Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting and a quorum was established.
All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.
Department’s report, dated February 22, 2018, relative to the response to the Office of the Inspector General’s Youth Programs Recommendations, as set forth. [BPC #18-0082] was approved.
Department’s report, dated February 22, 2018, relative to the Air Support Division Inspection, as set forth. [BPC #18-0083] was approved.
Chief Beck reported on two Officer-Involved Shootings (OIS) since his last report to the Police Commission. The first occurring Sunday, February 25th on the 2100 block of Century Blvd. Officers responded to a “burglary in-progress” at a medical marijuana dispensary. Officers made contact with the suspect, whom exited the location armed with a .357 revolver. An OIS occurred, resulting in the suspect’s death. Chief Beck added that medical marijuana dispensaries are vulnerable to crime due to the high value of their product, and regulations which result in these businesses operating on a cash-only basis. Chief Beck noted these facilities require additional security, and new regulations will require security much like current gun shops.
Chief Beck reported the second OIS occurred on Monday, February 26th. Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call by a male who reported he suffered from mental illness and was suicidal. Upon arrival, officers made contact with an individual with whom they had prior contacts. The individual was armed with a 20-inch spike. Officers tried to de-escalate the situation, deploying bean bags and taser, as the individual moved forward to assault the officers. An OIS occurred resulting in the individual’s death. Chief Beck added this was an unfortunate incident.
Chief Beck provided updated crime statistics.
Chief Beck reports 10,045 sworn personnel, 2,887 civilian personnel, over 400 reserve officers, 271 specialists and 1,850 cadets.