Community Police Advisory Board
Larry Stearn John Manning Jim Dellinger Yolanda Petroski
Ofc. Ryan Caplette Virginia Snow Sylvie Wilmot Joni Diamond
Nishan Darakdjian Tom Williams Chris Greene Cpt. Kris Pitcher
Lorraine New Ira Kaplan Tania Oronez Sgt. Ruthie Scott
City Attorney Feinmann
Beverly Adler Mike Dobry Josh Jordahl Carlos Sandoval
Feiman Ayelet Frejeanne Scott Greg Baker Dave Brown
Donna Smith Helen Davis Erik Ingerbrigisen Laura Kelly
Jerry Volkenant Erica De Smith Carol Jensen Howard Jensen
Mike Panman Shirley Ellis Louis Stepter Richard "rj" Jones
Meeting called to order at 1905 hrs by Larry Stearn
Previous minutes were approved and seconded
City Attorney Feinmann made a presentation on the neighborhood prosecutor program that has been successful so far in the City of Los Angeles. She explained when and how it is used. She further stated she is taking over for the current neighborhood prosecutor, who is currently on maternity leave.
Larry Stearn addressed the consensus concern of “What does CPAB do?” To that, Stearn made reference to the CPAB summit. At the summit, Chief Paysinger mentioned the Patrol front desk is the first point of public contact and he wanted CPAB to make it the best experience it can for Devonshire. To that point, Capt. Pitcher spoke of remodeling the front lobby and front desk area to make the experience more pleasurable. He pointed we need to make sure quality of customer service is increased to match the aesthetic of the station.
There is no budget for CPAB, therefore, all of the funds raised need to go through SOLID (Supporters of Law enforcement In Devonshire) so there is financial accountability and tax accuracy. A contribution sheet was sent around with a financial goal for each member.
Stearn also brought up the fact CPAB is not known by the sworn officers at the division. He recommended there should be an effort made by each member to attend a roll call at the division and a ride along to be coordinated by Jim Dellinger. Ride alongs would be with a sergeant. This would allow CPAB members to be seen more frequently by sworn employees.
Tania Oronez was also present from Councilman Englanders’ office and furnished all members with a disaster recovery booklet in light of the 20th anniversary of the Northridge earthquake.
Capt. Pitcher stated current communication between LAPD and LAUSD is going well and information is continuing to be exchanged between all parties.
2013 ended in Devonshire being the top in Valley Bureau in crime reduction. Last year ended in a 10% crime reduction. This was the third consecutive year of crime reduction. In 2014, there is a goal of an additional 3% to build onto our current crime reductions. This will be hard to achieve. Realistically, Devonshire can hope for a 1.7%-2 % crime reduction if our needs are met by the City as far as deployment and budgets.
One of the main components of crime reduction is the senior lead office and how they have their finger on the pulse of crime in their respective areas. The City is now looking at all SLO offices to replicate what has been done at Devonshire.
Due to the hard work of Devonshire patrol officers and specialized units working together, Devonshire had achieved a total 30% crime reduction over the last few years.
The “RED” team will track our most recent parolees and probationers. The team will be in charge of keeping an eye on the recidivism issue and making sure that all people who have been recently released are checking in and staying away from criminal behavior. There is a point system used to note the most likely to cause issues. Those who fall through the cracks or slip up are sought and put back in jail or prison.
The focus areas were discussed, in addition to how the focus areas are identified and how information is relayed to the patrol officers. With the focus areas, Devonshire has been placed as #4 citywide for crime reductions, not taking into consideration prior years.
The foreclosure project is also going well and checks are being made on a continuous basis. Arrests are being made and Devonshire is weeding out the squatters that often cause crime in the division. The Police Commission is very pleased with the project and is looking to expand it.
Capt. Pitcher spoke on constitutional policing and how all officers are briefed on a regular basis. He explained reasonable suspicion and probable cause and how witness cannot be compelled to speak or cooperate. He also explained the warrant process and how our processes are tied to the constitution.
He spoke of GPS coming to the division. The GPS will track the vehicles as they are in the division to effect a faster response time for the public. The in-car video is coming to mitigate complaints and increase customer service. Capt. Pitcher stressed the importance to have CPAB members known to Devonshire officers so we can work better together.
Officer Caplette took several of the CPAB members on a tour of the new roll call room and break room to show what efforts have been made in updating the station. SOLID and the community came together to make the rooms truly remarkable and with the efforts of CPAB, we could improve the lobby in a like manner.
Good and welfare was sent to CPAB member Erica De Smith for a quick recovery and return to CPAB.
With no additional new business or old business, the meeting was adjourned at 2000 hrs and seconded.