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Burglary Suspect Seen on Video Entering an Apartment

Reseda:  Detectives from West Valley Division have released a video clearly showing a burglar entering an apartment in Reseda.

On Saturday, June 7, 2014, around 1:00 a.m., a suspect climbed onto the utility meters, cut the window screen and opened an unlocked window.  He then entered the apartment located in the 6300 block of Reseda Boulevard and removed cash and jewelry.  Detectives are also investigating if the suspect committed an assault on child who was sleeping inside the apartment.  

About 45 minutes later, the suspect returned to the residence and attempted to re-enter the apartment, but was unsuccessful.  Evidence gathered during the investigation, led detectives to believe the suspect lives in the area or had a vehicle nearby. In addition, the detectives believe the same suspect committed another burglary immediately following this crime, and is likely responsible for several other burglaries in the area over the past year.   

The suspect is described as a male Hispanic between 17 and 22-years-old.  He stands approximately 5'8” tall, has a medium build and a short, neat haircut.  The suspect was also seen carrying a cigarette behind his ear.  

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call West Valley Burglary Detective Patrick Aluotto at 818-374-7775.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to www.LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

 

 

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LAPD Scam Alert

How the scam works:

These crimes are usually perpetrated via telephone. Scammers represent themselves as bill collectors for
utilities (predominantly DWP, but also as collectors for the IRS, citations, etc.) and request that the victim
purchase a pre-paid re-loadable debit card (Green Dot/Money Pak, but also Visa, MasterCard, Vanilla Card, etc.) for the specific amount of the bill charge and threaten that the victim’s utilities will be shut off immediately, or the citation will go to warrant, etc., if the victim does not do so. The victim is then instructed to call the scammer back with the PIN (account number) to that card. Once the scammer has the PIN, he is able to transfer the funds to any other credit card - essentially a convenient and untraceable method of transferring money. The victim is left no recourse.

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Anti-Fireworks News Conference June 25, 2014

Anti-Fireworks News Conference Podcast

Earlier today, the LAPD participated in a news conference hosted by the Los Angeles County Fire Department at their headquarters and training facility, the Cecil R. Gehr Training Center in Los Angeles.  The goal of the event was to raise awareness about the many dangers and illegality of fireworks.

Safety issues discussed at the news conference included greatly increased risks of fires, property damage, serious injury and legal consequences.  Along with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, guest speakers included Los Angeles County Fire Chief Deputy Mark Bennett, Los Angeles City Fire Interim Chief James Featherstone, Los Angeles County Sheriff Interim John Scott and a physician from the Grossman Burn Center.  Each speaker, after discussing the dangers of fireworks, encouraged everyone seeking out fireworks in celebration of the July 4th holiday to attend professional fireworks displays.

Chief Beck reminded everyone that fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles and setting them off could result in arrest.

A Grossman Burn Center physician took the podium and showed photos of burn victims as he provided statistics and information about the physical dangers of fireworks.

Lastly, four school children were called to the podium who were winners of a “visit a fireworks show” poster contest to discourage people from setting off their own pyrotechnics.

After the guest speakers, a demonstration was held to exemplify fireworks’ volatility.  A sparkler was shown easily igniting clothing and bomb-type fireworks caused a phone book and watermelons to explode, shooting debris into the air. 


28-Year-Old Man Shot and Killed in Hollywood

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Los Angeles Police Department, West Bureau Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect responsible for the murder of 29-year-old Jeffrey Dale.

The suspect is described as a male Black, approximately 25-30 years old, 5'7" - 5'9", thin build with shoulder length dread locks.  He walks with a limp that favors his left leg.  He has possibly been seen in the Hollywood Area.

The investigation revealed that victim Dale had just performed near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue prior to his death.  He was walking north on Las Palmas Avenue when he was shot and killed by the suspect. 

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Hollywood:   Los Angeles Police Department West Bureau Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that may lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the killing of a young man.

