4/9/15- This afternoon, Chief Beck held his monthly media availability news conference. Before taking general questions from the media, he discussed several topics. His first subject was about current crime statistics and his concern about some categories of crime being on the rise, even though homicides have declined compared to last year at this time. Secondly, Chief Beck thanked LAPD reserve officers for how much they contribute to the Department and the City. In conjunction with that, he said reserve officers would be honored in the coming weekend at the Twice a Citizen event and banquet. Chief Beck’s third topic was the fifth annual Safe Summer Tip-Off, which launches May 2. Chief Beck went on to talk about three LAPD officers who are being honored today in Sacramento for their exceptional work on skid row in downtown Los Angeles. He also highlighted the Department’s ongoing need to recruit new officers and encouraged anyone who may be interested to apply. Lastly, he thanked members of the media for attending and reporting on the Department’s Media Academy event held the previous Monday, April 6.
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