VOLUME  2

Organization and Functions of the LAPD

 

 

 

 

GENERAL

 

005. STATE CONSTITUTION PROVISION-CITY CHARTER TO PROVIDE FOR GOVERNMENT OF MUNICIPAL POLICE FORCE, Article XI, Section 5 (b), of the Constitution of the State of California authorizes the City of Los Angeles to provide for “(1) the constitution, regulation, and government of the city police force; (2) subgovernment in all or part of a city; (3) conduct of city elections and; (4) plenary authority is hereby granted, subject only to the restrictions of this article, to provide therein or by amendment thereto, the manner in which, the method by which, the times at which, and the terms for which the several municipal officers and employees whose compensation is paid by the city shall be elected or appointed, and for their removal, and for their compensation, and for the number of deputies, clerks and other employees that each shall have, and for the compensation, method of appointment, qualifications, tenure of office and removal of such deputies, clerks and other employees.”

 

010. CHARTER PROVISIONS-POWERS AND DUTIES-DEPARTMENT.  The general powers and duties of the Department and members thereof are prescribed in the following City Charter section:

 

"Sec. 570. The Police Department shall have the power and duty to enforce the penal provisions of the Charter, City ordinances and state and federal law. In the discharge of these powers and duties, the members of the Department shall have the powers and duties of peace officers as defined by state law."

 

015. CHARTER PROVISIONS-POWERS AND DUTIES-POLICE COMMISSION.  The powers and duties of the Police Commission are prescribed in the Los Angeles City Charter, as follows:

 

015.10 POLICE COMMISSION-HEAD OF DEPARTMENT. There shall be the following departments each of which shall be under the control and management of a board of commissioners that shall be the head of the department:

 

"Sec. 500 (a)

Fire

Fire and Police Pensions

Library

Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System

Police

Public Works

Recreation and Parks

Each department created in the Charter shall have a board of commissioners consisting of five commissioners, unless some other number is provided in the Charter for a specific board.”

 

"Sec. 507. Other than the elected offices, each department and office established by the Charter or created by ordinance, and each of the Public Works bureaus of Contract Administration, Engineering, Sanitation, Street Lighting, and Street Services shall have a chief administrative officer. In departments under the control and management of a board of commissioners, the chief administrative officer administers the affairs of the department. In departments and offices not under the control and management of a board of commissioners, the chief administrative officer has full charge and control of all work of the department or office. Elsewhere in the Charter and in the Los Angeles Administrative Code, chief administrative officers may have different position titles including general manager and director."

 

015.20 POLICE COMMISSION-EXECUTIVE POWER. The general executive powers and duties of the Police Commission are prescribed in the following City Charter section:

 

"Sec. 506. Subject to the provisions of the Charter, and to any ordinances as are not in conflict with the grants of power made to each department in the Charter:

 

Management. The head of each department shall have power to supervise, control, regulate and manage the department.

 

Rules and Regulations. The head of each department shall have the power to make and enforce all rules and regulations necessary for the exercise of the powers conferred upon the department by the Charter. The board of each department under the control and management of a general manager shall have the power to make and enforce all rules and regulations necessary for the exercise of powers and the performance of the duties conferred upon that board by the Charter. Every order or resolution adopting a rule of general application to be followed by the public shall be published once in a daily newspaper and shall take effect upon publication. Those rules, when adopted by order of a general manager who is the head of a department, shall be subject to the approval of the Mayor.

 

Police Power. No grant of power by the Charter to any department or board of City government shall be construed to restrict the power of the Council to enact ordinances under the police power of the City, except as otherwise specifically provided in the Charter.”

 

015.30 POLICE COMMISSION-APPOINTMENT AND REMOVAL OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE. The Chief of Police shall be appointed, shall serve, and shall be removed in accordance with the following provisions:

 

“Sec. 575. Recruitment and Selection. The recruitment and selection of qualified candidates for the position of Chief of Police shall be administered by the general manager of the Personnel Department, in cooperation with the Board of Police Commissioners, through a system of open competition based on professionally accepted recruitment and selection standards. The general manager of the Personnel Department shall refer a group of at least six highly qualified candidates to the Board of Police Commissioners, which shall then provide a list of three recommended candidates, in ranked order, to the Mayor for review and for appointment of one of them to the Office of Chief of Police. At the request of the Mayor, the Board of Police Commissioners shall provide the Mayor with an additional list of three candidates, in ranked order, from the group of candidates previously provided by the general manager of the Personnel Department. The Mayor’s appointee shall be subject to confirmation by the Council. Should the Council fail to confirm the appointee, and if any additional candidates remain, the Mayor may request and receive from the Board of Police Commissioners one additional candidate, who will be selected from the group of candidates previously provided by the general manager of the Personnel Department. The Mayor may appoint that candidate or one of the candidates on the list or lists previously provided to the Mayor by the Board of Police Commissioners, subject to Council confirmation.

