Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles Police Department’
California’s controversial inmate realignment program, which is transferring non-violent, non-serious, non-sexual offenders from state prisoners to the county level, is projected to cost the LAPD about $18 million dollars in the upcoming fiscal year.
Sources within the department say this is due to their needing to shift people from patrol duties and reassigning them to keep an eye on ex-convicts. More than 160 officers have be reassigned since the realignment was implemented in Oct. 2011.
Prior to that, state parole officers were responsible for monitoring ex-convicts who had been released from prison. Now, that responsibility has fallen to the local level. The City’s Public Safety Committee estimates that $18 million will be needed to Read more »
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department has reported the city has experienced a marked drop in crime. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said statistics like these are why the next mayor and freshman class of the city council need to keep LAPD hiring and retention a top priority.
There are two main contenders in the current mayoral race. Neither candidate has presented a clear plan as to how to keep departmental staffing at current levels. Villaraigosa has long supported hiring efforts that keep the force at 10,000 officers. Others have said they’d like to do even better than that, and have said adding 2,000 more could be beneficial.
The current mayor believes that Los Angeles is among the nation’s most under-policed large-sized cities. Keeping the LAPD fully staffed needs to be a priority in order to involve a spike in crime.
Chief Charlie Beck has confirmed that crime rates have fallen across all categories since Read more »
Members of the Los Angeles Police Department have named a 30-year old as the suspected kidnapper of a 10 year-old girl. The victim was abducted about a week ago and was found in Woodland Hills shortly thereafter.
The suspect is believed to be Tobias Summers. Summers was named as a person of interest by LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese during a press conference last weekend. Police officials say the suspect is a long-time criminal with a record that dates back nearly 11 years. Jail officials have confirmed that his most recent sentence was ended early due to overcrowded conditions brought on by the state’s prisoner realignment. He is described as being approximately 6 feet tall. A recent photo shows he has blonde hair and blue eyes. Police have said he is not a convicted sex offender.
LAPD officials are asking Read more »
The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously approved a measure that will require the LAPD begin accepting online police reports. In order to implement the order the department will need to develop a system which will enable residents to report minor incidents via the Internet.
It has long been said the LAPD needs to modernize their website. At the current time it offers an abundance of information such as crime mapping, how to submit anonymous tips and other points relating to safety. The one thing it reportedly lacks is the ability to fill out online incident reports. Proponents of the plan point out that changing that will potentially save millions of dollars. The single largest administrative task for department members involves taking calls from residents who need to file reports. This could potentially mean the LAPD may be able to better allocate internal resources to other important tasks. It will also streamline the process for the public.
Online reporting will focus on Read more »
The Los Angeles Police Department has said they will use a recent $30,000 donation to add a tractor to its vehicle fleet. The tractor will be an odd addition to the department’s current vehicular inventory which includes patrol cars, boats, helicopters, mobile command trucks and motorcycles.
Some might consider the addition of a piece of farm equipment to be an unusual selection for the LAPD. A spokesperson for the department points out the tractor will not be used to patrol city streets. It will instead be utilized to maintain topsoil on the two acre area in which LAPD Mounted Platoon horses are trained.
At the current time the department has about 30 horses that reside in an area just east of Griffith Park and Interstate 5.
Lt. Tony Lomedico said the tractor is needed to Read more »
Members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have said they intend to crackdown on Black Friday shoppers who choose to behave badly.
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year. Also known as the kick-off to the holiday shopping season, Black Friday offers numerous sales and deep discounts on hot ticket items. Many items sell out quickly and in past years, this has caused unfortunate shopping incidents throughout the United States.
Fights, brawls, stampedes and even incidents where shoppers have Read more »
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has offered up the following tips to ensure residents and visitors are able to enjoy a happy and safe holiday shopping season.
First and foremost the LAPD is reported to be recommending that people be mindful about locking their cars, trucks and SUV’s when they are visiting malls and shopping centers. If your vehicle contains valuables they should be stowed out of sight if not locked in the trunk. The glove box, beneath seats and other vehicular compartments are among the recommended hiding places. Those who leave items of value in plain sight are far more likely to become victims of crime.
Hot ticket electronics items such as GPS and GPS Read more »
The Los Angeles Police Department today announced they will be cracking down on DUIs between Aug. 17 and the end of Labor Day Weekend.
Checkpoints and patrols will take place throughout the county as part of a statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative. The number of DUIs increase markedly during the summer months, said a Los Angeles Police Department Spokesperson. This also leads to a spike in accidents resulting in death or injury.
Officers warn they will be in “aggressive pursuit” of drivers who nay be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. DUI arrests can lead to the revocation of a person’s drivers license, fines, penalties, and increases on auto insurance premiums.
The Los Angeles Police Department is happy to announce crime rates are continuing to decline.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck held a press conference alongside Mayor Antonio Villariagosa earlier this week, referencing Los Angeles as being the safest city in America. According to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times, violent crime has dropped approximately 9% from the same reporting time in 2011. Homicides remain on par, but continue to remain consistent with levels reported in 2010. A Department spokesperson pointed out that this may be the third year in a row where LA has less than 300 killings. The Times notes this is four times less than a peak seen in the late 1990s.
Beck said aggravated assault, rape. robbery and gang crime have also declined.
Property crime, however, seems to be on the rise. Although Read more »
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Detective Gus Martinez has set an unusual world record. According to a recent report by Yahoo News, Martinez can proudly say he has ridden a Ferris Wheel for longer than anyone else on the planet. In June 2012 he traveled to Santa Monica Pier, climbed aboard, and rode for 25-hours. He did, however, take several five-minute breaks during that time.
Guiness Book of World Records spokesperson Philip Robertson traveled from London to verify a record was being set by the LAPD Detective. He told Yahoo News that Martinez indeed had a “solid finish”. The previous record, he said, was held by an Irish woman who rode a Ferris Wheel in her home town for 24 hours and 30 minutes.
Martinez admitted feeling a bit queasy in the early part of his ride but Read more »