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Chief's Message

9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

On Friday, September 11, 2015, the L.A. Fire Department and the LAPD will host a memorial ceremony to reflect on the 14 years since the day of the attacks. Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas and I encourage everyone to join together as we honor and remember the families of the victims who lost their lives in New York, Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia. We will also pay tribute to the first responders, recovery workers, and service members that selflessly saved lives while risking their own. The ceremony will take place at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center named after Los Angeles Firefighter Frank Hotchkin who was killed in the line of duty in 1980.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Dodger Stadium

The Los Angeles Dodgers will host Law Enforcement Appreciation Night on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, as they take on the Colorado Rockies. This special event ticket package includes a ticket to the 7:10 p.m. baseball game and a voucher for a Law Enforcement Appreciation Dodger travel mug. Ticket packages can be purchased by visiting Dodgers.com/Lawenforcement. Please make plans to attend and arrive early to enjoy the pregame festivities that honor first responders from Southern California. I am grateful to The Los Angeles Dodgers for recognizing the dedication with which you serve.

Sunshine Kids 10th Anniversary LAPD Day

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the LAPD ceremony with the Sunshine Kids during the annual week-long national trip, California Fun-Time Fantasy. Over the past decade the LAPD has coordinated with the Sunshine Kids on this event to provide young cancer patients with memorable experiences on this extraordinary day.

The event will take place on Thursday, September 24, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel as 30 young cancer patients from across the country will be sworn in as junior officers for the day. The Kids will hit the streets of Hollywood Boulevard with a personal LAPD police escort while riding in their own squad cars. The motorcade will conclude at Raleigh Studios where the Kids will be greeted with cheers, have lunch with LAPD officers and the cast and crew of the TV series “Major Crimes.”

I would like to thank all of the police officers, civilians, volunteers and staff who help create this special day by bringing a smile to the faces of Kids fighting cancer.

Community Relationship Division

The relationship between the people of the City of Los Angeles and the men and women of the LAPD has shown what can be accomplished when we work together. Given the recent events across the country and here in Los Angeles regarding issues of trust between the community and law enforcement, it is critical that we continue this emphasis on building, mending, and maintaining relationships.

Community Relationship Division (CRD), under the Office of Operations, will work to maintain community relations and social media engagement functions that existed throughout the Department under different commands and expand the outreach and footprint for both. Under the leadership of Captain Ruby Malachi, CRD will help the Department build and maintain relationships between the diverse communities in our city and those of you that work so hard to protect and serve in those communities. CRD will work with the Areas and Bureaus to assist them with community engagement efforts such as the foot beats, Days of Dialogue workshops, community forums, Senior Lead Officer Training and many other programs. CRD will continue handling strategic community outreach efforts and will also provide social media community engagement support Department-wide.

Relationship-based policing goes hand-in-hand with Constitutional Policing. CRD will help our Department move forward and continue to be a leader in building relationships and trust.

Be safe out there and take care of each other.

Charlie

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