 

Term. The Chief of Police shall serve a five-year term and may be appointed, in the manner described below, to a second five-year term. No person shall serve as Chief of Police for more than ten years altogether. Time accrued as Acting Chief of Police or as a temporary Chief of Police shall not be included in calculating the ten years.

 

Reappointment. If the Chief of Police wishes to be considered for appointment to a second term, he or she shall apply to the Board of Police Commissioners for that appointment at least 180 days prior to the expiration of the first term. At least 90 days prior to the expiration of the first term, the Board of Police Commissioners shall, in its discretion, respond affirmatively or negatively to that application. If the Board of Police Commissioners acts, affirmatively or negatively, on the application for appointment, that action shall be subject to the provisions of Section 245 and the Council may assert its jurisdiction over the matter of the application for appointment. Should that jurisdiction be asserted, any affirmative or negative action on the appointment shall be final. If the Board of Police Commissioners fails to respond to the application within 90 days prior to the expiration of the first term, the Mayor shall, at least 60 days prior to the expiration of the first term, act in lieu of the Board. Should the Mayor so act, the Council, by two-thirds vote, may act within 30 days to override the Mayor’s action, the action shall be final. If the request of the Chief of Police for appointment to a second term is not approved as provided in this section, there shall be no reappointment and a vacancy in the Office of the Chief of Police shall occur at the expiration of the first term.

 

Removal by Board. The Chief of Police shall serve at the pleasure of the City, as set forth herein, and shall not attain any property interest in the position of Chief of Police. The Board of Police Commissioners may remove the Chief of Police from office at any time prior to the expiration of a first or second five-year term. Should the Board of Police Commissioners so act to remove the Chief of Police, it shall promptly notify the Mayor of its action. If the Council has not asserted its jurisdiction over the matter of the removal of the Chief of Police as permitted under Section 245, the Mayor shall have five days from the last date on which the Council could have asserted jurisdiction to reverse the action of the Board of Police Commissioners. Upon the Mayor’s failure to act within that period, the removal shall become effective. By a letter received by the City Clerk within five days of the effective date of the removal, the removed Chief of Police may request a hearing on the removal before the Council which, by two-thirds vote, may override the removal and restore the Chief of Police to office. If the Council asserts jurisdiction over the matter of the removal of the Chief of Police, the removal shall be effective immediately. Should the provision of an appeal from the removal be required by law, the Council shall, by ordinance, provide an appellate procedure in conformance with the law. The Chief of Police may request an appeal by letter to the City Clerk within five days of the effective date of the removal.

 

Removal by Council. The Council may remove the Chief of Police from office in accordance with the following procedures. The Council, by two-thirds vote, may initiate removal proceedings by giving ten days written notice of a public hearing on the proposed removal to the Mayor, the Board of Police Commissioners and the Chief of Police. At the hearing, the Mayor and the Board of Police Commissioners shall appear to discuss with the Council whether the Chief of Police should be removed from office. The views of the Chief of Police shall be heard and considered at his or her request. Thereafter, the Council, by two-thirds vote, may act to remove the Chief of Police from office, and the removal shall be effective immediately. Should the provision of an appeal from the removal be required by law, the Council shall, by ordinance, provide an appellate procedure in conformance with the law. The Chief of Police may request an appeal by letter to the City Clerk within five days of the effective date of the removal.”

 

020. CHARTER PROVISIONS-POWERS AND DUTIES - CHIEF OF POLICE. The powers and duties of the Chief of Police are prescribed in the Los Angeles City Charter. The following provisions thereof are quoted in full because of their general interest and direction.

 

“Sec. 574. The chief administrative officer of the Police Department shall be known as the Chief of Police. Subject to the provisions of the Charter, the rules of the Police Department, and the instruction of the Board of Police Commissioners, the Chief of Police shall have the power and duty to:

 

(a)  Suppress all riots, disturbances and breaches of the peace, and to that end may call on any person for aid. The Chief may pursue and arrest, within the limits of the City, any  

       person fleeing from justice, and shall without delay bring all persons arrested by the Department before a judge of the proper court for trial or examination. The Chief may

       receive and execute any proper authority for the arrest and detention of criminals fleeing or escaping from places outside the City;

(b)  Administer the affairs of the Department as its chief administrative officer, except as to matters under the control of the Executive Director of the Board of Police

       Commissioners;

c)  Appoint, discharge, discipline, transfer and issue instructions to the employees of the Department, other than the Secretary of the Board, the chief accounting employee of the

