From a Skid Row COP

OFFICER NEEDS ASSISTANCE

Hello Los Angelinos.  I am Senior Lead officer Deon Joseph, of the Los Angeles Police Central Community Police Station.  As many people know, I have been engaged in a mentor program for at risk youths for the past two years called the “Just like U” program.  The program is designed to encourage and uplift teenagers who have the highest potential to fall into the trappings of the criminal lifestyle via talking to them about numerous topics that directly affect them.  The core facet of this endeavor is the mentor aspect, which consists of me bringing in professional people who have life paths that mirrored the lives of these children, yet in spite of their surroundings, they rose up from the ashes and became a success in their chosen professions.  These children desperately need to see that someone who looks “just like them” can be a success regardless of their upbringing, and environment, and need them to show them how it happened, and make them believe that anything is possible if they just put for the effort, and stay the course of bettering themselves.

I am looking for passionate African American and Latino speakers, in various professions (i.e. doctors, lawyers, athletes, scholars, activists, radio or T.V. personalities).  It does not matter what you do for a living, as long as your have been successful at it and have a story that can identify with these youths.  The only thing I need from you is 15 to 30 minutes of your time to share your story, so that we can plant a seed in these young minds that will encourage them to think beyond their current circumstance.  These kids desperately need to know that we value their lives, and want them to live long and productively.

If you are interested in being a part of this program, please call me at (213) 793-0740, or email me at 32511@lapd.lacity.org, so I can add you the pool of speakers.


Bring Your Child to Work Day

LA_County_Prob_Dept The Los Angeles County Probation Department observed “Bring Your Child to Work Day” on Tuesday, April 21 with a first ever tour of the Los Angeles Police Department.  The children of Probation Department employees were treated to an inside look at the inner-workings of the
9-1-1 Communications Center located in Downtown Los Angeles.

“Whoa! This is cool,” said Manuel Gonzalez, nephew of Probation Department Clerk Alexandra Cuadra.  “Look at all the computers,” he said as he pointed with a smile.

Police Service Representatives Angela Rodriguez and Jenelle Williams of the Community Relations Unit, offered the children informative reasons on when to call 9-1-1 and when not to use the emergency number.  They also answered questions on everything from graffiti to not going to school as reasons to use the emergency service.

The children were also able to take a tour of the Criminal Courts building where they sat in on a hearing and met with Judge Ronald Rose for a question and answer session.  They were given a talk on the dangers of gangs by Deputy Probation Officer Thomas Williams and at the end of their busy day, the children were given a check in the amount of $5.00 for their hard work.

 The Los Angeles Police Department would like to thank the members of the Los Angeles County Department of Probation who participated in “Bring Your Child to Work Day” and for their expressed interest in the LAPD.   While we belong to different organizations, we all belong to the law enforcement family.


Easter Comes Early for Some Deserving Children

April 8, 2009 – In the spirit of giving, Police Chief William Bratton and his wife, Ms. Rikki Klieman spent the morning at White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles handing out Easter baskets to the children in the pediatric wing of the hospital.  In conjunction with the Boyle Heights Community Action Team, the children were given baskets filled with stuffed animals, coloring books, toys and sweets.  The Easter Bunny himself was also on hand, spreading the joy of the season.

Photo “This is such a great event,” said Monica Harmon, Community Action Team leader.  “These children have gone through so much and deserve to have something special done for them.”

Founded in 1913 by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, White Memorial Medical Center is a not-for-profit, faith based, teaching hospital, which provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, emergency and diagnostic services to communities in and near Downtown Los Angeles.

The Community Action Team is a group of community volunteers and residents who organize positive events that are informative, fun and partner kids, cops and community.  The members belong to various organizations throughout Boyle Heights and speak out on public safety issues by attending Police Commission and City Council meetings in support of LAPD officers.


Read Across America

On Monday, March 2, 2009, Danny J. Bakewell Sr., Primary Center celebrated "Read Across America."  This event is held in memory of the beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss. 

In our effort to forge positive relationships between the school community and law enforcement, an invitation was extended to local law enforcement agencies to visit our school on this special day. Officers read to our students as they visited classrooms.  Our goal to have at least one officer read to each classroom was met.  We had a total of 20 officers present to read to the
students.

A special thanks to Chief William J. Bratton in his efforts to create more positive relationships with local communities.  Also, a special thanks to the late Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner for making this event possible.  And finally, a special thanks to the officers that came out for making this a reality:

Southeast Division

Senior Lead Officer F. Starkey Baba
Officer Stewart                                                 
Officer J. Gonzalez
Officer Spencer                                                 
Officer J. Biondo
Officer Villafana                                                    
Officer T. Hauter
Officer P. Bobo                                                        
Officer J. Vann
Officer J. Walker                                                                        
Officer G. Chavez

77th Street Division
Service Rep. L. Flenoury
Officer J. Dawoudi
Officer B. Williams
Officer G. Verge
Officer J. Cruz

Southwest Division
Officer M.

