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Statement on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Reporting in Immigrant Communities

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department recognizes the importance of tracking and analyzing data, and continuing to find new ways to ensure that victims and witnesses feel safe coming to the LAPD to report crimes.

The national political climate has had an impact on the relationship we share with our immigrant communities, causing fear of the police and anxiety that if someone were to report a crime, they could face civil immigration actions, such as deportation.

Chief Beck was very aware that immediately following the Presidential election and subsequent inauguration, there would be an impact on our immigrant communities, including new fears of deportation for those who are undocumented and their families.

Chief Beck made it clear from the onset that the Department’s position regarding Special Order 40 would remain unchanged.

That is why, immediately following the inauguration, Chief Beck directed affirmative City-wide outreach initiatives within our communities to mitigate fears and build trust.

One year ago, as of April 30, 2017, we saw that sexual assault reporting was down 13.7% citywide, and 23.5% in our Hispanic community. Domestic violence reporting was down 4.3% citywide, and 8.1% in our Hispanic community.

As of December, 2017, the reporting gap between the Hispanic community and citywide for sexual assaults went from nearly 10% to under 4%, and the reporting gap for Domestic Violence went from 3.8% to a difference of only 0.4%.

With the leadership of Chief Beck and our Police Commission, we will continue our community outreach efforts to build trust and ensure that our message continues to be heard.


LAPD Officer Arrested for Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Los Angeles: On April 24, 2018, Police Officer John Bailey of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), assigned to the Van Nuys Area, was arrested by the LAPD on a felony arrest warrant for workers’ compensation fraud.

The LAPD’s Special Operations Division, Worker’s Compensation Fraud Unit, conducted an investigation that stemmed from a medical claim filed by Bailey in early 2018. Investigators, working in partnership with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Healthcare Fraud Division, as well as the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, established probable cause to believe that Bailey knowingly committed workers’ compensation fraud and as a result received benefits he was not entitled.

Bailey was booked in Los Angeles County and is being held on a $60,000 bail. Bailey is 43 years old and resides in San Bernardino County, California. The LAPD’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit was expanded in late 2008 to investigate workers’ compensation fraud and other allegations involving abuse of benefits by City employees.

The goal is to aggressively investigate fraud and abuse of benefits within the workers’ compensation system. The LAPD has completed 17 workers’ compensation fraud investigations so far this year, and this marks the fourth felony arrest this year from these investigations.


Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

LAPD, Kaiser Permanente and Koreatown Youth and Community Center Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

What:
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Kaiser Permanente (KP) and Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

***NO SHARP NEEDLES WILL BE ACCEPTED***

When:
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Where:
Bring your medications for disposal to the following collection sites:

Location 1- Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center
6041 Cadillac Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Parking Lot #3

Location 2- Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center
13652 Cantara Street
Panorama City, CA 91402
Front of North 3 Medical Office

Location 3- Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center
Parkview Medical Office Building
25825 S. Vermont Avenue
Harbor City, CA 90710

Location 4- Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
4760 West Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90027

LAPD and Kaiser Representatives will be available at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center to speak about the event

Location 5- Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center
5601 De Soto Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Location 6- Koreatown Youth and Community Center at the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles
760 South Westmoreland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Why:
In October of 2017, Americans turned in 912,305 pounds-456 tons-of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and state and local law enforcement partners.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines are-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.

The Los Angeles Police Department encourages the public to participate and help remove these unwanted, expired and unneeded prescription drugs from their home and use one of the five collection sites for disposal.