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COMPSTAT Citywide Profile

Crime Statistics November  27, 2010

VIOLENT CRIMES                  2010**           2009**          % Chg

Homicide                              257*                282          -8.9%
Rape                                     722                 757          -4.6%
Robbery                               9954              11080         -10.2%
Agg Assaults **                     8503                9780        -13.1%
Total Violent Crimes           19436             21899        -11.2%

PROPERTY CRIMES

Burglary                               15336            16548          -7.3%
BTFV                                    24875            26230         -5.2%
Personal/Other Theft            24023            25453          -5.6%
Auto Theft                            15063            16394          -8.1%
Total Property Crimes        79,297          84,625         -6.3%
Total Part I Crimes             98,733         106,524        -7.3%

* Numbers reflects a change in reclassification for Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) guidelines and numbers are adjusted accordingly.

** Prior to 2005, Aggravated Assaults included Child/Spousal Simple Assaults



LAPD Detectives Investigates Stolen Cargo in the Harbor

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Commercial Crimes detectives are asking for the public’s help with providing information regarding a cargo theft that occurred outside of the Los Angeles Port in Wilmington.

On Nov. 28, 2010, at around 10 p.m., a man posing as a lost driver lured an unarmed security guard out of a cargo yard.  Two additional men, described as male blacks, overpowered him and forced their way into the yard. The men told the security guard they were armed with guns and forced the guard into the yard office.   

The suspects bound the security guard and an unrelated employee, keeping them imprisoned inside the security office.  The suspects entered the yard where detectives believe the cargo theft occurred immediately after.  At least four additional tractors were believed to be waiting to enter the facility while the crime was in progress.   

The trailers taken were a white freightliner with a Tennessee license plate of T716959, a blue 90’s Peterbilt with a Maine license plate 2332123, and a green 90’s Peterbilt with a Tennessee license plate of T950491.

The security guard and employee were transported to the hospital for minor and moderate injuries.   

Earlier on the same day at around 6 p.m., in an unrelated incident, there was a theft of a white Mac tractor that was taken in the Harbor area, with a Calif. License plate of 9E35712 and two additional trailers with Tennessee plates T771784 and U054162.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Commercial Crimes Division, Cargo Hijack Unit, Detectives Moreno or Sibayan at 213-485-2507.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) using a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters can also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


55-Year-Old Missing Man

Los Angeles:  The family of Ray Davis and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding the 55-year-old missing man.

On November 25, 2010 at about 8:45 p.m., Davis was last seen near the 10000 block of Ruthelen Street in the City of Los Angeles.  Since then, he has not had any contact with his family.  Davis had been celebrating Thanksgiving with his family and wandered away from the home.  He has an artificial left eye and wears a goatee. Davis may be in need of medical treatment for his medical condition.

Davis is described as a male Black, with black hair and brown eyes.  He stands about six feet two inches tall and weighs around 194 pounds. He was last seen wearing a light gray shirt with white stripes, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.
 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Davis is asked to call Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


The Spirit of Thanksgiving

November 24, 2010 - Thanksgiving Day is a day in which families gather and enjoy the company of each other and enjoy a savory feast. Unfortunately for many of our homeless community, the only savory meal they will have access too is the meal provided by Los Angeles Mission volunteers that donate their time and effort in making our homeless Thanksgiving a brighter one.

The spirit of Thanksgiving was evident in Chief Beck’s commitment to serving the Angelino community the eve of Thanksgiving Day. Chief Charlie Beck along with the Mayor, LAPD Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, Commander Blake Chow, LAPD Central Area, Captain Tom Chamberlin, elected officials, volunteers and celebrities put on their aprons and served hot meals to hundreds of homeless off the streets of Skid Row. Each year the Los Angeles Mission feeds over 1500 meals a day totaling over 600,000 meals per year.  For this year’s event the Los Angeles Mission is expecting to serve around 3,500 meals.


November COP message 2010

IACP

Every year since 1893 chiefs of police from around the world gather for the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference.  The conference provides an opportunity to attend the largest law enforcement expo, the best training available, where the largest group of law enforcement executives gather to exchange ideas and share lessons learned. This year, I am proud we had several members of our Department invited to be guest speakers in Orlando, Florida.  They were outstanding representatives of our Department as they presented their areas of expertise, to share and exchange best practices with other law enforcement agencies.  Our presenters consisted of personnel from Behavioral Science Services, Metropolitan Division, Counter Terrorism & Special Operations Bureau, Information Technology Bureau and our Public Information Office.  I thank each and every one of you for your efforts in maintaining the reputation of excellence and building upon the concept of inclusivity with our law enforcement partners around the world.      

Digital In-Car Video

In continuing to provide you with the best resources to help you in your job in the field we have rolled out the Digital In-Car Video System (DICVS).  The system is a powerful tool now available to the Department that I believe contributes significantly to officer safety.  During the implementation phase of the in-car video system, we have already experienced the value and effectiveness in providing evidence for criminal prosecutions and resolving personnel complaints.  This tool also gives us an opportunity to foster positive relations with the community as well as the media, as it will capture the good work, the men and women of this Department do on a daily basis. 

