Gun Buy Back Program 2018

Dozens of assault rifles are among the firearms collected at May 12 events held in Northeast Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that his Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development and the LAPD collected more than 470 guns — including close to three dozen assault weapons — at dual gun buybacks held on May 12.

“Every gun that we get off the street is one less chance for a violent crime or tragic accident to strike,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Angelenos turn in unwanted weapons because they understand that all of us can play a part in ending gun violence — and I’m grateful to everyone who participated in the buyback program.”

In all, 478 firearms were collected at the buyback events — 35 assault weapons, 174 handguns, 103 shotguns, and 166 rifles.

The Gun Buyback program allows individuals to surrender weapons anonymously in exchange for store gift cards — $100 for handguns, shotguns and rifles, and $200 for assault weapons as classified in the State of California.

Since the City began organizing annual gun buybacks in 2009, 16,483 weapons have been collected at the events. To expand the program, the Mayor has partnered with the non-profit organization Gun by Gun on an initiative that allows Angelenos to financially support efforts to get guns out of their own communities.

“Each gun that we recover in this Buyback program is one less gun that could be responsible for a shooting victim,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. “Its success is a product of powerful community partnerships and residents who want to make our communities safer.”

Reducing gun violence is a top priority for Mayor Garcetti, who has signed laws that ban large capacity ammunition magazines and require that guns be stored and locked while at home and not in use.

In 2017, the Mayor set a goal to get at least 20,000 guns off the streets of L.A. in five years. The City is well ahead of the pace to meet that goal — collecting 7,300 last year alone, the most since 2013.

At the beginning of 2018, Mayor Garcetti directed the LAPD to start the year by clearing the list of prohibited gun owners — people who are no longer legally allowed to possess firearms, including felons and people with a history of domestic violence or severe mental health issues. In mid-April, officers were able to bring that list down to zero.

Mayor Garcetti has also committed additional resources to the people and communities most affected by gun violence: he worked with the LAPD to create a Crime Gun Intelligence Center, which matches guns to crimes and crimes to criminals — by coordinating the work of local and federal law enforcement and using data-driven strategies, forensic expertise, and prosecutorial resources to drive down gun violence and combat illegal gun trafficking and dealing. And in 2016, Mayor Garcetti and the LAPD established the Community Safety Operations Center (CSOC) in South L.A. — a command post where specially-trained and equipped officers can pool their information to pinpoint the response to violent crime. The strategy has worked: Last year, LAPD’s South Bureau saw the lowest number of homicides and victims shot since 1973. The CSOC is now being taken citywide.

The Mayor’s strategies to reduce gun violence are showing results. Homicide in Los Angeles is down more than 13 percent compared to the same time period last year, and the number of people shot has fallen by close to 28 percent.

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Mayor Garcetti releases second annual progress report on his Sustainable City plan

On March 2, 2017, Mayor Garcetti released the second annual progress report on his Sustainable City pLAn, the first comprehensive environmental plan in City history. The plan, released in 2015, laid out ambitious short-term and long-term goals in 14 categories related to the environment, economy, and equity — including water conservation, clean energy, waste, green jobs, transportation, environmental justice, preparedness and resiliency.

Please click here to read--> Sustainable City Plan.


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LAPD, Betty Ford Center and Kaiser Permanente, will team up for the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative

What:  Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Betty Ford Center of Los Angeles, and Kaiser Permanente (KP) will give the public another opportunity to prevent leftover prescription and expired over the counter drugs from falling into the wrong hands or polluting the environment. Safely and legally dispose of unwanted chemicals in your medicine cabinet. In the wrong hands, these drugs could be harmful to our environment or worse, be used by children or criminals.   



Saturday, October 22, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


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

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

Location 6- Betty Ford Center Rite-Aid parking lot

11321 National Blvd Los Angeles CA 90064


LAPD and DEA Representatives will be available at collection site.


Why:   On September 26, 2015, Americans turned in 702,365 pounds—350 tons—of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and state and local law enforcement partners. 

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. 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 six collection sites for disposal.


Missing Child Located in Southeast Division. Parents/Guardian being sought.

Today (February 3, 2016) at approximately 10:30 AM, a local resident observed a 2-year-old African-American male, walking alone in the area of 111th St and Avalon Ave in South Los Angeles. After a brief search for the child's parents this good Samaritan brought him to LAPD's Southeast Police Station.

We are asking for the public's help in locating his parents. If you have any information, you are asked to call the LAPD's Southeast Police Station at (213) 972-7828.

