant Chief Jorge Villegas, Deputy Chief Bill Scott, and each of the South Bureau Captains provided a verbal current status and response to recent gang violence in Operations - South Bureau . The Department has responded with increased deployment and strategies to the reality of increased gun violence in the South Bureau in the last ten days. A rumor had been spread through social media referencing 100 days of violence, however that rumor has been dispelled. One of the lessons learned in crime prevention has been to place increased attention on crime scene management. This theory is also beneficial in the management of large funerals when there is a potential for rival gang activity. Enhanced community policing is an additional component of the strategy to combat crime in this area.
All remaining agenda items, including: the Executive Director's report recommending qualified vendor to provide Official Police Garage Towing and Storage Services for Area 2; the Department's report on reprogramming of miscellaneous funds on deposit in the Los Angeles Police Department Donation Trust Fund; the Department's report on funding for the 2015/16 Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act Program; the Department's report on the grant application and award for the 2015 Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Grant; the Department's report on the Los Angeles County Fiscal Year 2015-16 Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Program Grant; the Department's report on the Ethics Enforcement Section Quarterly Report, First Quarter, 2015; the Department's report on the 77 th Street Area Detective Command Accountability Performance Audit; the Department's report on the Operations- West Bureau Narcotics Enforcement Detail Command Accountability Performance Audit; the Department's report on the West Valley Area Detective Command Accountability Performance Audit; and the Department's report on the Property Division Audit, were approved.
At the Police Commission Meeting on July 22, 2015
The Election of Officers was postponed to August 4, 2015.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck participated in the mid-year crime statistics press conference with Mayor Eric Garcetti. While the crime statistics have slightly improved since the beginning of the year, they are not where Chief Beck would like to see them. Total Part One Crime is up by 11.7% and Violent Crime is up by 19.1%, compared to this time last year. Hit and Run incidents are up by 12.1%. There are currently 9,925 sworn employees, 2,678 civilian employees, and 6,183 Cadets.
Report of the Executive Director - Mr. Richard Tefank announced that there will be no Police Commission meeting next week, however all meetings in August will occur at the regularly scheduled time of 9:30 am on Tuesdays. He also noted that Agenda Item 9M has been continued to August 4, 2015.
Report of the Inspector General - Mr. Alex Bustamante introduced Police Special Investigator II Craig Jeffery, who has joined the Office of the Inspector General, Categorical Use of Force Section. He has extensive experience with Scotland Yard and has specializes in civil rights investigations.
The Inspector General's investigation of the Los Angeles Police Department's Homicide Clearance Rates was approved. Commissioner Paula Madison stated that she was initially concerned over the idea that homicide clearance rates were in any way compromised, however she is now satisfied that they are not, and that any issues raised were correctable administrative issues. Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese added that he was certain that the investigations were complete and that the recommended administration issues are being immediately addressed.
The Non-Categorical Use of Force Investigations Audit , as presented by Lt. Cheryl Baratta, was approved. The Commissioners commended the Department on the quality of the audit as well as the findings.
At the Police Commission Meeting on June 30, 2015
Report of the Chief of Police - Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger reminded all of the dangers of leaving children and pets in vehicles now that the temperatures are high. He reported that Total Part One Crime is up by 12.3%, compared to this time last year, and Violent Crime is up by 21.1%. There are currently 9,875 sworn employees, 2,688 civilian employees, and 5,263 Cadets.
Report of the Executive Director - Mr. Richard Tefank provided a correction to agenda item 8L, making the title of the report, "Write-Off of Uncollectible False Alarm Receivables - January 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012." He reported that the next regularly scheduled Police Commission meeting will be on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.
Commander Bill Murphy described the scenario which led to the recommendation to award the Medal of Valor to Officer Sheila Sparkman and Officer Josue Pena, which the Commissioners approved. These officers acted heroically during a domestic violence call in the Hollywood Hills.
All remaining agenda items were approved: the Standards Based Assessment and Employee Evaluation Report Audit (AD No. 14-012); the Grant Application and Award Acceptance for the 2015-2016 Operation ABC Grant Award from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control; the Grant Application and Award Acceptance for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 AB 109 Funds - Public Safety Realignment; the Budget Modification for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) 2014 and the Community Policing Development Grant; the Request for Payment of Reward Offer on City Council File No. 12-0010-S45; the Destruction of Obsolete Duplicate Records for Hollywood Area; the Memorandum of Agreement between the Los Angeles Harbor Department and the Los Angeles Police Department for Aerial Patrols and Specialized Missions Services; the report on Home-Garaging Authorities - Fiscal Year 2015/16; the report on Quarterly Discipline Report, First Quarter, 2015; the report on Gang Enforcement Detail/Community Law Enforcement and Recovery Selection Criteria Audit; and the Executive Director's report on Write-Off of Uncollectible False Alarm Accounts Receivable - January 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012 (amended).
Police Officer II Bumjin Kim has joined Commission Investigation Division. He has been with LAPD for approximately eight years. He did his probation at Hollenbeck Division and then he worked Mission Division in Patrol, Special Problems Unit, Special Enforcement Section, and Safer Cities Initiative.
Police Officer II Corey Dillard and Police Officer II Raymond De La Torre are both now permanent members of Commission Investigation Division, following their service on loan
Sr. Clerk Typist Alfonso Mendez has promoted and will be moving from the Policy Section, Executive Office, to the Charitable Services Section, Commission Investigation Division.
Congratulations to all!
At the Police Commission Meeting on June 18, 2015
After a quorum was established, Commissioner Paula Madison opened the meeting with a reminder about proper behavior and guidelines for members of the public who attend and speak at police commission meetings. Commissioner Robert Saltzman acknowledged the success of a reception held recently for the LGBT community in connection with June as Gay Pride Month. He also noted a very good turnout of Department personnel who marched in the Gay Pride Parade this past Sunday.
The meeting proceeded to the Report of the Chief of Police. Chief Beck directly provided current crime statistics, including data related to Department personnel and traffic collisions.
The Report of Executive Director Richard Tefank followed. He noted there would be no regular commission meeting next week (June 23) and that Regular Agenda Item 8A was being removed from the agenda to be rescheduled for a later date.
There was no report from the Inspector General; so the meeting proceeded to the Consent Agenda Items, which were approved, and the meeting proceeded to the Regular Agenda Items. There were six Regular Agenda Items, not counting Agenda Item 8A, which had been removed. Commissioner Saltzman made a motion, which was seconded, to approve Items 8B through 8E as follows:
• Item 8B, the Department's Report, dated June 12, 2015, relative to the Revolving Training Fund Budget for Fiscal Year 2015/16, as set forth, was approved.
• Item 8C, the Department's Report, dated June 5, 2015, relative to the request for proposals for security guard services, as set forth, was approved.
• Item 8D, the Department's Report, dated June 5, 2015, relative to the memorandum of agreement between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department regarding payment to IBM Corporation for professional services and hosting LAPD Coplink data, as set forth, was approved.
• Item 8E, the Department's Report, dated June 12, 2015, relative to the professional services agreement between the LAPD and Celplan Technologies, Inc. for expansion of the wireless camera surveillance system, as set forth, was approved.
The meeting proceeded with two final agenda items for discussion. The first was Item 8F, the Department's Report, dated June 9, 2015, the Biased Policing Update- 1st Quarter 2015 report to the Board of Police Commissioners. Representing the Department before the commission was Internal Affairs Group Commanding Officer Stuart Maislin. Commander Maislin reviewed basic components of the report and then took questions/comments from the commissioners, after which the commissioners approved the report as set forth.
