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77th Street Community Programs
 
 

The 77th Street Area Police Station is very proud of its many community programs. We find that these programs are a great way to keep in touch with the entire community, which in turn allows us to better serve those who work and/or live here. Below are descriptions of several of our community programs. New listings and updated information will be added regularly, so be sure to visit this site often. We look forward to seeing more of you benefiting from these activities.

77th Street Law Enforcement Cadet Program

The purpose of the program is to provide special training that prepares young people for a career in law enforcement.

The Los Angeles Police Department Cadet Program has three principle goals:

  • To recruit young men and women to qualify for future careers in law enforcement, offering a positive relationship between police and the youth of our community
  • To provide a forum in which young people can provide non-hazardous community service thereby relieving police officers for other assignments
  • To provide solid training toward the development of better citizens and better physical fitness for all who participate in the program.

Program Requirements

The Cadet program has a stringent selection process and only takes the most qualified applicants. Once selected, a Cadet is expected to maintain a high level of standards. Cadets must meet the following conditions and requirements:

  • 14 years of age and in the 9th grade; or 15 years (regardless of grade) through 21 years of age
  • Maintain a "C" average in all school work through the 12th grade
  • Have no record of serious arrests or convictions
  • Maintain good moral character
  • Be free of any physical deficiencies that would jeopardize the cadet or others in the program
  • Present a written recommendation from a teacher, religious leader or other responsible non-related adult
  • Pass an oral examination
  • Write an autobiography
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Obtain a medical examination (to qualify for insurance)
  • Attend and graduate from the Cadet Academy
  • Demonstrate a willingness to serve and participate in Cadet activities

Training Academy

The Youth Services Section of the LAPD's Juvenile Division coordinates a 96-hour Cadet Recruit Academy. This academy training is composed of academics, physical training and military drill with instruction provided by police officers and Cadets of this Department. This training is supplemented by additional physical fitness, academics and drill taught by the Cadet post adviser and Cadet supervisors. Satisfactory scores on two written and two physical qualification examinations must be achieved before the Cadet recruits are entitled to wear the Law Enforcement Cadet uniform and receive identification cards verifying completion of the training.

Cadet Activities

Cadets perform police-related functions by assisting clerical and sworn personnel with filing, tours, field searches for evidence and crowd control. In addition, cadets participate in educational and recreational trips. Many such trips involve visits to the police agencies throughout California and the nation. LAPD Cadets have participated in camping trips to places such as Yosemite National Park, Big Sur and Sequoia National Park, where Forest Rangers provide the group with information regarding the field of conservation.

The Cadet program keeps young adults off the streets, encourages youth in the community to look to police officers as role models, and instills in them discipline and purpose in life. As a result of the training and direction received as police Cadets, many young men and women have gone on to choose law enforcement as a career. Many former Cadets are among the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department as student workers, administrators, office workers, dispatchers, and police officers. Others have chosen to enter the Armed Forces and are now serving around the world as military police officers and members of the Intelligence Corps.

There are absolutely no City funds provided for this extremely worthwhile and rewarding program – all funds are raised by the participants and other community members.

For additional information regarding the Cadet Program, please contact Officer Robert Frutos, 77th Street Area Cadet Advisor, at 213-485-4285. Click here for information on other LAPD Youth Programs.

77th Street Area Jeopardy Program

Jeopardy is a gang prevention/intervention program designed for boys and girls ages 8 through 17 and their parents. As of March 1996 in the city of Los Angeles alone there are over 400 known gangs. Membership now totals over 60,000 active participants. 90% will be arrested by age 18. 70% will be arrested twice by age 18. 95% will not finish high school. 60% will be dead or in prison by age 20. Jeopardy uses a positive approach designed to change the attitudes and behavior of the children in our community.

The Los Angeles Police Department's Jeopardy Program is dedicated to helping children break out of their almost certain pattern of joining a gang to survive in their neighborhoods. As members of our community, it's time to realize that this continually growing gang problem is not going to disappear on its own. The children of our community need to know that there are other alternatives to gangs: a place to belong, to meet new friends, to feel safe and to develop physically and mentally. They need to know that there are people who will care about them now and in the future.

The Jeopardy Program combines the strength of the community, schools and the police department to make positive, lifelong attitude changes in the young people living in our area. These changes, we believe, will result in a more positive self-concept for the young people involved, as well as having a positive impact on the community.