On May 30, 2014, at 2:01 A.M., Los Angeles Police Officers, assigned to Hollywood Division, were walking a foot beat near Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas when they heard what sounded like gunshots.  The officers checked the area and found a man, down and unconscious.  The officers requested an ambulance, and paramedics found a single gun-shot wound to his chest.  Los Angeles City Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The victim was described as a male Black, approximately 28 years of age. The victim has not been identified pending notification to next of kin. The circumstances and motive for this homicide are unknown.  The investigation is on-going.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact West Bureau Homicide Detectives at 213-382-9470. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

 

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Van Nuys Vice conducted compliance checks on Van Nuys Sherman Oaks hookah lounges.

Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) (Van Nuys, West Valley, and North Hollywood Vice Units), in conjunction with Detective Support and Vice Division (DSVD), the Los Angeles City Attorney Tobacco Enforcement Unit, Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC), State Board of Equalization, and Sate of California Labor Department, conducted enforcement on six hookah lounges in the Van Nuys - Sherman Oaks area.

All locations were in violation of Los Angeles Municipal Code 41.50.B.2.c which states that smoking (including the smoking of hookah tobacco) is prohibited in outdoor dining areas or in areas intended for the consumption of food. The owners of these establishments were not only cited for 41.50.B.2.c LAMC, but for a variety of violations including possession of altered alcoholic beverages (347(b) PC), allowing smoking inside the workplace (6404.5(B)- CA Labor Code), and Unauthorized possession of distilled spirits (25607(a) B&P). The California Board of Equalization also seized tobacco in cases where owners could not provide a bill of sale. The locations will not be disclosed due to an ongoing investigation.

Hookah lounges are not illegal. However, smoking in any establishment, whether it be cigarettes, cigars, vapor or hookah, where food and alcohol is being served is in violation of both state and local laws said Van Nuys Vice Officer Brian Frost.

For additional questions on current smoking laws contact the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Tobacco Enforcement Program at 213-978-7970 or tep@lacity.org During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts
   


Officer-Involved Shooting in Southwest Area

Los Angeles:  On June 25, 2014 at approximately 7:10 p.m., Southwest Area Patrol officers responded to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall.   
 
Upon the officers’ arrival, a security guard described a shoplifting suspect that had entered the mall. When confronted by a security guard the Suspect produced a firearm and fired an unknown number of shots at the security guard and fled the location. The security guard was not injured. Suspect was subsequently located in a residence near the 3700 block of Santa Rosalia Dr. A perimeter was established and K9 responded to the scene. A subsequent search by K9 officers resulted in the suspect being located. As K9 officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, an officer involved shooting ensued at approximately 8:45 p.m.

The suspect was transported to Cedar Sinai Hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
 
There were no injuries to the involved officers.

Force Investigation Division detectives are investigating the officer involved shooting.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, Office of the Inspector General and the Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s Use-Of-Force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable.  Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Force Investigation Division at 213-486-5230. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.                                 


18-Year-Old Missing Man

Los Angeles:  The family of Adam Jordan and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating him.

Adam jordanAdam Jordan was last seen on June 22, 2014 around 10:30 a.m. running away from his home located in the 9300 block of South Avalon Boulevard in Los Angeles. Adam was wearing a gray hat, a red sleeveless shirt, a green camouflage jacket, blue jeans and white shoes. Jordan does not have a vehicle and was last seen on foot.  

Adam Jordan is described as an 18-year-old African American male with black hair and brown eyes. He stands at 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 145 pounds. Jordan is autistic and his family is very concerned for his safety.

** A photograph of Adam Jordan will be provided by his family **


If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Adam Jordan, please contact the LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit, Detective K. Merrill at 213-996-1800. During non- business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


Notes June 24, 2014 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Police Commission Podcast

Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman opened the meeting, emphasizing he and Commissioner Paula Madison had spent time with the Office of Operations (OO) and Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger in connection with the commission’s ongoing interest in OO developments.  The  police commission is especially concerned with issues relating back to the Consent Decree. Secondly, Commissioner Saltzman also was interested in knowing when the commission will get the second phase of the Dorner incident report.  