     Department, the Inspector General of the Police Department and his or her staff, the Executive Director of the Board and his or her staff, all subject to the civil service

      provisions of the Charter;

(d)  Expend the funds of the Department, except those funds under the control of the Executive Director, in accordance with the provisions of the budget appropriations or of

       appropriations made after adoption of the budget;

(e)  Recommend to the Board of Police Commissioners prior to the beginning of each fiscal year an annual Departmental budget covering the anticipated revenues and

       expenditures of the Department, except the anticipated revenues and expenditures under the control of the Executive Director, and conforming so

       far as practicable to the forms and dates provided in the Charter for the general City budget;

(f)   Certify all expenditures of the Department to the chief accounting employee, except those expenditures under the control of the Executive Director;

(g)  Exercise further powers in the administration of the Department conferred upon the Chief of Police by the Board of Police Commissioners; and,

(h)  Execute, personally or by deputy, and return all writs and processes issued by any court having jurisdiction of criminal cases arising upon violations of the provisions of the

       Charter or ordinance. The Chief’s jurisdiction and that of his or her deputies in the service of process in all criminal cases, and in cases of violation of City

        ordinances, shall be co-extensive with that of the County of Los Angeles.”

 

020.30 CHIEF OF POLICE-TEMPORARY ABSENCE OR INABILITY TO ACT.  “Sec. 512. Wherever the Charter provides for the discharge of specific duties by a specific appointee other than the Chief of Police, the appointing power may designate an employee in the same department to act in case of the appointee’s temporary absence or other inability to act, or upon the written request of such appointee.”

 

025. RANK ESTABLISHED - CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION. The order of rank in the Department, as established by the Civil Service Commission, shall be as follows:

  • Chief of Police (COP).

  • Deputy Chief (DEP CHF).

  • Commander (CMDR).

  • Captain (CAPT).

  • Lieutenant (LT).

  • Sergeant (SGT), Detective (DET).

  • Police Officer (PO).

026. RANK AND PAYGRADE. The order of rank and paygrade in the Department is as follows:

  • Chief of Police (COP).

  • Deputy Chief II (Asst Chief).

  • Deputy Chief I (Dep Chf).

  • Commander (Cmdr).

  • Captain III (Capt. III).

  • Captain II (Capt. II).

  • Captain I (Capt. I).

  • Lieutenant II (Lt. II).

  • Lieutenant I (Lt. I).

  • Sergeant II (Sgt. II)/Detective III (Det. III).

  • Sergeant I (Sgt. I)/Detective II (Det. II).

  • Detective I ( Det. I).

  • Police Officer III+1 (PO III+1).

  • Police Officer III (PO III).

  • Police Officer II (PO II).

  • Police Officer I (PO I).

030. DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION-TERMINOLOGY.

 

030.10 FUNCTION - DEFINED. "Function" shall mean the broadest course of action or task performed by an organizational unit, and it includes those major aspects which distinguish one organizational unit from another.

 

030.20 JURISDICTION - DEFINED. "Jurisdiction" shall mean the sphere of authority exercised by an organizational unit within the Department; it includes those limits (functional, geographical, or legal) within which an organizational unit may exercise any or all of its powers.

 

030.30 SPECIAL DUTIES - DEFINED. "Special duties" shall mean those specific activities performed by an organizational unit, in addition to its functions, which must be accomplished to fulfill the objectives or purpose of the unit. The responsibilities listed are characteristic and outstanding.

 

030.40 LINE COMMAND - DEFINED. "Line command" shall mean the exercise of the authority of command delegated by the Chief of Police to his or her immediate subordinates, and by them to their subordinates, down the lines of direct command to the lowest level of authority.

 

030.50 STAFF RESPONSIBILITY - DEFINED. "Staff responsibility" shall refer to the responsibility given to a staff officer for developing and recommending policies and procedures affecting those functions coming within his jurisdiction, and for informing the Chief of Police as to the conformance to such policies and procedures throughout the Department.

 

030.60 SPECIAL LIAISON - DEFINED. "Special liaison" shall refer to those specific liaison contacts that are characteristic and outstanding, which an organizational unit maintains for the Department with outside agencies.

 

030.80 ORGANIZATION - DEFINED. "Organization" shall mean the structure of the Department resulting from a division of the duties placed upon the Chief of Police to ensure coordination and the accomplishment of Department objectives.

 

040. DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION - DESCRIPTIVE TITLES OF ORGANIZATIONAL ENTITIES. The magnitude of the task imposed upon the Chief of Police is such that it necessitates the segregation of Department employees into organizational entities. The organization levels so established shall be described by the following terms in the order listed:

  • Department.

