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November 09, 2006


Thank you for the update. Please continue doing the best that you can. I appreciate your effort.

Stay safe!

Portland, OR

I really hope that these changes ya'll are working towards bring a positive and safer feel to downtown. It's not just the folks that live here, it's also people like me who work downtown that want a safer environment. I'm really glad that the LAPD is taking a more active stand on the Skid Row issue, and hopefully that will spread out to all areas of downtown.

And I don't think it's really the police department's job to deal with the "root issues of homelessness." What? Do people expect every officer to be a licensed, trained social worker? How on earth are the police supposed to have time to deal with the "root issues" and also deal with people selling drugs, committing crime and so on? The police are good, but they aren't magic. Maybe we should manage our expectations here. You know?

What a great update Officer Joseph but my guess is that you are being too humble. Yes, the partnerships with other agencies are great, but it is the the hard work put in by you and your fellow officers on a daily basis that has created the positive change. It is the cop on foot, in a car, or on a horse on patrol, the cop making another arrest, the cop videotaping the dumping of hospital patients, and the cop on T.V. discussing the issues of Skid Row that have helped clean up this area.

All the while, all of you have to hear the constant criticism by the media and others about how you aren't doing enough or some say you are doing too much. Fortunately, all of you are trained to do what you do because it is the right thing regardless of the criticism and knowing that you will likely never get the credit you deserve for the change you have created.

It obviously takes very special people to do the job you do. Any one of you could easily work somewhere else. Somewhere cleaner, quieter, safer, etc...
Continue doing what you are doing. Years from now, when people talk about the turn around on Skid Row, many will take credit but in reality it will have been each officer just doing their job one day at a time.

It's great to hear about the Skid Row efforts from an officer's perspective. Thanks so much for the update -- and for your tremendous efforts in making a change downtown.

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