Chief's Message

Above and Beyond Medal of Valor and Purple Heart Awards Ceremony Luncheon

When you look back on the history of the LAPD, you will find countless examples of bravery and selflessness from those who have served our communities and continue to do so. As a Department, it is important to me that we recognize and acknowledge our personnel for those heroic acts that are above and beyond the call of duty. On Thursday October 1, 2015, on behalf of the Department, I will proudly bestow the highest law enforcement decoration upon 23 LAPD officers at the “Above and Beyond Medal of Valor and Purple Heart Awards Ceremony.” The ceremony will be held at The Ray Dolby Ballroom on the fifth level of Hollywood & Highland Center at 11:30 a.m.

This year we recognize eight LAPD officers with the Medal of Valor for extraordinary acts of heroism. Seventeen LAPD officers will be presented with the Purple Heart. Two officers, Officer Alberto Ortiz, Metropolitan Division, and Officer Allan Krish, Wilshire Division, will receive both the Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart.

Four police officers: Policeman Charles ‘Rick’ Hallenbeck, 77th Division; Officer Roberto Sanchez, Harbor Division; Officer Nicholas Lee, Hollywood Division; and, Officer Christopher Cortijo, Valley Traffic Division, will be presented the Purple Heart posthumously. Their sacrifices and the bravery they demonstrated continue to live on in each of you every day you go out and serve our communities.

I want to thank The Los Angeles Police Foundation and Verizon for hosting and presenting this ceremony that allows us to showcase the great sacrifice and heroism displayed by those wearing the badge.

Officer Randy Simmons 8th Annual 5K Run Challenge Run, Crossfit and Bike Ride

On Saturday October 17, 2015, I encourage you all to participate in the 8th Annual Randy Simmons 5K Challenge Run which takes you through the hills of Elysian Park. This great event honors Officer Randy Simmons who some have come to know as the first LAPD SWAT Officer to be killed in the line of duty. But to those who knew Randy, he was a humanitarian who cared deeply about helping others. In honor of Officer Simmons’ humanitarian spirit, LAPD's Metro Division hosts this annual event that supports The Randal D. Simmons Outreach Foundation and their mission to assist children and families in underserved areas of Los Angeles. Casual and experienced bike riders can choose between a 26-mile bike course and a 50-mile bike ride. A thrilling experience for spectators will be to see tough athletes in the Crossfit challenge. Thank you to everyone who has been supporting this great event. For online registration, please visit www.Active.com.

Be safe out there and take care of each other.

Charlie


Chief of Police Message - November 2015

LAPD Supports and Salutes Our Veterans

The LAPD continues its proud history of supporting the men and women who have answered the nation’s call to service. You are true patriots who we owe a profound amount of gratitude to. The Department recognizes the sacrifices made by veterans and your families.

The Department employs 2,274 sworn and 184 civilian personnel who have served in the Armed Forces and have worked to support peace and freedom around the world.  Of our veterans, 272 currently serve in the Guard or Reserve. At any given time, the Department has at least 10 to 20 service members conducting Annual Training or attending military related schooling.  Currently, the Department has five members on long term military leave in support of a contingency operation both here and abroad.

On Tuesday November 10, 2015, at 10:00 a.m, I invite you to attend our annual Marine Corps Birthday Celebration and Veteran’s Day Commemoration held at Deaton Hall. We will recognize the contributions of our service men and women who wear two uniforms and risk their life in the City and abroad to keep us safe. They are deserving of our constant gratitude and support. Keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers as we enter the holiday season. 

Upcoming Training Courses

Staying informed and well-trained is essential to each of our functions within the Department.  I wanted to take a moment and tell everyone about the upcoming Use of Force (UOF) Update training that every officer will be required to attend.  I also want to talk about our new Police Science Leadership (PSL) Course “Building the Community Leader”   that will be given to officers just prior to the end of their probationary period.

