National Night Out 2010

The 27th annual National Night Out was observed on Tuesday, August 4, 2010, with communities and Police Departments across the country participating in what has become a successful program. With the LAPD in their 10th year of participation, the Department in conjunction with local businesses and community organizations held numerous events throughout the City.

One of Northeast Community Police Station’s events was held in the parking lot of the Walgreen’s located on Sunset Boulevard.  This event had free screenings for glaucoma provided by the Lions Club, food giveaways and plenty of activities for the kids such as face painting, jumpers and joust.

In the Rampart Area a rally was held outside the Police Station.  This event featured live entertainment by local performers, and plenty of free food provided by local eateries.  An estimated 500 people were in attendance.

These were just two of approximately 50 city-wide events held as part of the National Night Out campaign.  In its 27th year, the National Night Out campaign is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. 

The Department would like to thank all of the organizers, volunteers, sponsors and people in attendance who helped make National Night Out 2010 a success!

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Teenager killed by train while spraying graffiti, police say

August 3, 2010 03:10 PM
By June Q. Wu, Globe Correspondent Boston.com

A teenager who was spraying graffiti on an abandoned building was killed by an oncoming train in Worcester Monday night, police said.

Michael Sclamo Jr., 19, of Southbridge, was with two friends at about 9:40 p.m. when they saw lights in the distance and heard the approaching Amtrak train sound its horn, police said in a statement. The three started running along the tracks across a bridge, and his two friends jumped out of the train’s path.

Sclamo, however, hesitated at the bridge and was struck by the train traveling at roughly 50 miles per hour, police said.

Police arrived on the scene shortly after the incident and discovered Sclamo on the embankment near Worcester’s Price Chopper on Cambridge Street.

The train, which had more than 100 passengers on board, was en route to Union Station in Worcester from Springfield.

Though the train engineer pulled the emergency brakes when he saw the teenagers, the train took about a mile to come to a complete stop, Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said. No passengers were injured.

Sclamo graduated from Shepherd Hill Regional High School in 2009 and had been working at a local factory with his father, said Gwen Bultron, 38, who is engaged to Sclamo’s father and considers Sclamo her own son.

“He was a teenage boy, a good kid who did right, never had a drink, never had a drug in his life,” said Bultron, who has been living with Sclamo for the past five years. “He was with the two best friends he had in the world, just doing their boy things, and this tragic accident happened.”

Sclamo’s passions ranged from photography to cars to skateboarding, Bultron said. Just three days ago, Sclamo told Bultron he wanted to go back to school.

“We wanted to look it up online, see what options were available, but we never got that chance,” Bultron said.


Report Graffiti

Everyday our city is plagued with graffiti from taggers. It becomes unsightly and drives potential business away from the community. Get involved, help clean up your community.

NEVER CONFRONT A TAGGER. BE A GOOD WTNESS AND REPORT THEM USING THE FOLLOWING METHODS.

  • For graffiti and / or vandalism in progress call 911
  • Phone the City of Los Angeles 311 phone line for graffiti removal (you can remain anonymous)
  • Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 you can also text 274637 to the Crime Stoppers via cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters LAPD.
  • Tipsters can also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on the “web tips” and follow the prompts.
  • For further information you can email the City Wide Graffiti Task Force 23189@LAPD.LACITY.org

Citywide Buyback Nets 2511 Guns

Representing a New City Record in Citywide Gift Cards for Guns Event

On May 8, 2010, 2511 firearms were exchanged for Ralphs gift cards or pre-paid Visa gift cards.  On Saturday morning, lines of vehicles formed at each of the surrender locations well before the 10 a.m. scheduled opening.  Community members received cards valued at $100 for most firearms and $200 for firearms classified as assault rifles. 

The Citywide Gun Buy Back Program is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD).  Major corporate sponsorship was provided by the Ralph’s corporation.  While many in the media covered the event, the primary media partner was KCBS 2 / KCAL 9. 

"I would like to thank all the Angelenos who joined us over the weekend in securing a safer City for every family by helping us get 2500 dangerous weapons off the streets," Mayor Villaraigosa said.   "This year's successful turn-out shows that the gifts-for-guns method has been tested and it works."

At the conclusion of the event, Ralph’s and Visa cards worth a total value of $197,400 had been exchanged for firearms.  Deputy Chief David Doan said, “Eighty-five of the firearms were assault rifles, with no legitimate civilian purpose and in most cases illegal to possess.”  He added, “Confidence in our promise ‘not to ask questions’ is likely the difference between an assault weapon being surrendered and it being stored for another year.  Until Saturday, they were prime targets for theft; today they are destined for a foundry.”