Item 8G, the last agenda item for discussion, was the Department's Report, dated June 12, 2015, relative to the Complaint Process Audit (AD# 14-028). Representing the Department before the commission was Commander Maislin and Police Performance Auditor Jeffrey Phillips, who explained some aspects of the report. The commissioners then approved the report as set forth.
At the Police Commission Meeting on June 2, 2015
Commission Comments - Commissioner Robert Saltzman reminded all of the LGBTQ Reception for all LAPD employees, sworn and civilian, in the afternoon, June 2, 2015, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, in the COMPTSTAT Room.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Earl Paysinger reported that LAPD Officers are now distributing 500,00 Dodger cards. These cards feature 20 LAPD officers and are intended to allow positive interaction with youth in the City. In mid-summer, another 500,000 cards will be available for distribution. Total Part One Crime is up by 13.1%, compared to this time last year.
Co-Chairs Vicki Burch and Captain Eric Estridge presented the annual update from the Foothill Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) . This CPAB currently has 23 members and has 10 additional individuals in the application process. Many issues are addressed regularly, but the CPAB has recently focused on for issues: human trafficking, homelessness, emergency preparedness, and outreach. An example of the success of these efforts is the fact that 135 homeless individuals have been assessed in the area, and 40 to 50 homeless individuals have actually been housed. In community outreach, this CPAB made arrangements for a targeted group of individuals to experience the Force Option Simulator, which was an enlightening experience for all.
Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich and Sgt. Dan Gomez provided an update on the implementation of the Digital In-Car Video System in Operations-Central Bureau and the deployment of On-Body Video Cameras . For the In-Car Cameras, installation in Central Bureau stations is now complete, with the exception of the Northeast station, and that station will receive the cameras when construction is complete. The next Bureau to receive the In-Car Cameras is West Bureau. As time passes, the technology of the cameras continues to be updated, but the basic elements have not changed. The first group of donated On-Body Cameras will be distributed in August in the following order: Mission station, Newton station, and Central Traffic Division. The Department is working through the procurement process of the City-funded On-Body Cameras, and the first 3,500 cameras should be available for distribution in the fall. Commissioners Robert Saltzman, Paula Madison and Kathleen Kim expressed an interest in clarifying the policy for the use, storage and access of video obtained through On-Body Cameras. When the policy was approved by the Commission on April 28, 2015, there were some points which needed further clarification: the circumstances used in the release of video, internal access, and the ability of officers to review video before making statements. President Steve Soboroff appointed himself and Commissioner Robert Saltzman as a committee to meet with Department staff regarding the "meet and confer" process with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, and further clarification of the above mentioned items. Commissioner Soboroff stated that all clarifications would take place before the On-Body Cameras are in the field in August.
At the Police Commission Meeting on May 19, 2015
Commission Comments - Commissioner Robert Saltzman noted that he had planned on attending the Long Beach Pride Parade, but was unfortunately not feeling well. He heard that law enforcement was well-represented at the parade. He also invited all LAPD employees, sworn and civilian, to attend the LGBTQ Reception, on June 2, 2015, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, in the COMPTSTAT Room.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck acknowledged the employees with 30 and more years of service in a ceremony earlier in the morning. He attended the various events of Police Memorial Week in Washington D.C., where President Obama highlighted the loss of LAPD Officer Roberto Sanchez. Total Part One Crime is up by 13.5% compared to this time last year, and gang-related crime is up by 22.8%. Chief Beck completed his report stating there are currently 9,888 sworn employees, 2,714 civilian employees, and 6,093 cadets.
Report of the Executive Director - Richard Tefank reminded all of the next community meeting which will be held on May 28, 2015, 6:30 pm, at the Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi Street, in Porter Ranch.
Co-Chairs Aida Cerda and Captain Jeff Bert presented the annual update from the Northeast Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) . Northeast has expanded the successful "Mama's Captain's Table" program, which has provided an ongoing conversation with community representatives and their families. The outreach has focused on underserved communities and schools, where Senior Lead Officers have been developing programs for more contact with the youth. Northeast has also launched a PALs sports program, and a Northeast Youth Council. Some of the accomplishments during the last year include assisting with the installment of 17 street lights, the graduation of 15 individuals from the citizen's academy, the presentation of AB60 Forums, and numerous food and toy giveaways.
The Department's report relative to the categorical use of force investigations involving animal shootings and non-tactical unintentional discharges of firearms , was approved. Commissioners asked that an additional report be provided in the future which outlines the process for classifying use of force incidents as either categorical or non-categorical.
The Department's report relative to the review of Council Motion (Homeless/Mental Health) , as presented by Captain Kelly Muldorfer and Lt. Brian Bixler, was approved. The Department's Mental Evaluation Unit (MEU) is lauded as a leader in the country for its ability to intervene effectively in incidents with individuals with mental illness. The discussion led to the increasing need for services for the mentally ill, the homeless, and those suffering with substance abuse. Commissioner Soboroff noted that law enforcement is on the front line to respond to these issues, but it is a larger community issue and service providers are at their limit of ability to assist. Commissioner Madison asked if MEU personnel has been increased due to the increased number of calls related to contact with individuals suffering with mental illness. It has not, yet the work is still being accomplished. It was decided that the Commission will coordinate with the Mayor's Office, which is working on a universal approach to the issue.
At the Police Commission Meeting on May 12, 2015
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck was pleased to share information on the recent Cadet graduation ceremony and the success of the gun buy-back event over the weekend. He reported that Total Part One Crime is up by 13% compared to this time last year, and gang-related crime is up by 24%. Chief Beck completed his report stating there are currently 9,888 sworn employees, 2,714 civilian employees, and 6,093 cadets.
Report of the Executive Director - Richard Tefank reminded all of the next community meeting which will be held on May 28, 2015, 6:30 pm, at the Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi Street, in Porter Ranch.
Co-Chairs Ron Drescher and Captain Steve Carmona presented the annual update from the North Hollywood Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) . This CPAB has recently grown in size to 37 members due to increased outreach and active participation by all members. A large focus has been placed on emergency preparedness of the community to avoid chaos when an emergency occurs. Approximately 3,000 people have been trained in emergency preparedness in the North Hollywood Area. Some of the side benefits of this training include an increased number of Neighborhood Watch groups and enhanced community relations. Mr. Drescher noted that the good community outreach is related to the Division's crime reduction success, which is the second best in the City. Captain Carmona added that the Division is consistently approaching the homeless issue and recently participated in a Council-sponsored information fair for the homeless.
At the Police Commission Meeting on May 5, 2015
Commission Comments - Commissioner Robert Saltzman and Commissioner Paula Madison attended the LGBTQ Forum. Commissioner Saltzman thanked the Department for the leadership shown in communication with the LGBTQ community.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck shared the Department's condolences with the members of the New York Police Department as they mourn the loss of Police Officer Brian Moore. He also attended the State Police Memorial Services in Sacramento. Sadly, three names from the Los Angeles Police Department were added to the Memorial from last year. He noted the passing of LAPD Officer (Ret.) Fanchon Blake who was instrumental in creating equal opportunities for women in the Department. All May Day events went well and there were no arrests. He also noted that many youth attended the Safe Summer Tip-Off at the Galen Center and a good time was had by all. A gun buy-back event will occur at several locations throughout the City this weekend. Total Part One Crime is up by 13.5% compared to this time last year. Chief Beck completed his report stating there are currently 9,888 sworn employees, 2,712 civilian employees, and 6,081 cadets.
Report of the Executive Director - Richard Tefank reminded all of the next community meeting which will be held on May 28, 2015, 6:30 pm, at the Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi Street, in Porter Ranch.