The UOF Update training day consists of two-sessions.  The first session is a review of the National Discussion on Building Public Trust and Preservation of Life.  The remainder of the training will consist of constitutional law, UOF policy, UOF de-escalation, command and control, force-on-force scenarios and a review of less-lethal force options.  During the training, less-lethal deployment stations will be set up to allow officers to fire all Department approved less-lethal devices (bean-bag shotgun, TASER, OC Spray, etc.) to develop their skill sets in handling these weapons.  Overall, it should be an exciting training day that will test the abilities of all of our officers in handling difficult UOF scenarios.  By now, everyone should have attended the National Discussion on Building Public Trust and Preservation of Life.  The training focused on how we can continue to build trust which in turn will allow us to be more effective in the communities we serve.   It also covered the importance of Constitutional Policing, Use of Force overview, and reducing the potential for violence during police contacts involving people suffering from mental illness.

The Department is the first law enforcement agency in the State to gain California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) approval to use stress vest technology in perishable skills training.  Officers will be fitted with the stress vest technology and be required to handle real-life scenarios with Training Division instructors acting as suspects.  

I am also very excited about the development and implementation (November 2015) of our new PSL I Course “Building the Community Leader.”   For many years, our training managers wanted to create a course for probationary officers that graduated from the Academy and now had some real-life practical experience in the field.  This would be an opportune time to bring them back to the Academy as a class and expose them to advanced leadership skills, investigative skills, command and control, and innovative topics such as Fair and Impartial Policing and Procedural Justice.  These probationary officers will also attend the critically acclaimed “Mental Health Intervention Training” created in partnership between our Mental Evaluation Unit and the County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health.

These are exciting times as the Department is about to roll out some extremely important training.  I hope that the tremendous investment in developing these courses has a positive outcome and that all of you enjoy the training and gain the skills needed to be successful in these critical encounters.

Be safe out there!

Charlie
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Chief's Message

9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

On Friday, September 11, 2015, the L.A. Fire Department and the LAPD will host a memorial ceremony to reflect on the 14 years since the day of the attacks. Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas and I encourage everyone to join together as we honor and remember the families of the victims who lost their lives in New York, Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia. We will also pay tribute to the first responders, recovery workers, and service members that selflessly saved lives while risking their own. The ceremony will take place at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center named after Los Angeles Firefighter Frank Hotchkin who was killed in the line of duty in 1980.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Dodger Stadium

The Los Angeles Dodgers will host Law Enforcement Appreciation Night on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, as they take on the Colorado Rockies. This special event ticket package includes a ticket to the 7:10 p.m. baseball game and a voucher for a Law Enforcement Appreciation Dodger travel mug. Ticket packages can be purchased by visiting Dodgers.com/Lawenforcement. Please make plans to attend and arrive early to enjoy the pregame festivities that honor first responders from Southern California. I am grateful to The Los Angeles Dodgers for recognizing the dedication with which you serve.

Sunshine Kids 10th Anniversary LAPD Day

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the LAPD ceremony with the Sunshine Kids during the annual week-long national trip, California Fun-Time Fantasy. Over the past decade the LAPD has coordinated with the Sunshine Kids on this event to provide young cancer patients with memorable experiences on this extraordinary day.

The event will take place on Thursday, September 24, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel as 30 young cancer patients from across the country will be sworn in as junior officers for the day. The Kids will hit the streets of Hollywood Boulevard with a personal LAPD police escort while riding in their own squad cars. The motorcade will conclude at Raleigh Studios where the Kids will be greeted with cheers, have lunch with LAPD officers and the cast and crew of the TV series “Major Crimes.”

I would like to thank all of the police officers, civilians, volunteers and staff who help create this special day by bringing a smile to the faces of Kids fighting cancer.

Community Relationship Division

The relationship between the people of the City of Los Angeles and the men and women of the LAPD has shown what can be accomplished when we work together. Given the recent events across the country and here in Los Angeles regarding issues of trust between the community and law enforcement, it is critical that we continue this emphasis on building, mending, and maintaining relationships.