Gunbuyback 2010 (2)_3 Chief of Police Charlie Beck said, “The guns displayed today will never be stolen or used in a robbery, assault, or murder; the scope of that success can never be fully measured.  We owe a special thanks to Ralph’s and our media sponsor KCBS2 / KCAL9.”  

Individuals may still surrender guns to any Los Angeles Police Department Community Police Station.  When bringing a firearm to a police station, please  Gunbuyback 2010 (4)_2
leave the unloaded gun(s) in a locked container or stored in a vehicle trunk.  Assistance will be provided after discussing the intent to surrender a weapon with an officer at the police station desk.  Until another Gun Buyback event is scheduled, no gift cards will be exchanged.  Please visit the LAPD website at www.lapdonline.org to find the nearest community police station. 

For additional information, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.

Weapons Surrendered During the 2010 Gun Buyback

Operations-Valley Bureau

LAPD Division  Total Handguns  Rifles  Shotguns  Assault Weapons  Grenade Launcher attached to a Rifle
Mission    654    333    189    103    29    0
OVB Total -     654    333    189    103    29    0


Operations-Central Bureau

LAPD Division  Total  Handguns  Rifles  Shotguns  Assault Weapons  Grenade Launcher attached to a Rifle
Hollenbeck    449    201    147    88    13    1
OCB Total -     449    201    147    88    13    1


Operations-West Bureau

LAPD Division  Total  Handguns  Rifles  Shotguns  Assault Weapons  Grenade Launcher attached to a Rifle
Hollywood    386    198    112    65    11    1 - Grenade
OWB Total -     386    198    112    65    11    1 - Grenade


Operations-South Bureau

LAPD Division  Total  Handguns  Rifles  Shotguns  Assault Weapons  Grenade Launcher attached to a Rifle
Harbor    590    263    193    108    26    1-Claymore
77th Street    432    221    106    99    6    0
OSB Total -     1022    484    299    207    32    1-Claymore


Total Guns
2511    1216    747    463    85   
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1-Grenade
1-Claymore


OpEd – Join Us in Securing Safe Neighborhoods for Every Angeleno By Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck

Over the last several years improving public safety has been the focus of the City’s leadership.  All of our collective efforts have paid off -- we have not seen crime this low in Los Angeles since the Eisenhower Administration.  In fact, crime is down in every division of our City.  We have also been able to stem the tide of gang violence which has historically plagued our City.  Neighborhoods are safer for our residents and streets are safer for our visitors.  All who live and work in Los Angeles are reaping the benefits of our efforts as we all agree that public safety is the foundation for economic development and the creation of jobs.

Despite this progress, Los Angeles continues to breed a significant amount of gang violence with the weapon of choice for most gang members being a firearm.  Families still face violence on our streets, and each heart wrenching tragedy reminds us that our dream of security for all Angelenos is not a reality.  Whether it is an innocent child who falls victim to a stray bullet or the countless gang-on-gang shootings that too often occur in our City, there are regular reminders that we still have a long way to go in our fight against violence.

The pursuit of safer streets must focus on the two primary sources of violence in Los Angeles: gangs and guns.  More often than not, the two are tied; one the misguided enterprise of violence and the other the utility to exact it.

Within every state and local government across the country, elected officials are working around-the-clock to get guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.  We are passing new ordinances, developing new initiatives, and bolstering our police forces to beat back the gun and gang crime on our streets.

We have long realized, however, that we cannot do it alone.  Without the support of the residents and communities we serve, our efforts are futile.

We need help from faith leaders, non-profits, and residents at large.  Everyone must play an active role in developing solutions to the violence that continues to plague many of our communities.  No legislation can replace the unified voice of a community saying no to guns, gangs, and to indiscriminate violence in our neighborhoods.  We also know that when the community is our partner the change is lasting and widespread.

For that reason, we are requesting the help of all Angelenos.

As part of our gun buyback initiative we implore anyone to turn in their guns, rifles, shotguns and assault weapons – no questions asked.   In return, they will receive gift cards ranging from $100 to $200 in value.

On May 8th – the day before Mothers’ Day – individuals can come to one of five different locations across the City to exchange their firearm for gift cards.  Nobody will ask them to identify themselves and no information about the weapon needs to be given.  We simply ask that people transport their firearms unloaded, and in the trunk of their vehicles.