Commissioner Steve Soboroff had some additional comments on the importance of not “backsliding” on any of the Consent Decree reforms.  He went on to address a concern about the impact of a lack of cash overtime, which has not been fully restored to the Department.  Consequently, he asked that a Department representative give a future presentation on the topic during a regular commission meeting.  Commissioner Soboroff requested a second report for a future presentation regarding financial impacts on the Department’s recruitment.  Specifically, his concern is about starting pay being much lower than it used to be and too low to attract enough qualified candidates (see addendum below for more information).

Assistant Chief Paysinger was sitting in for Chief Charlie Beck.  Prior to going over current crime statistics, he responded to Commissioner Saltzman’s concern about the Dorner report and confirmed it was a high Department priority and in an “early draft form.”  He said Chief Beck is also very much involved with the report and will be engaged in a review process, leading to a final draft.  Chief Paysinger predicted the final draft will be completed within two to three weeks.  He went on to remind everyone about the upcoming cadet leadership graduation ceremony, which is the largest graduating class in the Department’s history.    

During Executive Director Richard Tefank’s report, he noted there would be no commission meeting on July 1, 2014.        

The meeting continued with four regular agenda items.  Item 8-A was a verbal presentation.  Commissioner Saltzman wished to pull one item for discussion (Item 8-D) and moved that items 8-B and 8-C be approved. His move was seconded and the items were approved.  The meeting continued with the verbal presentation (Item 8-A) led by the Foothill Division’s commanding officer and a Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) representative. Among other things, topics included shared goals, symposiums and programs between CPAB and the division.

Discussion continued with Item 8-D, a Medal of Valor (MOV) recipient recommendation.  Commissioner Soboroff asked for the entire nominating background information to be read.  Commander Bill Murphy, assistant commanding officer of the LAPD Personnel and Training Bureau, read the entire MOV recommendation pertaining to Officer Donald Thompson of the Emergency Services Division.  Officer Thompson saw a serious traffic accident on the freeway while off duty on Christmas Day 2013.  A vehicle crashed into a sound barrier wall and then collided with a cement divider, after which it burst into flames.  Officer Thompson, traveling in the opposite direction on the freeway when he saw what happened, stopped his car, climbed over the freeway dividers and rescued the driver just seconds before he would have perished.  Without the slightest hesitation, the commission approved the recommendation for Officer Thompson to receive the Medal of Valor.


ADDENDUM
Comments – President Steve Soboroff
June 24, 2014

When the City of Los Angeles and the LAPD were released from the Consent Decree in May of last year, substantial responsibilities and authority were transferred to the LAPC.   It is mandated that we do not slide backward with any of the reforms, and I believe if any of your commissioners have a concern that this may be the case, that it’s best to be proactive, thorough, and transparent.  

During the past 9 1/2 months, your Commissioners have had the opportunity to visit each and every Divison, Bureau, and many special units of the Los Angeles Police Department. On the record, off the record, and sometimes anonymous letters, calls and communications have been encouraged via the IG and are regular occurrences.

I am convinced that if all LAPD employees were asked to prioritize their current issues as well as Our Commission Goals, that two stand above all others and, without committing to a relatively short term plan to fix, could have "consent decree" type consequences.

The first is: The impact of cash overtime not being fully restored to the Department.  This commission needs to hear the history and the its wide-ranging ramifications on both the current and short-term operations and efficiency of the LAPD.   

So, today I am requesting that a future public presentation from the Department at a Los Angeles Police Commission meeting be made when the appropriate Department staff are available, regarding OVERTIME.