All agenda items were approved: Executive Director's recommendation of qualified vendor to provide Official Police Garage and Storage Services for Service Area 16 (RFP #14-980-010) , the Executive Director's recommendation of qualified vendor to provide Official Police Garage and Storage Services for Service Area 14 (RFP #14-980-011) , the request for proposals for the Internet Auctioning Services for Unclaimed Personal Property , and the payment of reward offer on City Council File No. 14-0010-S7 .
At the Police Commission Meeting on April 28, 2015
Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting by acknowledging the tragedy of a recent earthquake in Nepal and extending hope the civil unrest in Baltimore will soon come to an end. After he spoke, the board secretary noted that a quorum was established. Commissioner Robert Saltzman began by talking about two events he had recently attended: a promotional celebration for Chief Beatrice Girmala and the retirement event for Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur. Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa mentioned she had also recently attended a retirement event for Assistant Chief Jorge Villegas.
The meeting proceeded to the Report of the Chief of Police. Chief Charlie Beck began by mentioning his call for all sworn personnel to be in uniform. He attributed this to both the current unrest in Baltimore and recent terrorist threats calling for insurgents to launch attacks on people in uniforms, including law enforcement officers. Secondly, Chief Beck talked briefly about attending an important counter-terrorism conference earlier this morning. He concluded his report with current crime and traffic statistics, including personnel statistics.
For the Report of the Executive Director, Executive Director Richard Tefank reminded everyone of an upcoming police commission meeting in the community on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. The location will be Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch.
There was no report from the Inspector General; so the meeting proceeded to the Consent Agenda Items, which were approved, and the meeting proceeded to the Regular Agenda Items. There were five Regular Agenda Items. Item 8A was a verbal presentation, and Items 8B and 8C were pulled for discussion.
•Item 8D, the Department's Report, dated April 10, 2015, relative to the request for payment of a reward offer on City Council File #12-0010-59, as set forth, was approved.
•Item 8E, the Department's Report, dated April 17, 2015, relative to the request for proposals for routine hazardous materials waste management services for the LAPD, as set forth, was approved.
The meeting continued with Item 8A, a verbal presentation and update about community initiated problem solving, crime strategies, and other programs and goals within the 77th Street Area. Representing the Department before the commission was Captain Cory Palka, 77th Street Area Commanding Officer, and Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) Member Gwendolyn Wood. Commander Palka talked about the kinds of relationships his officers strive to create with the community, as well as participation in local C-PAB-related activities. Ms. Wood made some comments about the increased success of getting new community members to join the C-PAB and the overall value of C-PAB outreach.
The meeting proceeded to Item 8B, the Department's Report, dated April 23, 2015, relative to the responsibilities and procedures for the use and deployment of Body Worn Video (BWV) equipment for Department Personnel. Representing the Department before the commission was Arif Alikhan, Director of the Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy; Chief Jorge Villegas, Director of the Office of Operations; Maggie Goodrich, Chief Information Officer; and Sergeant Dan Gomez, from the Department's Information Technology Bureau. Many topics were discussed in detail, including overall policy, monitoring policy progress, guidelines for viewing video footage and more. Inspector General Alexander Bustamante had substantial comments, along with the commissioners who had various questions and concerns. Chief Beck also contributed to the discussion. After an extensive dialogue, the Department's Report, as set forth, was approved.
The final order of business was Item 8C, the Inspector General's Report, dated April 28, 2014, relative to the review of the Department's Code-Three Collision Reports. Commissioner Saltzman wanted to discuss one of the report's findings, which dealt with officers not wearing seatbelts. Representing the Department before the commission was Captain Phillip Fontanetta, Commanding Officer of the Emergency Operations Division (EOD); Commanding Officer Jon Peters, Office of Operations; and Lieutenant David Ferry of the EOD. Both commanding officers discussed in detail efforts to increase officer usage of seatbelts. Chief Beck also added some comments on this topic. There was also some discussion about patrol car rates of speed being omitted from the collision reports. Lieutenant Ferry addressed this issue. Shortly after that, the Inspector General's Report, as set forth, was approved.
SPECIAL REPORT: INTRADEPARTMENTAL CORRESPONDENCE
Body Camera Report and Reccomendations
April 23, 2015
TO: The Honorable Board of Police Commissioners
FROM: Chief of Police
SUBJECT: BODY WORN VIDEO PROCEDURES
1. That the Board of Police Commissioners REVIEW and APPROVE the attached Special
Order regarding Body Worn Video Procedures:
The Los Angeles Police Foundation has enabled, through its generosity, the Los Angeles Police
Department (LAPD) to deploy over 800 Body Worn Video (BWV) devices within the next
several months. In addition, on December 16, 2014, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the
City will equip 7,000 LAPD officers by the end of Fiscal Year 2016-17 and has included funding
in his Fiscal Year 2015-16 proposed budget for approximately 4,500 BWV devices.
Over the past several months, the Department has worked collaboratively with community
groups, union representatives, privacy advocates, legal experts, and other police agencies in
developing the attached procedures for the use and deployment of Body Worn Video by
Department personnel. The proposed Special Order reflects the insights provided by these
stakeholders and the unique dynamics of protecting our vibrant and unique city. The use of
BWV will not only assist officers in the performance of their duties but will promote
accountability and continue strengthening the trust of the community we protect and serve.
If any additional information regarding this report is required, please contact:
Director, Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy, at (213) 486-8730.
Chief of Police
At the Police Commission Meeting on April 21, 2015
Commission Comments - Commissioners Paula Madison and Sandra Figueroa-Villa attended the retirement celebration for Deputy Chief Terry Hara. Commissioner Madison said that it was a beautiful event with multicultural entertainment. Commissioner Robert Saltzman attended the most recent recruit graduation. He always finds graduations inspiring so he was disappointed to report that the class was quite small (16 officers), and there were no African Americans and only one female. Commissioner Steve Soboroff said that he recently met with Chief Beck and there is indeed a plan in place to enhance recruitment. Commissioner Soboroff also visited the LAPD Special Olympics Division to learn of the immense coordination efforts of numerous agencies and organizations to bring this large-scale event to Los Angeles this summer.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck participated in the Memorial Run at the Police Academy during the past weekend, noting that this event kicks off Police Memorial Month (May). He explained that the recruit classes are indeed growing slowly in size and there is a concerted effort to increase them further. As stated in the Mayor's State of the City Address, the Metropolitan Division is being increased in size as well and Community Relations will now become a Division with greater inclusion throughout the Department. Commissioner Soboroff inquired if the Metropolitan officers will be receiving body cameras, to which Chief Beck responded yes, they will be wearing the cameras as they are not exempt. Commissioner Figueroa-Villa asked if the Metropolitan officers are trained in Community Relations, to which Chief Beck responded that they have been, as all officers of the Department have. Commissioner Madison asked if the uptick in crime is reflective of the categorization changes, or if the crime is real. Chief Beck explained that category changes have increased the numbers in some types of crimes, but not all. In many of the violent crimes, the figures are truly up, as they are statewide. The uptick may or may not be reflective of recent legislation. Chief Beck completed his report stating there are currently 9,882 sworn employees, 2,715 civilian employees, and 6,081 cadets.
Report of the Executive Director - Richard Tefank reminded all of the next community meeting which will be held on May 28, 2015, 6:30 pm, at the Shephard of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi Street, in Porter Ranch.
Police Officer III+I Deon Joseph , Police Officer II Delano Hutchins , Police Officer II Andre Linnear were given certificates for their outstanding work in the Skid Row area. In 2005, the LAPD launched the Safer Cities Initiative (SCI) to address quality of life issues in the Skid Row area of Downtown Los Angeles. The SCI assigned 50 officers to work full-time to police the 50-block area encompassing Skid Row. Today, there is one lieutenant, seven sergeants, and 50 officers assigned to the project. SCI works in conjunction with the Los Angeles Homeless Service Association and the Los Angeles County of Department of Mental Health to provide direct services to the residents of Skid Row.
