Mission Community Programs
We thank all our members and supporters. We invite others to join. For additional information, please contact MCPC President George Perez at 818-361-4751.
- C.P.A.B. (Community Police Advisory Board)
- L.E.C.P. (Law Enforcement Cadet Post 519)
- D.A.P.(Deputy Auxiliary Program)
- MCPC (Mission Community Police Council)
- V.S.T. (Volunteer Surveillance Team)
- Mission Area Clergy Council
- Mission Area Security Council
The Area Commanding Officer provides updates, explanations and information to the C-PAB. Each C-PAB has two co-chairs. One is the Area Commanding Officer and the other is a member of C-PAB. The members of the C-PAB are selected by the Area Commanding Officer with recommendations from the community. The current Mission Area C-PAB Co-chair is Betty Ley. There are currently 41 members on the Mission’s C-PAB, made up of business, religious, educational and Neighborhood Watch leaders. The Mission C-PAB generallymeetsthe 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:15 pm.
The Mission C-PAB is a community action oriented board and currently has several active committees. The Outreach: ad hoc Emergency Preparedness Committee meets once per month. The purpose of this committee is to help prepare the Mission Area communities in the event of a devastating natural disaster. The goal of this committee will be to assist communities in determining what assets will be available during a disaster, such as LAFD, County Health, Hospitals, Schools, etc. The other goal will be to encourage as many people as possible to attend a CERT class where they will receive training on how to prepare themselves and their families with basic survival tools. Another goal will be to determine a means of communication, such as “Ham Radios “in order to report broken gas lines, fires, down bridges, cracked dams or major injuries. Mission Area C-PAB also has a Membership Committee, a Quality of Life Committee and an Events Committee. The Mission C-PAB is here to serve you and to give you a better voice in the policing of your community. For more information, contact the Community Relations Office at 818-838-9860.
L.E.C.P. (Law Enforcement Cadet Post 519)
Mission Area Cadet are required to contribute a minimum of 20 hours per month. These hours consist of community service, crime prevention and station hours (records, desk, Cadet meetings, etc.).
The Mission Cadet work such details as the L.A. Marathon, the L.A. Open, Northridge Mall holiday security, parade details, bike licensing, children fingerprinting, and lost child details at fairs. Cadets also go on police ride-alongs, and complete reports at the front desk. These are just a few of our activities.
The Mission Cadet dedicate their time to the community. In return, community leaders, businesses, private citizens, and the Police Activity League support the Cadets with various types of contributions. With these contributions the Cadet program is fully funded, since neither the City of Los Angeles nor the Police Department funds the program. With these funds the Cadets are also awarded for their efforts with a yearly summer fun and educational trip to locations such as Hawaii, San Diego, and San Francisco. We also have several "Fun Nights" that include movies, parties, amusement parks and weekend get-aways. All these activities are at no cost to the Cadet.
Chain of Command
- Area Commander, Captain
- Community Relations Sergeant
- Youth Services Officer, Advisors
- Associate Advisor
- Cadet Captain
Cadets must meet the following conditions and requirements:
- 13 years of age 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
For more information about the Mission Cadet program, contact Officer Marco Mendoza, Youth Services Officer at 818-838-9853.
The Jr. Cadets program is similar to the Cadet program, but it is geared towards even younger children. It is designed for children aged 9 through 13 years. The Jr. Cadets program allows children to participate in activities that instill a sense of community pride, self-discipline and leadership ability in an overall positive environment. This program is supervised by police officers and concerned parents.
MCPC (Mission Community Police Council)
We thank all our members and supporters. We invite others to join. For additional information, please contact MCPC President George Perez at 818-838-9860.
MCPC Executive Board Directors
Melanie McShane - President
Vice President - Vacant
Treasurer - Vacant
Quyen Vo - Secretary
Greg Baker, Bud Brown, George Perez, Irwin Silon, Dave GilmanBart Torres, Karl Boeckmann, Tom Hamati, Arif Halaby, Brian Thorne.
Mission Community Police Council is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.
Federal Tax ID. # 20-2736279.
V.S.T. (Volunteer Surveillance Team)
What is the Volunteer Surveillance Team (VST)?
