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The Los Angeles Police Department to Serve as National Learning Site on Responding to People with Mental Illnesses

Los Angeles:  The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with assistance from a team of expert advisory board members and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice, selected the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to act as a peer-to-peer learning site that will assist other law enforcement agencies across the country improve their responses to people with mental illnesses.

The LAPD is one of six sites selected through a national, competitive process to participate in this BJA-supported Law Enforcement/Mental Health Learning Sites Initiative project; the other five are Houston (TX) Police Department, Madison (WI) Police Department, Portland (ME) Police Department, Salt Lake City (UT) Police Department, and the University of Florida (FL) Police Department.  

These six agencies will provide resources for state and local agencies that are developing  or enhancing a Specialized Policing Response (SPR) to people with mental illnesses (such as a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), mental health/law enforcement co-response team, or case management approach) to make encounters with officers safer and more successful. Each learning site will host site visits, answer questions from the field, and work with CSG Justice Center staff to develop materials for practitioners and community partners.

“The LAPD, Mental Evaluation Unit (MEU) has proven to be a global leader in innovative law enforcement responses to people with mental illnesses,” said Justice Center Director Michael Thompson. “We are confident that the MEU will provide valuable support and assistance to other agencies and lawmakers interested in improving or enhancing their own SPR.”

Law enforcement contacts involving individuals with mental illness are some of the most complex and time-consuming responses—and can sometimes end tragically or with no positive long-term outcomes for the individual, the officer, or the criminal justice and mental health systems.  Throughout the United States, a large number of people with serious mental illnesses are cycling through the criminal justice system. A 2009 study revealed that 14.5 percent of men and 31 percent of women entering local jails had serious mental illnesses. These rates are in excess of three to six times those found in the general population. The BJA learning site project is meant to help interrupt the cycle of criminal justice involvement—providing better outcomes for all involved and making the best use of law enforcement and other criminal justice resources.

In Los Angeles, it is estimated that several hundred people with mental illness come into contact with police each year. “Providing my officers with the skills and tools they need to link people to services when appropriate, ensure public and officer safety, and make the best use of taxpayer dollars is of critical importance,” said Chief Charlie Beck. “I appreciate the work of our MEU sworn employees and Department of Mental Health partners and respect the opportunity to serve as a learning site for our colleagues in other agencies so that they can build on our successes and to learn from the obstacles we have overcome.”

Additional information about the learning sites project, including information about how agencies can request technical assistance from the LAPD, MEU is available on the project’s website at www.consensusproject.org/learningsites; or by contacting Lieutenant Lionel M. Garcia, LAPD, Mental Illness Project Coordinator at (213) 996-1300.  Additional research and resource materials can be found at www.consensusproject.org/issue_areas/law-enforcement.

The Council of State Governments Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. The Justice Center provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies, informed by available evidence, to increase public safety and strengthen communities.


34-Year-Old Man Shot and Killed

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) 77th Division, Criminal Gang Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that will lead to the arrest of a suspect(s) responsible for the shooting of a 34-year-old man on January17, 2011 in South Los Angeles.

At about 3:00 a.m., Edjardo Chavez was found shot to death in the street, in front of a residence in the 140 block of West 73rd Street.  A citizen saw Chavez lying on the ground and called for assistance.

Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics rushed Chavez to a local hospital where he died.

There is no suspect description and the weapon remains outstanding.  Detectives are trying to understand what prompted the shooting.
 
Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call 77th Division Criminal Gang/Homicide Detectives R. Guzman or E. Crosson 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.


Notes from the January 18, 2011 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

·    Police Commission President John Mack informed California Department of Justice (DOJ) communicated their pleasure with the significant improvement the Department has made in regards to investigation Biased Policing complaints.

·    Police Chief Charlie Beck commented this past week has been a somber one, with the passing of Captain Bill Eaton. The Department continues to maintain crime reduction numbers in every category. Chief Beck further addressed the three Officer Involved Shootings this weekend and stated it was far too early to draw conclusions. He further displayed empathy to the families involved and to the two officers who were injured during one of the incidents.

·    Captain Dennis Kato and Gwendolyn Wood, CPAB co-chair, presented a status report from 77th Street Community Police Advisory Board. 77th Division CPAB goals for 2010 were to increase youth outreach and involvement, inclusion of Hispanic community members to the CPAB. Wood stated one of the accomplishments from the CPAB was the distribution of baby diaper bags, which are placed in police vehicles. Future goals include repairs to the juvenile “soft room,” involvement in station carnivals and involvement with the Community Relations Office in regards to youth programs.

·    The Department’s report, dated January 7, 2011, relative to the Supplemental Police Account XXIV, was approved and transmitted to the Mayor and City Council.
 
