Notes from the May 23, 2017 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Commissioner President Matthew M. Johnson opened the meeting and a quorum was established. Commissioner Johnson asked for a moment of silence for all the victims of the Manchester attack.  All consent agenda items were unanimously approved. All regular agenda items were approved except for Item I which was removed. The report of the Chief of Police was not presented.


Notes from the May 2, 2017 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Commission President Matthew M. Johnson opened the meeting and a quorum was established. Item 1A of the Consent Agenda items was pulled, while all other Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.  

Department’s report, dated April 19, 2017, relative to the Non-Categorical Use of Force Process Audit (AD No. 16-025), as set forth. [BPC #17-0160] was approved.

Department’s report, dated April 19, 2017, relative to the Categorical Use of Force Process Audit (AD No. 16-002), as set forth. [BPC #17-0161] was approved.

Department’s presentation and discussion relative to the 2016 Annual Use of Force Year-end review. No action required.

Inspector General’s report, dated May 2, 2017, relative to the review of National Best Practices, as set forth. [BPC #17-0169] was approved.

Chief Beck commented on the May Day event on May 1, 2017.  Chief Beck noted the event was well attended, with approximately 15,000 attendees.  The event went smoothly, and pleased with how it was policed by LAPD members.

Chief Beck also reported that Budget Hearings were conducted last week.  Much of what was discussed about LAPD’s budget for the coming year was previously discussed at Police Commission.  Chief Beck pointed out two positive points that are included in the LAPD budget – the MTA contract and the surveys.  Chief Beck noted that LAPD has significant funding for cash overtime, more than the Department has had in years past.

Chief Beck pointed out the Department did not receive funding for the continuation of contracts that may affect TEAMS II, specifically the Records Management System.  The Commission and the Department will need to seek alternative ways to resolve these concerns.  

Chief Beck reported since the last Police Commission meeting two weeks ago, one Officer Involved Shooting occurred on April 22 at approximately 0600 hours in Mission Division.  Mission Units received a call for an Assault with a Deadly Weapon suspect in North Hills.  When units arrived, they encountered an individual who met the description given in the call.  The suspect is identified as David Cruz, who stated he was armed with a knife and a gun.  Officers engaged in about 11 minutes of verbalization, attempting to establish a rapport.  Eventually, Mr. Cruz drew a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the Officers.  An Officer Involved Shooting occurred, and the suspect was severely wounded.  An accurate replica of a handgun, as well as a knife, were recovered, and the 9-1-1 call was made from a phone number attributed to the suspect.  It is believed this was a Suicide by Cop.


Chief Beck reported the Department has 9,941 sworn employees, with next fiscal year’s budget funding up to 10,052 sworn employees.  The Department will need to hire an additional 471 sworn employees in the next fiscal year.  Chief Beck added there are 2,825 civilian employees, with 469 vacancies.  The Department currently has approximately 400 reserve officers, and a Reserve Recognition Banquet was held in their honor on April 29.  Additionally, the Department has 285 specialists, 57 chaplains, and 8,411 cadets in the Cadet Program – a program that allows the Department to stay connected with the community.  

Regarding the Cadet Program, Commission President Johnson asked if the enrollment numbers were consistent with past years.  Chief Beck stated the numbers are the highest they’ve ever been.  President Johnson stated he had heard some concerns the numbers may drop in response to the new Presidential administration’s immigration policy, possibly showing a reluctance in the Hispanic community to participate.  President Johnson is glad the numbers prove this is not the case.

Chief Beck responded issues like these are evolving, and will continue to evolve over time as federal policies may change.  The Cadet Program is largely Hispanic – in the 90 percentile.  Chief Beck pointed out the Cadet Program is a self-perpetuating program, and the Department has seen continued success.

Commission Vice President Soboroff asked if there has been measuring of pedestrian deaths and traffic accidents in relation to text messaging.  Chief Beck stated both pedestrian and driver inattention are significant issues, but have not been proven to be causal factors in the deaths reported.  Primary causal factors are not crossing the street in the right places, crossing during times of darkness, and the rate of speed of the driver.

Police Commission Audio  May 2, 2017

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Notes from the April 11, 2017 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Commissioner President Matthew M. Johnson opened the meeting and a quorum was established. All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.

Department’s verbal presentation and discussion regarding the current status of the acquisition of Body Worn Cameras and impact of the recent public announcement of Taser International/Axon regarding their proposed “National Field Trial” of Body Worn Cameras. No action required.

Department’s report, dated April 5, 2017, relative to the Ethics Enforcement Section Quarterly Report, Fourth Quarter, 2016, as set forth. [BPC #17-0134] was approved.

Department’s report, dated April 6, 2017, relative to the Follow Up Report to the Blake-Justice Consent Decree Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Annual Report, as set forth. [BPC #16-0472A] motion to review and file the Department’s report.

Department’s report, dated March 29, 2017, relative to the transmittal of the Grant Award Acceptance for the fiscal year 2016-17 Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association Funding from the Board of State and Community Corrections, as set forth. [BPC #17-0128] was approved.

