National Dispatchers Week 2012

Blog Photos (2) 210With the large volume of calls for service the Department receives on a daily basis, it takes true professionals who can handle those demands.  Citizens of Los Angeles rely on the Department to keep them, their loved ones, and their property safe.  If an emergency should arise, it is the Police Service Representatives (PSR) who are the direct contact between the public and our officers.  This is why we call them the “lifeline” of our Department, and they are truly some of the unsung heroes of the LAPD.

Blog Photos (2) 199Each year, law enforcement agencies across the nation take the second full week in April to honor the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators.  The week consists of recognition ceremonies, public demonstrations, luncheons andBlog Photos (2) 207 various other activities.  This year was no exception.

During the PM watch roll call, Police Chief Charlie Beck expressed his gratitude to the PSRs assigned to the both the Downtown and Valley dispatch centers.

“What you do is truly amazing,” said Chief Beck. “Thank you for what you do every day.”

Councilman Dennis Zine, who is also a reserve officer for the Department, was in attendance as well and knows the important role of PSRs first hand.

“What you do is such a critical service. You are silent heroes,” said Councilman Zine. “You are that lifeline, not only to the officers but to the community as well.”

Councilman Zine also donated $4,000 to the PSR station fund, which is used for special events.

The roll call event was the culmination of a week’s work of activities in honor of PSRs.  Events included gift giveaways, an open house, guest speakers, catered lunches and much more.

The Department would like to thank our many PSRs for their hard work and dedication to service.  Their work goes a long way in ensuring the safety of our communities and our officers.


25 Year Pin Ceremony

September 20, 2011- The City of Los Angeles presented 48 sworn and civilian employees from the Los Angeles Police Department with service pins recognizing the years of commitment and service they have given to the City. 

P9200046 Before the pins were presented Chief Beck stated, “Twenty-five years is a huge milestone.”  He mentioned in the past twenty-five years Los Angeles hosted the Olympics. He stated, “That was a time of innocence.  It was a great time to be hired and like today it’s a great time to be a part of the Los Angeles Police Department.”

He thanked the family and friends of the recipients stating, “Your support is what allows the men and women of this Department to get through the difficult times they have, so thank you.”  

After the ceremony there were many hugs and smiles from friends and family in attendance.  The ceremony was held in the Ronald Deaton Auditorium located at the Public Administration Building.


LAPD Chief Charlie Beck’s Monthly Media Availability

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Thursday June 2, 2011 - Chief Beck addressed the media regarding the new Crime Mapping system launched on May 13, 2011 located on the Department’s website, www.lapdonline.org. He also spoke on the Summer Safety Program, the Safe Summer Tip-off Youth Basketball Tournament between the LAPD and LAFD, Summer Crime Prevention Tips and the recent crime statistics.  The media availability was held at the Police Administration Building Plaza. Click on the above link to hear the Chief’s comments.



Notes from the May 17, 2011 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