·    The Department’s report, dated January 4, 2011, relative to the Internal Affairs Group- Tour of Duty Inspection-Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2010/11, was approved. Sergeant Jeff Phelps informed the three objectives of the inspection were, timely reviews for extensions and approval for investigators, and whether evaluation for extensions was conducted. 32 out of the 33 investigators reviewed met standards, and none had sustained complaints.

·    The Department’s report dated January 7, 2011, relative to the Warrant Applications and Supporting Affidavits, Audit, second Quarter, Fiscal Year 2010/11, was approved.

·    The Department’s reports, dated January 14, 2011, relative to Professional Service Agreement with Celplan Technologies, Inc. for the LAPD Wireless Camera Surveillance
System- Foothill, West Valley and Topanga Area, presented by Valley Bureau Commander Sharon Papa, was continued for January 25, 2011. One of the concerns addressed by Commissioner Alan Skobin is some of the surveillance cameras in Valley Bureau were not working due to maintenance issues. West Valley and Topanga Area cameras have a two year warranty as opposed to Foothill Area with one year warranty. The Commission recommended contacting Celplan Technologies and extending Foothill Area warranty to two years.


Suspect Wounded During LAPD Officer-Involved Shooting

Update

Los Angeles:   On Sunday, January 16, 2011, at about 10:30 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Central Division officers were flagged-down by a citizen reporting a man armed with a gun, pointing it at residents near 5th and San Julian Streets. 

The officer’s investigation determined the man had entered a 4th floor apartment at the James M. Wood Apartments located at 506 South San Julian Street.  As officers approached the 4th floor apartment, they could hear yelling inside, indicating more than one person was in the room.

Officers formulated a plan to contain the room and call the suspect out when he suddenly opened the apartment room door and stepped into the hallway.  An officer-involved-shooting occurred and the suspect temporarily retreated into the apartment and then seconds later surrendered to officers in the apartment hallway.  Police Officer II Richard Linton, 4 years with the department fired 3 three rounds from a Department Remington 870 shot gun striking the suspect in both legs.

Officers located a female and a replica handgun in the apartment.  The woman was not injured and she was questioned and released.  The suspect received medical treatment for gunshot wounds to both legs and was released to be booked at the Los Angeles County Inmate Reception Center for assault with a deadly weapon. 

A witness who was on the street when the incident began described the suspect as upset over someone stealing his laptop.  The witnesses described the suspect as retrieving a gun from a backpack and pointing it at people including a woman in a wheelchair.

Detectives from the Department’s Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation into the OIS. 

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.

 

January 17, 2011

Los Angeles:   On Sunday, January 16, 2011, at about 10:30 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Central Division officers were flagged-down by a citizen reporting a man armed with a gun, pointing it at residents near 5th and San Julian Streets. 

The officers investigation determined the man had entered a 4th floor apartment at the James M. Wood Apartments located at 506 South San Julian Street.  As officers approached the 4th floor apartment, they could hear yelling inside, indicating more than one person was in the room.

Officers formulated a plan to contain the room and call the suspect out when he suddenly opened the apartment room door and stepped into the hallway.  An officer-involved-shooting occurred and the suspect temporarily retreated into the apartment and then seconds later surrendered to officers in the apartment hallway. 

Officers located a female and a replica handgun in the apartment.  The woman was not injured and she was questioned and released.  The suspect received medical treatment for gunshot wounds to both legs and released to be booked at the Los Angeles County Inmate Reception Center for assault with a deadly weapon. 

A witness who was on the street when the incident began described the suspect as upset over someone stealing his laptop.  The witnesses described the suspect as retrieving a gun from a backpack and pointing it at people including a woman in a wheelchair.

Detectives from the Department’s Force Investigation Division responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation into the OIS. 

In addition to the Chief of Police, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division, the Office of the Inspector General and the Board of Police Commissioners maintain access to, and oversight responsibilities for, all officer-involved shooting investigations.


Retiring LAPD Detective Honored

San Diego: On January 13, 2011, Los Angeles Police Detective Federico "Fred" Sicard was honored at a luncheon sponsored by the International Liaison Officers Association (ILOA).
 
Nr11028ne.jpg  new On January 27, 2011, Detective Sicard will be retiring from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) after thirty years of dedicated service.  Sicard's last assignment was with the Foreign Prosecution Liaison Unit (FPLU) where he assisted other countries locate suspects in Los Angeles.  Sicard was presented with a certificate on behalf of the association in recognition for his achievements throughout the year.  Assistant Commanding Officer Gang and Narcotics, Rigoberto Romero, LAPD, spoke about Sicard's career with the Department.  Lieutenant Lee Sands, the entire FPLU and others were in attendance to honor Detective Sicard.  

