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Notes from the April 24, 2012 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

  • Chief Charlie Beck regretfully announced off-duty Los Angeles Police Officer Lieutenant Joseph Satow lost his life over the weekend.  Chief Beck offered his condolences to his family. Chief Beck stated he attended the Baker to Vegas race.  He congratulated the men & women on the great success the LAPD made during the weekend. He reported violent crime is down by 8.6% compared to this time last year. Gang-related crime is down by 19%.
  • The Executive Director, Richard Tefank, announced there will be no Police Commission meeting Tuesday May 1, 2012 due to pre-planned May Day activities.  The next regular meeting will be May 8, 2012.  He noted the Commission Investigation Division Activity Report for March 2012 was included in the Commissioners’ packages for review.  He stated there was a correction on Regular Agenda item 8I. The DEPARTMENT’S REPORT, dated April 20, 2012, relative to the Destruction of Obsolete Original Records for Southwest Area, should read, The DEPARTMENT’S REPORT, dated April 20, 2012, relative to the Destruction of Obsolete Duplicate Records for Southwest Area.
  • The Inspector General, Alexander Bustamante, stated this past Friday he and assistant Inspector General Django Sibley attended the Islamic mosque town hall meeting in Northridge regarding the April 11, 2012 Officer Involved Shooting which occurred on the 101 freeway.  Bustamante stated the meeting turned out well.  They were able to discuss the process of how the Police Department the Inspector General office investigates Officer Involved Shootings.
  • The Executive Director report, dated April 12, 2012, relative to the Police Commission Distinguished Service Medal, was approved.  The Commission awarded the Distinguished Service Medal to Police Commissioner Alan J. Skobin for his service as a Police Commissioner.  Skobin leaves the Police Commission to join the Fire Commission. Executive Director Richard Tefank stated Alan Skobin has been with the commission for nine years. He has played a vital role in the oversight of the Department beginning with the implementation of the Consent Decree. He was also instrumental in the Leadership of the Purple Heart award for Police Officers.  He identified issues the officers were having with their hand held radios and was the driving force to get funds for the Department to get new radios.  He was the Use of Force liaison and the OPG liaison for the Commission.  Skobin has demonstrated a commitment and desire to help the City of Los Angeles and to help the men and women of the Police Department.  Tefank stated Alan Skobin well deserves the Distinguished Service Medal.  
  • The Executive Director report, dated April 13, 2012, relative to the Appointment of Police Commissioner to the Office of Public Safety Oversight Committee, was approved. Vice President John Mack was appointed as the Police Commission representative to the Office of Public Safety Oversight Committee.
  • The verbal presentation and updates  regarding community initiated problem solving, crime strategies, and other programs and goals within the Pacific Area was given by Commanding Officer Jon Peters and Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) representative Rob Kadota.
  • Captain Peters was happy to report violent crime is down by 7% in Pacific and there have been no homicides this year. This diverse Division encompasses LAX and Venice, meaning thousands of tourists move in and out the area daily. This CPAB is very active and produces numerous community events including the Winter Wonderland and Santa Sleigh that moves throughout the community. Pacific employs social media to effectively communicate with community members. Pacific also has numerous and robust youth programs and activities.
  • The Department’s verbal report and discussion, relative to the Status of the Backlog of Department Traffic Collision Adjudications was given by Commander Michael Williams.
  • Commander Williams stated there are currently 31 backlogged accidents to be investigated and he anticipates the backlog to be clear in two weeks. The Commission asked this item become a quarterly report to the Commission.
  • The Department’s report, dated April 10, 2012, relative to the Los Angeles Police Department’s report on Conditional Official Reprimands, was given by Deputy Chief Mark Perez which was accepted with direction for the Department to prepare a Special Order for Commission review within 120 days. In addition, the Department will report back within 60 days with more in-depth analysis of the potential discipline involving officer involved shootings and use of force incidents. Deputy Chief Perez noted the recidivism rate is actually lower with the Conditional Official Reprimand system as opposed to the traditional suspension method.
  • The Department’s report, dated April 20, 2012, relative to the DNA Monthly Report for February 2012, was approved and transmitted to the City Council.
  • The Department’s report, dated April 10, 2012, relative to the Destruction of Obsolete Original Records for Foothill Area, was transmitted and to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.
  • The Department’s report, dated April 10, 2012, relative to the Destruction of Obsolete Original Records for Hollywood Area, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.
  • The Department’s report, dated April 20, 2012, relative to the Destruction of Obsolete Duplicate Records for Southwest Area, was approved and transmitted to the City Clerk, Records Management Officer.

 

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