The goals of the Jeopardy program are:

  • To develop a high level of self-esteem in each participant.
  • To aid each participant in the pursuit of setting and attaining goals.
  • To provide parents with the skills necessary to be a positive, supportive and strong influence in their children's lives.
  • To give participants the opportunities to explore and participate in a challenging, values-based program.
  • To instill the importance of staying in school, getting good grades and graduating from high school.
  • To offer participants an opportunity to pass on their knowledge to new program participants.
  • To encourage participants to become involved in community activities.

The steps to this program include:

  1. Identify the children that need help.
  2. Notify their parents and hold a family interview.
  3. Families are referred to local community counseling agencies.
  4. Monthly family seminars are held.
  5. Alternative activities are offered and selected by each child.
  6. The children are monitored monthly for at least one year.

How to Become Involved

  • Volunteer: Tutors, sports coaches, fundraisers, class instructors.(computers, crafts, photography, etc.)
  • Donate equipment: Tables, chairs, chalkboards, art supplies, books, sports equipment, computers, printers, video games, televisions, pens and pencils, notebooks, paper, board games and puzzles
  • Offer an employment opportunity
  • Donate Money: that will be used to further the work of the Jeopardy Program

If you suspect your child is involved in a gang, here are some changes to look for:

  • Lower grades
  • Truancy
  • Possible arrests-assault and burglary
  • Changes in the style of dress: dark clothing, handkerchief, black pants and shoes, gang belt buckle, baseball cap, blue or red clothing, tattoos on hands and/ or body
  • Possesses large sums of money/parent missing money
  • Curfew violations
  • Drug involvement
  • Using obscure hand signals
  • Changes in the type of friends/attitude

For more information about the 77th Street Area Jeopardy program, call 213-485-1380. Click here for information on other LAPD Youth Programs, or to find out what to do about a child who won't behave or listen to you.

77th Street Police Athletic League (P.A.L.)

Achieving Excellence through Academics and Athletics

The Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street Area Police Athletic League (P.A.L.) program was established in the spring of 1991 by a group of concerned, community-minded police officers. Their goal was to provide the youth with a positive alternative to combat the racial strife and growing gang violence in the area.

The P.A.L. program provides outreach to local youth, and builds positive relationships between young people, the police, and the community. The program seeks to foster a bond of mutual trust and understanding between police officers and young people by enabling them to interact in a non-confrontational setting. Educational, athletic and other recreational activities are offered to the participants with an emphasis placed on reaching those "at risk" youngsters.

P.A.L. Objectives

The long-term objective of the program is to divert the young away from gangs and criminal activity by providing them with activities that are under the care and supervision of trained police officers, recreation staff, parents and community volunteers. Other objectives include:

  • Providing youth with an opportunity to grow under the sustained guidance of dedicated adults
  • Instilling a respect and understanding for Law Enforcement Officers and for the laws they uphold
  • Assisting Area youth in developing self-esteem and provide them with the skills to help them stay in school
  • Organizing a sports-oriented program of interest to both young people and the families
  • Involving police, parents, and community volunteers in a personal commitment of time and energy to help the youth of the community

Membership/Requirements

There is a mandatory fee of $20.00 dollars per player, per sport season, which must be paid prior to the commencement of the particular sport. The fee alone does not guarantee membership and the following requirements must be adhered to:

  1. Each participant must be between 10-13 years of age, effective the beginning of each sport season.
  2. Each participant must maintain a "C " average in all schoolwork.
  3. Participants must be in good physical health.
  4. Participants must demonstrate a willingness to participate in the P.A.L. program.
  5. Participants must demonstrate proper conduct by showing respect to all youths and adults associated with the P.A.L. program.
  6. Absolutely no cursing or fighting will be tolerated.
  7. Proper attire is a must. No gang attire or jewelry will be permitted.

Funding

The 77th Street Area P.A.L. program receives funding from membership dues and selected area businesses. The program appreciates financial support from anyone interested in contributing, whether it is a business, religious organization, or a community member. The P.A.L. program is a non-profit organization with all funds received going back into the program in the form of:

  1. An awards banquet for each sport, complete with trophies
  2. Uniforms for each participant in each sport (they remain the property of the P.A.L. program)
  3. Referees are provided for each sport
  4. Insurance for the youths in the event of an injury sustained while participating
  5. Refreshments served during events

School Involvement

Our goal is to have all of the schools in the 77th Street Area included in the program. At the present time, we have ten (10) Elementary Schools and three (3) Junior High Schools active in the program. We have approximately 130 young people currently participating, along with Police Officers, recreational staff, youth services employees, and community members. The P.A.L. program provides youth with the opportunity to participate in three different sports: basketball, football, and softball.