Special Assistant for Community Policing Arif Alikhan, Risk Manager Michael Hyams, and Captain Dominic Chow provided a verbal presentation of the First Quarter, 2015, Risk Management Report . Mr. Alikhan provided a review of the theories driving the new approach to risk management at the Department, and he described the reorganization which will enhance preventive risk management. For this update, the focus was placed on workers compensation claims as those claims represent a large proportion of the financial harm. Some of the techniques to be used to lower this harm will be to provide daily safety reminders to personnel. Commissioner Kathleen Kim noted that while the reorganization and plan for enhanced risk management sounds rather bureaucratic, it is very well thought out.
Captain Kelly Mulldorfer and Lt. Lionel Garcia spoke about the Department's Crisis Response Support Section . Lt. Garcia described the critical work being accomplished by his Section and how it has greatly enhanced how the Department, with the assistance of County mental health clinicians, works with the mentally ill. The structure of the Mental Evaluation Unit has been emulated throughout the country by numerous law enforcement agencies as a proactive way to effectively work with the mentally ill in crisis situations.
At the Police Commission Meeting on April 14, 2015
Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting and a quorum was established. After very brief comments, the meeting proceeded directly to the Report of the Chief of Police. Chief Charlie Beck began by mentioning the success and significance of last weekend's reserve officer appreciation banquet. He also announced he would be attending Mayor Garcetti's state-of-the-city address this evening. Chief Beck concluded his report with current crime statistics, including traffic and personnel statistics.
For the Report of the Executive Director, Executive Director Richard Tefank reminded everyone about the next police commission meeting that will be in the community during the evening. It will be held on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. Complete location details will be provided at a later date.
There was no report from the Inspector General; so the meeting proceeded to the Consent Agenda Items with approval of all items and no discussion.
Regular Agenda Items proceeded with six items. Items 8A and 8B were verbal presentations. Item 8C, the Department's Report, dated April 9, 2015, relative to the recommendation for the Medal of Valor, was pulled for discussion.
• Item 8D, the Department's Report, dated April 10, 2015, relative to the extension for the 2012 Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program, as set forth, was approved.
• Item 8E, the Department's Report, dated April 10, 2015, relative to the extension for the 2009 Community Oriented Policing Services Technology Grant Program, as set forth, was approved.
• Item 8F, the Department's Report, dated April 10, 2015, relative to the extension for the 2011 Community Oriented Policing Services Child Sexual Predator Program Grant, as set forth, was approved.
The meeting proceeded with Item 8A, a verbal presentation and update from the commanding officer and a representative from the Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) regarding community initiated problem solving, crime strategies, and other programs and goals within LAPD's Newton Area. Representing the Department before the commission was Captain Jorge Rodriguez, Commanding Officer of the Southwest Area. Appearing with Captain Rodriguez was Newton Area C-PAB Co-Chair Gilbert Rodillo. The discussion primarily focused on efforts to increase C-PAB membership, educating residents about LAPD and C-PAB and other related issues. Following the presentation, the commissioners had a few questions and comments.
The next order of business was Item 8B, the Department's and Office of the Inspector General's verbal presentation and discussion relative to the progress of their working group regarding a review of the training for response to “suicide-by-cop” situations. Representing the Department before the commission were Dr. Luann Pannell, Director of Police Training and Education, and Kevin Jablonski, Chief Psychologist and Commanding Officer of Behavioral Science Services. Dr. Pannell began by mentioning that today's presentation would be a follow-up to a previous report/presentation, after which there was a brief video showing actual suicide-by-cop incidents. Discussion topics primarily focused on efforts to improve officer training in this area and the negative effects of officer-involved shootings on officers. Following the discussion, Commissioner Kathleen Kim had a brief comment.
The final item was Item 8C, the Department's Report, dated April 9, 2015, relative to the recommendation for the Medal of Valor. Bill Murphy, Commanding Officer of Police Sciences and Training Bureau represented the Department before the commission. Commander Murphy described the circumstances revolving around a gun battle with a suspect that led to the two officers being proposed as Medal of Valor recipients. The commissioners consequently approved the report, as set forth.
LAPD Statement on Mayor's State of the City Address
Los Angeles: Tonight Mayor Eric Garcetti gave his State of the City Address in which he highlighted several ways the Los Angeles Police Department will continue to fight crime and foster a strong relationship with the community.
In the coming months, there will be an additional 200 officers assigned to Metropolitan Division. This increase will allow officers to quickly be sent to areas where there is an increase in crime or need for extra police patrols.
The Mayor announced that the plans to double the number of Domestic Abuse Response Teams (DART) in the City will be accomplished six months ahead of schedule. DART is a multi-disciplinary team in which law enforcement officers are paired with highly trained victim advocates. The teams meet with and give victims of domestic abuse the legal, medical, and emotional support they need to break the cycle of violence. The Mayor committed earlier this year to placing a DART team in each geographical division.
In an effort to continue to provide a safe environment for the community, the Mayor will increase the budget for the Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD) program by $5.5 million. The increased budget will allow for the program to cover new territory. And Summer Night Lights, a summertime GRYD program which gives LAPD a huge interaction with the community and builds trust in areas that are most impacted by gang violence, will be expanded to provide Friday night programming year-round in select parks.
The Mayor also unveiled the creation of a new LAPD Division. This new division will combine community outreach, community policing, and social media engagement. This division will focus on relationship-building with the LAPD and the diverse communities in the City while leveraging best-practices in community policing and cutting-edge digital media technologies.
"I am pleased with the support Mayor Garcetti has shown for public safety" said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. "The year ahead will prove to be a break out year in community partnerships and relationship building for the LAPD."
At the Police Commission Meeting on April 7, 2015
Report of the Chief of Police - Earlier in in the morning, Chief Charlie Beck was pleased to hand out 98 pins to LAPD employees with 25 years of service, and he thanked Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa for attending the ceremony as well. He described a day of training for members of the media at the Davis Training Center. The event was well-attended and allowed the participants to see first-hand the training that the recruit officers receive. Year-to-date total Part One Crime is up by 14.4%, however, that number is down compared to last week. There are currently 9,859 sworn employees, 2,720 civilian employees, and 6,081 cadets.
Co-Chair Johnnie Raines, Mr. Leslie Evans and Captain Gerald Woodyard provided a status report from the Southwest Community Police Advisory Board . This diverse board uses a committee system to address specific issues such as recruitment, training, communications, youth, and community engagement. Mr. Raines described an outstanding CPAB project where the members worked with other organizations in interviewing 96 homeless individuals to learn of their needs, and then they actually addressed the needs of the homeless individuals to improve their quality of life. They continue to monitor the homeless camps monthly to assist individuals. Commissioner Steve Soboroff was so impressed with the program that he asked to visit Southwest Division to learn more. Chief Charlie Beck added that the homeless issue is persistent throughout the City, and the Southwest Division is achieving good results through this program.
At the Police Commission Meeting on March 24, 2015
Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting and a quorum was established. During commission comments, Commissioner Robert Saltzman mentioned his appreciation for attending last week's Women's Conference and the recruit graduation. Commissioner Paula Madison talked about recently attending the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives event where LAPD Deputy Chief Bill Scott was honored.
For the Report of the Chief of Police, Chief Charlie Beck began by mentioning the recent death of retiree Lieutenant Marion Hellenkamp, the Department's first African-American lieutenant. He went on to acknowledge a recent, annual fundraising event where officers had their heads shaved in conjunction with raising donations to assist childhood cancer victims. Chief Beck continued with his customary crime report overview, including traffic statistics and data on the number of personnel in the Department. He also mentioned the Department would continue to aggressively recruit African-American applicants as new officers.