“I’m very honored to have received this award from the Department of Justice.  I took great pride in serving the residents of Los Angeles for the past 30 years” said Sicard.
 
Detective Sicard began his career with the LAPD in 1981 and promoted to the rank of Detective in 1990.  Sicard is married with two children and two grandkids.


53-Year-Old Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run $50,000 Reward Being Offered

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Central Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help with providing any information that will lead to the arrest of person responsible for the death of 53-year-old Norbert Keilbach, a resident of Los Angeles.

On December 5, 2010 at about 6:50 p.m., Keilbach was walking across Alvarado Street near the intersection of Court Street when he was struck by a vehicle heading in a northerly direction on Alvarado Street.  The vehicle continued on Alvarado Street without stopping to render help or provide identifying information as required by law.  Investigators do not have a description of the vehicle or the driver that struck Keilbach.

LAFD paramedics responded to the scene and transported Keilbach to a local hospital in critical condition.  Despite lifesaving efforts, Keilbach died from his injuries on December 14, 2010.

The Los Angeles city Council approved a reward of $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this vicious crime.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Central Traffic Detectives Padilla or Mapson 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.


Pacific Officers Attacked at a Radio Call for a Business Dispute Suspect Shot during Struggle

UPDATED January 20, 2011

On January 14, 2011, at around 3:30 a.m., LAPD officers working patrol in the Pacific Area initially responded to a “Business Dispute” radio call in the 5200 block of Crescent Park West.  As the officers were responding, additional residents called to report “a man causing a disturbance.”  When the officer’s arrived, they were directed to and located the naked suspect, later identified as 25-year-old Reginald Doucet, who was jumping up and down on cars and behaving erratically.  Officer Aaron Goff, 17 months with the Department, and his partner who has been with the Department for 5 years, tried to speak with Doucet and detain him, but he ran away from them to where he had left his shorts and put them on.  Officer Goff and his partner tried once again to talk to Doucet and detain him, but he ran to another apartment complex a short distance away.

When Officer Goff and his partner tried a third time to detain Doucet in the apartment complex doorway, Doucet immediately attacked both officers.  LAPD’s Force Investigation Division will be conducting a thorough investigation.   Preliminary information indicates that the officers were fighting for their lives.  During the fight, Doucet repeatedly punched both officers in the face and head and at one point tried to take Officer Goff’s handgun. Officer Goff, believing he was about to lose consciousness, shot the suspect to stop the attack.  Both officers were physically battered and dazed during the incident.  The officers took Doucet into custody and immediately called for medical assistance.

Personnel from the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded and transported Doucet to a local hospital where he died as the result of his injuries.

Both officers were injured and transported to the hospital. Officer Goff was hospitalized and treated for injuries to his jaw, head, knees and arms.  His partner was treated for injuries to his ankle, face, and was later released from the hospital.

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

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Force Investigation Division Detective John Roeda 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.

UPDATE


Los Angeles:  Investigations involving Officer Involved Shootings are by their nature, comprehensive and exhaustive.  While the Department’s Force Investigation Division (FID) examines the events of January 14, 2011 in the city of Los Angeles’s Pacific Area, the Department is also open to reviewing policy and procedure.  

The LAPD is continuously looking at best practices in policing in regards to policies, procedures and tactics involving the handling of calls related to persons initially perceived to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or having mental health illness issues.  How LAPD officers deal with those persons in response to crisis situations, and the tactics officers use, are two areas that are constantly being reviewed. Currently the Department educates and trains officers on such topics frequently through a Force Option Simulator, in-service tactical courses, mandated annual standardized e-learning training and through the distribution of Training Bulletins.

FID is still very early into its officer involved shooting investigation.  There is still much to be learned and it is too early to make any definitive determinations. What we do know is that preliminary information has revealed that the officer’s were fighting for their lives.  During the fight the suspect repeatedly punched both officers in the face and head and at one point tried to take one of the officer’s guns.  That officer, a male Black, 17 months with LAPD shot the suspect to stop the attack.  The second officer, a male Asian, 5 years with LAPD, was physically battered and dazed during the incident.

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.

January 14, 2011

Los Angeles: Early this morning, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers from Pacific Area responded to a call for a business dispute involving a disturbance.

On January 14, 2011, at around 3:30 a.m., LAPD officers working patrol in the Pacific Area initially responded to a “Business Dispute” radio call in the 5200 block of Crescent Park West.  As the officers were responding additional residents called to report “a man causing a disturbance.”  When the officer’s arrived they were directed to and located the naked suspect, a 25-year-old Black male who was jumping up and down on cars and behaving erratically.  The officers tried to speak with the suspect and detain him but he ran away from them to where he had left his shorts and put them on.  The officers tried once again to talk to the suspect and detain him, but he ran to another apartment complex a short distance away.   