Community Relationship Division (CRD), under the Office of Operations, will work to maintain community relations and social media engagement functions that existed throughout the Department under different commands and expand the outreach and footprint for both. Under the leadership of Captain Ruby Malachi, CRD will help the Department build and maintain relationships between the diverse communities in our city and those of you that work so hard to protect and serve in those communities. CRD will work with the Areas and Bureaus to assist them with community engagement efforts such as the foot beats, Days of Dialogue workshops, community forums, Senior Lead Officer Training and many other programs. CRD will continue handling strategic community outreach efforts and will also provide social media community engagement support Department-wide.

Relationship-based policing goes hand-in-hand with Constitutional Policing. CRD will help our Department move forward and continue to be a leader in building relationships and trust.

Be safe out there and take care of each other.

Charlie


Chief's Message

Preservation of Life and Building Public Trust Initiative

Angelenos trust LAPD with their lives each and every day as demonstrated through the number of calls for service and public contacts you have. However, there are still some within the communities we serve who we need to work harder with to show our commitment. You and I both know our commitment to serve, but relationships are constant building and adjusting. As part of that building and adjusting, LAPD has developed a training initiative to include four key components:

1. Preservation of Life
2. Promoting Fair and Impartial Policing
3. Expanding Community Relationships and Partnerships
4. Ensuring Accountability and Transparency

This training program will discuss important objectives which will help us do our job more effectively. Topics of this training include building public trust, protecting and preserving life, tactical skills to de-escalate, assist the mentally ill, and use only the force reasonably necessary under the circumstances, search and seizure, fair and impartial policing and providing medical assistance.

This training will take our abilities and knowledge and enhance our effectiveness within the community. The fact that we are dedicated to continuous improvement is one of the many reasons that LAPD is thought to be the best in law enforcement.

Medal of Valor and Purple Heart Award

On Thursday October 1st, the LAPD will present 18 officers with the Department's highest honors, the Medal of Valor and Purple Heart award. The Purple Heart award recognizes officers who have sustained serious physical injury during a tactical situation and the Medal of Valor is awarded to officers who have performed acts of extreme courage while consciously facing imminent peril. I invite each of you to join us at the 2015 Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. For more information, please contact the Los Angeles Police Foundation at (213) 489-4636, or visit: www.LApolicefoundation.org.

National Night Out 2015

The 32nd Annual National Night Out will be celebrated across the country on Tuesday August 4, 2015. Neighborhoods and community centers will host open houses, potlucks, and block parties. This annual celebration of community partnership and unification will take place at area stations throughout the City. This national event offers us the perfect opportunity for our police officers to meet families, educate people on Neighborhood Watch programs, and provide summer safety tips. Please be sure to participate and carry LAPD baseball cards to give out to the kids.

2015 Los Angeles Police Relief Association (LAPRA) Fitness Challenge

This month we reach the half-way point of the 90 day LAPRA Fitness Challenge. In what has become a summer tradition, sworn and civilian teams are formed with the goal of self-improvement through diet and exercise. What makes this a great challenge is the support that comes from your colleagues. Peer support is the huge motivational factor when scheduling early morning runs or workouts, avoiding ordering pizza delivery on Fridays, and not bringing sweets into the office. Since 2008, the number of teams that participate has increased along with the number of pounds they lose. A very special thank you to LAPRA for their kind sponsorship of this great competition that allows us to invest in ourselves.

Thank you for all you do and be safe out there.

Charlie


Chief's Message

Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)


From July 25 thru August 2, 2015, Los Angeles will proudly host the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. This is the biggest sporting and humanitarian event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Summer Olympic Games and it will be the biggest event the City will host this year. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. 80,000 spectators are expected to fill into the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the Opening Ceremony on July 25, 2015. Millions of fans around the world will be watching ESPN’s live television coverage of the Opening Ceremonies and will air a one hour recap each evening of the Special Olympics World Games. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.