Department’s report, dated March 29, 2017, relative to the Grant Application and Award for the 2016 Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program Grant, as set forth. [BPC #17-0131] was approved.

Department’s report, dated March 29, 2017, relative to the request for approval of the Budget Modification for the 2016 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CAL OES), as set forth. [BPC #17-0132] was approved.

Department’s report, dated March 31, 2017, relative to the approval of a Professional Services Agreement with Telmate, LLC, for Inmate Telephone Services (ITS) and Video Visitation System (VVS) for the Los Angeles Police Department, as set forth. [BPC #17-0130] was approved.

Department’s report, dated March 31, 2017, relative to the approval of First Amendment to Agreement Number C-126467 with LexisNexis Claims Solutions, Inc., for Community Online Reporting Services (CORS) and Report Distribution Service (RDS) for the Los Angeles Police Department, as set forth. [BPC #17-0133] was approved.

Department’s report, dated April 5, 2017, relative to the approval of request for Proposals for the Police Composite services for Los Angeles Police Department’s Detective Bureau, as set forth. [BPC #17-0129] was approved.

Department’s report, dated April 6, 2017, relative to the Technical Investigation Division Audit (AD No. 15-092), as set forth. [BPC #17-0135] was approved.

Department’s report, dated March 29, 2017, relative to the Work Permit Audit (AD No. 15-059), as set forth. [BPC #17-0136] was approved.

Chief Beck reported travelling with Mayor Eric Garcetti to Washington, D.C. last month. They talked on immigration issues to decision makers at the national level, primarily regarding the definition of “sanctuary city” and the ICE practice of issuing detainer requests to local police departments.

Chief Beck reported there was one officer involved shooting (OIS) since his last report to the Police Commission. It occurred on April 6 in Central Area. Officers responded to multiple calls of an assault with deadly weapon where a suspect was stabbing other individuals in the area of 7th and San Pedro. When officers arrived the suspect was in a physical altercation with another male, stabbing the victim with a knife. An OIS occurred. Suspect was struck with gunfire which stopped his actions. Suspect and multiple victims were transported to USC Medical Center and treated for injuries. All have survived and evidence was recovered at scene. Body worn cameras were activated. Force Investigation Division is continuing the investigation of this incident.

Chief Beck announced there was a news conference held with Ford Corporation yesterday to discuss a hybrid pursuit rated police vehicle that Ford has developed. The Department will be considering this vehicle as a replacement option for the Department’s fleet. This vehicle is a result from discussions with Ford executives regarding the Department’s need of a patrol vehicle that does not solely rely on fossil fuel and can take advantage of the advancements in electric power.

On a positive note, Chief Beck reported there were no homicides this past weekend. There is an academy graduation this Friday which will bring the total sworn personnel to 9,965. There are 2,819 civilian employees, about 400 police reserves and 9,000 police cadets. With the hiring of police academy classes in the next month, the Department will exceed 10,000 officers for the first time in his 8 year tenure as Chief of Police.


Notes from the March 28, 2017 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

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Commissioner Vice President Steve Soboroff, opened the meeting and a quorum was established. All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.

Department’s Report, dated March 22, 2017, relative to the Mission Area Detective Command Accountability Performance Audit (AD No. 16-020), as set forth. [BPC #17-0115] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated March 22, 2017, relative to the Update Report Regarding Deployment of Body Worn Cameras, as set forth. [BPC #17-0103] was received and filed with a request the Department return in six weeks to provide an update.

Assistant Chief Michel Moore provided the report of the chief of police on behalf of Chief Charlie Beck who is travelling with Mayor Eric Garcetti to Washington D.C.

Assistant Chief Moore provided a brief overview on an OIS in Hollenbeck that occurred on Friday night. He also noted two Hollywood officers, Randal Kutscher and Tim Talman, who have received media attention for coming to the aid of a choking man and saving his life with the Heimlich maneuver. The restaurant’s surveillance camera captured Officers Kutscher and Talman lifesaving rescue efforts from beginning to end.

Assistant Chief Moore was happy to announce The LAPD Open Team won for the 6th consecutive time at Baker to Vegas, the annual 120 mile relay race. He also congratulated the LAPD Women’s Running Team for capturing its 7th consecutive victory.

Assistant Chief Moore reported there are 9,905 sworn personnel, 239 of which are recruits in the police academy, 415 police reserves, 285 specialist volunteers, 57 chaplains. Assistant Chief Moore reported there are 2,839 civilian employees, about 100 more than last year at this time. 479 civilian vacancies and 8,411 police cadets.

 

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Notes from the January 31, 2017 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Commissioner President Matt Johnson opened the meeting and a quorum was established.  The meeting proceeded to the Consent Agenda Items, all of which (1A through 1T) were approved with no discussion.  All Regular Agenda Items  

(2A through 2H) were approved.   

Chief Charlie Beck reported on the death of Police Reserve Officer Michael Wade, Serial #R1740, who succumbed to his injuries yesterday in Long Beach Memorial Hospital from a previous incident.  Chief Beck also reported on an off duty OIS which occurred early Monday morning in Downey where Downey Police officers received a radio call in the 7800 block of Borson Street.  Upon arrival, they were met by an off duty LAPD officer, who is assigned to Olympic Division.  The officer informed them he was involved in an OIS after being confronted by two suspects. The suspects were transported to local hospitals. The off duty LAPD officer sustained minor, non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The Downey Police Department and LAPD are conducting a joint investigation.   