  •   Police Commissioner Robert Saltzman attended the installation luncheon for the Association of Black Law Enforcement (ABLE) over the weekend along with Police Commission President John Mack.  He stated it was well attended.  A lot of history was shared about the Department and the organization itself.  He commended the organization for all the work they do.
  • Police Chief Charlie Beck commended West Bureau, especially Wilshire and Olympic division with the capture of the shotgun bandits.  He stated he highlighted the incident because not only is it good police work but it shows the dedication towards the safety of Los Angeles.
  •   The Department’s report, dated February 23, 2011, and the Inspector General’s report, dated May 10, 2011, relative to the Department’s Quarterly Discipline Report, Fourth Quarter 2010, was given by the Inspector General, Captain Schwartz and Commander Webb.  The Inspector General’s office focused on work place retaliation where an employee reported retaliation. The Inspector General’s audit and concerns were the extent of the investigation and the ultimate adjudication.  Captain Schwartz and Commander Webb discussed how case management has become a problem for the unit.  Captain Schwartz discussed with Commander Webb to elevate the Work Place Investigation unit to become a section and putting more staff in the unit.  The Department’s report and the Inspector General’s report were approved.  The Commission instructed the Department to respond in two weeks with a detailed response discussing their Risk Management strategies designed to intervene early in the employee’s work place cases to minimize litigation.
  •   The Department’s report, dated May 4, 2011, relative to Professional Services Agreement for Charles Esua of Esua Farrier Services, was approved and transmitted to the Mayor and the City Council.
  •   The Department’s report, dated May 6, 2011, relative to Warrant Applications and Supporting Affidavits Audit, Second Quarter, Fiscal Year 2009/10, (IAID No. 09-006), dated December 29, 2009, and Warrant Applications and Supporting Affidavits Audit, Second Quarter, Fiscal Year 2010/11, (IAID No. 10-074), dated January 7, 2011, was approved. 
  •   Inspector General’s Report, dated May 12, 2011, relative to the Inspector General’s Annual Report for the period of May 2010 to May 2011 was given by Inspector General Nicole Bershon. The Inspector General stated this is a time to give her staff praise.  Her staff has been subject to all kinds of uncertainties, furloughs, pay cuts and in spite of all that they have continued to produce an incredible amount of work.  Their work has not suffered and in fact the amount of work they have produced has increased.  It is a real testament to their hard work and dedication. 
  •   The Inspector General stated they have three sections: Audit Section, Complaint Intake and Review Section, and the Categorical Use of Force Section. The Audit Section has completed twenty five projects which include five actual audits from start to end.  They have conducted eighteen reviews of audits and inspections and completed two special projects.  The Complaint Section has 1,368 contacts with members of the public and has reviewed 201 complaint investigations. The Categorical Use of Force Section has received notifications of 93 categorical use of force incidents including 52 Officer involved shootings.  They have completed 235 redacted summaries of categorical use of force incidents and reduced the back log substantially. The Inspector General report was approved.

 


Notes from the May 3, 2011 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

 

  • Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger informed the Board the Department’s awareness was high after the recent announcement on Osama Bin Laden.  He said the May Day events coupled with the Laker and Dodger games called for intelligent and strategic deployment and added the Department was able to leverage personnel without creating overtime.  He finished by saying the Department will continue to remain vigilant in the fight against terrorism.

 

  • The Department’s report, dated April 22, 2011, relative to DNA quarterly report – 1st quarter 2011, as given by Deputy Chief David Doan, was approved and transmitted to the City Council.  Chief Doan said as of April 24 the DNA backlog which existed had been completed.  He said the only backlog that existed was from the month of April 2011 and said he expects to be completely caught up by July 1.  

 

  • The Department’s report, dated April 20, 2011, relative to DNA monthly report for March 2011, was approved and transmitted to the City Council.

 

  • The Department’s report, dated April 22, 2011, relative to 2010 K-9 Platoon annual summary report, as given by Captain Art Miller, was accepted.  Captain Miller informed the Board in 2010 the Unit lost a total of 12,509 hours that converts to 1,250 work days due to mandatory time off.  He recommended to increase the Unit by one sergeant and four officers.

 

  • The Department’s report, dated April 22, 2011, relative to destruction of obsolete duplicate records, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.

2011 Recognition Award Ceremony

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Today, the Los Angeles Police Department recognized forty six sworn and civilian men and women for their dedication and commitment to the people of Los Angeles at the 2011 Recognition Award Ceremony.  The recipients were recognized by the Department for numerous awards. 

Before the awards were presented, Chief Beck stated, “This is a great organization, I’m proud to be part of it, I’m proud to be its leader.  However what I’m most proud of is, the men and women that make up the ranks of police officers.”

One recipient was given the “Community Policing Medal.”   The Community Policing Medal is awarded to Department personnel who have solved a significant community problem, included the community in the problem solving process, and/or shown a commitment to the Department's Community Policing philosophy.  The Community Policing Medal may be awarded to an individual or to an organizational entity within the Department.

