PC meeting 08-26-14
• Police Commissioner President Steve Soboroff stated he attended a community meeting along with Chief Charlie Beck and Chief Earl Paysinger on Tuesday. During the meeting community members spoke about their concerns and perception about the Department. Commissioner Soboroff stated he was proud of the Department for having numerous representatives present, for listening and for understanding the issues voiced by the community.
• Chief Paysinger stated it was very beneficial for the Department in many ways to hear from members of the public and hear their concerns. He felt the Department has come a long way in regard to community relations but more needs to be done. Chief Paysinger informed the Board that the Department continues to maintain crime reduction numbers, Homicide is down 6.1%, Part I crime is down 4.7%, total Property Crime is down 6.8%. Robbery is down 3.8%. Violent crime increased by 5.9%, and Sexual Assaults are higher by 8.5%.
• The Inspector General’s Report, dated August 13, 2014, relative to the review of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Early Warning System as presented by Inspector General Alex Bustamante was approved. The Los Angeles Police Department maintains as its central database the Training Evaluation and Management System II (TEAMS). TEAMS functions as an Early Warning System (EWS) that alerts the Department when sworn officers exhibit potentially problematic behavior. In this review the Office of the Inspector General examined the effectiveness and efficiency of the EWS.
Based on the review it appears that the EWS requires a substantial time commitment from Department personnel while providing limited predictive capabilities. The OIG recommended the Department review the EWS and modify the system to remedy some of these concerns. The Department has shared similar concerns as those identified by the OIG in its review, and has asked an independent researcher from Justice & Security Strategies, Inc. (JSS), to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of TEAMS II. The Police Commission asked the Department to report back on a quarterly basis on the progress of the evaluation.
• The Commission received a verbal presentation and update from the Mission Area Commanding Officers and Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB), Area Captain Todd Chamberlin, Patrol Captain Lee Sands and Co-Chair Betty Ley. Mission Area C-PAB goals are to help improve the communication between citizens and the Department. Currently pamphlets are utilized in order to increase membership recruitment. Mission Area C-PAB focuses on nectivity between the different entities involved in the community such as clergy council, and security council. The different groups involved are able to communicate and share information on issues which effect the community.
• The Department’s report, dated August 22, 2014, relative to the motion by Councilmember Mitchell Englander regarding the feasibility of implementing a “Medina Alert” system in Los Angeles. The “Medina Alert” will issue alerts when a severe or fatal hit and run collision occurs. The Commission approved and transmitted the report to the Public Safety Committee.
• The Department’s report, dated August 16, 2014, relative to the Recommendation for the Medal of Valor was approved.
• The Department’s report, dated August 22, 2014, relative to the Field Training Officer Selection and Training Audit (IAID No. 13-093), was approved.
• The Department’s report, dated August 19, 2014, relative to the Grant Extension of the 2012-2013 Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Program was approved and transmitted to the Mayor and City Council.
• The Department’s report, dated August 22, 2014, relative to the Sick/Injured-On-Duty-Coordinator Audit (IAID No. 13-087) was approved.