  • Bureau.

  • Group.

  • Area or Community Police Station.

  • Division.

  • Section.

  • Unit.

  • Detail.

040.10 DEPARTMENT - DEFINED. "Department" shall be used to describe the Los Angeles Police Department as created in Section 500 (a) of the City Charter.

 

040.30 BUREAU - DEFINED. "Bureau" shall be used to describe a major segregation, either functional or geographical, of kindred phases of activities within the Department.

 

Note: An "administrative office" shall be established within each bureau to assist the commanding officer in the performance of routine clerical tasks and special duties.

 

040.40 GROUP - DEFINED. "Group" shall be used to describe a functional segregation of activities, and/or an assembling of two or more divisions or sections, within a bureau.

 

040.50 AREA - DEFINED. "Area" shall be used internally to describe a geographic subdivision of an operations bureau.

 

040.52 COMMUNITY POLICE STATION - DEFINED. The geographic command within a geographic bureau shall be known as a "Community Police Station” when referring to such command externally.

 

040.54 SUBDIVISION, SUBSTATIONS, COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTERS, AND STOP - IN - LOCATIONS - ESTABLISHED. All geographic separations of a community police station shall be designated as "subdivision" thereof, and the headquarters in which such subdivisions are maintained, even though no separation of control exists, shall be described as "Substations." "Community Services Centers" are community police station field offices and are managed by the Area Commanding Officer. "Stop-in-Locations" are not designated as field offices, but are used by sworn personnel on an as-needed basis. Stop-in-Locations are managed by the Area Commanding Officer.

 

040.60 DIVISION - DEFINED. "Division" shall be used to describe a functional subdivision of activities within the Office of the Chief of Police, a bureau, group, or Area.

 

040.70 SECTION - DEFINED. "Section" shall be used to describe a major activity within the Office of the Chief of Police, a bureau, group, Area, or division.

 

040.80 UNIT - DEFINED. "Unit" shall be used to describe a specific activity within an Area, division, or section.

 

040.90 DETAIL - DEFINED. "Detail" shall be used to describe a specific assignment or a duty.

 

050. DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION - POSITIONS ESTABLISHED. By authority of the Los Angeles City Charter and Civil Service Rule 11A, Section 6, the following positions are established for the purpose of internal administration:

 

050.10 GENERAL MANAGER. The general manager of the Police Department shall be known as the Chief of Police, as provided in Charter Section 574 (Manual Section 2/020).

 

050.15 ACTING CHIEF OF POLICE. The Acting Chief of Police shall, upon the direction of the Chief of Police and with the approval of the Police Commission, assume command of the Department during an authorized absence of the Chief of Police.

 

050.30 BUREAU COMMANDING OFFICER. Bureau commanding officers shall exercise line command over the employees of their assigned bureaus. In addition, they shall assume staff responsibility over all matters relating to, or concerned with, the fulfillment of the functions of their assigned bureaus. They are responsible for keeping the Chief of Police informed as to the activities and the accomplishments of the groups, or Areas, divisions, and sections within their assigned bureaus.

 

050.40 GROUP COMMANDING OFFICER. Group commanding officers shall exercise line command over the employees of their assigned groups.

 

050.50 AREA COMMANDING OFFICER. Area commanding officers shall exercise line command over the employees of their assigned Areas.

 

050.60 DIVISION COMMANDING OFFICER. Division commanding officers shall exercise line command over the employees of their assigned divisions.

 

050.70 OFFICER IN CHARGE. Officers in charge shall exercise line command over the employees of their assigned watches, sections, units, or details.

 

060. DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATION. The Department organization is established as set forth in the following sections.

 

061. POLICE COMMISSION. Commission Investigation Division shall report to the Police Commission (Manual Section 2/120) through the Executive Director.

 

062. OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE. The Office of the Chief of Police shall consist of:

 

Chief of Staff.

  • Administrative Section.

  • Employee Relations Group.

  • Media Relations and Community Affairs Group.

  • Public Communications Section.

  • Community Relations Section.

  • RACR/COMPSTAT

Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing.

  • Governmental Liaison section.

  • Fiscal Operations Division.

  • Department Risk Manager.

  • Risk Management Division.

  • Planning and Research Division.

  • Internal Audits and Inspections Division.

Professional Standards Bureau.

  • Special Operations Division.

  • Force Investigation Division.

  • Internal affairs Group.

  • Administrative Investigations Division.

  • Criminal Investigations Division.

Office of Administrative Services.

  • Assistant to the Director.

  • Behavioral Science Services.

  • Use of Force Review Division.

  • Administrative Services Bureau.

  • Personnel and Training Bureau.

