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Friday, January 28, 2011-The Los Angeles Police Department welcomed twenty nine new men and women to the Los Angeles Police Department.  Since 1931 men and women have marched across the police academy field to join one of the most highly recognizable law enforcement agencies in the world. 

810photo You will never hear Chief Beck deliver a rubber stamp speech nor will you see written notes before him.  He always delivers his speech to the officers straight from the heart.  Chief Beck talks to them as if they were his own children.  Chief Beck expresses how he will look after them and support them through their journey.  He tells them how proud he is to have them as members of his family. 

One value the Chief will express to his new officers is how important character is. Chief Becks states “I cannot give you character, that comes from your upbringing but I do require it.  I require that you demonstrate honest, ethical behavior in all your interactions.  I will ask a lot from you and I require a lot from you.”

Chief Beck ended his speech with welcoming and congratulating the new officers to the Los Angeles Police Department.

 


LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Statement on the Arrest of Los Angeles Unified School District Police Officer

Los Angeles: This evening, Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide Division (RHD) arrested Los Angeles Unified School District Police Officer Jeffrey Stenroos on one felony count of filing a false police report, a violation of Penal Code Section 118.1.

On January 19, 2011, the LAPD responded to and launched an extensive investigation after Officer Stenroos reported a burglary suspect attempted to murder him by shooting him in the chest, while he was on patrol near El Camino High School in the San Fernando Valley.

The current state of the investigation refutes Stenroos' initial account of the incident and we are now certain that there is no outstanding suspect in this shooting.

RHD Detectives worked tirelessly to ensure the case was thoroughly investigated and the community was not at risk.  Detectives followed up on more than 350 clues, conducted a number of neighborhood canvasses, made hundreds of community contacts and distributed countless Community Alert Notices in hopes of gathering any valuable leads in the case.

While I understand the media and the public's intense interest in this investigation, and the desire for answers to the many questions that will be asked with this new development of the Officer's arrest, I cannot provide more detailed information at this time.


Understanding Special Order #40

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), held a joint new conference Thursday afternoon with the Consulate General of Mexico, five additional CG's from Central America, and Representatives of concerned Immigrant Organizations, in order to help clarify the purpose of Special Order #40, and to reaffirm the spirit of the language.

The United States Constitution guarantees equal protection for all persons within its jurisdiction. Special Order #40 further defines that for residents of Los Angeles.  In its simplest form, Special Order #40’s purpose is to assure immigrant communities within the City of Los Angeles that there is no need to fear contact with the LAPD when they have been the victim or a witness to a crime.  It ensures that LAPD officers do not initiate investigations solely to determine a person’s immigration status, and that LAPD officers will treat all people with respect and dignity.

The LAPD recognizes that criminals often prey on those who are most vulnerable, and those living in Los Angeles without legal sanction often are vulnerable to crime and criminals.  LAPD Chief Charlie Beck understands the fear that can grip an illegal immigrant, but stresses, “It is imperative that our immigrant communities, regardless of their country of origin, understand that they are not at risk of being deported or subject to any other penalty for reporting crimes that they have either been the victim of or a witness to.”  

By joining with the many Consul Generals and Immigrant Organizations, it is hoped that the myth about reporting crimes will be dispelled, and that community members will be better informed and less fearful. The LAPD knows that without the communities help, it is impossible to combat the fear and incidents of crime within Los Angeles. We ask that everyone do their part in making our neighborhoods safe, and we pledge to uphold our promise, “To Protect and To Serve.”

The Consul General’s have collaborated with Chief Beck and the LAPD to create 6 Public Service Announcements.  The PSA’s are tailored to specific communities with origins in Mexico and Central America.

A copy of Special Order #40 is attached. For further information please contact Media Relations Section at 213- 486-5910.