The next agenda item was a presentation to the LAPD Scientific Investigation Division (SID) for receiving the International Association of Chiefs of Police August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award. Members from the division were in attendance and came forward to be acknowledged and photographed as a group. The SID received the award for innovations in DNA testing related to crime solving and research.
Consent Agenda Items proceeded with approval of all items.
Regular Agenda Items proceeded with three items. All items (8A through 8C) were pulled for commissioner comments and discussion.
The meeting proceeded with Item 8B, the Department's Report, dated February 25, 2015, relative to the 2014 Biased Policing and Mediation Annual Report to the LAPD Board of Police Commissioners. Commander Stuart Maislin from LAPD Internal Affairs Group represented the Department before the commissioners. The commissioners each had a copy of the report and had various comments or questions. Commander Maislin clarified a few aspects of the report and addressed a few questions from Commissioner Madison, primarily concerning the “disproportionately high number of complaints” from African-Americans about Latino male officers they have encountered. Commissioner Saltzman also expressed a need for greater understanding of this statistic. During the discussion, Chief Beck weighed in on the discourse to remind the commissioners that Hispanics are the largest ethnic group of officers in the Department. Following the discussion, the report, as set forth, was approved.
The meeting continued with Item 8A, the Inspector General's Report, dated March 17, 2015, relative to the Investigation of the LAPD's Resource Management. Commissioner Soboroff acknowledged he had requested the report and it “speaks for itself.” After a few public comments, the report, as set forth, was approved. NOTE: Commissioner Soboroff also made some additional comments about the report at the close of the meeting before the public comment period.
The final item was Item 8C, the Department's Report, dated March 20, 2015, relative to the Memorandum of Agreement between the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and the LAPD. After a few public comments, the report, as set forth, was approved.
At the Police Commission Meeting on March 10, 2015
Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting and a quorum was established. During commission comments, Commissioner Robert Saltzman mentioned his appreciation for Commissioner Soboroff's generosity in taking the Department's Transgender Working Group to lunch recently and the “extraordinary progress” that's been made with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community in a short period of time.
For the Report of the Chief of Police, Chief Charlie Beck began by mentioning his attendance on Saturday, March 7, at the Mayor's Annual Prayer Breakfast and his planned attendance at the Department-hosted Cesar Chavez Breakfast this coming Saturday, March 15. Chief Beck continued with his customary crime report overview, including traffic statistics and data on the number of personnel in the Department.
For the Report of the Executive Director, Executive Director Richard Tefank noted Item 8E in the Regular Agenda Items would be removed at the Department's request and rescheduled for a later date.
For the Report of the Inspector General, Inspector General Alexander Bustamante provided an update on the officer-involved shooting of a homeless man known as “Africa” in Central Division on March 1, 2015. Inspector General Bustamante emphasized that footage from officer on-body cameras was being carefully scrutinized from all perspectives. He also mentioned individuals from his office interviewing approximately 100 people at the scene of the incident and finding 18 people who claimed to have seen some or all of the shooting as it happened.
Consent Agenda Items proceeded with approval of all items.
Regular Agenda Items proceeded with 10 items. Items 8A and 8B were verbal presentations. Commissioner Saltzman pulled Item 8I for discussion, and because there was a public comment card on Item 8C, it also had to be pulled. Commissioner Saltzman then successfully moved to approve the following items:
• Item 8D, the Department's Report, dated February 26, 2015, relative to the Approval to Program Interest Accrued to the LAPD Trust Fund
• Item 8F, the Department's Report, dated February 27, 2015, relative to the request for proposals for inmate telephone services and a video visitation .........system
• Item 8G, the Department's Report, dated March 6, 2015, relative to the Second Amendment to Personal Services Agreement with Gartner, Inc. for .........mainframe modernization and a records management System requirements study
• Item 8H, the Department's Report, dated March 4, 2015, relative to the Department's Quarterly Discipline Report, Third Quarter 2014
• Item 8J, the Department's Report, dated February 24, 2015, relative to the destruction of obsolete duplicate records for Mission Area
• Item 8K, the Department's Report, dated February 24, 2015, relative to the destruction of obsolete duplicate records for Devonshire Area
The meeting proceeded with Item 8A, a verbal presentation about community initiated problem solving, crime strategies, and other programs and goals within LAPD's Hollywood Area. Representing the Department before the commission was Captain III Peter Zarcone, Commanding Officer of the Hollywood Area, along with Community Police Advisory Board Co-Chair Gary Minzer.
The meeting continued with Item 8B, a verbal presentation from the Department relative to the current policy for Department employee's participation in the Annual Gay Pride Parade and the feasibility of a commission-sponsored reception prior to Chief Beck's upcoming LGBTQ Forum. Assistant Chief of Special Projects, Sandy Jo MacArthur, and West Bureau Acting Deputy Chief Beatrice Girmala represented the Department before the commission. Assistant Chief MacArthur provided the commissioners with some background/historical information relative to LGBTQ issues and the Department's participation in the parade, including encouragement for LGBTQ employees to get involved. The commissioners were in favor of the proposal for a commission-sponsored reception and Executive Director Tefank confirmed the commission would facilitate it.
Item 8C, which had been pulled for discussion, was next on the agenda. It concerned the Executive Director's Report, dated March 3, 2015, relative to the issue of residential valet parking (Council File #14-0020). Executive Director Tefank recommended approval of option one in the report. He explained the contents of option one and why he supported it. Consequently, after public comment from a representative of the Holmby Westwood Property Association, the commissioners approved the report, as set forth, with option one.
The final item was Item 8I, the Department's Report, dated March 6, 2015, relative to the Confidential Disclosure Report (IAID #14-072). Two employees from the Department's Internal Audits and Inspection Division addressed the commission about the report. Commissioner Robert Saltzman pointed out there had initially been opposition within LAPD to employee financial disclosure requirements, and he commended the Department on the audit's 100 percent results. Chief Beck also acknowledged the diligent work of inspectors and the success of total compliance for those who were audited. The report, as set forth, was then approved by the commission.
At the Police Commission Meeting on March 3, 2015
Commission Comments - Commissioner Steve Soboroff read the following statement:
I would like to speak to the tragedy that occurred On Sunday, March 1st on Skid Row, and the daily tragedies that affect the underserved on Skid Row and other areas.
Los Angeles Police Officers responded to a 911 call with a robbery investigation in the area of 5th & San Pedro St in the heart of the Skid Row Area. Officers contacted the victim and the suspect. As a result of contact with the suspect as shown on the Union Rescue Mission and the Social Media videos, a situation which seemed to begin with discussion became a violent struggle, further escalating in seconds to a tragic death.
The Department's Force Investigation Division and the LA Police Commission's Inspector General have just begun detailed investigations to determine exactly what did happen, and if the involved officers violated any of the administrative policies of the Department. I am sure that Chief Charlie Beck will expand on the status of the investigation in a few moments.
At the conclusion of the investigation, which will be monitored by our Inspector General, the Commission will be presented all of the evidence gathered and adjudicate whether this use of force was in or out of policy, not just in the use of force, but also in the categories of Tactics and Drawing of weapons. This will be done for each officer involved. I and my colleagues are precluded from making judgements in this prematurely until this matter is presented to us with all of the evidence: videos from the public, from security cameras, from the on body cameras, in car cameras, witness testimony, 911 tapes, and other evidence.
While watching the video posted on Facebook repeatedly, I was trying to hear exactly what the officers said to the suspect. One key to this investigation will be what was that conversation, what steps did the officers take to deal with this contact and most importantly whether he in fact did grab the officer's service pistol.