  • Information Technology Bureau.

Office of Special Operations.

  • Assistant to the Director.

  • Chief of Detectives.

  • Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau.

Office of Operations.

  • Assistant to the Director.

  • Central Bureau.

  • West Bureau.

  • Valley Bureau.

  • South Bureau.

  • Youth Programs.

  • Criminal Gang and Homicide Division.

063. OFFICES - ESTABLISHED. The Department shall be divided into the following functional offices under the direction of the Chief of Police:

  • Office of Operations.

  • Office of Special Operations.

  • Office of Administrative Services.

064. OFFICE DIRECTORS - ESTABLISHED. An Assistant Chief shall command each of the three organizational Offices and will hold the title of “Director” of their respective Office.

 

065. OFFICE OF SPECIAL OPERATIONS.  The Office of Special Operations hall consist of the Director and the following:

 

 Assistant to the Director.
  • Property Division.
  • Jail Division.
  • RACR Division.

 

 

 

Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau.
  • Major Crimes Division.
  • Emergency Services Division
  • Metropolitan Division.
  • Air Support Division.
  • Emergency Operations Division.

 

 

Chief of Detectives.
  • Investigative Analysis Section.
  • Assistant Commanding Officer.
  • Robbery Homicide Division.
  • Scientific Investigation Division.
  • Juvenile Division.
  • Gang and Narcotics Division
  • Detective Support & Vice Division.
  • Commercial Crimes Division.

 

066. OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES (OAS). The Office of Administrative Services shall consist of the Director and the following:

 

Assistant to the Director.

  • Employee Assistance Unit..
  • Work Environment Liaison.
  • Officer Representation Unit.
Use of Force Review Division

 

 

 

Behavioral Science Services

 

 

 

 

      

 

                                                                     Information Technology Bureau.

  • Information Technology Division.

  • Tactical Technology Section..

  • Grants Section

  • Budget and Contracts Section.

  • Project Management Office.

  • Application Development and Support Division.

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Services Bureau.

  • Assistant Commanding Officer.

  • Motor Transport Division.

  • Facilities Management Division.

  • Communications Division..

  • Records and Identification Division.

 

 

 

 

 

   Personnel and Training Bureau
  • Personnel Group.

    *Personnel Division.

    *Recruitment and Employment Division.

    *Reserve Officer an Volunteer Section.

  • Assistant Commanding Officer.

  • Training Division.

  • Recruit Training.

  • Police Training and Education.

    *Magnet Schools.

                      

 

067. OFFICE OF OPERATIONS (OO). The Office of Operations shall consist of the Director and the following:

 

Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations.

  • Youth Programs

068. OPERATIONS - CENTRAL BUREAU.

  • Assistant Commanding Officer.

   

    Central Area.

  • Central Patrol Division.

  • Central Detective Division.

 

  

    Hollenbeck Area.

  • Hollenbeck Patrol Division.

  • Hollenbeck Detective Division

 

   

   Newton Area.

  • Newton Patrol Division.

  • Newton Detective Division.

 

 

   Northeast Area.

  • Northeast Patrol Division.

  • Northeast Detective Division.

   Rampart Area.

  • Rampart Patrol Division.

  • Rampart Detective Division.

                                                      Central Traffic Division.

 

 

 

069. OPERATIONS - SOUTH BUREAU.

  • Assistant Commanding Officer.

 Harbor Area.

  • Harbor Patrol Division.

  • Harbor Detective Division.

 

77th Street Area.

  • 77th Street Patrol Division.

  • 77th Street Detective Division.

 

Southeast Area.

  • Southeast Patrol      Division.

  • Southeast Detective Division.

 

Southwest Area.

  • Southwest Patrol      Division.

  • Southwest Detective Division.

 

South Traffic Division.

 

 

 

 

 Criminal Gang/Homicide Division

 

 

 

 

 

 

070. OPERATIONS - WEST BUREAU.

  • Assistant Commanding Officer.

Hollywood Area.

  • Hollywood Patrol Division.

  • Hollywood Detective Division.

 

                                                         Pacific Area.

  • Pacific Patrol Division.

  • Pacific Detective Division.

 

West Los Angeles Area.

  • West Los Angeles Patrol Division.

  • West Los Angeles Detective Division.

 

 

                                                    Wilshire Area.

  • Wilshire Patrol Division.

  • Wilshire Detective Division.

 

Olympic Area.
  • Olympic Patrol Division.

  • Olympic Detective Division

LAX Field Service Section.

 

 

West Traffic Division.

 

 

 

071. OPERATIONS - VALLEY BUREAU.

  • Assistant Commanding Officer.

 Van Nuys Area.

  • Van Nuys Patrol Division.

