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Community Relationship Division

100 West First Street, Suite 250
Los Angeles, California 90012

The Community Relationship Division (CRD) was formally established in August of 2015 under the leadership of Captain Ruby Flores.  CRD consolidated many community outreach and community policing functions that existed throughout the Department.  The LAPD established a formal community outreach program in 1965 in the aftermath of the Watts riots. Community Relationship Division builds upon these early efforts.  The CRD strives to build and maintain relationships and trust between the Department and the diverse communities in Los Angeles while leveraging best practices in community outreach and community policing; and cutting-edge digital media technologies.  Captain Alcenda Neal is the current Community Relationship Division Commanding Officer.

  • History of CRD
  • Facts about CRD
  • Administrative Unit
  • Community Crime Prevention Liason Unit
  • Community Relations Section Personnel
  • History of CRD

    The Los Angeles Police Department Community Relationship Division was established in August 2015.  The division combined many of the pre-existing community outreach and social media engagement programs within the Department to include the Community Relations Section, the Community Policing Unit and the Digital Media Unit.
    Chief Charlie Beck and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made it a priority to consolidate and prioritize community engagement and relationship-based policing in the aftermath of events that occurred nationwide in response to what occurred in Ferguson, Missouri and in New York City in late 2014.  The Chief and Mayor understood the critical role that effective community engagement plays in building and maintaining trust between the LAPD and the community and directed the Department to form a new division based on this mandate.  

    Special Order 33; December 5, 1963:

    On December 5, 1963, the LAPD under the leadership of then Chief William H. Parker, officially formalized the LAPD Community Relations Policy in Special Order 33.  
    Excerpt from Special Order 33:
    “The success of a police force in the performance of its duties is largely measured by the degree of support and cooperation it receives from the people it serves.  It is of paramount importance therefore, to secure for this Department the confidence, respect, and approbation of the public.”

    Watts Riots (1965) and a formal community outreach program:

    The LAPD formalized its community outreach program in the aftermath of the Watts Riots by establishing a Community Relations Section.  The Department recognized the need for mutual understanding and communication between the LAPD and the public, especially with minority communities in the aftermath of the Watts Riots. This program’s initial goals were unification of the Department’s efforts to consolidate and broaden community support and to assist local station commanding officers in maintaining channels of communication with minorities throughout the City. It was felt that, by engaging minority communities in meaningful dialogue, police-community problems, which contributed to social unrest or major confrontations, could be avoided.

    The Community Relationship Division (August 2015)

    Building on that early operational philosophy, the present CRD maintains liaison with communities throughout one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Team members from CRD maintain contact with community-based organizations, leaders, spokespersons, and other sources to develop and keep open the lines of communication between the Chief of Police and those groups or individuals and establish mutually beneficial relationships.  CRD personnel partner with community groups and the public in order to monitor emerging trends or tensions and take positive action to avert situations that could be damaging to the city, community or the Department. The CRD seeks to build and maintain trust and respect between the Department and the community. 

    Facts About CRD

    Training regarding community policing issues is conducted for recruit officers at the Police Academy by CRD team members.

    CRD coordinates quarterly meetings between the Chief of Police and various community forums such as Asian, Hispanic, African-American, Gay and Lesbian, and youth and clergy groups citywide.

    Community surveys will be conducted to determine levels of satisfaction with Department services.

    CRD members attend various meetings throughout the city as representatives of the Chief of Police.

    When the Chief of Police is unable to do so, CRD personnel may make presentations or give awards on his behalf.

    Liaison with community activists and leaders covering the entire political spectrum is maintained by CRD.

    CRD is the official Department liaison with the gay and lesbian community.

    CRD acts in an advisory capacity to the Department’s Governmental Liaison Officer in the discharge of his duties to interact on behalf of the Chief of Police with all levels of government, including city, state and federal plus foreign consulates.

    At lawful demonstrations, CRD team members advise demonstration leaders and police personnel on first amendment rights and guarantees in addition to limits on police powers at such incidents.

