Commission President Matt Johnson opened the meeting and a quorum was established. There were no Consent Agenda Items so the meeting proceeded to Commissioner comments.
Commissioner Johnson mentioned Councilman Buscaino held a Crime Forum in which he mentioned the community is concerned about the increase of crime. About 300 people attended, along with Chief Beck, who addressed these causes and strategies the Department.
Commissioner Johnson also said he attended the association of Black Officers of Law Enforcement Personnel. It celebrated the Department’s 100th Anniversary of the LAPD’s first African American Female Police Officer, Georgia Ann Robinson. Along with associations like ABLE, the Department is able to reach diversity goals such as the successful make up to reflect the diversity of the community it serves.
Chief Charlie Beck provided some general crime statistics covering January, the first month of 2016. There was a slight decrease in property crime. Geographically, there was an increase in crime in Central and South Bureau, and a reduction in crime in Valley and West Bureau. Chief Beck reported the Department has 9,939 LAPD officers, 2,672 civilian personnel, and 7,368 cadets in the youth program. Chief Beck mentioned Attorney General Loretta Lynch will highlight the LAPD as a role model police department, by visiting 1 of 6 police departments. She chose the LAPD as part of her community policing tour. She is choosing cities that embody successful policing, such as effective use of data, strong community relationships, and a commitment to officer safety.
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