  • Van Nuys Detective Division.

Mission Area.

  • Mission Patrol Division.

  • Mission Detective Division.

                              

 North Hollywood Area.

  • North Hollywood Patrol Division.

  • North Hollywood Detective Division.

              

Foothill Area.

  • Foothill Patrol Division.

  • Foothill Detective Division.

  

 

Devonshire Area.

  • Devonshire Patrol Division.

  • Devonshire Detective Division

  

West Valley Area.

  • West Valley Patrol Division

  • West Valley Detective Division.

.

Topanga Area.  

  • Topanga Patrol Division

  • Topanga  Detective Division.

   Valley Traffic Division.

 

 

 

080. WATCHES ESTABLISHED. The tours of duty shall be known as watches, the hours of which shall be set by respective commanding officers in accordance with predetermined needs based upon analytical study and with proper organizational approval.

 

085. CITY JAIL SYSTEM ESTABLISHED. The City Jail System is established in the following sections of the Los Angeles Administrative Code, Division 22, Chapter 11, Article 11, Section 22.279. The City Jail System shall be and consist of the following named stations, substations, and buildings, together with all premises, buildings, and enclosures connected there with:

 

(a)  Premises located at 1546 West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, commonly known as the "Southwest Area Jail."

(b)  Premises located at 2175 John S. Gibson Boulevard, San Pedro, commonly known as the "Harbor Area Jail."

(c)  Premises located at 1358 North Wilcox Avenue, commonly known as the "Hollywood Area Jail."

(d)  Premises located at 4861 Venice Boulevard, commonly known as the "Wilshire Area Jail."

(e)  Premises located at 7600 Broadway Street, commonly known as the "77th Street Jail Section."

(f)  Premises located at 12312 Culver Boulevard, commonly known as the "Pacific Area Jail."

(g)  Premises located at 150 North Los Angeles Street, commonly known as the "Metropolitan Jail Section."

(h)  Premises located at 12760 Osborne Street, commonly known as the "Foothill Area Jail."

(i)  Premises located at 6240 Sylmar Avenue, Van Nuys, commonly known as the "Valley Jail Section."

(j)  Premises located at 10250 Etiwanda Avenue, commonly known as the "Devonshire Area Jail."

 

Los Angeles Administrative Code, Division 22, Chapter 11, Article 11, Section 22.280. If and when any of said stations, substations, or buildings are moved to a new location, and if and when any new station, substation or building of the said Department of Police be established, then any jail located in such station, substation, or building so moved or established may by resolution of the City Council be declared to be a part of the Los Angeles City Jail System.

 

090. PERMANENT BOARDS AND COMMITTEES.

 

090.10 BOARDS AND COMMITTEES DEFINED. Department boards and committees shall consist of personnel assembled together at the direction of the Chief of Police for the purpose of gathering, investigating, and acting upon information pertaining to the varied programs in which the Department is engaged.

 

090.20 REVIEWING OFFICER DEFINED. As the convening authority, the Chief of Police may designate a Deputy Chief of Police to act as the Reviewing Officer on all matters within the jurisdiction of a particular board or committee. The Reviewing Officer shall provide administrative staff supervision and shall submit appropriate reports concerning the activities of the board or committee to the Chief of Police.

 

090.25 CHAIR - SELECTION. The member‑officer with the most seniority in the highest paygrade within the highest rank shall, when not otherwise indicated, be the chair of Department boards and committees.

 

090.30 CHAIR’S DUTIES. The Chair shall be responsible for maintaining the official files of the board or committee, providing staff and clerical support, and maintaining a record of the minutes of all meetings. The Chair shall submit appropriate reports concerning the activities of the board or committee to the Reviewing Officer or, when no Reviewing Officer has been designated, directly to the Chief of Police or other specified personnel.

 

The Chair of any board or committee, the membership of which is wholly or partially at the discretion of the Chief of Police, shall submit to the Chief of Police the names of those persons recommended to fill vacancies when they occur and any proposed changes in the membership of the board or committee.

 

090.40 RECORDER'S DUTIES. When a member has been designated as the Recorder, the member shall assume responsibility for maintaining the official files and records of the authority, board, or committee.

 

090.50 ALTERNATE MEMBERS. Unless otherwise specified, alternate members of appropriate rank may be designated to sit with a board or committee subject to the approval of the Chair.

 

092. BOARDS.

 

092.20 COMMENDATIONS BOARD.

 

Responsibilities. The Commendations Board shall be responsible for:

  • Evaluating commendation reports regarding acts performed by Department personnel.

  • Recommending the Bureau Commendation, when appropriate, and returning the reports to the bureau of origin for presentation.