The following schools are currently active in the P.A.L. program:

  • Loren Miller Elementary
  • 52nd Street Elementary
  • 75th Street Elementary
  • Angeles Mesa Elementary
  • 61st Street Elementary
  • 59th Street Elementary
  • 74th Street Elementary
  • Western Avenue Elementary
  • LaSalle Avenue Elementary
  • John Muir Junior High
  • Horace Mann Junior High
  • Audobon Junior High

For any additional information regarding the P.A.L program, please contact Officer Greg Cottrell, 77th Street P.A.L. Director, at 213-485-4285. Click here for information on other LAPD Youth Programs.

Domestic Abuse Response Team

77th Street Area was the second Area in the city to implement a Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) Car. The purpose of the DART program is to respond to the scene of a domestic/family violence call and to provide intervention through family counseling, referrals to shelters, assistance in obtaining emergency protection orders (EPO), as well as other forms of intervention depending on the particular situation.

77th Street Detective Division recognized the need for a DART Car in its geographic location in response to the high percentage of domestic violence calls that occur. In 1996 a collaboration was formed between 77th Street Division and Project: Peacemakers, Inc. to establish a Coordinated Community Response to family violence related calls. The first 77th Street DART Unit was deployed in March 1997.

The DART program consists of various community members. Ms. Bernita Walker, executive director of Project: Peacemakers, Inc. and the domestic violence representative of the Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) heads the citizen volunteers of the DART program. Ms. Walker recruited this program by word of mouth and distribution of flyers to neighborhood block captains. Ms. B.D. Gooden is the project manager. There are currently 30 active volunteer advocates.

The DART program also consists of sworn personnel. Detective III Javier Lozano, the Major Assault Crime (MAC) table coordinator at 77th Street Detective Division, coordinates the sworn part of the DART program. MAC detectives and DART officers provide roll call training to all watches regarding the DART unit. All watches are given the latest information on domestic violence laws, District Attorney/City Attorney filing trends and use-of-force problems related to rejected cases. Individual, extensive training is provided to officers assigned to the DART Unit as well as handout material. Officer III Stefanie Fryer is the lead DART Officer. Chase car officers Timothy McLaughlin, John Calzada, and Albert Chavarria. All officers volunteer for this position and must be interviewed.

All DART volunteer advocates are required to complete a 10-week/40 hour course. The goal of the course is to provide each volunteer with the fundamentals of handling domestic violence related crimes. This training is offered twice a year at 77th Street Division's Station. The facilitator is Ms. B. Walker. The course curriculum consists of: laws pertaining to domestic violence, safety issues, restraining orders and role playing skits involving scenarios that might be encountered in the field. Once the volunteers complete the course, they participate in a graduation ceremony. In the field training begins after the individual volunteer has been cleared. This class is not restricted solely to volunteers who will ride DART. The course is open to all and the community is encouraged to attend.

The DART Car is generally deployed on Fridays and Saturdays from 1500 to 0345 hours. It has been determined that the majority of domestic/family incidents occur on either Friday or Saturday during these hours. Ideal deployment of the DART Car consists of one uniformed officer with two citizen volunteers in a plain car and a Chase Unit consisting of two uniformed officers in a blk/wht patrol vehicle. A relief Unit is also DART trained to assist with the high volume of calls and to step in as the primary unit when the Chase Car is otherwise occupied.

When a domestic violence call is broadcast, the DART Unit will respond. For officer safety reasons, if the Chase Car is deployed, it responds first to stabilize the situation. If the Chase Car is not available, the relief or primary unit stabilizes the situation prior to the DART Car's arrival. Depending on the call load and deployment, the DART Unit may handle the entire call, including booking the suspect. At the very least, the DART unit will provide counseling and assistance in locating suitable shelter for the victims as needed.

While difficult to measure, the general consensus is that the DART Car has been effective. Obviously, due to deployment needs, the DART Car is not able to handle every domestic/family violence incident. It is estimated that the Unit handles approximately one-third of these calls on a given night. Perhaps more importantly, it has been noted that the investigations conducted by personnel assigned to the DART Unit are thorough and complete and usually result in charges being filed. In addition, the victims are afforded the opportunity to participate in counseling. This has resulted in the victims being more cooperative at the time of prosecution and, in the long run, should help break the cycle of violence.

For more information about the 77th Street Area DART or to find out more about the Domestic/Family violence 40 hour training contact Project: Peacemakers, Inc. at 323-291–2525 or Detective III Javier Lozano, 77th Street Detective Division at 213-485-4156.

You may also click here for more information about Domestic Violence.

 
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