 The Department has deployed the Digital In-Car Video System within all five South Bureau Divisions: Southeast Area, 77th Area, Southwest Area, Harbor Area and South Traffic Division. This includes deployment in approximately 300 patrol vehicles.

 As of September 29, 2010 South Bureau officers have uploaded 53,711 videos totaling 11,162 hours of recordings Department computers are configured so that officers involved in an incident in which their in-car video was activated may view the footage when preparing their respective reports.  All supervisors also have access to view in-car video footage for purposes of completing investigations, conducting inspections or to assist with training.

 It is the goal of the Department to eventually deploy the Digital In-Car Video System throughout all four geographical bureaus, but due to current budgetary issues, the system will be deployed only in Operations- South Bureau.  Operations- Central Bureau will follow, once funding becomes available.

“Together We Can”…

After the recent officer involved shooting in Rampart on September 5, many of you were verbally abused and faced offensive taunts and slurs.  While it has been a difficult time, I want to thank you for your professionalism and commitment to continuing to police constitutionally and compassionately. We will fight through this together and I will continue to stand with you, not only during the good times, but also during the challenging times, when your acts of heroism may be questioned.  As LAPD officers, we have a rewarding, but oftentimes dangerous job.  It is unfortunate that instances must be sensationalized for some to recognize just how dangerous it is.  Please remember; it is my primary mission to do all I can to keep you safe and give you the necessary tools to do your jobs.  I know the expectations are high.  Every day you put on your badge, you are expected to do extraordinary things no matter what the circumstances, whether at the scene of traffic accident, a neighbor dispute, or a shooting.  It is my commitment to you, that in turn I will support you.  You also need to know you are supported by your supervisors, the Department and most importantly, the communities in which you serve.  We cannot do this alone, but together we can.  We will get through this and in the end, will have created valuable partnerships with those in our Rampart community.   

 When I became Chief I set five goals for the Department.  Employee Wellness is one of my top goals and I know I have spoken to you about this before.  However, I believe it is a topic we should have ongoing discussions about, specifically how to maintain and improve our well being.  After serious and honest conversations with you I know many of you are frustrated right now and I think I know why.  Financial growth and professional advancement are currently stunted.  The Department has had to adapt to these very tough economic times, creating challenges that affects everyone.  In your household many of your loved ones are facing financial difficulties because of furloughs and no cash overtime.  Many of your families have gone from two incomes to one.  Some of you have bills that were predicated on past salaries and now struggle to meet those expenses.  There are resources available and I encourage you to utilize them.  But remember, the single most important thing we can do is to be there for each other, respect each other and keep in mind that each one of us has challenges at home and at work.  Our greatest strength is what we accomplish together.  More than ever we really need to come together as a family to support each other and not fall apart.  Sworn personnel have emotionally supported civilians since they began furloughs.  As a small token of appreciation, last month the sworn members of our Department recognized our civilian brothers and sisters for all of the sacrifice they have made through the various bureau and divisional BBQs.  This small display of gratitude should continue in the coming days and months.  We still have difficult budgetary times ahead and must continue to work together to make it through them. 

 Here’s the latest on the various projects in the works that have been initiated as a direct result of your inquiries and suggestions: 

  • A Special Order is in the final stages of the approval process to clarify the Confidential Financial Disclosure process.  This Special Order will address your frequently asked questions and will put pen to paper what I’ve stated in roll calls and in my video messages.
  • We are looking at integrating SID latent print tracking into DCTS.
  • Many of you have made suggestions on how to generate revenue for the Department; for example charging violators for correctable vehicle code violations, which I will look at.
  • In an effort to create more paperless reports and forms available to you, we are looking at the feasibility of submitting electronic Probable Cause Declarations

Elderly Woman Dies After Being Hit By a Backing Car

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Valley Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing additional information about an elderly woman who was killed in a traffic accident in Winnetka.  
 
On November 28, 2010, at around 12:07 p.m., LAPD Valley Traffic officers responded to a traffic accident on Buttonwillow Drive east of Oakdale Avenue.  When officers arrived, they saw a woman lying on the ground near a car. The woman was unresponsive and it appeared the woman was hit by the car.  The officers were met by a 23-year-old man who told them that he had called the 911.  The man was identified as the driver of the car.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles City Fire Department personnel.  She was identified as 80-year-old Kien Nguyen, a Winnetka resident.   

The detective’s investigation revealed that the driver was backing his silver Toyota RAV4 out of a residential driveway when he struck the woman as she was walking westbound on Buttonwillow Drive on the sidewalk.  When the driver realized what happened, he called 911.  The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with more information about this incident is urged to call Valley Traffic Detective Krajchir at (818) 644-8034 or (818) 644-8000.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


86-Year-Old Missing Man

Los Angeles:  The family of Eddie Lowe, Jr. and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding the 86-year-old missing man.

Lowe was last seen near the 2200 block of South Mansfield Avenue in the City of Los Angeles, and has not been seen or heard from since November 25, 2010.  Lowe may be in need of medical attention for a serious medical condition.