The LAPD has been developing strategic plans for this event for more than a year. During the nine day event 5,000 officers will be deployed and will have three Incident Management teams on hand. The Department will welcome an anticipated 500,000 spectators, 30,000 amazing volunteers who will support and cheer 7,000 Special Olympics athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries. For the Opening Ceremony, 700 LAPD officers will be deployed. The Department has taken great steps to plan in advance so it is anticipated to not have an impact on regular patrol functions.


Each of you will have the opportunity to come into contact with many of the visitors who will be in Los Angeles for this incredible event. Continue to represent The Department as the best law enforcement agency in the world. Maintain your professionalism and positive interactions with the community as we celebrate and honor the diversity and accomplishments of those participating and visiting Los Angeles from around the world.

Fairfax World Police and Fire Games


Congratulations to all who have trained hard to represent the LAPD in the Fairfax 2015 World Police & Fire Games taking place in Virginia. This amazing 10 day international sporting competition brings 12,000 first responders from 70 countries around the world to promote athleticism and camaraderie. Through your participation you will have the opportunity to represent The LAPD and show how talented and multi-faceted you are. This competition began Friday June 26 with closing ceremonies on Sunday July 5 during Independence Day Weekend. Our entire Department will be celebrating your athletic performances. For those personnel interested in future World Police & Fire Games, Canada will play host in 2017, followed by China in 2019.

LAPD Baseball Cards

The Department has partnered with the LA County Sheriff’s and the Los Angeles Dodgers to bring back an old tradition of law enforcement baseball trading cards. These baseball cards have helped officers develop relationships between law enforcement and kids. The front of the custom made Topps cards feature a Los Angeles Dodgers player and on the back has a thumbnail image featuring 40 LAPD officers from diverse assignments. Please be sure to carry plenty of LAPD-Dodgers baseball cards as kids may ask for an extra card for their brothers and sisters. A very special thank you to the Los Angeles Police Foundation for their generous contribution to this project.


Summer Safety

Be sure to use at home with your loved ones the same good judgment and safe practices you use in the field to keep your partner safe. Whether on a weekend road trip or on a vacation getaway inspect your vehicle, carry an emergency kit, and keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.


Thank you for the great work you do for this Department and please know how much I value and appreciate each one of you.


Take care and be safe out there,


Charlie


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Chief's Message

There is a crisis in policing in America. It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis of trust. The crisis stems from perception. Whether right or wrong, there is a perception that officers are not serving the needs of the public. I realize that this is not always true based on the incredible and brave work I see every day by the men and women of our Department. That being said, I need you to continue to work every day to address these underlying issues that can affect the confidence in of those we serve. How does one police officer ensure confidence and trust?

This is done in the same way you do in every relationship you have in your life. Relationships, both personally and professionally take continued effort, adaptation, and constant reevaluation. Everything you do affects this relationship – how you talk to each other and treat each other. Are you empathetic enough to understand another person’s point view, another person’s perspective, even when you don’t agree with it? The people you protect and serve come from more diverse backgrounds and have varied life experiences as do each of you. As police officers we hope people will understand why and what you do – why you are so careful during a traffic stop, the questions you ask and how you ask them. You must understand from the public’s point of view how they feel about what you do. Much of the issues that arise can often be mitigated with a few moments of explanation as to why you are doing what you are doing.

Just like in any relationship, it’s about communication. It’s about your ability to explain your actions, talk to people in a respectful way. We build relationships the same way we have always done it – one person at a time. You will come in contact with people who have had many, many conversations with Los Angeles police officers, and you must strive to be the best of all those conversations. You will meet people who have never had contact with a Los Angeles police officer and may never talk to another officer again. What will we leave these people with who may have only one lifetime experience with a Los Angeles Police Officer. By the very nature of your jobs, you may meet people on the worst day of their lives. Although it may be just another day for you, you have to remember what this interaction will mean for the person you are interacting with. You have to put yourself in their place, walk in their shoes, treat people with empathy. If you work on building relationships you will be successful at building trust in the City of Los Angeles.