    CRD personnel respond to the scene of high-profile incidents, such as law enforcement-related deaths or injuries or major confrontations between the police and the public to take a proactive role in quelling rumors and misinformation. The dissemination of factual information at such incidents is a primary task for CRD personnel.

    The mission of the Community Relations Division, Office of the Chief of Police, is to develop, recommend, and strengthen policy and programs that enhance police/community relationships, increase understanding and cooperation and reduce the fear of crime.

    Administrative Unit

    The Administrative Unit is responsible for the administrative duties within Community Relations Section.



    Administrative Unit Personnel

    Denise Veskler

    Bibiana Gonzalez
    Senior Clerk Typist


    Community Crime Prevention Liaison Unit
    100 West First Street, Room 250
    Los Angeles, California 90012

    Officer Javier Barragan

    Officer Joseph Orlanes
    Crime Prevention Unit

    Crime prevention is the Department’s top priority, and requires the willing cooperation of both the police and the community working together toward a common goal.  In keeping with the spirit of the original Crime Prevention branch, which was established in the late 1920s, the Los Angeles Police Department continues innovating new ways to prevent crime. Although there have been numerous name changes and placements within the Department’s organizational structure through the years, today’s Crime Prevention Unit perseveres by staying true to its original mission to prevent crime and disorder.  The Los Angeles Police Department does this by working with various elements within the Department and the public.

    The Crime Prevention Unit engages in community events with the intent of disseminating information and supplemental forms to community members, on the importance of crime prevention.  Members of the unit are committed to prevent victims of crime, by empowering individuals with knowledge.  The unit’s focus is to force multiply with the people we serve, by utilizing our communities’ eyes and ears under a team leadership concept where everyone’s participation counts.  By engaging our communities and building a strong bond, we all win.

    Community Liaison / Crime Prevention Unit Personnel


    Operating under the auspices of Community Relationship Division, the Crime Prevention Unit is responsible for the following functions:

    ▪ Implementing and coordinating Department crime prevention information/training programs   
      for communities, schools, and City personnel.
    ▪Attend community events and engage under the community policing effort
    ▪ Assisting patrol personnel with crime prevention information, visual aids, and program
      material, as needed
    ▪ Developing, designing, and publishing crime prevention material that is up to date with
      today’s evolving crimes and quality of life issues.
    ▪ Conducting inter-departmental crime prevention training programs
    ▪ Conducting security surveys of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings


    Community Relationship Division Personnel

    Captain I Ruby Flores
    Commanding Officer
    Tel # 213-486-6006

    Sergeant I Darius Trugman
    Captain’s Adjutant
    Tel # 213-486-6000

    Lieutenant II Al Labrada
    Assistant Commanding Officer
    Tel # 213-486-6010

    Lieutenant II Chris Ramirez
    Community Relationship Section OIC
    Tel # 213-486-6016

    Lieutenant I Gisselle Espinoza
    Crime Prevention & Digital Media Section OIC
    Tel # 213-486-6027

    Sergeant II Adam Moore
    Community Engagement Unit
    Tel # 213-486-6000

    Sergeant II Luis Alvarado
    Community Policing Unit
    Tel # 213-486-6000

    Sergeant II Angelo Castro
    Digital Media Unit
    Tel # 213-486-6000

    Sergeant I Luqman Wakins
    Community Engagement Unit
    Tel # 213-486-6000

    Sergeant I Hector Guzman
    Training/Special Projects
    Tel # 213-486-6000

    Senior Lead Officer  Julianne Sohn
    Digital Media Unit
    Tel # 213-486-6000

    Community Forums and Days of Dialogue
    Community Forums and Days of Dialogue Dates, locations and notes
    [2016 Annual Community Forum Calendar – Under Construction]

    Community Relationship Division

    100 W. First Street, room 250
    Los Angeles, California 90012
    213-486-6030 fax

    Examples of Forums:
    Asian Pacific Islander Forum
    Latino Community Forum
    LGBT Community Police Academy
    LGBTQ Community Forum
    Muslim Community Forum