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News Release

Monday, December 8, 2003

Media Relations

LAPD to Conduct Crime Task Force in Foothill Division


Los Angeles: On Tuesday, December 9, 2003, dozens of Los Angeles Police Department officers from Foothill Area, Valley Traffic Division, and Valley Bureau Headquarters will conduct a task force that focuses on violent crime and community quality of life issues in an effort to reduce crime in the San Fernando Valley. This task force will emphasize the apprehension of robbery suspects, grand theft auto suspects and the recovery of stolen vehicles.

There are two target zones:

The first is the Van Nuys Corridor, which is the area two to three blocks on either side of Van Nuys Boulevard from Foothill Boulevard on the East to Laurel Canyon Boulevard on the West. This area includes the San Fernando Gardens Housing Development and the Pierce Apartment.

The second is bordered by Terra Bella Street to the North, Sheldon Street to the South, San Fernando Road to the East, and Woodman Avenue to the West. This area has had a recent cluster of crimes, which include robbery, Grand Theft Auto, burglary and Burglary from Motor Vehicles.

The task force will begin at 7:00 a.m., and will continue until 4:00 a.m., the next morning. There will be zero tolerance for traffic violations and criminal acts in the affected area. Recent task forces in other parts of the Valley have resulted in hundreds of traffic citations, vehicle impounds, and dozens of arrests. Similar task forces to combat violent crime and improve the quality of life will be conducted in other parts of the Valley throughout the year.

For further information contact Captain Kirk Albanese, Foothill Area Commanding Officer or Captain Kris Pitcher, Foothill Area Patrol Commanding Officer, at 818-756-8860.

This news advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.