Chief Beck Statement Regarding Fatal Freeway Crash
Chief Beck Statement Regarding Fatal Freeway Crash

Notes from the September 26, 2017 Weekly Police Commission Meeting

September 26

 

Commissioner President Matthew M. Johnson opened the meeting and a quorum was established. Leadership elections were held today. The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners unanimously elected Commissioner Steve Soboroff as President, and Commissioner Matthew Johnson as Vice President.

All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.

Department’s Report, dated September 21, 2017, relative to the recommendation for the Medal of Valor for bravery to Officer Oscar Cordoba, Serial No. 37022, Officer Edwin Rocha, Serial No. 38526, Officer Henry Merin, Serial No. 38755, and Officer Bryan Waggener, Serial No. 41143, of Southwest Area, as set forth. [BPC #17-0371] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated September 21, 2017, relative to the recommendation for the Medal of Valor for bravery to Officer Ramon Lomeli, Serial No. 39226 and Officer Rodolph Ledesma, Serial No. 37792, of 77th Street Area, as set forth. [BPC #17-0372] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated September 21, 2017, relative to the recommendation for the Medal of Valor for bravery to Sergeant Joseph Morrison, Serial No. 26894, of Pacific Area, as set forth. [BPC #17-0373] was approved.

Verbal presentation and discussion by the New York University, School of Law, Policing Project relative to their report to the Los Angeles Police Commission Summarizing Public Feedback on LAPD Video Release Policies. No action required.

Department’s Report, dated September 20, 2017, relative to the response to the Office of the Inspector General’s review of National Best Practices, as set forth. [BPC #17-0370] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated September 20, 2017, relative to the Quarterly Discipline Report, Second Quarter, 2016, as set forth. [BPC #17-0366] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated September 20, 2017, relative to the Quarterly Discipline Report, Third Quarter, 2016, as set forth. [BPC #17-0367] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated September 20, 2017, relative to the Quarterly Discipline Report, Fourth Quarter, 2016, as set forth. [BPC #17-0368] was approved.

Department’s Report, dated September 20, 2017, relative to the Biased Policing and Mediation Update – 2nd Quarter 2017 Report, as set forth. [BPC #17-0369] was approved.

Chief Charlie Beck began his report mourning the loss of LAPD officer John Gasparyan, Valley Traffic Division, who was killed this past Thursday in an off-duty crash in Porter Ranch. He is survived by his wife and 6-year-old daughter.

Chief Beck commented the Community Safety Partnership has its strongest presence in the South East area where the clearance rates for gang related homicides is entirely solved on public statement and public cooperation. Last year, particularly in Watts, Chief Beck stated the clearance rate for homicides was 82%. This year the clearance rate for homicides is 94%. Chief Beck emphasizes how much of a change that is in policing. Chief Beck compared it to the time when he was Detective Captain of South East area when the clearance rate was well below 50%. This speaks about what the heart of what the Police Commission is after.

Chief Beck provided a year to date update on Part I crime. Chief Beck reports total sworn personnel on payroll at 9,992 that includes this Friday’s graduating class; civilian personnel are at 2,855, about 400 reserve officers; and 2,172 police cadets.

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