The abundance of evidence to date, supplemented by future interviews and forensics will prove invaluable in the investigation of whether the various police were justified in their actions. The Chief reported yesterday that early indications and evidence did support the officers' account of a gun situation. I would encourage people not to rush to judgment. It's not fair to anybody. It's not fair to the family of the victim or the victim or the officers. We will find out what happened. There will also be a criminal investigation and review completed by our Los Angeles County District Attorney to determine if there is any criminal culpability on the part of the involved officers.
This is a different tragedy than the incidents in Ferguson and New York. The post consent decree LAPD is not the same police force as the others, with the same training and policies, we don't have the same procedures for adjudication, there is different evidence, we benefit by independent oversight, and independent IG, and the circumstances vary considerably. Again, it is really important for every one of us, the citizenry, and law enforcement , not to jump to foregone conclusions.
Let us use this tragedy to frankly deal with the issues of mental illness, homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence that create Skid Row. Let us acknowledge, with massive amounts of additional funds, the service providers to the underserved and at risk on and off of Skid Row. Law enforcement is a part, so is community policing and continued training.
In summary, Let's not point fingers, but join hands......to be a part in solving these social issues and inequities that reach areas not just in Skid Row or around Los Angeles, but in other urban cores across America. Thank you.
Commissioners Kathleen Kim and Robert Saltzman also noted the tragic Officer Involved Shooting. When the investigation is complete, the Police Commissioners will have the task of adjudicating the case, and they take this responsibility very seriously.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck reported that the Department is working through the investigation of the Officer Involved Shooting which occurred over the weekend. He reported that crime is up compared to this time last year, and of most concern is the statistic of homicides, which is up by 16.7%. In traffic statistics, hit and run incidents are slightly down, and serious hit and run incidents are down by 25%. There are currently 9,981 sworn employees, 2,709 civilian employees, and 6,074 cadets. During the Report of the Chief of Police portion of the agenda, approximately 40 individuals spoke on the topic of the Officer Involved Shooting which occurred over the weekend in the downtown area. The majority of the speakers expressed anger and concern over the use of force.
Report of the Executive Director - Richard Tefank reported that item 8F, the 2014 Biased Policing and Mediation Annual Report, will be continued to March 14, 2015, so that all Commissioners can be present.
Captain Kathryn Meek, Sgt. Catherine Plows, Teen Co-Chair Ernie Hernandez and Kavita DeDesai presented an update from the Harbor Area Teen Community Police Advisory Board . This CPAB is very active in engaging local youth in timely topics such as teen suicide prevention and substance abuse. Through a Teen Town Hall meeting, they reached and have maintained relationships with numerous teens. Commissioner Soboroff noted that the Harbor Teen CPAB is truly creating change.
Inspector General Alex Bustamante provided a verbal presentation relative to the current status of Patrol Deployment Practices . He reported that after review, it appears that now all patrol deployment practices are appropriate, however the Office of Inspector General will continue to monitor and report to the Commission on this matter.
The Inspector General's Review of the Ethics Enforcement Section Tests, Fiscal Year 2013-2014 , as presented by Alex Bustamante and Kevin Rogan, was approved.
The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Internet Auctioning Services for Unclaimed Personal Property , was continued for one week.
At the Police Commission Meeting on February 24, 2015
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck reported that the Department assisted with police services for the Academy Awards as well as the Black Lives Matter protest with no incidents. The Department is also is responding appropriately to the possible national threat to shopping malls. He reported that Part One Crime is up by 11.8% compared to this time last year, and Violent Crime is up by 26.6%. There are currently 9,906 sworn employees and 2,716 civilian employees, 450 reserve officers, 373 specialist volunteers, 62 chaplains, and 6,074 cadets. Currently, Assistant Chief MacArthur is at the site of the Metrolink train crash in Oxnard to ascertain if there are any City of Los Angeles employees involved in the crash.
Co-Chair Penny Meyers and Captain Lillian Carranza presented the annual report from the Van Nuys Area Community Police Advisory Board . There are five active committees at Van Nuys which drive the CPAB to achieve specific community enhancement goals. Those committees are: homelessness, sex trafficking, youth programs, blight abatement, and emergency preparedness. Through their work, sidewalks have become cleaner and teens have become an active component in community clean-up efforts. Ms. Myers reported that the CPAB composition is well-diversified.
At the Police Commission Meeting on February 17, 2015
Commissioner Comments - Commissioner Paula Madison requested a briefing and discussion at an upcoming Commission meeting regarding the Commission hosting a reception prior to the Chief's LGBT Forum, and also the process of uniformed on-duty officers attending the Gay Pride Parade.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck reported that Part One Crime is up by 11.1% compared to this time last year, and Violent Crime is up by 27.4%. Commissioner Soboroff asked if the uptick in crime could be related to the early release of prisoners. Chief Beck responded that there are several factors. Domestic Violence incidents are up, the way in which crime is classified has changed, and it is also early in the year to make comparisons. Chief Beck said that legislative changes may or may not be impacting crime statistics. He reported that there are currently 9,906 sworn employees and 2,716 civilian employees, 450 reserve officers, 373 specialist volunteers, and 6,074 cadets.
Report of the Inspector General - Alex Bustamante reported that the Office of the Inspector General was pleased to present the "Police Oversight Investigations" symposium at the California Endowment Center. He thanked the Los Angeles Police Protective League and the Eagle and Badge Foundation for their support of the event.
The Commissioners recognized and thanked James Wiatt from the Los Angeles Police Foundation Board as well as Executive Director Cecilia Glassman for their outstanding financial assistance to the LAPD . The contributions listed below, along with others, are examples of the Police Foundation's significant support.
The donation from the Los Angeles Police Foundation in the amount of $49,996.55 , was approved for the purpose of contract renewal with Dr. Craig D. Uchida to provide professional services relative to analyzing the Department?s service to the community. Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing Arif Alikhan stated that a presentation will be given to the Commission on March 17 th from Dr. Uchida.
The donation from the Los Angeles Police Foundation of 700 body-worn cameras valued at $1,267,215.70 , was approved.
The donation from the Los Angeles Police Foundation of 160 body-worn cameras valued at $250,000.00 , was approved.
The donation from the Los Angeles Police Foundation in the amount of $250,000.00 , was approved for the purpose of creating a centralized location of the Homicide Library where all murder books after 1990 will be digitized and searchable. This technology will assist in solving cases.
Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing Arif Alikhan provided a comprehensive report on Risk Management and Harm Reduction Strategy . Mr. Alikhan explained that he is looking at risk management from a new approach as outlined by Dr. Malcolm Sparrow in "The Character of Harms." The new approach works with the fact that predictions are not guaranteed, law enforcement is inherently risky, tangible goals must be articulated, and it is most efficient to place focus on recurring issues. With that understanding, concentration will be placed on uses of force, officer involved traffic collisions, work-related injuries, and workplace misconduct. The new Risk Manager will focus on root causes of recurring issues and will have a Risk Management Coordinator at each Division to assist in that effort. All Commissioners commented on the high quality of the report and the strategy.
At the Police Commission Meeting on February 10, 2015
Commissioner Comments - Commissioners Robert Saltzman stated that further comments will be made during the presentation from the Transgender Working Group, but he commended the Department on the significant progress it is making in working with the LGBTQ community. Commissioner Steve Soboroff reminded all of the crime reduction value in service providers such as the Boys and Girls Club. The many service providers in Los Angeles provide alternatives to crime for the city's youth.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck commented on an unfortunately violent weekend. He expressed his deep concern for the uptick in crime but noted that the Department knows how to respond and is shifting resources to the impacted areas in Central Bureau and South Bureau. He reported that there are currently 9,869 sworn employees and 2,742 civilian employees.
