Police Commissioner Paula Madison opened the meeting. There were no commission comments, so the meeting proceeded directly to the Report of the Chief of Police.
Chief Charlie Beck began his report by telling everyone that yesterday from early in the morning till about 8 p.m. he went from division to division meeting with sworn personnel. He listened to their concerns, mostly related to the recent non-ratification of the proposed labor contract with the police union. He emphasized that everyone’s opinion should be respected in this matter. He expressed confidence that everyone would “get through” this challenge, since the Department has triumphed over many difficult issues in the past. He urged that negotiations must advance in a respectful manner as LAPD officers will continue to do their jobs and maintain public trust. He also reiterated how much officers are valued and deserve monetary compensation while stressing how the the city “can only do so much.” Chief Beck closed his report with a rundown of crime statistics.
Executive Director Richard Tefank’s report only noted that Item 7A from the list of consent agenda items needed to be removed. The item concerned travel authority for Chief Beck for a trip that had been canceled.
Regular Agenda Items ensued, with Items 8B through 8H, consecutively, being approved as follows:
- 8B: The Department’s Report, dated July 11, 2014, relative to the Recommendation for the Police Commission Unit Citation, as set forth, was approved.
- 8C: The Department’s Report, dated June 20, 2014, relative to the 2014 Traffic Plan, as set forth, was approved.
- 8D: The Department’s Report, dated June 20, 2014, concerning the response to Public Safety Committee Relative to Sex Offender Residency Restrictions, Council File 13-0134-S1, as set forth, was approved.
- 8E: The Department’s Report, dated June 26, 2014, relative to the Narcotics Analysis Laboratory Trust Fund Expenditure #17, as set forth, was approved.
- 8F: The Department’s Report, dated June 27, 2014, relative to the Third Amendment to Agreement #C-119255 with Charles Esau of Esau Farrier Services, for the Equine Farrier Services of the Metropolitan Division Mounted Unit, as set forth, was approved.
- 8G: The Department’s Report, dated July 11, 2014, relative to the Los Angeles County Fiscal Year2014-15 Real Estate Fraud Prosecution Program Grant, as set forth, was approved.
- 8H: The Department’s Report, dated July 11, 2014, relative to the Second Amendment to the Security Guard Services Agreements between the City of Los Angeles and RMI International, Inc. (C-120938) and G4S Secure Solutions (USA), Inc. (C-122078), as set forth, was approved.
The meeting continued with brief discussions of four remaining Regular Agenda Items (8A, 8I, 8J and 8K). Item 8-A was about the Modified Policy and Procedures for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detainer Requests. Representing the Department before the commission was Assistant Chief of the Office of Special Operations, Michel Moore. The essence of Chief Moore’s discussion stated the Department, working with the City Attorney’s Office, will no longer honor detainer requests issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement unless there is a judicial determination of probable cause or a warrant from a judicial officer.
Discussion continued with Item 8-I, relative to a Fleet Repairs and Maintenance Audit. Jeffry Phillips with the Internal Audits and Inspection Division and Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur, Office of Administrative Services, represented the Department before the commission. The audit was conducted in the Motor Transport Division (MTD) and it was the first such audit to examine fleet repairs and maintenance. It had four objectives and included 15 tests and performance information. Overall, MTD did very well with the objectives, except for two, which indicated room for improvement.
The next topic of discussion was Item 8-J. It concerned a Bomb Squad Inspection that resulted from an audit earlier this year in which areas of improvement were cited. As a consequence, it was recommended that some standard operating procedures (SOP) be changed to make the improvements, and it was hoped the inspection would reveal whether or not the SOP changes were implemented and effective. Ultimately, the inspection found all the changes had been properly applied.
The final discussion topic, 8-K, concerned the Asset Forfeiture Revenue Inspection Follow-Up from a 2012 audit of the Gang and Narcotics Division. Similar to the Bomb Squad Inspection above, there were recommendations for changes/improvements resulting from the audit. The Asset Forfeiture Revenue Inspection Follow-Up determined those recommendations were implemented and could be closed.