Robbie M. Belcher, Principal


2008 Medal of Valor Recipients

To be awarded the Medal of Valor, an officer shall have performed an act displaying extreme courage while consciously facing imminent peril.

It is awarded by the Police Commissioners and is presented by the Chief of Police, in the name of the Los Angeles Police Department at the annual Medal of Valor awards ceremony.

Officer Carlos Quintero - Attempted to put out vehicle fire and pull victim to safety.

Officer Ivan Vintamilla - Attempted to pull victim to safety after motor home caught fire.

Officer Thomas Appleby - Used outstanding tactics and communication during a vehicle stop which turned into a foot pursuit with an armed suspect.

Officer Isaac Moreno - Used outstanding tactics and communication during a vehicle stop which turned into a foot pursuit with an armed suspect.

Officer Humberto Franco - Used outstanding tactics and communication during a vehicle stop which turned into a foot pursuit with an armed suspect.

Officer Jesus Parra - Pulled an unconscious victim out to safety from a burning vehicle.

Officer Jesse Cardenas - Pulled an unconscious victim out to safety from a burning vehicle.

Officer Joel Flores – Pulled a teenager from a burning vehicle after the juvenile driver crashed his parent’s vehicle into a power poll.

Officer Steve Chung – Pulled a teenager from a burning vehicle after the juvenile driver crashed his parent’s vehicle into a power poll.

Officer Scott Burkett – Responded to the scene of a shooting involving an automatic weapon, directly resulting in the sparing of a female’s life.

Sergeant Gregory Hoskins - Displayed tremendous leadership and judgment in the apprehension of a suspect in a hostage situation at an area casino.

Officer Matthew Murray - Was involved in a vehicle pursuit which led to a hostage situation at an area casino. The suspect was apprehended with no bystanders injured.

Officer Brent Riederich - Was involved in a vehicle pursuit which led to a hostage situation at an area casino. The suspect was apprehended with no bystanders injured.

Detective Kyle Remolino – Involved in the third largest shoot out in the Department’s history which led to the apprehension of one suspect and no injuries to the officers involved.

Officer Nicholas Rothemich - Involved in the third largest shoot out in the Department’s history which led to the apprehension of one suspect and no injuries to the officers involved.

Officer Robert Canizales - Involved in the third largest shoot out in the Department’s history which led to the apprehension of one suspect and no injuries to the officers involved.

Officer Adam Niebergall - Involved in the third largest shoot out in the Department’s history which led to the apprehension of one suspect and no injuries to the officers involved.

Officer Christian Urbina - Involved in the third largest shoot out in the Department’s history which led to the apprehension of one suspect and no injuries to the officers involved.

Officer Osbaldo Ramos - Involved in the third largest shoot out in the Department’s history which led to the apprehension of one suspect and no injuries to the officers involved.

Officer Trevor Jackson - Involved in the third largest shoot out in the Department’s history which led to the apprehension of one suspect and no injuries to the officers involved.

Officer Richard Ramos - Involved in the third largest shoot out in the Department’s history which led to the apprehension of one suspect and no injuries to the officers involved.           


New Air Operations, Air Support and Helicopter Maintenance Facility

(May 31, 2008)
Airsupport In a ceremony held at the Van Nuys Airport, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and members from the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), Department of General Services, Los Angeles World Airports and the Department of Water and Power ushered in the new Air Operations, Air Support and Helicopter Maintenance Facility.  This new facility will serve as the primary maintenance facility for these five city department’s airships.

Built with the bond money from the voter approved Proposition F in November of 2000, this new state-of-the-art facility boasts a 40,000 square foot indoor aircraft hanger, capable of handling up to six large helicopters.  It also houses a working fire station and will provide a wide range of emergency services to the visitors, operators, aircraft, and pilots/passengers that use the Van Nuys Airport as their base of operation.

The ceremony included static displays of both old and new airships from the Department and the LAFD, a four ship fly-by and a LAFD Water Drop and crash scenario.  Free food, facility tours, music and children’s activities made this a true family event.Airsupport_2


30th Annual Memorial Relay Race

(May 31, 2008)
Kidsrace This weekend the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club hosted the 30th Annual Memorial Relay Race.  Held at the Elysian Park Police Academy, the race featured over 1,100 runners comprised of Police Officers, family members of fallen officers, children and civilians.  The purpose of the race is to commemorate the fallen officers that have served the Los Angeles Police Department.

The event consisted of three races: the One Mile Fun Run, the 5K Individual Run and the 25K Platoon Formation Run.  Members of the LAPD command staff including Police Chief Bratton, First Assistant Chief McDonnell and others, all took part.  A special group of runners consisting of the late Officer Randall Simmons’ family members ran in his name while his partner, Officer James Veenstra sounded the gun to officially begin the race. 
After runners completed the race they assembled on the athletic field for a brief memorial ceremony.  There they were greeted by the LAPD Color Guard and Concert Band performing a stirring rendition of the Start Spangled Banner.  Chief Bratton spoke on the importance of never forgetting those Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and offered his support for the families of the fallen.  At the completion of the ceremony, the LAPD Air Support Division performed a four helicopter fly over which added to the pomp and circumstance of the morning.