Chief Beck took the opportunity to inform the audience the LAPD has taken part in the national conversation that LAPD would like to reaffirm that ‘Immigration Enforcement’ is not in of itself the province of local law enforcement.

Currently there are 9,904 sworn officers, 2,779 civilians, 400 reserve officers, 300 specialist volunteers, 57 chaplain counselors, and 8,411 cadets in the Department.    

This concludes the Chief’s report.

 

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Felon Sentenced to Prison for Sex Trafficking of Minor

Los Angeles: On August 12, 2016, the Los Angeles Police Department, Operations South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force, in partnership with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, secured a felony conviction of an investigation into a claim of human trafficking of a minor and an adult victim.

38-year-old Benjamin Pennington, a resident of Los Angeles, California, was convicted of human trafficking of a minor for a commercial sex act, human trafficking and dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime.

The investigation began when the 17-year-old Victim was detained by the Operations South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force. During that investigation, the underage girl revealed to the investigators that Pennington was forcing her to be a sex worker.

Pennington trafficked the minor and an adult female along Western Avenue and Figueroa Street in South Los Angeles. Pennington also advertised the minor and adult victim for commercial sex services online. The victims in this case were both from Los Angeles, California, a 17-year-old female and a 23- year-old female.

In addition prior to the defendant trial, he ordered his victims not to testify during his criminal case proceeding.

Pennington pled guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court to human trafficking of a minor, human trafficking of and adult and dissuading witnesses from prosecuting a crime. Pennington received 16 years and 8 month sentence for his crime.

Anyone with information in regards to this suspect is asked to call Operations South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force at 213-926-3963. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.


Notes from the November 15, 2016 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Commissioner President Matt Johnson opened the meeting and a quorum was established.  Commissioner Johnson mentioned this week’s elections created a lot of “anger and anxiety.”  Commissioner Johnson ensured the City of Los Angeles’ safety and security.  He reported on the Office of Inspector General’s Smart Phone App had been implemented.    

The meeting proceeded to the Regular Agenda Items, Department’s Report, dated November 10, 2016.  Commanding Officer of Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy, Police Administrator Arif Alikhan began his report findings, giving a brief overview of his 140 page report on his prevention of bias policing, and the Departments’ commitment of preventing biased policing.  Captain Alan S. Hamilton, Officer in Charge of Recruitment & Employment Division presented on qualifications in acquiring new recruits for the Department.  Commanding Officer Dr. Dr. Luann P. Pannell of Police Training and Education presented Academy curriculum of workforce diversity promoting understanding and reducing of police bias.  Commanding Officer of Internal Affairs Group, Commander Stuart Maislin presented accountability measures in which the Department takes in compared to 5 other local city police department’s.  Police Administrator Arif Alikhan concluded the Department’s report by answering Commissioner Cynthia McClain-Hills’ question of data factors that make up the public’s perception in Los Angeles.

The entire Department’s Report (summary and analysis) can be found on the Department’s Website.  

This concludes the Department’s Report.  


Los Angeles Police Department Recruit Officer Graduation Ceremony for Class 5-16 & 5-16R

The Los Angeles Police Department graduated 28 police officers on Friday, October 28, 2016.  The ceremony took place at the Los Angeles Police Academy-Elysian Park Gymnasium.  The graduating officers have completed 920 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks.  

More than 500 guests attended the graduation ceremony.  Chief of Police Charlie Beck inspected the class along with the Mayor of Los Angeles Police Commissioners, Police Department command staff special guests and other dignitaries.  Chief Beck said, “that smile is one of the most powerful tools we have along with empathy and understanding, that had you been put in the same position, you might have suffered the same result.  Now, that doesn’t mean we don’t do our job, that doesn’t mean we don’t enforce the law, but understand that human beings have a vast different experience.”  Chief Beck thanked the Reserve Officer’s for giving of their time on top of their full time employment.  

For Chief Becks’ address to the graduating class, please click on the link below.

COP Graduation 10-28-2016

 

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Notes from the October 11, 2016 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

Commissioner President Matt Johnson opened the meeting and a quorum was established.  The meeting proceeded to the Consent Agenda Items, all of which (1A through 1J) were approved with no discussion.

The next item of business was the Regular Agenda Items, all of which (2A through 2C) (2D was continued to Otober 25th) (2E through 2I) were approved with no discussion.  To end with the Report of the Chief of Police, Chief Beck reported on a reduction of violent crime for the 13th week in a row.  “LAPD heart goes out to the Sheriff’s Department and Palm Springs Police Department.”   Chief Beck had sent over a few LAPD officer’s over to Palm Springs to help with their investigation of their fallen officer’s.  Chief Beck informed everyone that he rode with Sgt. Steve Owen in the Rose Parade and he was an excellent horseman.

This concludes the Chief’s report.

Police Commission Meeting 10-11-16

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