||Vol. XV, No. 8
77th STREET AREA BASIC CAR COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER
Message from the Area Commanding Officer
I hope everyone is enjoying a peaceful summer. It is with mixed emotions that I write the August message, which will be my last as the commanding officer of 77th Street Area. Happily, I report that I will be promoting to commander, a career trajectory toward which I have painstakingly worked so that I could continue to make a difference in our communities, in our Department, and in the lives of our amazing employees. I’d like to believe that I am wholeheartedly living my purpose, contributing to the continued growth and progress of this great city and the improved quality of life for all. At the same time, I feel sorrowful leaving 77th Street Area so soon and the exceptional people who live and work in 77th. While in 77th, I discovered an abundance of remarkable people that leave me feeling humbled by their compassion and kindness. I’ve witnessed citizens who care deeply about their neighborhoods, volunteers who have sustained our programs out of the generosity in their hearts, community youth so creative, intelligent, and brave their stories bring tears to my eyes, and our gifted, selfless, and generous employees who make me proud to wear the badge. To my partner, Captain Lillian Carranza, who remains in 77th for the time being, it was an honor and a pleasure to work with you and I know we will collaborate together again in the future. You’ve all made my time in 77th memorable and I will cherish the memories we’ve made together.
I find it reassuring to know that my replacement is a well-respected, talented, and extremely capable colleague with whom I know you will be in good hands. Captain Cory Palka arrives in 77th Street Area from Hollywood Area where he has been the Commanding Officer of Hollywood Patrol Division since June 2013. Captain Palka’s twenty-eight-year career with the LAPD involves a wide variety of assignments and he is well-versed in the diversity and requisites of the communities in which he serves. A native of Los Angeles, Captain Palka grew up in Pacific Area and learned the importance of community service and civic responsibility at an early age. Highly educated, Captain Palka earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal State Sacramento and then attended our very own USC, earning a master’s degree in public administration. I know he will be attentive to our community needs and I wish him as much success and fulfillment in 77th as I have had.
For one last time, our crime statistics are outstanding. 77th ranks number two overall in Part I crime reduction with an amazing 11% reduction compared to the same time last year. Property crime and violent crime reflect a respectable 13.5% and 5.4% reduction respectively. And in community news, I am excited to report that 77th Street Area and 77th Youth Programs present our celebration of National Night Out on August 5th from 6 – 9 pm. Please join us on 76th Street between Broadway and Main Street for our 77th Youth Programs Farmers’ Market, refreshments, entertainment, an open house, and fun for all.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for everything the past two years. I wish you and your families well.
ROBERT N. ARCOS, Captain
77th Street Community Police Station
2014 Annual Work Plan Goals
77th Street Area is strengthening the Community-Police Partnership by increasing the number of youth in the Area Juvenile Programs, increasing the number of volunteer opportunities, and promoting community participation in Block Club activities.
77th Street Area is working on maintaining and strengthening the Area Safe Park Programs by bringing recreational activities back to neighborhood parks. The 77th Street Area Police Activities League is promoting leadership and team work through an “all kids shall play” sports and mentoring league. Contact 77th Street Area Community Relations for more information (213) 485-4285.
Community Partnership Meetings
Community Police Advisory Board Every 2nd Thursday, 7:00 pm
Hispanic Outreach Meetings Every 4th Friday, 7:00 pm
Clergy Council Meetings Every 4th Wednesday, 7:00 pm
Cadet Meeting Every Thursday, 6:30 pm
LOCK IT! HIDE IT! KEEP IT!
Don’t be victimized!
LOCK IT! – Always lock your vehicle.
HIDE IT! – Hide your valuable from plain sight.
KEEP IT! – Personal responsibility & prevention can safeguard your valuables from theft.
• Always lock your car!
• Keep your windows rolled up.
• Lock items in the trunk.
• Park in well lit area.
• Leave items in plain view.
• Leave engine running when you are away from the car.
Contact 77th Street Area Senior Lead Office for more information (213) 847-2817