In doing so, Angelenos can make a vital contribution to the safety and security of our entire community.  Last year’s Gun Buyback program resulted in the collection of nearly 1,700 firearms.  If the program kept just one of those guns from being used in a violent attack, it was a success.

This is our opportunity to make a real difference for our children and for our families.  It’s our chance to take matters into our own hands and prevent the next tragic shooting.  It is our chance to make this Mother’s Day a citywide wide commitment to protect all of the children in this city, and make the city safer for all of our communities.

Please join us in this effort.


Letter to KCBS2 / KCAL9 Steven Mauldin Regarding Unpaid Parking Tickets

Letter to KCBS2 / KCAL9 Steven Mauldin


On April 29,2010 the Los Angeles Police Department held its annual Recognition Day Awards Ceremony.  Sworn and civilian men and women from the  Department were recognized for their dedication and commitment towards the people they serve in communities throughout Los Angeles.  It was at this ceremony that KCBS2 / KCAL9 reporter David Goldstein ambushed an assistant chief of the LAPD about unpaid parking tickets.  Below is a letter sent to the station's management, on May 4, 2010, explaining the facts as they relate to the citations.


Mr. Steven Mauldin

KCBS2/KCAL9
CBS Studio City
4200 Radford Avenue
Studio City, California 91604

Mr. Mauldin: 

This correspondence is to bring to your attention an investigative report which may contain some incomplete information.  Since the segment is reportedly scheduled to air on Thursday May 6, 2010, the scope of the omissions cannot be fully measured; however, the positive relationship and mutual respect that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has fostered with the media, including KCBS2/KCAL9, dictates that we provide you with critical additional information. 

As you know, Investigative Reporter David Goldstein is preparing a report on the use of “confidential license plates” similar to the April 2008 report in the Orange County Register.

Mr. Goldstein has learned that some agencies responsible for processing parking fines have amassed significant numbers of unpaid citations for vehicles registered under the provisions of a confidential license plate program.  Since the late 1970s, individuals in qualifying occupations may request that their personal information be shielded in the California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) database.  The program is designed to protect the individual and their families.  In many cases the vehicles registered under these protections are second and third vehicles used exclusively by family members.

Agencies processing citations on vehicles with confidential plates must go through a labor-intensive process of identifying the registered owner, their employer, and a name and address of the person authorized by that employer to receive confidential notifications.  To meet the California Vehicle Code standard, the agency processing the collection must issue a letter or other official notification before a report of non-payment can be made to the DMV for further action such as registration renewal holds. 

According to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, in the City of LA, citations issued to vehicles with confidential plates are paid promptly at a rate of 70 percent.  That far exceeds the 45 percent prompt pay-rate of the general public. 

On April 29, 2010, Mr. Goldstein and other members of the media were invited to and attended the LAPD Recognition Day where a number of LAPD command and staff officers were honoring the recipients of the Department’s highest awards.  It was at this event that Mr. Goldstein chose to confront an assistant chief with documents indicating that he had 18 unpaid parking tickets.  

Based on our inquiry into the matter, the assistant chief in question had never been notified about the citations for a vehicle that a member of his family had operated.  Our Internal Affairs Division has begun to conduct an investigation and has thus far determined, that beginning in February 2010, the City of Los Angeles and a vendor issued letters for the first time since 2002, to agencies employing users of confidential plates who have unpaid citations.  It has been determined that the letters received by the LAPD were not forwarded to the concerned employees.  This administrative oversight is being investigated and appropriate action will be taken.                         

Considering the excellent working relationship that we enjoy with KCBS2/KCAL9, I am hopeful that in the future, your reporters and producers will not feel the need to ambush LAPD personnel.  Had your reporter requested an interview in advance, the assistant chief would have spoken to the reporter once he had an opportunity to investigate the facts.

The concerned assistant chief has paid the outstanding fines and two other LAPD officers have been put on notice to make payment without unnecessary delay.  Finally, we are taking steps to ensure that notifications regarding confidential plates are acted upon promptly.     

Very truly yours,

CHARLIE BECK                  
Chief of Police

MARY GRADY, Public Information Director
Commanding Officer
Public Information Office   


Class 9-09 Recruit Graduation

February 26, 2010 – On the athletic field at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park, the newest members of the Department proudly stood at attention as they were presented with their diploma of graduation.  Twenty-one individuals underwent six months of intense training which culminated with today’s ceremony in front of Department brass, dignitaries and their family and friends.