Lowe is described as a male Black with gray hair, brown eyes, and a gray beard.  He’s 6 feet tall and weighs 165 pounds.
 


Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lowe is asked to call Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


Burglary Suspects Caught on Camera

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects involved in two separate burglaries at banks in the Hollywood and West Valley Areas.  A security camera captured the suspects’ actions on tape.

Sometime between Nov. 13th at 7:15 p.m. to Nov. 15th at 8:15 a.m. at the Bank of America located in the 18300 block of Ventura Blvd, two suspects pried open the front door, entered and ransacked the bank, taking property including money.  

The burglary suspects struck again sometime between Nov. 20th at 4:10 p.m. and Nov. 22nd at 8 a.m. in Hollywood Area.  The men pried open the door to the Bank of America located in the 4900 block of Melrose Avenue, entered and ransacked the bank and took unknown items and drove away from the location in a white, four door car.

Both suspects are described as male Blacks, about 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall.  Both are about 160 to 175 pounds and are about 50 years of age.  


Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Detectives at 213-972-2967.   During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.   Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


Notes from the November 23, 2010 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

•    Police Commission Vice President Alan Skobin attended the Chief’s Muslim Forum and the Topanga Area Town Hall meeting over the weekend.  He said both events were well attended and productive.  He also said he was unable to attend the Fight for Life Boxing Event but said it was a good show of support by the Department for a most worthy cause in the City of Hope.

•    Police Commissioner Richard Drooyan attended the Asian Pacific Islander Community Forum last week and said it was a very positive experience.

•    Police Chief Charlie Beck attended the Fight for Life Boxing event held in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the New York Police Department.  He said it was a tremendous event with some really good boxing matches.  He added it was all for a good cause as money raised benefitted the City of Hope Cancer Research Center.

•    The Department’s verbal report and discussion relative to the status of the Digital In-Car Video System in Operations South Bureau was given by Deputy Chief Patrick Gannon.  Chief Gannon informed the Board the video is the most important equipment given to Officers in the last 10 years.  He said some officers were somewhat skeptical and hesitant to embrace the system.  Chief Gannon said the skepticism was brought on by a lack of training and added 95% of South Bureau Officers have been trained up to this point. Training for new South Bureau employees is done at orientation. Chief Gannon concluded by saying there has been more than 18 thousand hours of video uploaded into the system since its inception.

•    The Department’s verbal update and discussion relative to the status and recommendations contained in the Department’s Vehicle Pursuit Management Audit, dated June 21, 2010, was given by Captain Jodi Wakefield.  Captain Wakefield stated there were 6 objectives which were audited with 4 of them receiving a 90% or above and 2 objectives receiving a 60% - 65%. Those two objectives dealt with administrative actions being placed on TEAMS II reports. Captain Wakefield added there is a need to create an automated system which informs command staff when actions are completed.

•    The Department’s report, dated November 2, 2010, relative to Blake-Justice Decree – Fiscal Year 2009 - 2010 Annual Report, as given by Police Administrator Gerald Chaleff, was approved and transmitted to the Public Safety Bureau, Recruitment and Selection Division.  Mr. Chaleff said the Blake-Justice Decree is the last of the Concent Decree mandates it has.  He said the Department is required to use the decree to report on hiring and said the mandate is doing well.  He concluded by saying it is important the community gets a Police Department that reflects the community.

•    The Department’s report, dated November 8, 2010, relative to Hunter-La-Ley Consent Decree Annual Report-Fiscal Year 2009 - 2010, was approved and transmitted to the Office of the City Attorney.

•    The Department’s Report, dated April 29, 2010 and Inspector General’s report, dated November 15, 2010, relative to the Ethics Enforcement Section Quarterly Report, First Quarter 2010 – Public Version, was approved.


Chief Beck’s monthly meeting with the press

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – Chief Beck held his monthly media availability in the front plaza of the LAPD Administration Building.  He holds this news conference once a month to discuss different topics with the media.  Officers from the Department's Metropolitan Division K-9 Unit presented two Jindo dogs that are training with the Department’s K-9 Program.  The dogs are donated by the Jindo Dog Promotion and Innovation Agency (JDPIOA) in this first of its kind collaboration with a police agency within the United States.  JDPIA is funding this project.  The Jindo breed is an extremely intelligent, brave and loyal animal, and is even designated as one of South Korea’s National Treasures.

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Please click on the link to listen to the podcast.

00:00 – 00:28 Chief Beck lists agenda topics.

00:55 – 01:48 Chief Beck discusses crime statistics. This is the 9th year of crime reduction in the City of Los Angeles.  It is projected 2010 will have less than 300 homicides by end of year, which will be first time since the 1960’s the homicide number has been this low.

01:48 – 05:03 Chief Beck provides update on the progress of the investigation of the officer involved shooting in Rampart that occurred on September 5, 2010, at 6th Street and Union Avenue.

05:03 – 08:18 Chief Beck addresses Department of Justice (DOJ) letter to the LAPD relative to bias policing investigations.

08:19 – 09:42 Chief Beck talks about former LAPD Officer Gabriel Morales who resigned while facing discipline for releasing information related to a homicide investigation.