Archive for October, 2010
Approximately 90 Los Angeles Police Deparment officers will be taken off the streets and reassigned to work in a new LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) jail facility that has previously gone unused.
A recent decision made by LAPD officials is the solution to the current “hiring freeze” as well as operating the $74-mililon structure that hasn’t been in use since May of 2009.
Another solution this decision will provide is the closing of the old Parker Center jail, which has increasingly been an issue, due to health and safety risks. With the closing of the old jail, approximately 100 officers and jailers will be available to run the new jail.
Assistant Chief Michel Moore stated that the department has acted on its own and created the plan to use officers as jailers. They will also keep the doors open on four other smaller jails. The plan enlists 83 officers who have been with the force for a year and completed the probationary period. It will also include, five sergeants, all of whom will attend a six-month stint with the jail until another fresh group of young officers come in to replace them.
There is some speculation around the plan to move the officers from the street to the jail facility, as the department currently sees many struggles with their officers. The officers have been Read more »
Despite the significant cut in budget for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothills Division, it is reported that the station is trying their best to alleviate some of the criminal activity that has been on the rise.
The LAPD Foothills Division is responsible for providing service to a 46.13 square mile radius including the city of Pacoima, which reportedly has one of the worst violent crime rates. So far this year, the LAPD Foothill Division has seen 13 homicides, which is an 8 percent increase from the same time last year. Crimes of rape have gone up 77 percent also.
Sergeant Moody of the Foothills Division is all too familiar with this. Moody grew up in this area and has served on the police force since he was 29-years old. Moody vowed Read more »
Parade Magazine is honoring law enforcement officers, and one of those being William “Brian” Hout an officer in San Diego.
The annual contest called “Police Officer of the Year” has given an honorable mention to Sergeant Hout of the San Diego Sheriff’s County Department. The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the magazine are responsible for picking the winners.
Hout is being recognized for his work with the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force – Gang Group, with an emphasis on the “Operation Keys to the City” investigation. This investigation was targeted towards the Mexican Mafia and the gangs in prison who were still able to pull off crimes from behind bars. Over 40 people were Read more »
Last Tuesday, the Police Chief Adolfo Gonzales told the City Council that the National City Police Department, by November, will lose 10 officers because of budget problems. Thus, a reduction in staff members will result in a crime rate rise.
According to the San Diego Association of Government report, violent crime has fallen by 9 percent since the first of the year and overall, a 22 percent decrease since 2006. The overall crime rate has fallen 24 percent.
Chief Gonzales reported that much of the decrease was due to Read more »
If you ever want to know how bail does not work or what bondsman do not do, here’s a primer: A Riverside bail bondsman was arrested on Wednesday for an alleged kidnapping with ransom and assault with a deadly weapon charge. He was taken in for booking and processing at the Riverside County Jail known as Robert Presley Detention Center with bail set at $1 Million dollars.
In July, a customer used Bail Bonds United. In turn, the bail bond company posted the bond but the customer is said to have not been able to pay the premium (the bail bond fee, which is generally arranged in advance) to bondsman, according to the California Department of Insurance. Thus, Bail Bonds United and Damion Paul Perkins, also the co-owner, became quite dissatisfied.
Who Gets Arrested?
People often ask about the type of person that needs to call a bail bond company. I assure them it could be anyone: students, lawyers, white-collar, blue-collar, celebrities, even mayors get arrested. As a bondsman, we hear the sad stories of people who are in situations they never could have imaged almost every day.
Such is the case with San Gabriel Mayor Albert Huang who this week resigned from office under allegations of battery, assualt and robbery. A mayor? What happened? We don’t know, exactly.
Friday, the Oceanside Police Department gained a banned on the most active gangs in the area by placing a civil suit on them, according to the North County Times.
San Diego County Deputy DA, Dana Greisen said, “The injunction affects two neighborhoods being terrorized by gang members.” She also said they were seeking this injunction, “after residents had reported to the Oceanside [police] and the DA’s office that they were being harassed, intimidated and victimized by gang members on a regular basis.”
This gang injunction, naming Read more »
Parks and recreation centers that were a part of this year’sLos Angeles Police Department Summer Night Lights program saw a 40 to 80 percent decrease in gang related crimes.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said, “Today’s Summer Night Lights has become a crowning achievement in our gang reduction efforts and a source of pride in some of our most crime-ridden communities.” Mayor Villaraigosa instated a program to reduce gang related crime and youth development for 24 of the worst gang-ridden communities.
The Summer Night Lights program ran from July 4 until Labor Day and involved keeping 24 parks open until midnight with family programs, arts, athletics and after school activities on Wednesday through Saturday.
A 57 percent drop in gang-related Read more »
According to KPBS, San Diego reports again that crime rates are currently falling. The San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG) is reporting that both violent crime and property crime are at a ten-year low for the first six months of this year. Compared to this time last year, San Diego’s violent crime was down eight percent while property crime was down two percent.
While we commented on crime rates, bail bonds and the economy in April 2009, for many skeptics and believers alike, one question remains…Why?
One interesting answer is given by San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne who indicated that the crime rates had gone down due to good police enforcement.
Lansdowne further stated, “The concept of Read more »
Reportedly, a proposal submitted to the Board of Supervisors suggests that bail bonds companies will no longer be able to have free advertising at San Bernardino jail facilities.
Sheriff Rod Hoops, proposal states that the county would need to charge bail bond companies a fee to be able to have their services listed throughout their county facilities.
At this time, bail bonds companies approved by t Read more »