VST is a group of community volunteers living in the LAPD Mission Area that are specially trained and supervised by LAPD officers to observe and report criminal activity.
How does a surveillance detail operate?
When a crime pattern is identified, the LAPD officers in charge plan how a surveillance detail would be safely and effectively conducted. Volunteers are assembled at a roll call and assigned predesignated observation posts, typically located in cars, vans, buildings or rooftops. The VST members who observe criminal activity in the surveillance area report this via police radio to patrol officers assigned to the surveillance detail. These officers respond to the call, stop and question the individual(s) suspected of the criminal activity and make an arrest, if warranted.
What type of criminal activity is the VST assigned to observe?
Any reoccurring criminal activity in a specific area such as truancy, theft from motor vehicles, grand theft auto, lewd conduct, vandalism, tagging, sale of alcohol to underage persons and burglary.
What type of training do the volunteers get?
Initially, new members are provided with a safety orientation and then accompany experienced VST members on several surveillance details to get first hand experience. A formal classroom session is conducted on observation skills, radio procedures and protocol, equipment needed, safety procedures, etc. Field training follows with the observation of simulated criminal activities. New VST members are then assigned to work surveillance details with experienced team leaders where their surveillance and radio broadcast skills are further developed.
Do VST members get involved with criminal suspects or arrest?
Absolutely NOT! VST members when assigned to a surveillance post are expected to be invisible! They are expected to blend into the background and not be observed. Their job is to report their observations to awaiting officers who will evaluate and then detain those involved.
How many active VST volunteers are there and what have they accomplished?
Presently, there are 50-55 active members. Since 1992, VST has donated more than 29,000 hours of surveillance time and saved the city in excess of $1.1 million in police officer salaries. The VST has assisted the LAPD in the apprehension of rapists, graffiti taggers, drug dealers and drug purchasers, burglars, car thieves and truants. In 1999 alone, VST was involved in more than 900 arrests.
Who are the VST?
VST is a mix of men and women, young adults and seniors, including those working in professional and blue-collar jobs as well as retiree’s, who possess a desire to improve their community and assist the LAPD.
What are the requirements to join VST?
Applicants for VST must be 18 years of age or older, a resident of the area served by the Mission Community Police Station, have a valid California driver's license or I.D., be in good physical condition, have good oral communication skills, submit to a background check and pass an oral interview.
What time demands will VST create?
- One training meeting every other month - 2 hours on a weekday evening.
- One five hour training session once every 5-6 months on a Saturday from 8am to 1pm.
- As many surveillance details as you have time for. (One a week or twice a month). Two or three are scheduled per week (typically 3-5 hours in length).
Are volunteers permitted to carry weapons?
NO! VST members are not permitted to carry any type of weapon while participating in the program.
Is it safe being a VST member?
Since it's inception in 1992, no VST member has ever been injured in training or on a surveillance detail. LAPD officers are just around the corner and constantly in touch with members for their safety.
Why become a VST member?
- There is a need for residents to be involved in their community.
- Your participation shows support for the LAPD Mission Area officers.
- Your involvement will help reduce criminal activity and improve the quality of life in your own community.
- Assisting the LAPD is a personally rewarding experience.
How do I join?
Contact Officer James McDonald at 818-838-9861.
VST-Mission Community Police Station
11121 Sepulveda Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA 91345
The Mission Area Clergy Council will conduct meetings the last Wednesday of each month at the Mission Area Community Police Station or at houses of worship in Mission Area. The purpose of the Clergy Council is the exchange of information between the Police Department and the faith community. The goal of the Clergy Council is to provide an opportunity for dialog and tocultivate an atmosphere of trust and understandingbetween the Police Department and the faith community. For more information, contact Officer Heinzman in the Community Relations Office at 818-838-9860.
Mission Area Security Council
The Mission Area Security Council is a security-based partnership between Security Guards and our local Police Department. With increased awareness, security guards can serve as the “eyes and ears” of the community on matters of public safety. Security guards have a vested interest in their community as they protect local business owners and property. By uniting with others and working around a common agenda, security guards can help improve the quality of life within the community where they provide security. Meetings are held monthly at Mission Community Police Station. For more information, contact the Community Relations Office at 818-838-9860.
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