Policing a world-class City like Los Angeles comes with a certain level of increased responsibility. Our City is a prime destination for some of the biggest events in the country. Over the past few weeks, Los Angeles hosted the Grammy Awards, the NBA All-Star game, the Academy Awards and the L.A. Marathon. Not only do these events draw hundreds of thousands of people from around the world and the nation, they also create an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of public safety. Again and again, the Los Angeles Police Department meets these challenges and exceeds expectations. Thanks to your professionalism and courtesy, many visitors came away with a positive impression of the LAPD. I’m very proud of each and every one of you and thank you for a job well done.
Successfully policing large events such as these, while handling the day to day police work all over the City, does not go unnoticed. It is no accident I was able to announce good news for our detention officers. Thanks to Councilman Greig Smith, Chair of the LA City Council’s Public Safety Committee, we recently received enough money from a city trust fund to suspend furlough days for our detention officers. Having the detention officers back at full strength means 27 police officers can get back on the street. It’s a small win for now. But I haven’t given up exploring other opportunities like this for the rest of our civilian staff. I will do all I can, however, everyone must recognize this is a tough budget year and keeping what we already have should be viewed as a success.
Reserve Officer Appreciation
They are protecting and serving alongside all of you, each and every day…and they do it for nothing but for the love and passion they have for the job. They are the men and women who are LAPD Reserve Officers.
The history of the Los Angeles Police Department Reserves dates back to World War II when military enlistments and the draft depleted the ranks of qualified full-time officers and LAPD turned to the residents of the community to fill the gap. Today Reserve Officers come from all walks of life. They bring to us a wide variety of useful skill sets and qualities that enrich our department. Today more than 800 officers in the Reserve Corps serve our City with distinction, honor and pride.
As a former Reserve Officer myself, I am especially proud of our Reserve Corps and salute them. During the month of April, we recognize their commitment, not only to the LAPD, but the people of Los Angeles. I look forward to honoring them on April 2nd during our annual “Twice a Citizen Awards Ceremony”. On April 23rd, we will host a BBQ Appreciation Day for Reserves and their families at PAB.
Baker to Vegas
The month of April also means it is time for the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay April 16-17. For those of you competing, your hard work and dedication to bring home a winning title will soon pay off. And to the support team members, I commend you for the many long hours you’ve sacrificed and will dedicate on the day of the race. In its 27th year, the race brings new challenges. Our Department Team will compete for the first time and our Women’s Team is competing in honor of our fallen officer, Tina Kerbrat. I’m confident you will represent the LAPD well, and come out on top in several categories. Good luck to you all and I look forward to seeing you at the finish line.
Coffee at Van Nuys Station
After my first ‘coffee stop’ at Hollywood Station, I visited the roll call room at Van Nuys. I recognize that concerns still linger about the budget, transfers and promotions for the rank and file as well as furloughs of our civilian workforce. I can only reassure you by restating that eventually things will get better but until then we still have a rough road ahead of us. Please keep this in mind when you express your needs and desires to the league as it begins contract negotiations. While the Department has saved nearly $80 million so far, we are being asked to save even more in the next year.
A number of officers asked about the large events (Laker Parade and Raves) the City hosts and related costs to police them. Under specific circumstances the City does receive some reimbursement for police services rendered for large events. It is our intention to continue seeking reimbursement when the services requested are above and beyond what a particular bureau or Department can provide.
Another question that came up concerned radio calls for theft from trash cans or recycling bins. In the past, these calls were dispatched Code 2 when the PR reports the suspect is still at scene; otherwise it is broadcast to all units as “info only”. As a direct result of your input, the protocols have been modified and a non-coded radio call will be dispatched only when the suspect is still at scene, otherwise it will always be an “info only” broadcast.
Another change will be implemented this month as a direct result of your suggestions to standardize the RFC short form citation. After extensive research and discussions with the City Attorney, approved protocols and revisions will be published in an Operations Order that should reduce the time required to complete the majority of the RFCs.
Lastly, in recent discussions officers expressed concern about the adjudications of Bias Policing investigations. I understand that it is rumored that most of these complaints have been adjudicated as Not Resolved. This is not the case. Here are the facts.
Looking at investigations closed since 2007, the average number of investigations per year is 200. The adjudications were: 85.1% are Unfounded; 5.92% are Insufficient Evidence to Adjudicate; 4.49 are No Misconduct; 3.27% are No Department Employee; .51% are Demonstrably False; .41% are Not Resolved and .10 % are Exonerated.
Numbers for cases closed in 2010 the numbers are pretty similar to the four year average with 90.16% Unfounded and 1.37% Not Resolved. While the investigative process is exhaustive and requires a high level of scrutiny, I have yet to Sustain a single complaint for Biased Policing, so please do not get discouraged or caught up in the process itself. I support this process because, in the end, it only demonstrates that you are doing your jobs in a professional and constitutional manner. Know that I support you, as does the Department.