The Transgender Working Group presented a status report on the being accomplished. Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur described the goals of this group and noted that the name of the group has actually changed to the LGBTQ Working Group, as they have become more inclusive. Members from the task force discussed specific areas of focus. Christopher Argyros described how the working group is impacting training at LAPD to provide a better understanding of the LGBTQ community. Troy Isaac discussed the LGBTQ youth community and how he is working to improve the lives of homeless youth in Hollywood. Karina Samala outlined the continued work with community outreach and the Human Relations Commission. Commissioner Saltzman expressed his gratitude to all as progress in LGBTQ community relations has improved. It was agreed that Commissioners Soboroff and Saltzman would meet with the presenting individuals in the near future.
The Executive Director's recommendation of qualified vendor Kelmark Tow, LLC., to provide Official Police Garage (OPG) Towing and Storage Services for Service Area 18 , was approved.
The Operations-South Bureau Vice Command Accountability Performance Audit , as presented by Deputy Chief Bill Scott, was approved. While undercover activities are generally instigated by crime activity, Captain Wakefield will return with an analysis of what instigates undercover activities in Northeast and Hollywood Divisions.
The Department's Arrest, Booking, and Charging Reports Audit , as presented by Captain Jon Peters, was approved.
Special Note: In the previous News Briefing, it was mentioned that a martial arts demonstration given by a group of youth from the Rampart Area. The youth were from the Rampart Area Police Activities League (PALs) program.
At the Community Police Commission Meeting on February 3, 2015
Sandra Cisneros Learning Center
The community meeting was opened with the Rampart Area Cadet Color Guard .
Commissioner Comments - Commissioners Sandra Figueroa-Villa, Kathleen Kim, Robert Saltzman , and Steve Soboroff introduced themselves and added that they were happy to be in the Echo Park community.
Comments from Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell - Councilmember O'Farrell welcomed all to the Echo Park. He acknowledged the work of the Rampart Area, Captain Pratt, and the community in lowering Part One Crime in the area.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck noted that he began his LAPD career in Rampart Area and he will always think of it as home. He was honored to speak at President Barack Obama's Task Force on 21 st Century Policing. He spoke at length about the Police Commission and how this model is being looked at throughout the country. He added that the Federal government is looking at local solutions and in doing so, is interested in local organizations such as the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).
Report of the Executive Director - Richard Tefank introduced himself and described his responsibilities at the Police Commission. He noted the Police Commission meets publicly every Tuesday at 9:30 am in the Police Administration Building in downtown Los Angeles.
Report of the Inspector General - Alexander Bustamante introduced himself and described his responsibilities at the Office of the Inspector General.
Co-Chair Bertha Woolridge and Captain Brian Pratt presented an update from the Rampart Area Community Police Advisory Board . This relatively small (19 members) CPAB is extremely active and has been an effective component in the crime reduction in Rampart Area. Their outreach has grown significantly through social media. The CPAB assists in Rampart Area's very successful events, including Shoes for Santa and National Night Out. This CPAB focuses on specific issues through a committee system highlighting traffic, crime, youth and outreach. The presentation closed with a martial arts demonstration given by a group of youth from the Rampart Area.
Deputy Chief Jose Perez provided an Overview of Operations - Central Bureau .
During the Public Comment portion of the agenda, thirty-seven individuals spoke on various topics including the need for a youth football team in the Rampart Area, bicyclists' safety and rights, the negative impact of gang injunctions, the lack of follow-up to complaints made, the suggestion to allot 1% of the LAPD's budget to community programs, suggestion to create a video database from shop owners' cameras, opposition to drone cameras, the Inspector General's report on Suspicious Activity Reports, the question of liability insurance for officers, an invitation to join the Rampart CPAB, the gentrification of neighborhoods, and the need to hold police accountable.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 27, 2015
Commissioner Comments - Commissioner Paula Madison noted that she, her grandson, and Sandra Figueroa-Villa were honored to participate in the Kingdom Day Parade. Commissioner Steve Soboroff and Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger met with representatives from the Fulfillment Fund to discuss the Cadet Program.
Report of the Chief of Police - Chief Charlie Beck thanked all who participated in the many Martin Luther King Day events. Chief Beck gave a personal tribute to Detective Sal LaBarbera , who will be retiring this week after 28 years in South Bureau as a homicide detective. Detective LaBarbera has built sound relationships in the community by remaining in contact with the families he has worked with. Chief Beck reflected when he worked with Detective LaBarbera and said that he was unwavering in his pursuit for justice.
Report of the Executive Director - Richard Tefank reminded all of the next Police Commission community meeting February 3, 2015, at 6:30 pm, at the Sandra Cisneros Learning Center, 1018 Mohawk Street, Los Angeles. Community members are encouraged to attend.
Deputy Chief Bill Murphy told the story of why Police Officer III Allan Krish and Police Officer II Miguel Ruano are being recommended for the Medal of Valor . These officers demonstrated incredible bravery in apprehending a suspect who had assaulted an Emergency Medical Technician and had tried to barricade himself in a church. The Commissioners approved the recommendation.
The Juvenile Arrest Procedures and Process Audit , as presented by Police Performance Auditor Jeffrey Phillips, was approved. Captain Jon Peters commented that while he is new to his position, he will be addressing the issues raised in this audit and will be back to the Commission within 90 days to outline the remedies.
Inspector General Alexander Bustamante presented the Inspector General?s review of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARS) during Fiscal Year 2013/2014 , which was approved by the Commission. Of the 215 suspicious activities reported, 161 qualified as suspicious activities and were forwarded to the Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC). The remainder did not meet the requirements to be transferred. The Inspector General commented that the community groups his office has spoken to have shown concern over the Department's sensitivity to freedom of speech and the freedom of photography. Deputy Chief Downing said that incoming SARS reflecting speech and photography issues must meet a very clear definable threat to be transferred on to JRIC. Seventeen individuals spoke on this item and most of them felt that the SARS program is predicated on racial profiling. Inspector General Bustamante stated that in the review of all of the SARS reports during the fiscal year 2013/14, there is no evidence of racial profiling.
The Inspector General's report on Suicide by Cop Incidents was approved. Dr. Luann Pannell described the in-service training which occurs for this phenomenon. Training emphasizes de-escalating the situation with the intention to prevent a "Suicide by Cop" incident. Assistant Chief MacArthur will present a complete review of this training, including information on successful cases, within two months.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 20, 2015
Commissioner Comments - Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa noted that Captain Phillip Tingirides and Sgt. Emada Tingirides were invited to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama to listen to the Presidential State of the Union Address. Commissioner Figueroa-Villa felt that the Tingirides were an excellent representation of the community policing efforts of all of the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department. Commissioner Steve Soboroff acknowledged all who participated and facilitated the numerous Martin Luther King Day events throughout the City. Commissioners Paula Madison and Sandra Figueroa-Villa participated in the Kingdom Day Parade.
Report of the Chief of Police - Assistant Chief Michel Moore agreed that the Department was well-represented at Martin Luther King Day events. He is also proud of the Tingirides' representation of LAPD in Washington D.C. He reported that violent crime is slightly up and property crimes are slightly down. There are currently 9,884 sworn employees and 2,716 civilian employees.
Report of the Executive Director - Richard Tefank reminded all of the next Police Commission community meeting February 3, 2015, at 6:30 pm, at the Sandra Cisneros Learning Center, 1018 Mohawk Street, Los Angeles. Community members are encouraged to attend.
