Police Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting by requesting a moment of silence to respect Police Officer Kathleen Talbot, who recently passed away. For commissioner comments, Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa commended Chief Beck and his staff in reference to recently attending a conference focusing on nonprofit organizations that are doing important work nationwide. Commissioner Figueroa-Villa stated she was impressed by how well the Department was represented at the conference. Commissioner Robert Saltzman thanked the Department for a “prompt and effective” response to the recent murder of a USC student. He referred to the working relationship between LAPD and the USC Department of Public Safety as “extraordinary.”
The meeting continued with the Report of the Chief of Police. Chief Charlie Beck began his report by thanking Commissioner Saltzman for his comments. He also thanked Commissioner Soboroff for acknowledging the passing of Officer Talbot and said she would be “sorely” missed. He mentioned memorial services for Officer Talbot would probably be in October. Chief Beck closed his report with a rundown of current crime statistics.
The next order of business was a Commission certificate presentation to retiring Detective Tom Butler for 31 years of service.
Consent Agenda Items proceeded with two items pulled for brief discussion before approval. Commissioner Saltzman discussed the first item, during which he thanked the Los Angeles Police Foundation for donating eight college scholarships valued at $10,000 to benefit the LAPD Cadet Program. The second discussion item, again led by Commissioner Saltzman, also acknowledged the Los Angeles Police Foundation for a donation of $1 million in funding to install digital, in-car video system cameras in patrol vehicles. Following the acknowledgement, Commissioner Soboroff had a few questions for Chief Beck about the cameras, after which all Consent Agenda Items were approved.
Regular Agenda Items then ensued with four items. Item 8A was pulled from the agenda, with Items 8C and 8D being approved as follows:
- - 8C: The Department’s Report, dated July 21, 2014, relative to the Recommendation for the Medal of Valor, as set forth, was approved.
- - 8D: The Department’s Report, dated July 18, 2014, relative to the destruction of obsolete original records for 77th Area, as set forth, was approved.
The meeting continued with the only remaining Regular Agenda Item (8B), which consisted of a verbal presentation relative to the on-body cameras and Operations South Bureau digital, in-car video system. This was in response to a previous Commission request for a presentation to display and demonstrate the cameras. Representing the Department for the presentation was Sergeant Dan Gomez and Police Administrator Maggie Goodrich. There were three video systems presented. Sergeant Gomez was wearing one and had two fellow officers on hand to show how the other two cameras operated and appeared on their uniforms. Sergeant Gomez also discussed how the captured video images are downloaded and stored, and answered a few questions from the Commissioners, including when the cameras would be fully implemented in the Department. Ms. Goodrich couldn’t guarantee exactly when this would happen but suggested it might occur in January 2015. Commissioner Saltzman confirmed with the presenters that there would be future public hearings on the use of the cameras before their proposed January implementation.