Racestart With other activities such as face painting, rock wall climbing, bouncers and music, there was something for the entire family to enjoy.  This event is the culmination of an entire month of events to memorialize our fallen heroes.


Congratulations Recruit Class 11-07

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This morning, the Los Angeles Police Department welcomed its latest graduating recruits – Class 11-07.   Heralded in by the Los Angeles Police Department Concert Band, the newly minted officers held their heads high as they marched into the Academy Gymnasium, their uniforms and weapons gleaming in preparation for uniform inspection, which everyone passed.

Recruit_grad_1107 Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger and Recruit Training Captain Michelle Veenstra presided over the prestigious event.  Class President Officer James Jeppson inspired the audience and his fellow classmates with his recruit class speech.  Remarking on the colorful make up of Recruit Class 11-07, he noted that the officers greatly ranged in age, religion, and ethnicity, stating, “I bring up these differences because that’s what this City is – a cultural melting pot.  How better to understand diversity than from our family of officers?”

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa commended Officer Jeppson for his insight and thanked the officers for their commitment.  Commissioner Robert Saltzman also congratulated the recruits on behalf of the Los Angeles Police Commission. 
The LAPD wishes our graduates well in their careers and the best of luck in all their future endeavors.


City of Los Angeles Pays Tribute to Its Public Servants

City officials, employees and community members gathered at the top of the steps of City Hall this morning to pay tribute to its fallen public servants who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.  Master of ceremony Councilmember Tom LaBonge announced, from this moment forward, each Thursday preceding Memorial Day, the City will recognize all of its employees who have given their lives in City service.

Memorial_008 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) General Manager David Nahai noted, DWP workers are also first responders and the perils they face in the course of their duties often goes unrecognized.  Since 1922, 215 DWP workers’ lives have been lost.  Deputy City Engineer Clark Robins also acknowledged civil engineer Rory Shaw who the City lost in a tragic sinkhole accident in 2004.

Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Rick Andrade and Los Angeles Police Department Lieutenant Jerry Rodriguez also spoke at the memorial.  Lt. Rodriguez said, “Our number one goal is to always provide the best quality service that we can.”

The long overdue memorial also reiterated the need to prioritize City employees’ safety to ensure thatMemorial_009 no more lives are lost.


An early morning start for LAPD’s Recruitment Section

(Thursday, May 15, 2008) A few minutes past 5:00 am, Officer Julian Canales, Recruitment Section, found himself in the make up chair for the first of two television interviews on Telemundo’s Channel 52 weekday morning show, ‘Buenos Dias.’ Officer Canales was there to promote the LAPD Latino Recruitment Seminar taking place Saturday, May 17, 2008, at the Ahmanson Recruitment Training Center. 

R11 Quickly after wrapping up his second live television interview, Officer Canales then traveled two blocks down to W Radio 690AM where he was a guest on Hoy X Hoy with hosts Gerardo Lorenz and Mirthala Salinas.  Officer Canales was given the entire 10-minute segment to inform radio listeners about the written examinations and qualifications to become a LAPD officer.   

His day was just beginning!  Next stop was across town at the Spanish Broadcasting System radio studios.  Officer Canales was in studio for 45 minutes with ‘El Cucuy De la Mañana’ (The Boogy Man of the morning) on La Raza 97.9FM.  The highly rated radio show broadcasts in several different markets across the country.  Officer Canales was asked about the areas of the City he had been assigned to, the challenges police officers face in the field, the career opportunities available within the Department, andR8 the salary one can expect as they advance in rank. 

Officer Canales’ partner, Officer Louis Origel, was also busy promoting the recruitment seminar.  Located down the hall from La Raza 97.9FM, Latino 96.3FM generously donated time from its already packed Thursday morning schedule to allow Officer Origel to record a 10-minute interview they would air the next morning.

“I’m very grateful to Telemundo, W Radio, El Cucuy and Latino for their assistance once again with our Department’s recruitment efforts. They were all kind enough to have me on as a guest in January when we had our previous Latino Recruitment Seminar,” said Officer Canales.   “The majority of the people who attended in January said they learned about our recruitment event from the media interviews we did the week prior to the event.”

“We expect a healthy turnout on Saturday from the media interviews we did this morning,” added Officer Origel. 

Last week on Thursday, May 8, 2008, La Ranchera 980AM also assisted with recruitment efforts by promoting the LAPD Latino Recruitment Seminar on their weekday morning show.

The interviews were scheduled by the Public Relations Unit, Public Information Office, and are part of the LAPD’s media campaign established with Spanish language media outlets to help bridge the communication gap between the Department and the Hispanic community.