There is little down time for these new officers as many of them will begin their new assignments on the street of Los Angeles within the next 36 hours.  For more information on how you can become a Los Angeles Police officer, please visit www.joinlapd.com.

To hear Police Chief Charlie Beck address the new class, click here.

Chief Beck Class 9-09 Grad

 


      


 


Partnership with Nixle

On February 17, 2010 The Los Angeles Police Department along with representatives from Nixle held a press conference to introduce the system to the City.

Nixle is the first professional-grade mass communications platform which allows the police department to communicate directly with a geographically specific portion of the community in real time and at any time. 

Nixel 001 With Nixle, the Police Department can establish "short codes" to communicate with specific groups.  These "short code" protocols have been tested in both First Amendment Protests and Search and Rescue situations.  A group of protesters or a group of volunteer searchers can text a specially created short code for their event and instantaneously, they are all in connected to the Incident Command Post.  Messages from the Command Post can be used to debunk rumors or to keep everyone informed on public safety issues.        

In late 2009, in a public and private partnership, the communities from across the City enrolled in this free public-safety communications platform. The communities served by Topanga, Wilshire and West Valley Areas recorded more Nixle subscribers than any of the other Areas Citywide.  Nixel 003

Nixle awarded grant monies to the top three communities (Topanga Area - $5000, Wilshire Area - $3000 and West Valley Areas $2000).  Nixle’s goal in awarding these grants is to help increase the user base and thereby help increase the likelihood that Nixle can actually help solve a crime or find a missing child.  The only stipulation on the use of the money is that it to be used to further excellence in policing, including employee wellness. 

In accepting the funds, the Department is under no obligation of any kind to Nixle.  Chief Beck said, "Employee wellness is on my list of goals for 2010, and especially in these uncertain budgetary times, I am sure that the Nixle awards will be put to good use."  Nixle is a service that is free to the community.

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Class 8-09 Recruit Graduation

January 29, 2010 – On the athletic field at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park, the newest members of the Department proudly stood at attention as they were presented with their diploma of graduation.  Twenty-nine individuals underwent six months of intense training which culminated with today’s ceremony in front of Department brass, dignitaries and their family and friends.

There is little down time for these new officers as many of them will begin their new assignments on the street of Los Angeles within the next 36 hours.  For more information on how you can become a Los Angeles Police officer, please visit www.joinlapd.com.

To hear Police Chief Charlie Beck address the new class, click here Download 8-09 Grad.


 


REMEMBERING A FALLEN LAPD OFFICER Renaming of West Valley Park in honor of Officer Randal D. Simmons

LOS ANGELES – The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks in partnership with Councilmember Dennis Zine renamed West Valley Park as "LAPD Swat Officer Randal D. Simmons Park" in memory of the fallen LAPD SWAT officer on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

RandalSimmonsPark-20_1 The ceremony included the unveiling of the new park sign as well as remarks by Jon Kirk Mukri, Department of Recreation and Parks General Manager, Councilmember Dennis Zine, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Assistant Chief Michael Moore, Deputy Chief Kirk Alanbese and Captain John Incontro.  Mrs. Lisa Simons also spoke at the ceremony.  More than 50 officers from the LAPD Metro Division formed a ‘blue line’ and four mounted patrol officers also attended.  City Controller Wendy Greuel and  Councilman Tom LaBonge (CD4) were also present.

RandalSimmonsPark-102_3 Officer Randal D. Simmons, a 27-year veteran of the LAPD, was shot during a standoff that injured another officer and claimed the lives of five civilians on Thursday, February 7, 2008. Officer Simmons is the first SWAT officer to die in the line of duty. 

Officer Simmons committed much of his time to helping and comforting people in urban neighborhoods including Watts, Hacienda Village, Compton and Carson. He was an ordained minister at Glory Christian Fellowship International in Carson, California. He was instrumental in developing programs and Christian events for at-risk youth such as the annual "Greatest Toy Giveaway” which provided toys and gifts to over 1,000 children during the holiday season. He is survived by his wife Lisa, son Matthew and daughter Gabrielle.

RandalSimmonsPark-141_1 "LAPD Officer Randal D. Simmons Park" will serve as a tribute to his personal sacrifice and his dedication to the community. West Valley Park is located at 6731 Wilbur Avenue in the Reseda community. The 8.38 acre park includes children’s play area, walking paths, picnic tables and landscaping.