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News Release

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Media Relations

RACR Division Open House & Tribute to Fallen Officers

WHAT:
Open House of RACR’s Regional Crime Center and Tribute to fallen Officers

WHEN:
Thursday, October 15, 2009
10 a.m.

WHERE:
Real-Time Analysis & Critical Response Division
500 East Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

WHO:
Deputy Chief Michael Downing, Counter Terrorism & Criminal Intelligence
Bureau
Deputy Chief Michael Moore, Operations-Valley Bureau
Deputy Chief Charlie Beck, Detective Bureau
Commander Andrew Smith, Operations-South Bureau

WHY:
RACR is commemorating their first open house of the Regional Crime Center
with a tribute to the Department’s fallen officers.  Families of Police Officer Randal Simmons, the first LAPD Swat to be killed in the line of duty on February 7, 2008; Police Officer Spree Desha killed in the tragic Metrolink Commuter Train on September 12, 2008, and Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner who died suddenly on March 1, 2009.

RACR is also paying tribute to former Police Officer Kristina Ripatti who was paralyzed during a shoot-out with a parolee on June 3, 2006 and a personal tribute to RACR’s own Police Officer Felipe Gonzales who is returning to duty after receiving a Bronze Star for his courageous actions, duties and responsibilities while in a combat zone in Iraq.  

Those attending the event will tour the Crime Center and see firsthand the numerous resources that the Crime Center has to offer in working and sharing the common goal of reducing crime in their communities.

                         
PARKING:
Parking for the Media has been reserved on the south curb of Temple Street.

CONTACT:
For further information contact LAPD Media Relations at 213-485-3586.

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