Our profession has been through other historic and pivotal times when public sentiment might be against us. We must continue to show a way for our profession to work through this kind of crisis just as we always have. While we are proud members of The LAPD, we are affected by what happens in other jurisdictions around the country because that is the perception of some of the people that we serve. Dignity and respect are attributes that we all appreciate when interacting with people. Let’s continue to lead by example and provide the best community policing available.

Summer Night Lights Program

I encourage each of you to participate in this year’s Sumer Night Lights Program. Held at 32 sites across the city, this violence reduction program begins Wednesday June 24 and continues through Saturday August 29. City parks and recreation centers are kept open between the hours of 7:00 pm –11:00 pm throughout the summer months offering families sports clinics, meals, and workshop classes. Community member feedback has been very positive as they greatly enjoy having officers in their Zumba classes and sitting down to talk at cookouts.


Thank you for all you do and be safe,


Charlie

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May 2015 COP Blue Line

Throughout the country, May is observed as Police Memorial Month. We come together to remember each fallen brother and sister in law enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice and laid down their lives in service to the City and Country. Their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. In remembrance of our fallen heroes, please join me in wearing a black mourning band over your badge everyday throughout the month of May.

On Thursday, May 7 at 10am, I invite you to attend our Annual Memorial Ceremony in the courtyard of our Police Headquarters Building. We will express our gratitude and honor the 207 LAPD officers who lost their lives so that others may live life out of harm’s way. Each one is loved and each one is missed. We owe a profound debt to these selfless heroes. We come together as a Department to mourn their unimaginable loss and pray for the people they loved the most. My heart goes out to the survivors, the husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and grandchildren they loved deeply. You can visit the Department website, www.LAPDOnline.org, and read the stories of officers killed in the line of duty. Please join me as we share these stories and celebrate the lives they led.

At this time when law enforcement has been the focus of national media attention, I want to say THANK YOU. This is more than a job, it is a calling, and it comes with immense risk. We never know what our next call for service may bring. Although gratitude may be seldom, the threats to law enforcement officers and the communities they protect and serve are constant.  We continue to work each day to provide safety and peace to the people of this great City.

Thank you for all you do and be safe,
Charlie

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April 2015 COP Message

Recently, we have come under sharp criticism regarding the training and abilities of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a homeless man on skid row. Critics opined that any four officers who could not take a single unarmed suspect into custody without resorting to deadly force must be incompetent. I will not comment on the specific officers involved in the shooting or whether the tactics employed were proper. As you all know the investigation is far from complete, but I would like to comment on this mistaken belief that physical conflicts are completely predictable and controllable. Los Angeles Police officers are the best trained in the nation, but with that training comes the realization that the dynamics of extreme physical conflict are such that every instance is different, and every situation has the potential to escalate quickly with deadly results. Because policing is done so publically and has been the subject of so many portrayals in works of fiction, everyone believes they are a subject matter expert.

During this time of criticism, take a moment to know that you are supported by the vast majority of the public, and most importantly, by me. I know you are the best trained officers in the world. Continue to do the great work you do every day, and reflect on the number of people you’ve helped throughout your career and the many more who depend on you to keep them safe in the future.

LAPD Reserve Officer Appreciation Month

The month of April marks our annual appreciation and recognition of our Reserve Corps program. Many of you know that almost 40 years ago, I began my law enforcement career as an LAPD reserve officer, and it’s a program I’m very proud of. I know firsthand how reserve officers are a tremendous force multiplier for our Department. Each day reserve officers work different assignments side by side with full-time police officers in a seamless way. The public has no idea reserve officers put their lives on the line for no pay.
Reserve officers are the truest form of community-based policing. The value reserve officers bring to the table is immense, and their hard work and dedication are a priceless benefit to the City. Reserve officers are not content to play a passive role in life. They get involved for the betterment of our community, and by doing so, they live up to the Reserve Corps’ motto, “To be a reserve is to be twice a citizen.” In your daily assignments, as you work alongside a reserve officer, please join me in recognizing and thanking them for their service.

