Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting and a quorum was established. During commission comments, Commissioner Robert Saltzman mentioned his appreciation for attending last week’s Women’s Conference and the recruit graduation. Commissioner Paula Madison talked about recently attending the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives event where LAPD Deputy Chief Bill Scott was honored.
For the Report of the Chief of Police, Chief Charlie Beck began by mentioning the recent death of retiree Lieutenant Marion Hellenkamp, the Department’s first African-American lieutenant. He went on to acknowledge a recent, annual fundraising event where officers had their heads shaved in conjunction with raising donations to assist childhood cancer victims. Chief Beck continued with his customary crime report overview, including traffic statistics and data on the number of personnel in the Department. He also mentioned the Department would continue to aggressively recruit African-American applicants as new officers.
The next agenda item was a presentation to the LAPD Scientific Investigation Division (SID) for receiving the International Association of Chiefs of Police August Vollmer Excellence in Forensic Science Award. Members from the division were in attendance and came forward to be acknowledged and photographed as a group. The SID received the award for innovations in DNA testing related to crime solving and research.
Consent Agenda Items proceeded with approval of all items.
Regular Agenda Items proceeded with three items. All items (8A through 8C) were pulled for commissioner comments and discussion.
The meeting proceeded with Item 8B, the Department’s Report, dated February 25, 2015, relative to the 2014 Biased Policing and Mediation Annual Report to the LAPD Board of Police Commissioners. Commander Stuart Maislin from LAPD Internal Affairs Group represented the Department before the commissioners. The commissioners each had a copy of the report and had various comments or questions. Commander Maislin clarified a few aspects of the report and addressed a few questions from Commissioner Madison, primarily concerning the “disproportionately high number of complaints” from African-Americans about Latino male officers they have encountered. Commissioner Saltzman also expressed a need for greater understanding of this statistic. During the discussion, Chief Beck weighed in on the discourse to remind the commissioners that Hispanics are the largest ethnic group of officers in the Department. Following the discussion, the report, as set forth, was approved.
The meeting continued with Item 8A, the Inspector General’s Report, dated March 17, 2015, relative to the Investigation of the LAPD’s Resource Management. Commissioner Soboroff acknowledged he had requested the report and it “speaks for itself.” After a few public comments, the report, as set forth, was approved. NOTE: Commissioner Soboroff also made some additional comments about the report at the close of the meeting before the public comment period.
The final item was Item 8C, the Department’s Report, dated March 20, 2015, relative to the Memorandum of Agreement between the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and the LAPD. After a few public comments, the report, as set forth, was approved.
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