LAPD Southeast Officers Involved in an OIS After Attacked While at Radio Call

Los Angeles: On January 24, 2011, LAPD officers working patrol in Southeast Area responded to a radio call in the 900 block of East 107th Street in South Los Angeles, regarding a male suffering from mental illness.  As the officer’s were responding, just after 8 p.m., they received additional information that the suspect had refused to take his medication and was verbally aggressive.

When the officers arrived, the suspect, a 48-year old Black male, 5 feet eleven inches tall, approximately 240 pounds ran into his bedroom.  He was verbally aggressive and behaving erratically.  The officers tried to speak with the suspect to calm him down and detain him for medical assistance.  

The suspect’s aggressive behavior caused the officers to believe that he would become violent.  The officers returned to their car to get less than lethal options while waiting for additional units.  The suspect came out of his room and aggressively charged the officers who were in front of the house.  They utilized a bean bag shotgun which knocked him to the ground.  The suspect attempted to get up and continue his attack, causing them to use a TASER, which had no effect.  The suspect continued charging the officers, actually grabbing one of the officers, ripping his badge from his uniform.  During the struggle, which moved to the street, the suspect attempted to take the bean bag shot gun and one of the officer’s firearms.  Both officers, shot the suspect to stop his attack.  They took the suspect into custody and immediately called for medical assistance. 

Personnel from the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded and pronounced the suspect, who was identified as 48-year old Earl Rose of South Los Angeles, dead at the scene.

The officers were injured during their violent struggle with Rose.  No family members were injured as a result of the incident.

LAPD Force Investigation Division personnel are investigating the officer involved shooting.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s use of force policy which states that officers’ use of force actions must be objectively reasonable.  Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the Officer Involved Shooting.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Force Investigation Division Detective Robert Solarza at 213-486-5230. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  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.


Man Found Dead by Family Members

Los Angeles:  A 46-year-old man was found dead in his residence by family members, early Monday afternoon.

On January 24, 2011, at about 1:15 p.m., family members of Andrew Todd Cherry went to check on him at residence in the 1400 block of West 53rd Street.  When Cherry did not answer their knocks at the door, they forced entry into the home and discovered him unresponsive and lifeless.  

Los Angeles City Fire Paramedic Personnel were called and pronounced Cherry dead at scene.

Detectives are still investigating the motive for the murder and there is no suspect information.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Criminal Gang/Homicide Division, Detectives Refugio Garza or Young Mun at 213-485-1383.  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.



66-Year-Old Missing Woman

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the family of Maria Ruiz are asking for the public’s help in finding the 66-year-old missing woman.

On January 19, 2011, at around 11:00 a.m., Ruiz left her home located in the 1600 block of North Ivar Avenue in the LAPD’s Hollywood Area, and she has not been heard from since. According to her family, Ruiz may be in need of medical attention for a serious medical condition. Ruiz speaks Spanish only.

Ruiz is described as a female Hispanic with grey hair and brown eyes.  She stands about 4 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds. She was last seen wearing a red and black checkered jacket with large hood.
 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ruiz is asked to call Hollywood Division at 213-972-2971.  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.


18-Year-Old Woman Killed in Hit and Run Collision

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) South Traffic Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a driver who fatally struck a woman as she crossed a street in South Los Angeles.

On Friday, January 21, 2011, at about 10:35 p.m., 18-year-old, Sharniece Jeter, a resident of the City of Victorville, was crossing the street westbound on 66th Street with her female friend when she was struck by a possible Ford F-150 or F-250 pickup truck, beige or champagne in color with an extended cab, and tinted windows. The vehicle was traveling in a northerly direction on Figueroa.  

The driver of the Ford described as a male Hispanic with a large beard immediately left the scene without rendering aid or identifying himself as required by law.  

Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics rushed the victim to a local hospital where she died.  

Anyone with information about this incident or whereabouts of this vehicle/driver is urged to contact South Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 485-7336 or 323-290-6063.  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.


