Commission Mtg 4-28-15
COP Media Update after Comm Mtg 4-28-15
Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting by acknowledging the tragedy of a recent earthquake in Nepal and extending hope the civil unrest in Baltimore will soon come to an end. After he spoke, the board secretary noted that a quorum was established. Commissioner Robert Saltzman began by talking about two events he had recently attended: a promotional celebration for Chief Beatrice Girmala and the retirement event for Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur. Commissioner Sandra Figueroa-Villa mentioned she had also recently attended a retirement event for Assistant Chief Jorge Villegas.
The meeting proceeded to the Report of the Chief of Police. Chief Charlie Beck began by mentioning his call for all sworn personnel to be in uniform. He attributed this to both the current unrest in Baltimore and recent terrorist threats calling for insurgents to launch attacks on people in uniforms, including law enforcement officers. Secondly, Chief Beck talked briefly about attending an important counter-terrorism conference earlier this morning. He concluded his report with current crime and traffic statistics, including personnel statistics.
For the Report of the Executive Director, Executive Director Richard Tefank reminded everyone of an upcoming police commission meeting in the community on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. The location will be Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch.
There was no report from the Inspector General; so the meeting proceeded to the Consent Agenda Items, which were approved, and the meeting proceeded to the Regular Agenda Items. There were five Regular Agenda Items. Item 8A was a verbal presentation, and Items 8B and 8C were pulled for discussion.
•Item 8D, the Department’s Report, dated April 10, 2015, relative to the request for payment of a reward offer on City Council File #12-0010-59, as set forth, was approved.
•Item 8E, the Department’s Report, dated April 17, 2015, relative to the request for proposals for routine hazardous materials waste management services for the LAPD, as set forth, was approved.
The meeting continued with Item 8A, a verbal presentation and update about community initiated problem solving, crime strategies, and other programs and goals within the 77th Street Area. Representing the Department before the commission was Captain Cory Palka, 77th Street Area Commanding Officer, and Community Police Advisory Board (C-PAB) Member Gwendolyn Wood. Commander Palka talked about the kinds of relationships his officers strive to create with the community, as well as participation in local C-PAB-related activities. Ms. Wood made some comments about the increased success of getting new community members to join the C-PAB and the overall value of C-PAB outreach.
The meeting proceeded to Item 8B, the Department’s Report, dated April 23, 2015, relative to the responsibilities and procedures for the use and deployment of Body Worn Video (BWV) equipment for Department Personnel. Representing the Department before the commission was Arif Alikhan, Director of the Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy; Chief Jorge Villegas, Director of the Office of Operations; Maggie Goodrich, Chief Information Officer; and Sergeant Dan Gomez, from the Department’s Information Technology Bureau. Many topics were discussed in detail, including overall policy, monitoring policy progress, guidelines for viewing video footage and more. Inspector General Alexander Bustamante had substantial comments, along with the commissioners who had various questions and concerns. Chief Beck also contributed to the discussion. After an extensive dialogue, the Department’s Report, as set forth, was approved.
The final order of business was Item 8C, the Inspector General’s Report, dated April 28, 2014, relative to the review of the Department’s Code-Three Collision Reports. Commissioner Saltzman wanted to discuss one of the report’s findings, which dealt with officers not wearing seatbelts. Representing the Department before the commission was Captain Phillip Fontanetta, Commanding Officer of the Emergency Operations Division (EOD); Commanding Officer Jon Peters, Office of Operations; and Lieutenant David Ferry of the EOD. Both commanding officers discussed in detail efforts to increase officer usage of seatbelts. Chief Beck also added some comments on this topic. There was also some discussion about patrol car rates of speed being omitted from the collision reports. Lieutenant Ferry addressed this issue. Shortly after that, the Inspector General’s Report, as set forth, was approved.