One recipient was given the “Police Distinguished Service Medal.”  The Police Distinguished Service Medal is the Department's highest award for service and may be awarded to employees who distinguish themselves by performing exceptional service in a duty of great responsibility or of critical importance to law enforcement.

Seven recipients were given the “Lifesaving Medal.”  The life saving Medal is awarded to recognize the actions of Department personnel that result in the saving or preservation of human life that otherwise would have been lost without the employee's direct involvement.  An employee can receive only one lifesaving award per incident, regardless of how many victims were involved.  The award consists of a medal, lapel pin, and ribbon.

Thirty seven recipients were given the “Police Star.”  Employees who distinguish themselves by bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of duty, but to a lesser degree than required for the Police Medal. Employees who distinguish themselves by performing in stressful situations with exceptional tactics and/or judgment. The award consists of a medal, lapel pin, and a ribbon.

The ceremony was held in the Ronald Deaton Auditorium.  The auditorium was filled with members of the Department, family, and friends sharing in the special moment with their loved ones.

 


NOBLE Honors Two of LAPD’s Finest

On Saturday March 12, 2011, two of LAPD’s finest, Commander Regina Scott and Captain Ann Young, were recognized for being two female law enforcement achievers that proved it is possible to achieve your goals.  They received the award for “Women in Leadership, Shattering the Glass Ceiling” by the Southern California chapter of NOBLE, during the 10th Annual Achievers Award Dinner held at the University of Southern California.

These women were the first two African American women promoted to high ranking positions within the Los Angeles Police Department.  Ann Young was the first African American female promoted to Captain in April 2000, followed by Regina Scott, the first African American female promoted to rank of Commander in October 2010.

NOBLE is the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives which was founded in September 1976, during a three day symposium to address crime in urban low income areas.

NOBLE’s mission is to ensure equity in the administration of justice in the provision of public service to all communities and to serve as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action.


Class 8/10 Graduates

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Friday, January 28, 2011-The Los Angeles Police Department welcomed twenty nine new men and women to the Los Angeles Police Department.  Since 1931 men and women have marched across the police academy field to join one of the most highly recognizable law enforcement agencies in the world. 

810photo You will never hear Chief Beck deliver a rubber stamp speech nor will you see written notes before him.  He always delivers his speech to the officers straight from the heart.  Chief Beck talks to them as if they were his own children.  Chief Beck expresses how he will look after them and support them through their journey.  He tells them how proud he is to have them as members of his family. 

One value the Chief will express to his new officers is how important character is. Chief Becks states “I cannot give you character, that comes from your upbringing but I do require it.  I require that you demonstrate honest, ethical behavior in all your interactions.  I will ask a lot from you and I require a lot from you.”

Chief Beck ended his speech with welcoming and congratulating the new officers to the Los Angeles Police Department.

 


Sunshine Kids Shine Bright

September 9, 2010 – With the LAPD Concert Band in full symphony, 24 children from the Sunshine Kids were sworn in as honorary police officers for the day.  The event, which was part of a week-long visit by Sunshine_kids_(46)_1 the children to Los Angeles, featured the roof-top swearing-in ceremony where the children were given gifts donated by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union, the Los Angeles Police Reserve Foundation and the Universal City Sheraton.

Sunshine_kids_(15)_1 Once sworn in as police officers, the children jumped into the black and white vehicles with their reserve police officer partners and formed a convoy where they left the hotel with lights and sirens blaring. Their destination: Raleigh Studios on Melrose to visit the set and the stars of the TNT television series “The Closer.”



Sunshine_kids_(21)_1 The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer. Established in 1982, the organization provides positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients. The Sunshine Kids offer a variety of programs and events, free of charge, for kids who are receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across North America.  This is the fifth consecutive year the Department has participated and organized activities for the kids.