LAFD 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Rememberance Ceremony

Friday, September 11, 2015 – This morning LAPD Chief Charlie Beck joined Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas and Mayor Eric Garcetti at the annual LAFD 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. This annual gathering, held at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center, honors and remembers the families of the victims who lost their lives in New York, Pennsylvania and Northern Virginia.

Officers Raid Large Woodland Hills Drug Operation

Over the two-day period of February 3 and 4, 2015, officers from Topanga Division’s Narcotics Enforcement Detail (NED) squad took down an illegal marijuana-growing operation in the 6900 block of Eton Avenue in Woodland Hills.

The growing facility, which was raided on February 4, was substantial, with more than 700 plants that yielded over 765 pounds of marijuana. The squad also recovered three rifles and three pistols from inside the location. In addition, officers found numerous unopened boxes of new clothing wrapped in manufacturers’ packaging. Discovery of the clothing brought the Department’s Commercial Crimes Division into the investigation.

On February 3, one day prior to the takedown on Eton Avenue, NED officers conducted a narcotics investigation in the 6100 block of Jared Court. The location had created problems in the past which had recently begun to resurface. A probation compliance search at a residence resulted in the arrest of five suspects, all with extensive criminal histories related to narcotics and property crimes.

Overall, there were eight arrests. “Topanga NED has done an amazing job, and I just wanted to share with everyone all of their hard work and efforts,” said Lieutenant Julie Rodriguez of the Topanga Division’s Gang Impact Team.

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Summer Night Lights begins 6th Year of Violence Reduction Programing in Los Angeles

JUNE 19, 2013 — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Deputy Mayor Guillermo Cespedes, and 320 Youth Squad members, today announced the start of the 2013 season of the Summer Night Lights (SNL) program, the final SNL of the Mayor's administration. Summer Night Lights is an expanded series of after-hours events in 32 public parks located in areas with high rates of violent gang-related crime.

Since its implementation in 2008, SNL has successfully reduced violence in communities most impacted by gang activity by extending park hours until midnight four days a week (Wednesday - Saturday) during summer months. The program aids violence reduction by providing meals, mentoring, and activities, including athletics and cultural enrichment, during peak evening hours for gang activity.

“As one of my final acts as Mayor, I am proud to kick off another season of Summer Night Lights," Mayor Villaraigosa said. “This program has been a catalyst for change in our neighborhoods, providing hope, safety, and opportunity for local youth. It has become a model for combating gang violence nationwide, and I am proud to have been a part of it.”

Summer Night Lights also provides at-risk youth with the opportunity for employment and professional development. Youth Squad members undergo training on a variety of relevant topics prior to the start of Summer Night Lights and receive a stipend for their work implementing the programs. This year, training took place at California State University Los Angeles, providing many members with their first exposure to a college campus.

“One of the most direct ways that Summer Night Lights impacts neighborhoods is through the employment of local at-risk youth. The lessons learned through training and program implementation will stay with them long after the summer is over,” Gang Reduction and Youth Development Deputy Mayor Cespedes said. “Over the past six years hundreds of youth have been impacted by this program, and none of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Mayor Villaraigosa."

Last year, Summer Night Lights sites experienced a 33% reduction in gang-related part 1 crime and a 47% reduction in gang-related homicides, a difference noticed by one of its partners, the Los Angeles Police Department. The Summer Night Lights program works because of the partnerships that have been forged between the program, law enforcement, and community groups. This is an example of the City’s leaders working together to make Los Angeles safe.

“We remain committed to enriching the lives of the youth in our City by providing them with safe and successful alternatives to gang violence,” said LAPD Chief Beck. “The continued partnership with our youth organizations and our community members has undoubtedly helped bring about positive change in youth culture. This program has been extremely effective, and we are excited about making this summer’s program another success.”

Summer Night Lights will operate in 32 Los Angeles City public parks from June 26th to August 9th, every Wednesday through Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

405 FWY CLOSURE September 28 & 29

Avoid the 405, Eat, Play and Shop Local.  Be part of the success, and use alternate transportation

The LAPD would like to remind everyone to plan ahead and avoid the 405 Freeway the weekend of September 29th and 30th.  A 10-mile portion of the 405 Freeway will be closed between the 101 Freeway and the 10 Freeway in all directions during beginning Friday night at midnight and will remain closed until Monday morning at 5:00 a.m.  The closure is due to the demolition of the northern half of the Mulholland Bridge.

We are encouraging the public to make plans to stay local during the closure weekend and Eat, Play and Shop in your local area.  Make this the weekend to walk, bike and use public transportation to avoid the need to drive around the impacted area.

Last year’s closure success was due to the cooperation of the public who made the effort to avoid the closure area.  This year will also be a success if everyone does their part.

Thank you for being part of the solution.


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