When the officers tried a third time to detain the suspect in the apartment complex doorway, the suspect immediately attacked both officers.  LAPD’s Force Investigation Division will be conducting a thorough investigation.  Preliminary information indicates that the officer’s were fighting for their lives.  During the fight the suspect repeatedly punched both officers in the face and head and at one point tried to take one of the officer’s guns.  That officer, a male Black, 17 months with LAPD shot the suspect to stop the attack.  The second officer, a male Asian, 5 years with LAPD, was physically battered and dazed during the incident.  The Officers took the suspect into custody and immediately called for medical assistance.  

Personnel from the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded and transported the wounded suspect to a local hospital where he died as the result of his injuries.

The injured officers were also transported to a local hospital.  One officer was treated for injuries to his ankle and face.  He was immediately released.  The second officer was hospitalized for a time and treated for injuries to his jaw and head.

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

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Force Investigation Division Detective John Roeda 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.


Driver Arrested for Murder

Los Angeles: A man is under arrest for murder after the vehicle he was driving crashed, killing one of his passengers.

On Sunday, January 16, 2011, about 20 minutes after midnight, Whittier resident, Peter Ryan Barragan, 25 years of age, was speeding westbound on Valley Boulevard, in a 2007 Saturn Aura. As Barragan came to a curve in the road he lost control of his vehicle, went off the roadway, and collided with several fixed objects.

Paramount resident, Alicia Leon, 21 years of age, was one of three passengers in Barragan’s vehicle. She received severe blunt force trauma injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead at scene.

The two other passengers were taken to a local hospital and treated for moderate injuries. They are expected to survive.

Barragan was later found to be under the influence of an intoxicant and arrested for Murder. He was booked into LAPD Jail Division after being treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. He is being held on $1 million dollars bail.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Central Traffic Detectives, Detective Michael Kaden at 213-972-1837. 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.


Attempted Burglary at Wal-Mart in Crenshaw Baldwin Hills Mall

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Southwest Area detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects caught on surveillance video hiding inside of a Wal-Mart store during non-business hours at the Crenshaw Baldwin Hills Mall.

On January 10, 2011 at approximately 4:15 p.m., the suspects entered the store dressed as Wal-Mart employees.  The suspects hid in the fourth floor stairwell and elevator room until they were confronted by Wal-Mart employees the next morning at around 3:25 a.m., at which time they ran from the location without removing any property.  They had apparently used a master key to enter the elevator room.

On September 5, 2010, at approximately 2:55 a.m., a similar burglary occurred at the location.  Suspects dressed as Wal-Mart employees entered the same location and hid on the roof.  At approximately 2:55 a.m., they used a master key to enter the sash room and a substantial amount of money was taken from the location.  The suspects from that burglary are still at large.

The first suspect is described as Black man about 20-26 years of age with Corn-Rows. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 210 pounds.  He was wearing a blue shirt, khaki pants and gray gloves.  He also has a tattoo on his right forearm.  The second suspect is described as a Black man with black hair about 20-25 years of age.  He is approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 220 pounds.  He was wearing a blue shirt, khaki pants and brown gloves.
                                                    
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Southwest Area Burglary Detective Blanca Pasos at 213-485-6795. 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 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.


Woman Temporarily Kidnapped and Robbed

UPDATE
Feb. 18, 2011

Wilshire Area robbery detectives have identified 33-year-old Los Angeles resident Elon Williams as the suspect who briefly kidnapped and then robbed a woman on January 11, 2011.  Williams had been arrested by the Culver City Police Department for robbery and was in custody shortly after the January 11 incident.  Detectives presented their case to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, where robbery and kidnap charges were filed.  Williams' charges also include robbery in LAPD's Pacific Area.  He is currently being held without bail in the Los Angeles County Jail.

Los Angeles: Earlier this week, LAPD Wilshire Area officers received a radio call to investigate a kidnapping and robbery incident in the vicinity of Pico Boulevard and Bronson Avenue.

On January 11 at about 8:45 pm, a woman was parking her vehicle in a dimly lit, covered parking garage located to the rear of her apartment complex near Pico Boulevard and Bronson Avenue.  As she was exiting her vehicle, a male approached her from behind, covered her mouth and immediately entered her vehicle. The woman believed the suspect had a gun.   

The suspect forced her to drive him to an ATM machine and withdraw money.  He then directed her to drop him off in the area of Normandie Boulevard and 30th Street.   

The suspect is described as an African American about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds.  He was wearing a black jacket, grey hooded sweatshirt, grey baggy sweat pants and dark-colored work boots. Throughout the robbery, the lower portion of suspects face was covered with a dark colored shirt.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Wilshire Area Robbery Detective Raul Soto at 213-922-8205.  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.