||Vol. XV, No. 4
77th STREET AREA BASIC CAR COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER
Message from the Area Commanding Officer
Hello and happy spring! During the month of April, we enjoy all the fun and festive activities of springtime. Easter Sunday is April 20th and the holiday includes the excitement of egg hunts, family time, and spring break, which for most of our area schools is the week of April 14 – 18. With that, we are reminded of the importance of child safety and stranger danger, especially for our young children and teenagers who may decide to walk alone to a nearby friend’s house. Please take a moment this month to discuss with your children of all ages the importance of being aware of their surroundings, avoiding potentially dangerous situations, and knowing what to do in emergencies.
I’m extremely proud to report that crime rates continue to drop in 77th Street Area. To date, in all reporting areas, we’ve had significant reductions including a 15.3% reduction in total part I crimes, a 17.6% reduction in property crime, and a 9.6% reduction in violent crime. These are extraordinary numbers to which I credit the strong partnership between our hardworking officers and the concerned community members who involve themselves in fighting crime in their neighborhoods. Well done.
In community news, I am pleased to announce that our cadets are very busy this month with meaningful projects. On Saturday, April 5th, the cadets are hosting their first-ever Cadet Yard Sale at 135 E. 78th Street from 8 am to 12 pm. These industrious young people endeavor to raise funds for the 77th Cadet Program which teaches character building, public speaking, conflict resolution, money management, nutrition and fitness, and the development of life and educational skills. Please stop by the yard sale and support this dynamic group of youngsters. Our cadets have also proudly volunteered to perform humanitarian work at the Ronald McDonald Run/Walk on Sunday, April 6th in Exposition Park. Proceeds of the event benefit the Ronald McDonald Charity. And finally, our ongoing police station field trips for local elementary school kids, grades 1 – 3, have been an overwhelming success! This month we host Raymond Elementary School and we are very excited to meet the students.
Please remember all the ways you can invest in the safeguarding of your neighborhood. We welcome your involvement in solving crime, which you can do easily and anonymously, by sending cell phone text tips by texting the word “LAPD” and your message to CRIMES (274637). You can also call in your anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). To stay updated on 77th Street Area community events or crime information for your neighborhood, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lapd77thstreet or follow us on Twitter @LAPD77thSt and @7600SBroadway.
To all of you and your families, Happy Easter! Have a good, safe holiday.
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
CPAB 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