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City of L.A. Crisis Response Team (CRT) now Recruiting! - October 2012

Los Angeles:  The Mayor's Office would like to invite the community to become a "civilian" volunteer member of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) Program.

The Crisis Response Team (CRT) is composed of professionally trained "civilian" community volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments. CRT volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, attend to urgent victim needs, act as a liaison between the victim and emergency personnel, and give referrals to victims and their families affected by traumatic incidents. The CRT program is managed by the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security & Public Safety in collaboration with the City’s Fire and Police Departments.

The training is seven-weeks long and begins Monday October 15, 2012.  It will take place on each Monday and Wednesday evening through December 5, 2012 at the Los Angeles Police Headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.  Class is from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm.

Attached you will find a recruitment flyer, along with the CRT Application Form link:
https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=EcxggfjRiUX0O6AJ4ke1sg  Please complete and return the online application as soon as possible so an interview can be scheduled.

We are in particular need of volunteers with bilingual capability in Spanish or Korean.

Please feel free to contact the CRT Manager, Jeffrey Zimerman, Manager of the Crisis Response Team, Office of the Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor's Office of Homeland Security & Public Safety at:  LACRT@lacity.org

Training Topics Include:

     • Police & Fire on Scene Protocol with Police Detectives & Fire Personnel.
     • Emergency Hospital Room Protocol with E.R. Social Workers.
     • The County Coroner Protocol and the Victims of Crime Programs.
     • Suicide Aftermath Support w/ Suicide Prevention Center.
     • The Grief Process in Adults and Children.
     • Traumatization & Crisis Intervention Principles and Skills.
     • Diverse Populations: Working with the Elderly and People with Disabilities.
     • Cultural & Religious Diversity with L.A. City’s Human Relations Department.

OTHER GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Representatives of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles Unified School District Mental Health, the City’s Disabilities Department, and additional collaborating agencies.

Click on link to view PDF flyer.


     
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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announces proposed changes to the way the Los Angeles Police Department handles Immigration and Customs Enforcement detentions of some undocumented immigrant arrests

Chief Beck's Media Availability podcast

Los Angeles:   At a Media Availability Briefing at11 a.m. today at the Los Angeles Police headquarters, Chief Charlie Beck announced proposed changes to the way the Los Angeles Police Department handles Immigration and Customs Enforcement detentions of some undocumented immigrant arrests. In the spirit of keeping with the intended purpose of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Secure Communities program (S-Comm) signed into law by the President of the United States September 30 2008, in which “ICE prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens, those who pose a threat to public safety, and repeat immigration violators,”  the LAPD is proposing to no longer grant an ICE Detainer Request without first reviewing the seriousness of the offense for which the person is being held as well as their prior arrest history and gang involvement.

The Department is currently developing the list of criminal offenses which in its view do not meet the intended purpose of the S-Comm program (e.g. public nuisance and/or low-grade misdemeanor offenses).  

Under the new proposal, individuals arrested for one of these low-grade misdemeanor offenses will not be subject to continued detention on the basis of an ICE Detainer Request absent additional information from ICE and/or prior felony arrest(s), or if the individual is a documented gang member. The Department will still honor detention requests on all felony and high-grade misdemeanor arrests.

Our goal is to implement the new protocols by January 1, 2013.  We will be meeting with  stakeholders’ representatives, and the specific protocols developed will be sent to the Board of Police Commissioners for their review and for public comments prior to implementation.

If you have any questions regard this proposed policy change, please call LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.


     
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Police in Search of a Chain Snatcher and her Accomplice

Los Angeles:  Detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect who robbed a woman and took her gold necklace.

On September 25, 2012, around 6:50 p.m., a woman walked up to a female bystander and pulled her gold chain from her neck. The force of the pull caused the victim to fall the ground. The crime occurred in the area of Cesar  Chavez Avenue and Mott Street. The suspect was last seen running from the scene with the victim’s necklace. Nearby surveillance cameras show the suspect running to an awaiting red Mercury Sable.

The suspect is described as a 20 to 22-year-old African American female who stands around 5 feet 5 inches and weighs between 105 and 115 pounds.  The suspect has long braids and acne on her face.  The second suspect in the getaway car is described as a male African American with a bald head.  The suspects’ car is described as a red 90’s Mercury Sable and has a broken left rear break light. Detectives believe the pair may be responsible for other similar crimes in the area.



Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact Hollenbeck Area Robbery Detective Miguel Barajas at 323-342-8991.  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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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 "web tips" and follow the prompts.

     
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Human Trafficking Conviction NR12449cn

Los Angeles: On September 5, 2012, the LAPD, Human Trafficking Unit, in partnership with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office (LADA), concluded by way of felony conviction a 13 month investigation into claims of Human Trafficking of Minors.

The two defendants in this matter, Brian Smith of Los Angeles and Lashanay Cohill of Indio, California, were convicted of Pimping/Pandering, Sexual Assault upon a Minor and Human Trafficking.   The investigation was as a result of police officers from the LAPD 77th Area Detectives and Southwest Area Detectives, who conducted two separate kidnapping investigations.  Investigators from the LAPD Human Trafficking Unit recognized the similarities between the two cases and assumed responsibility for the investigation.

The investigation revealed that on separate occasions Smith and Cohill, working in concert, kidnapped two females under the age of 18 years old.  They transported both females to a residence in South Los Angeles.  Smith and Cohill trafficked the females for the purposes of prostitution.  The kidnapping took place in the city of Mojave, California. The second kidnapping took place in South Los Angeles.  Both females were forced by Smith and Cohill to work for them as prostitutes.  When the females refused, Smith used a self-made device from an assembled group of wire hangers that he referred to as the “Green Monster” to beat the females on the back, legs and buttocks until they submitted.

On September 5, 2012, both Smith and Cohill were convicted in Los Angeles County Superior Court of Pimping/Pandering, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Human Trafficking of a Minor.

Anyone with information regarding the crime of Human Trafficking is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Human Trafficking Unit at 213-486-0910.  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.

     
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29-Year-Old Shot in Front of His Home

Los Angeles:  Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) who killed 29-year-old Angel Ramirez.

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, around 3:50 p.m., Ramirez was standing in the driveway of his apartment in the 4600 block of Valley Boulevard, speaking with his landlord, when the suspect approached from behind and fired multiple rounds striking Ramirez.  The suspect then fled through the apartment complex to an awaiting vehicle parked on a side street.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and pronounced Ramirez dead at scene.  The motive for the shooting appears to be gang related.  There is no suspect description.  The suspects and the weapon are outstanding. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Hollenbeck Homicide Detectives J. Alfaro or E. Garcia 323-342-8956.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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 www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips.”

     
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Girl was Robbed of her Gold Necklace

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Division Robbery detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of a suspect who robbed a girl of her gold necklace in the Hollenbeck area.

On September 24, 2012, around 1 p.m., a suspect walked up to the victim and pulled her gold chain from her neck in the area of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Ficket Street.

The suspect was last seen running from the location with the victim’s gold necklace.  Nearby surveillance cameras show the suspect buying a soda minutes prior to the robbery.

Detectives believe the suspect may be responsible for other similar crimes in the area.

The suspect is described as a tall male Black, 20-25 years of age, stands between 6 feet 3 inches and 6 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs around 180 pounds.   


If anyone has any additional information regarding this crime contact Hollenbeck Area Robbery Detective Miguel Barajas at 323-342-8991. 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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers 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.

     
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