We would like to hear all sides: arguments for and against.   For example: How deployment is affected?   What are the real financial costs of officers being paid not to, work, vs paying them overtime.  Why does losing overtime present unique problems and downsides in LAPD) vs other city departments?  I would like the report to include unedited input from the PPL and other stakeholders and certainly start with the premise that come every year from the budget makers across the street.

I believe that spending money to save money is prudent.    That is why this department's current risk management and technology (EG on-officer cameras) focus will save millions most of which should go directly into restoring overtime to a level where we stop losing experienced officers at the current rate vs. back to the general fund.

Secondly, I am requesting a similar historical and ramification report on the impact on recruitment and retention of police officers since the disparity in pay for Police Officer I & II positions has been in effect.    16 years ago entry level officers made $55,000.    With a cost of living increase, today that number would be $81,000.    But in 2014 we pay about $46,000, a HUGE decrease!    A few years ago a 20% pay cut was implemented to Police officers 1 and II with promises of restoration which simply has not materialized.

With early release of prisoners, new laws which make urban community policing more complicated than ever, and competition for Americas best cops (LAPD), these two issues rise to the top of everybody's list.

Let's address them openly and thoughtfully in complete detail.    The future of our City depends on maintaining America's finest Police Department, moving ahead (without slippage) on the consent decree reforms and discussions like these must happen regularly.

I look forward to the "Department's verbal report and discussion relative to the impact of reduced cash overtime for Department personnel and pay disparity for Police Officers."


Active Shooter Training Exercise

WHAT:
News Conference

WHEN:
June 26, 2014
1 p.m.

WHERE:
California Hospital Medical Center
1401 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Media staging area will be located at the west entrance of Leavey Hall (just south of 15th Street on the East side of Hope Street)

WHO:
California Hospital Medical Center
Los Angeles Police Department
Los Angeles Fire Department

WHY:
California Hospital Medical Center along with the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department will be holding a press conference regarding their joint “Active Shooter Training Exercise.”  The purpose of the drill is to prepare hospital staff and first responders for active shooter events where communication and partnership between the parties is critical.  California Hospital Medical Center is located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles and is a Level II Trauma Center.

DETAILS:
On June 26th California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) will conduct an “Active Shooter Training Exercise” in partnership with the City of Los Angeles. The goal of the training is to familiarize hospital staff with how best to respond during an active shooter event. The exercise will also allow CHMC to test their internal security procedures for an active shooter event inside their facility, and test the interaction with first responders who arrive at active shooter scenes. The City of Los Angeles has begun to integrate Police Department and Fire Department training for these types of scenarios – also know known as “Unified Response” – and conducts similar trainings with other Los Angeles businesses.

The City will have dispatch personnel from both Police and Fire at the exercise to field simulated calls for help, and to dispatch Police and Fire units that are in the area surrounding CHMC. As those Police and Fire units respond, they will work together to stop the shooter and render aid to the victims of the shooter. The roles of the shooter and victims will be played by police and hospital staff.

By having hospital personnel, Police dispatchers, Fire dispatchers, Police units and Fire units partner for this highly realistic training scenario, all parties hope to be better prepared for real-life violent incidents that may occur in the City of Los Angeles.

The June 26th training exercise is slated to begin 6:00 a.m. and will end at 1:00 p.m.

CONTACT:
For more information, contact Lisa Barry at (818) 716-7111.


     
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42-Year-Old Missing female

Culver City:  The family of Lisa Lewis and the Los Angeles Police Department Missing Person’s Unit are asking for the public’s help to find him.

On March 10, 2014, around 12 p.m., Mrs. Lewis was last seen in the 3800 block of Sepulveda Boulevard in the area of Culver City.  Her family is very concerned that she has not been found.

Mrs. Lewis is described as a 42-year-old White female with brown hair and brown eyes.  She stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds.

If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Lisa Lewis, please contact Missing Person’s Unit, Detective Saiza at (213) 996-1800.  During non- business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

     
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