Thank you for all you do and be safe,
Charlie

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March COP Message

I hope this message finds you well. Recent events in law enforcement across the country have spurred conversations, debates, and protests regarding the legitimacy of law enforcement today. I wish to discuss one key element as it pertains to OUR authority. The authority you earned from graduating the academy is legal authority. It is prescribed in multiple sections of law. However, there is another authority that I believe is more important. That is moral authority. What is the difference between moral authority and legal authority? Legal authority is given to you by the State. Moral authority is given to you by the People. Moral authority is created by the public’s general belief that you will do the right thing - that you will treat them fairly, that you will have compassion, that you will display empathy...that you will understand that no human being is perfect, including you and me.

As I have learned with almost 40 years of law enforcement experience, you can make a difference in people’s lives in a number of ways that don’t include incarceration. Now, you may arrest thousands of people during your career, just as I did, but arrest is an indication of a system’s failure. Not its success. Not your success and not the success of this Department. Our success is measured by how safe our City is, not by how many people we lock up. They are two very different things. When this City was at the height of the crime waves of the 1990’s, we arrested three times as many people as we do now. Did that make us a safer City? No. The crime rate was four times greater than it was last year. But now, this is a Department that understands building community is just as important as responding to 911 calls. As you respond to those calls-for-service, you will build that moral authority that is absolutely crucial to our job, and you do it every time you interact with somebody. No matter what that interaction is, you should do everything you can do so when that person walks away they think, “Well, I might not have been happy with the outcome, but the officer was fair.” That is hard to do, but you have done it successfully and you will continue to do it successfully.

We have earned it and must continue to earn it in every interaction we have with the People of Los Angeles. We are part of one of the largest and best police departments in the nation, but we are far too small for the task at hand. Without the support of the men and women of Los Angeles, we will never achieve our goals.

Thank you for all you do and be safe,
Charlie

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Chief's Message

Now that we are beginning to settle into the new year, I'd like to reaffirm the focus of our efforts as a Department in 2015. Each and every one of you owns a valuable role within this organization by being more effective in the performance of your duties while creating opportunities to build community trust. You make this Department what it is, and you have the greatest ability to make an impact within our communities, so seize this opportunity.


I’m proud to say the LAPD is taking a huge step forward in American policing. We are leaders in the law enforcement community, sharing best practices as the national model for training, policy, investigations and community programs. The standards we hold and the effective manner in which we police this City are how we are measured, but most importantly creates trust. The communities we serve expect the Department to be accountable and transparent. We will do this by implementing the digital in car video program and providing every officer with body worn cameras. To put forward that every LAPD officer will record our interactions on the streets says a lot about how much faith I have in you and how much we as an organization value the way we treat the public. Trust is built on the truth and truth is displayed through transparency.


Building solid and genuine community partnerships reduce crime and ultimately create trust. A community that believes in their police department and knows how tough the job is, and appreciates the officers who do the job realize we value them as much as we value ourselves. Maintaining and increasing the trust and confidence of the community is paramount to do our jobs effectively.


Making Los Angeles safer and better in 2015 begins with every single member of our community. Together we can make our community safe, and together we will make our City better. Each of you deserves the support and faith from those you serve and I will continue touting the Los Angeles Police Department as having the greatest cops in the world.

Baker to Vegas (B2V)

One of the most competitive sporting events in law enforcement is right around the corner. The Baker to Vegas relay race can be very challenging due to the terrain and climate changes that will test more than your running endurance. To those running this year, I wish you luck as you proudly represent the LAPD. Thanks in advance to the support teams and event organizers. You are invaluable as you work long hours through the desert heat and the cold of the night. Travel safely and I look forward to seeing everyone in the race to help celebrate each other’s achievements.


Work hard, stay safe and take care of each other,


Charlie