Police Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting by requesting a “moment of silence” to honor Police Officer II Erick Alcaraz, who died Saturday, September 6, in an off-duty traffic collision. Afterward, Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa congratulated one of the commission staff members for receiving a 25-year pin and Los Angeles Police Commission Executive Director Richard Tefank for receiving an award of distinction from the Los Angeles Women Police Officers Association. Commissioner Robert Saltzman also thanked the Department for allowing him to be one of the guest speakers at the recruit graduation ceremony for class 3-14 last Friday, September 5.
The meeting continued with the Report of the Chief of Police. Chief Charlie Beck began his report by acknowledging great sadness at the passing of Police Officer Erick Alcaraz and his concern over the loss of six officers so far this year in traffic collisions. He went on to announce that a new class of 40 recruits has just started and then completed his comments by reviewing current crime statistics
Consent Agenda Items proceeded with approval of all items. Commissioner Soboroff also thanked all of the individuals and organizations for various donations to the Department as outlined in Items F through M.
Regular Agenda Items then ensued with six items, three of which, Items A, B and C, were verbal presentations.
Item D, the Executive Director’s Report, dated September 2, 2014, relative to the recommendation of a qualified vendor to provide official police garage towing and storage services for the Central Bureau was approved.
Item E, the Department’s Report, dated August 26, 2014, relative to the destruction of obsolete original records for Valley Traffic Division was approved.
Regular Agenda Item presentations commenced with Item A, which was a presentation headed by Southeast Area Captain Phillip Tingerides, along with Officer Dawson Hill and the Southeast Area Community Police Advisory Board President, Theresa Martinez. All three discussed community initiated problem solving, crime strategies and other highly effective programs, goals and related results within the Southeast Area.
Dr. Luann Pannell, Director of Police Training and Education, gave the next presentation (Item B on the agenda). It consisted primarily of a PowerPoint presentation about the recent Autism Symposium. The one-day event, which is part of a series of similar symposiums, featured workshops for officers to raise awareness about autism and interact with autistic individuals of all ages. The event also paired autistic children with officers for one-on-one contact.
Item C, the third presentation, concerned the status of the latent fingerprint backlog. Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese was the primary speaker and gave an overview of the Scientific Investigation Division’s Latent Print Unit that included how it functions, staffing, work load capacity, intake and turnaround time, hit ratios, backlog and the unit’s partnership with the Area Latent Print Officer Program through the Department’s Office of Operations.
Item F, the Department’s Report, dated September 4, 2014, relative to the Biased Policing Update- 2nd Quarter Report 2014, was pulled for discussion. Internal Affairs Group Commanding Officer Stuart Maislin represented the Department before the commission and was engaged in a lengthy discussion of explanations, comments and answering detailed questions from the commissioners. Chief Beck also helped answer some of the commissioners’ questions and concerns. After the discussion and some related public comments, the Biased Policing Update- 2nd Quarter Report 2014 was approved.