Community Police Advisory Board
Larry Stearn * John Manning * Dennis Dishaw * Erik Ingerbrigisen * Dave Brown * Gary Fordyce * Punam Gohel * Officer Ryan Caplette * Sylvie Wilmot * Frejeanne Scott * Tom Williams * Lt. Jason Zabel * Jerry Volkenant * Sgt. Ruthie Scott
Beverly Adler * Mike Dobry * Josh Jordahl * Carlos Sandoval * Feiman Ayelet * Greg Baker * Dave Brown * Ira Kaplan * Donna Smith * Helen Davis * Laura Kelly * Chris Greene * Erica De Smith * Carol Jensen * Howard Jensen * Lorraine New * Mike Panman * Shirley Ellis * Louis Stepter * Richard "rj" Jones * Tony Pasano * Jim Dellinger * Nishan Darakdjian
Meeting called to order at 1910 hrs by Larry Stearn.
Previous minutes were approved and seconded.
Lt. Jason Zabel was conducting the meeting on behalf of Capt. Pitcher. The meeting commenced later than usual due to an unusual occurrence in Devonshire.
Lt. Zabel explained that while we are enjoying an unprecedented downward crime trend in Devonshire, a few select crimes are up. Thefts and Commercial Burglaries are up due to several retailers increasing their reporting of shoplifting, internal theft, and commercial burglaries. Many of these occurrences are incidents at the Northridge mall, but also at several of the grocery chains and department stores throughout the division. He further explained that to combat this increase we would be increasing personnel in and around the areas of the shopping centers.
A brief was given by Lt. Zabel about the unusual occurrence at the time of the meeting. A Bomb Squad call out was made and a command post was set up for a suspect stopped at a nearby gas station with bomb making materials and a pipe bomb in his possession. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and Lt. Zabel fielded questions.
Lt. Zabel explained what constitutional policing is and how we encompassed that in all of our police work. He further explained probable cause and reasonable suspicion and how it related to the crimes that Devonshire has experienced in the recent past.
We had new members and a few from neighboring CPAB’s join us. The remainder of members introduced themselves.
Goals were set forth by Larry Stearn to attain funding by donation for the repair and remodel of the front reception area of the police station. Larry revisited the goals set previously and asked about progress. Several members had made progress or reached their goals, while others were still looking to colleagues for development opportunities. The goal was set of $15,000 and divided evenly between all CPAB members, which corresponded to approximately $500 per member.
Larry Stearn addressed why he had changed our venue from our prior longtime venue of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. He felt by being at the station’s training room, we could be more in touch and close to the epicenter of CPAB’s goals and purpose. In an effort to open communication between members and the staff of the police station, Larry encourages the members to attend a roll call and arrange a ride along. Sylive Wilmot had done both and explained how her experience changed her perception of police work. She was shocked that police work was so time consuming and was often contingent upon others’ quick facilitation, which did not happen. She advised she would put together a synopsis of her experience and supply it to Larry so he may supply at the bureau co-chair meeting. Larry encouraged the remainder of the members to attend the roll calls so they could meet face to face with the patrol officers and share in their daily briefings.
Several members missed Erica De Smith and asked for progress report on her health. Larry addressed the members and stated while she is doing much better, she is not up to her former duties at this time. An update was also given about Donna Smith and Shirley Ellis, both of which had moved away from the area. Larry then asked for volunteers to work with the CPAB and it’s communication. He referred them to Councilman Englander’s office for protocols. He also entertained the possibility of dual memberships between different CPAB’s.
Larry brought up that Donna Smith, prior to her moving away, had set up a committee with LAUSD and the local schools to maintain open communication between Devonshire area and the schools it encompasses. He was hopeful we could maintain the relationship established under Donna, moving forward.
Several members brought up issues they have been facing in the community. Sgt. Scott took note of the issues and stated she would direct the respective SLO’s to address them. Focus was made on the mulch station at Roscoe and Hayvenhurst and how it has changed from its original form to become an eyesore and hindrance to the community.
Larry then took a collection of the checks for the reception area remodel and inquired if there was any more new or old business.
Meeting was adjourned at 2010 and seconded.