Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman had the opportunity to speak at the Police Academy graduation 10 days ago. He reported to the Police Commission the graduating class was small. The number of African Americans in the graduating class was below target and there was only one female graduate. He stated this is a continuing problem and further impetus to work on a significant problem.
Vice President Commissioner Paula Madison was happy to be back from a 14 hour flight and is fighting a cold.
President Steve Soboroff visited Northeast Station yesterday morning. This is his 20th police station he has visited. He said it’s refreshing and incredibly interesting every time he visits a police station as he learns a lot. He said they will have a new building be end of year. President Soboroff met with Captain Jennifer Thomas who is recognized as the first captain from the Chinese community. He also spent the morning on Skid Row for the first time as a Police Commissioner.
Police Chief Charlie Beck expressed his condolences on the one year anniversary of the murder of Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence by Christopher Dorner. Chief Beck also paid tribute to Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain and Jeremiah MacKay, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy, and the three law enforcement officers severely wounded during the 9 day conflict with Christopher Dorner. Their heroism stands in stark contrast to the evil that took their lives. Chief Beck expressed his condolences, thoughts, and heart felt feelings to the law enforcement officers who were slain and their family members.
Chief Beck reported there was a 12.5% decline in Total Part I A crimes in the first month of the year compared to January 2013. Gang crime is down 18% compared to the start of last year. There are 9,874 sworn personnel with 38 recruits in the Police Academy.
Executive Director Richard Tefank reported valet enforcement ordinance has begun throughout the City of LA this past weekend and will continue aggressively in the field, issuing citations and taking appropriate actions with valet operators and attendants that are not permitted. If the public has concerns about a valet operation they can visit LAPDonline.org, click on the Police Commission link and click on the valet icon and the reported information will be reviewed. Mr. Tefank stated this is an important public safety issue the Mayor and City Council has taken a great interest in and they will be the lead enforcement agency along with the 21 LAPD Divisions.
The Department’s report, dated January 29, 2014, relative to the personal expense Statement of Chief of Police Charlie Beck, for expenses incurred from January 1 through January 3, 2014, in the amount of $1,726.70, while attending Commissioner William Bratton’s Swearing - in Ceremony in New York, as set forth, was approved.
The Department’s report, dated January 31, 2014, relative to the donation of the hosting of the “Young Women’s Violence Prevention Conference” to be held in February 2014, valued at $40,800.00, from the Los Angeles Police Foundation, for the benefit of Harbor Area, as set forth, was approved, and will be transmitted to the Mayor and City Council for acceptance.
The Department’s report, dated January 31, 2014, relative to the donation of an Apple iPad, valued at $546.91, from the Topanga Boosters, for the benefit of Topanga Area, as set forth, was approved.
The Department’s report, dated January 31, 2014, relative to the donation of a Quarter Horse, valued at $3,500.00, from the Los Angeles Mounted Police Foundation, for the benefit of Metropolitan Division, as set forth, was approved.
The Inspector’s general report, dated January 29, 2014, relative to the Anti – Terrorism Intelligence Audit, Fiscal Year 2012/2013, as set forth, was approved.
The Department’s report, dated January 31, 2014, relative to the transmittal for approval to reprogram funds within the 2012 Community oriented policing services hiring program grant, as set forth, was approved and transmitted to the Mayor.
The Department’s report, dated January 24, 2014, relative to the Destruction of obsolete original records, for West Los Angeles Area, as set forth, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.
The Department’s report, dated January 24, 2014, relative to Destruction of obsolete duplicate records, for Hollenbeck Area, as set forth, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.