  • Approving the awarding of the Police Star to employees whose commendatory acts meet the criteria.

  • Forwarding reports worthy of consideration for the Police Medal, the Police Meritorious Service Medal, or the Police Meritorious Unit Citation, to the Director, Office of Administrative Services.

  • Forwarding reports worthy of consideration for the Medal of Valor, the Police Distinguished Service Medal, or the Police Commission Unit Citation, to the Awards and Decorations Board.

  • Forwarding reports worthy of consideration for the Police Commission Distinguished Service Award and the Police Commission Integrity Medal to the Chief of Police.

Membership. The Board shall be comprised of:

  • The Commanding Officer, Personnel and Training Bureau, as Chair.

  • One captain selected by the Director, Office of Operations.

  • One captain selected by the Director, Office of Special Operations.

  • One captain selected by the Director, Office of Administrative Services.

  • One civilian commanding officer selected by the Director, Office of Administrative Services.

Reviewing Officer. The Director, Office of Administrative Services is the Reviewing Officer on all matters within the purview of the Commendations Board.

 

092.40 TECHNOLOGY REVIEW AND APPROVAL COMMITTEE (TRAC).

 

Responsibilities. The Technology Review and Approval Committee shall be responsible for:

  • Reviewing existing systems to assure responsiveness to Department needs.

  • Recommending to the Chief of Police, Department priorities for implementation of modification of systems to best utilize available resources.

  • Reviewing and recommending to the Chief of Police, changes to the information systems architecture.

  • Recommending to the Chief of Police, long term priorities for the design and implementation of new information systems to support the formal strategic planning process.

  • Establishing ad hoc committees to oversee the development, final implementation, and follow up of specialized systems.

Committee.  The TRAC shall be comprised of the following:

 

           ·         The Commanding Officer, Information Technology Bureau, assigned as Chair;

           ·         Chief of Detectives, Detective Bureau;

           ·         Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations;

           ·         Assistant to the Director, Office of Administrative Services;

           ·         Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing;

           ·         Commanding Officer, Personnel and Training Bureau; and,

           ·          Assistant General Manager, Information Technology Agency.

 

The Committee shall meet quarterly, or as needed, to review the Department’s existing IT for future development and to prioritize the use of IT resources.  Each member of the TRAC, or their designee, shall be in attendance at each meeting.  The duties and responsibilities of the TRAC remain unchanged. 

 

Reviewing Officer.  The Director, Office of Administrative Services will be the Reviewing Officer for all matters within the purview of the TRAC.

 

092.50 USE OF FORCE REVIEW BOARD - RESPONSIBILITIES. The Use of Force Review Board shall convene at the direction of the Chair of the Board and shall:

  • Avail itself of any facilities of the Department necessary to conduct a complete examination of the circumstances involved in the incident under investigation;

  • Report its findings and recommendations to the Chief of Police; and,

  • Upon adjournment, forward the Use of Force Internal Process Report, Form 01.67.01, and other related reports to the Chief of Police.

Membership. The Use of Force Review Board shall be composed of the following:

  • The Director, Office of Administrative Services, Chair;

  • The involved employee's bureau commanding officer, as an ex-officio member;

  • Peer member;

  • Operations staff officer selected by the Director, Office of Operations; and,

  • The Commanding Officer, Personnel and Training Bureau.

Note: The Director, Office of Administrative Services will select an alternate member when a conflict arises.

 

Exception: When the involved employee is assigned to an organizational entity not subordinate to a bureau commanding officer, the Director, Office of Operations shall appoint a staff officer as an ad hoc member to fill the otherwise vacant position of the involved employee's bureau commanding officer.

 

Peer member. A peer member of the same classification as the involved employee shall be selected from a different bureau of assignment than the involved employee. The role of the peer member is to provide the Board with insight at a level of expertise equal to the rank and tenure of the involved employee. The Chair of the Use of Force Review Board shall select the peer member from a standing pool of personnel. Prior to that selection, the Chair shall ensure that the peer member selected has a clear understanding of the role. In addition, the chair shall ensure that the member receives training in Use of Force Review Board responsibilities and functions. Members shall be appointed to the pool as follows:

  • Six members of the classification of Police Officer shall be designated by each Operations Bureau commanding officer, the Director, Office of Administrative Services, and the Director, Office of Operations;

  • One member each of the classifications of Detective and Sergeant shall be designated by each Operations Bureau commanding officer, and the Office of Administrative Services;

  • One member of the classification of Lieutenant shall be designated by the Director, Office of Administrative Services, and the Director, Office of Operations; and,

  • One peer member from other classes shall be designated by the Chair as necessary. During the time the Use of Force Review Board is convened, the selected peer member shall be assigned to the Use of Force Review Board as his/her primary duty assignment. Such assignment shall terminate upon adjournment of the Board. An employee's Use of Force Review Board peer member pool standing shall terminate upon the direction of his/her bureau commanding officer or upon his/her transfer from the bureau from which he/she was designated.