80-Year-Old Missing Man

Los Angeles:  The family of Rudolph Garcia and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are asking for the public’s help in finding the 80-year-old missing man.

Garcia was last seen near the 800 block of North Alta Vista Boulevard in the City of Los Angeles, and has not been seen or heard from since January 21, 2011.  Garcia may be in need of medical attention for a serious medical condition.

NR11036df copy Garcia is described as a male Hispanic with salt and pepper hair and green eyes.  He is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 130-150 pounds.
 
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Garcia is asked to call Missing Persons Unit Detective Kristin Merrill 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.


Armed Robbery Suspect Points Handgun at Police

Los Angeles:   An armed robbery suspect was shot and killed by police early Tuesday morning after leading them in a foot pursuit and pointing a handgun at them.

On January 18, 2011, at approximately 0010 hours, an attempt armed robbery occurred near the intersection of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Roscoe Boulevard.  The victims immediately called police and officers from Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Area responded.  

As the officers were searching the area for the suspect, they saw a male Hispanic in the 22100 block of Roscoe Boulevard that matched the description provided by the victims of the attempt robbery.   When the officers made contact with the suspect to detain him, the suspect refused to comply with their commands and let them on a short foot pursuit.  

During the chase, the suspect pointed a small caliber handgun at the officers and an officer involved shooting occurred.  Police Officer III+I Dennis Cunningham, 12 years, 5 months with the department fired his service weapon striking the suspect several times.  The officers immediately called for medical assistance.  LAFD personnel responded and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither the victims of the attempt robbery nor the officers were injured during the incident. A small caliber semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene.

Force Investigation Division personnel responded and are conducting the investigation into the officer involved shooting.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s use of force policy which states that officer’ use of force actions must be objectively reasonable.  Additionally the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the Officer Involved Shooting.


Attempt Murder of a Los Angeles School Police Officer Armed and Dangerous Suspect Sought

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division, Homicide Special Section detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect who is responsible for the attempted murder of a Los Angeles Unified School Police Officer.

On Wednesday, January 19, 2011, around eight in the morning, Officer Jeff Stenroos of the Los Angeles Unified School District Police Department was in full uniform, driving a marked black and white police vehicle patrolling the area around El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. Officer Stenroos was flagged down by a person who told him a Caucasian man was peering into parked vehicles on a street behind the school.

At about 11:30 a.m.,Officer Stenroos saw an individual matching the description of the suspect, peering into parked vehicles along the 5500 block of Manton Avenue. Office Stenroos, believing that the male might be a burglary suspect, stopped his police car and got out to investigate.The suspect suddenly fired a handgun at Officer Stenroos,striking him one time in the chest. The force of the bullet’s impact caused Officer Stenroos to fall to the ground. He was wearing a ballistic vest, which prevented the bullet from penetrating his body.  

Shortly after the shooting, a Good Samaritan, Michael Brodey, was driving by the location of the shooting and saw Officer Stenroos on the ground.  Mr. Brodey, using his past training as a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, was able to use the police radio in Officer Stenroos’s car to put out an “officer needs help” call.  Mr. Brodey recognized that Officer Stenroos was having difficulty breathing and quickly reacted by retrieving a US Coast Guard life jacket from his car; put it under Officer Stenroos’ head.  Mr. Brodey tended to Officer Stenroos until first responders arrived.  

Officer Stenroos was rushed to Northridge Hospital Medical Center where he was treated and released for a bruised chest, caused by the bullet impact to his ballistic vest, and injuries to his head when he fell.

New Despite an extensive search, the suspect has not been located.  The suspect is described as a male Caucasian, in his mid-to-late 40s with long grayish hair pulled into a pony-tail, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thin build.  The suspect was last seen wearing a dark colored jacket, possibly a bomber jacket or hooded sweatshirt, and denim jeans.  

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Los Angeles Police Department RHD Homicide Special Section Detectives Myers or Diaz at 213-486-6850.   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.