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News Release

Friday, January 7, 2000

Media Relations

Distribution of Wireless Telephones to Local High Schools

LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
PRESS RELEASE
Friday, January 7, 2000

On May 4, 1999, Governor Gray Davis and Air Touch Cellular announced a public-private partnership aimed at enhancing the safety of California students. AirTouch is donating 10,000 Audiovox wireless phones and three years of free emergency wireless service to more than 1,000 public high schools throughout the AirTouch California service areas. The total value of the donation over the next three years is $7,000,000.

The Juvenile Division of the Los Angeles Police Department is coordinating the distribution of the phones to schools within the Department's jurisdiction.

Foothill Area officers are distributing 53 phones today, to high schools and continuation schools within Foothill Area. The number of phones will be distributed as follows:
  • Sylmar High School (15)
  • San Fernando High School (15)
  • Verdugo High School (15)
  • Mt. Lukens Continuation (2)
  • Evergreen Continuation (2)
  • Mission Continuation (2)
  • Phoenix Academy (2)

For further information, please call Lieutenant Rick Papke, Officer-in-Charge, Foothill Detective Section at 818-834-3115.



For Release 1:40 pm PST
January 7, 2000