• Police Commissioners Soboroff, Figueroa-Villa, Saltzman and Madison wished officers happy holidays and thanked them for their service. Commissioner Madison stated she was thrilled to see all the festivities sponsored by the Department for children filled with shoes and toys. She thanked the Department for making sure the less fortunate have more than what they usually have for the holidays.
• Chief Beck thanked the Commissioners for their comments and stated he was extremely proud of this organization and the response towards the recent protests. The Department had responded with the humanity, professionalism, and effectiveness that they should.
Chief Beck informed the Board the Department continues to maintain reduction in Part I crime at 2.4%. Property Crimes had a reduction of 5.2% year-to-date there are 243 homicides compared to 242 in 2013. Rapes are up 11.8%, compared to last year. Robberies are up less than 1%. Aggravated Assaults continue to be a struggle due mostly to the effort to classify crimes from California Penal Codes to UCR codes. Domestic Violence has also seen an increase across the City. Number of victim’s shot are down 6%. Central Bureau shows an increase in crime, while the other three Bureaus show a decline. Officer Involved Shootings are down, with 29 year-to-date compared to 43 in 2013.
• The Police Commission received a verbal and recruitment video presentation relative to the Police Cadet program from Cadet Leadership Program Coordinator Natalie Torres. Torres also introduced the New Chief Cadet Laura Mendoza. Laura was appointed as Cadet Chief on November 22, 2014. She graduated from Hollywood High in 2013 with a 4.1 GPA and credits her academic success to the Cadet Leadership Program.
• The Police Commission received a verbal and video presentation relative to the “Police Community Partnership Program” and the Watts Bear Pop Warner Football Team from Southeast Area Captain Phillip Tingirides and Community Safety Program (CSP) Coordinator Sergeant Emada Tingirides. There are 46 Officers assigned to CSP and work exclusively in the housing developments in Southeast Area. The Watts Bear Warner Football Team along with more than 20 other youth community programs have been developed under CSP.
• The Police Commission received a verbal presentation relative to the current status of the Risk Management Program from Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing Arif AlikHan who gave an overview and provided follow up information from a previous presentation on the department’s new approach in strategies in dealing with risk management issues in law enforcement.
• The Police Commission received a verbal and power point presentation relative to Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) and the responsibilities of the new created Data Integrity Unit from Assistant Chief Michel Moore and Senior Management Analyst II John Neuman. The Data Integrity Unit was started in September 2014, the goal of the unit is to provide training Department wide in regards to the UCR program. Approximately 400 people within the Department have been trained so far. In 2015 UCR guidelines will be taught in Detective, Sergeant and Watch Commander Schools.
The second aspect of the mission is the inspection of crime coding, records which may have been miscoded will be inspected in all 21 Divisions. Lastly a Detective III has also been designated to be the UCR Coordinator. The coordinator will be the single point of contact and liaison between the Department, DOJ and FBI. • The Department’s report, dated December 10, 2014, relative to the Ethics Enforcement Section quarterly Report, Second Quarter, 2014, was received and directed to the Office of the Inspector General to submit an analysis of this report along with appropriate recommendations to the Board.
• The Department’s report, dated December 12, 2014, relative to the agreement between the Superior Court in California, County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles for reimbursement for data conversion services on traffic citations issued by the Los Angeles Police Department was approved and transmitted to the Mayor.
• The Department’s report, dated December 12, 2014, relative to the agreement with VCA Animal Hospital Inc., dba VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital for canine veterinary services was approved and transmitted to the Mayor and City Council.
• The Department’s report and Executive Summary, dated December 10, 2014, relative to the jail Operations Audit (IAID No. 14-002) was approved.
• The Department’s report dated December 10, 2014, relative to the Department Employee-Involved Traffic Collision Reporting, Investigation and Adjudication Revised; and Fleet Safety Report, form 01.13.00- Revised was approved.
• The Executive Director’s report, dated December 10, 2014, relative to the Official Police Garage Towing & Storage Rates for 2015-Posting Completed. As set forth was approved.