Police Commission President Steve Soboroff began the meeting with a moment of silence for Detective Ernie Allen who was tragically killed in an off duty traffic collision on Friday May 9, 2014.
Commissioner Robert M. Saltzman thanked the Chief of Police for allowing him to pay his respects at the accident site of Detective Allen. He and Commissioner Paula Maddison attended last week’s quarterly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Community Forum. Commissioner Saltzman thanked the Department for its continuing efforts with this community where progress continues to be made. He said the forum had a high attendance and was very informative.
Unprecedented string of catastrophic events that have taken the lives of five of our officers in just a few months make it too easy to refer to the sheer numbers instead of the individuals, said Police Commission President Soboroff. Not numbers but each a hero, each with a unique success story. Not numbers but dad, sons, uncles, cousins, mentors, friends and husbands. Police Commission President Soboroff announced singer Rihanna has donated $25,000 to the LAPD Police cadet program.
Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger said on behalf of the Chief of Police he too adds his thoughts and prayers to members of the Department that have passed. Chief Paysinger said today is the service for Officer George Nagata who died from a heart attack and tomorrow, Wednesday May 14, the memorial service for Officer Roberto Sanchez will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady Queen of Angels where Officer Sanchez will be remembered for the life he lived. Services for Detective Allen are pending. He added Detective Allen lost his life yards from where Officer Nicholas Lee lost his life in a similar traffic incident. Chief Paysinger said this is a difficult time for the LAPD. The number of successive deaths that have seen in a few months is unprecedented. Chief Paysinger appreciates the public support as it is truly special.
Chief Paysinger thanked the Department psychologists, from Behavioral Sciences Services, who he considers silent warriors who have been a huge support to the LAPD family during this special time. He added their work does not go unnoticed. Chief Paysinger also thanked Macerich Corporation for their $10,000 donation to the LAPD Cadet Program in the name of fallen Officer Christopher Cortijo, Valley Traffic Division. He announced the next cadet graduation will be Saturday June 28, 2014, where college scholarships made possible from the Macerich Corporation donation will be presented in the name of Officer Cortijo. Chief Paysinger announced the Cadet leadership academy will begin Saturday July 26, 2014. He is expecting a larger class of 650 students. He thanked The Ray Charles Foundation for their steadfast commitment and support over the years to the Cadet Program pledging $1.5 million dollars for youth across the City giving them opportunities to succeed and allowing the LAPD to shepard this youth development campaign.
Department’s Report, dated May 2, 2014, relative to the grant award acceptance for the fiscal year 2013-14 Police Grant Funds – Post-Release Supervised Persons Program, approved the Department’s report concurrently to the Mayor and City Council.
Department’s Report, dated April 30, 2014, relative to the Confidential Informant Audit (IAID No. 13-076), approved the Department’s report and Executive Summary.
Department’s Report, dated May 9, 2014, relative to the Personnel Selection Criteria and Process Audit (IAID No. 13-059), will report back after working with the Executive Director Mr. Richard M. Tefank.