Police Commission President Steve Soboroff began the meeting by confirming that Chief Charlie Beck had officially submitted a letter confirming his interest in bidding for a second term as chief of police. He pointed out that the last day for a commission vote on this matter would be August 19, 2014. Regarding public hearings/meetings on Chief Beck’s reappointment, President Soboroff said there would be two opportunities for such events. The first would be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 11, 2014, at the Westchester Recreation Center. The second would be at a time and location to be determined later. He also reminded everyone that there would be a regular Police Commission meeting in the evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 12, 2014, at the AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School, 6844 Oakdale Ave. in Canoga Park.
Sitting in for Chief Beck, Chief Earl Paysinger delivered the Report of the Chief of Police. He called for everyone to remember Detective Ernie Allen, who was killed in a traffic accident while off duty on May 9, 2014, in Beverly Hills. Chief Paysinger reminded all that Detective Allen is survived by his fiancée, two adult children and his 95-year-old mother. Chief Paysinger noted that last Saturday (May 17) over 300 adults graduated from the Cadet Program and about 650 cadet students will graduate next month, which will be the largest cadet graduating class in the program’s history. Regarding departmental staffing numbers, Chief Paysinger stated there were 9,891 sworn and slightly more than 2,700 civilian employees, with civilian vacancies totaling 573.
A verbal presentation launched the regular agenda items of the meeting. It concerned community-initiated problem solving, crime strategies and other programs and goals within the 77th Street Area. Commanding Officer Robert Arcos and Patrol Commanding Officer Lillian Carranza were present and introduced CPAB Co-chair Gwen Wood, who gave a rundown of all the 77th Area community programs that are helpful to the community, including the Little Free Library and special assistance she received from Commander Arcos for a problem her granddaughter’s husband was having. There was also a brief video presentation about the many community services and assistance available through the 77th Community Police Station.
The Department’s Report, dated May 9, 2014, relative to the Categorical Use of Force Investigations Audit, as set forth, was approved.
The Department’s Report, dated May 16, 2014, relative to the Supply Procurement and Disbursement Audit, as set forth, was approved.
The Department’s Report, dated May 16, 2014, relative to the funding for the 2014/15 Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act Program, as set forth, was approved.
The Department’s Report, dated May 9, 2014, relative to the destruction of obsolete duplicate records for Southeast Area, as set forth, was approved.