Captain John Egan and Co-Chair Nani Shakem presented the annual update from the West Valley Division Community Police Advisory Board . Ms. Shakem described 2014 as a transitional year for West Valley as many challenges were met. In an effort to decrease congestion and wait time in the front lobby, a plan was developed to electronically place the top 50 frequently asked questions, as well as the ability to ask an independent question, on the Web site. These questions are answered directly by West Valley Community Relations Officers. Social media has also become a major form of communication for the station and outreach has expanded greatly. Numerous crime prevention videos are now available to the community. West Valley has also worked closely with the business community in a plan to ?Claim Back the Sidewalk,? which places responsibility on business owners for keeping the sidewalks clean in front of their business. The West Valley CPAB also hosts a very positive and popular Officer Appreciation Day.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 13, 2015
After a quorum was established, Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting. There were no commissioner comments.
For the Report of the Chief of Police, Chief Charlie Beck began by thanking Commissioners Soboroff and Sandra Figueroa-Villa for attending a recent Martin Luther King breakfast. He stated he would not be providing crime statistics because of the end-of-year news conference with Mayor Garcetti yesterday, during which crime statistics were reviewed in detail, along with the mayor's and Department's vision for 2015.
For the Report of the Executive Director, Executive Director Richard Tefank reminded everyone that there will be two special meetings to obtain public input about on-body officer cameras. The first meeting will be on January 14, 6:30 p.m., at the Green Meadows Recreation Center, 431 E. 89th Street, Los Angeles. The second meeting will be January 15, 6:30 p.m., at AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School, 6844 Oakdale Avenue, Canoga Park. He also announced the police commission will be holding a regular board meeting in Council District 13 on February 3, 6:30 p.m., at the Sandra Cisneros Learning Center, 1018 Mohawk Street, Los Angeles.
Consent Agenda Items proceeded with approval of all items.
Regular Agenda Items then ensued with three items. Item A was a verbal presentation, and Item C was pulled for discussion. The remaining item was approved as follows:
Item B, the Executive Director's Report, dated January 8, 2015, relative to the Recommendation of a Qualified Vendor to Provide Official Police Garage Towing and Storage Services for Service Area 6 (RFP# 14-980-007) as set forth, was approved.
The meeting proceeded with Item A, a verbal presentation and update from the Devonshire Area Captain III-Commanding Officer Kris Pitcher and his Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) Co-Chair Larry Stern. The presentation concerned community initiated problem solving, crime strategies and other programs and goals within the Devonshire Area. Afterward, Commissioner Soboroff expressed gratitude for hearing about “solutions instead of problems” and then asked for more information about the composition and diversity of the area's C-PAB members.
The final item, Item C, which had been pulled for discussion, was the Department's Report, dated January 9, 2015, relative to the LAPD's Personnel Selection Criteria and Process Audit. Representing the Department before the board was Jeffrey Phillips of the Internal Audits and Inspection Division and Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur of the Office of Administrative Services. The discussion was mostly a continuation from two previous discussions before the board on the same topic, during which commissioners had issues or questions that needed to be researched and required a follow-up. After some brief clarification, the commissioners were satisfied with the follow-up results, thanked the presenters and then approved the report.
At the Police Commission Meeting on January 6, 2015
After a quorum was established, Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting, and Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa spoke. She wanted to thank the Department for the many things Chief Beck and LAPD personnel did to benefit children and families during the holiday season. Commissioner Soboroff added a similar comment from an experience he had in Van Nuys Division. He then proceeded to speak at great length about the “checks and balances, independence and uniqueness” utilized by the Department and its board of commissioners to review and adjudicate all categorical use-of-force cases.
For the Report of the Chief of Police, Chief Charlie Beck began by telling everyone he would not provide a report on current crime statistics but would address this issue next week on January 12 when the Department holds its year-end crime statistics news conference. He went on to offer condolences to the New York Police Department for their recent loss of two officers and a separate attack on two others. He also suggested people read a recent article by Sam Quiñones about the reduction of gang crime and violence in Los Angeles. Chief Beck also pointed out that officer-involved shootings in the city for 2014 were down 31 percent compared to 2013. In closing, he mentioned an upcoming event on January 28 about foster parenting, stressing that many LAPD personnel are foster parents.
For the Report of the Executive Director, Executive Director Richard Tefank reminded everyone that there will be two special meetings to obtain public input about on-body officer cameras. The first meeting will be on January 14, 6:30 p.m., at the Green Meadows Recreation Center, 431 E. 89th Street, Los Angeles. The second meeting will be January 15, 6:30 p.m., at AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School, 6844 Oakdale Avenue, Canoga Park. He also announced the commission will be holding a regular board meeting in Council District 13 on February 3, 6:30 p.m., at the Sandra Cisneros Learning Center, 1018 Mohawk Street, Los Angeles.
For the Report of the Inspector General, Inspector General Alexander Bustamante spoke about recent meetings he’s had with community members and the ACLU regarding suspicious activity reporting and in-car and on-body cameras.
Consent Agenda Items proceeded with approval of all items.
Regular Agenda Items then ensued with six items. Items A, B and D were pulled for discussion. The remaining items were approved as follows:
Item C, the Department’s Report, dated December 31, 2014, relative to the grant application and award for NIJ’s FY 2014 DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog reduction Program from the National Institute of Justice, as set forth, was approved.
Item E, the Department’s Report, dated December 16, 2014, relative to the destruction of obsolete original records for Van Nuys Area, as set forth, was approved.
Item F, the Department’s Report, dated December 16, 2014, relative to the destruction of obsolete duplicate records for Hollywood and Harbor Areas, as set forth, was approved.
After the line item approvals, the meeting continued with discussion of Item 8-A, the Department’s Report, dated December 18, 2014, relative to LAPD’s goals for calendar year 2015. Chief Beck took the lead on the discussion and presented five basic goals for the Department: a continuing commitment to constitutional policing; crime reduction and community engagement; prevention, preparation and response for catastrophic events; employee wellness; and maintaining the personnel strength of the Department. He also mentioned work proceeding on a five-year strategic plan for the Department. After a few comments and questions from Commissioner Soboroff, the board approved Item 8-A as set forth.
Discussion continued with Item 8-B, the Department’s Report, dated December 19, 2014, relative to the Ethics Enforcement Section Quarterly Report for the third quarter of 2014. Representing the Department were Captain Jim Alvarez from Special Operations Division and Lieutenant Nick Senibaldi, Officer-in-Charge of the Ethics Enforcement Section. Before providing an overview of the report, Captain Alvarez confirmed compliance with a request that Commissioner Paula Madison made several months ago about getting a better format or version of the report more similar to reports commissioners are accustomed to receiving. He then turned over the presentation to Lieutenant Sinibaldi who explained various aspects of the report, including its purpose, methods, results, etc. Both Captain Alvarez and Lieutenant Sinibaldi also addressed subsequent questions and concerns from the commissioners, after which the board accepted/approved the report for Item 8-B as set forth.
The final discussion topic was for Item 8-D, the Department’s Report dated December 12, 2014, relative to the Northeast Area Detective Command Accountability Performance Audit (IAID #14-033). Representing the Department from the Internal Audits and Inspection Division was Lieutenant Cheryl Baratta and Detective Dave Kennedy. Northeast Area Captain Jeffrey Bert was also present. Lieutenant Baratta discussed various aspects of the audit, including its purpose, audit features and elements, performance of Department personnel, training needs and other results. She also confirmed the results were reported to Northeast Area command staff. Lieutenant Baratta, Detective Kennedy and Captain Bert proceeded to address subsequent questions and concerns from the commissioners, after which the board accepted/approved the report for Item 8-D as set forth.
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