Advisory Committee. The committee shall be comprised of the following ad hoc members for technical expertise.

  • Officer in Charge (OIC), Self Defense Unit, Training Division;

  • The Commanding Officer, Use of Force Review Division;

  • The Commanding Officer, Personnel and Training Bureau's;

  • The Commanding Officer, Force Investigation Division (FID);

  • The OIC, Tactics Unit, Training Division; and,

  • The FID investigative team.

Special Duties-Chair. The Chair of the Use of Force Review Board shall, upon receipt, review all investigation reports and convene the Board when the investigation involves:

  • In custody death;

Note: When reviewing in-custody deaths of juveniles, the Chair of the Use of Force Review Board shall ensure that Force Investigation Division has made the proper notification to the State of California Board of Corrections.

  • Death or serious injury resulting from police action except those reportable only as traffic collisions;

Note: An injury shall be considered serious when the injury is substantial and requires hospitalization.

  • All head strikes with an impact weapon;

  • All upper body control hold use of force incidents;

  • Discharge of a firearm by sworn and/or security personnel; and,

  • Any other incident involving the discharge of a firearm by a Department employee which, in the judgment of the Chair, warrants review.

Exception: The Chair, Use of Force Review Board, may, at his or her discretion, choose not to convene the Board in the following instances:

  • Discharge of firearm incidents involving only the destruction of animals;

  • Accidental discharge of firearm incidents not resulting in injuries AND occurring in the presence of Department employees only AND not involving law enforcement action; and,

  • In custody deaths where the cause of death is due to natural causes and there is no use of force or procedural violation by a Department employee.

Involved Employee. Whenever an employee becomes involved in a reviewable use of force incident, the employee directly involved may:

  • Attend the Use of Force Review Board and observe the presentation of the case; and,

  • Address the board on his or her behalf to personally present any relevant information, with the approval of the Chair.

Reviewing Officer. The Chief of Police is the Reviewing Officer for all matters within the purview of the Use of Force Review Board.

 

092.61 CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON BOARD (RETIREES).

 

Responsibilities. The Carrying a Concealed Weapon Board shall be responsible for denying or revoking a retiree's privilege to carry a concealed weapon upon showing of just cause.

 

Membership. The Board shall be comprised of:

  • The Commanding Officer, Personnel and Training Bureau, as Chair;

  • A peer member, selected by the retired officer or the Los Angeles Police Protective League; and,

  • A Police Commission Hearing Officer.

Reviewing Officer. The Director, Office of Administrative Services is the Reviewing Officer for all matters within the jurisdiction of the Carrying a Concealed Weapon Board (Retirees).

 

092.70  MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD.

 

Responsibilities. The Management Development Advisory Board shall be responsible for:

  • Reviewing applications and ranking the candidates for Management Development Programs; and,

  • Forwarding, through appropriate channels to the Chief of Police, a list of candidates recommended for selection.

Note: The Chief of Police shall make the final selection from the list of recommended candidates.

 

Membership. The Board shall be comprised of:

  • Staff officers selected by the Chief of Police.

Reviewing Officer. The Chief of Police is the Reviewing Officer on all matters within the jurisdiction of the Management Development Advisory Board.

 

092.80 PROMOTIONAL ASSESSMENT BOARDS. Promotional Assessment Boards shall convene at the request of the Director, Office of Administrative Services.

 

Responsibilities. Promotional Assessment Boards shall be responsible for:

  • Evaluating promotional candidates;

  • Ranking candidates for promotion within designated whole scores from the published Civil Service Report of Eligibles; and,

  • Making promotional recommendations to the Chief of Police.

Membership. Boards shall be comprised of three members designated by the Director, Office of Administrative Services. The Director, Office of Administrative Services shall designate the Chair of the Board.

 

Reviewing Officer. The Director, Office of Administrative Services, is the Reviewing Officer on all matters within the jurisdiction of Promotional Assessment Boards.

 

092.90 AUTHORITY REVIEW FOR PRODUCT EVALUATIONS. The Director, Office of Administrative Services, is the Reviewing Officer for all product evaluations.

 

093. COMMITTEES.

 

093.10 UNIFORM COMMITTEE.

 

Responsibilities. The Uniform Committee shall be responsible for:

  • Considering any changes in the uniform and personal equipment worn by uniformed personnel and making recommendations to the Chief of Police;

  • Maintaining and publishing, semi‑annually, a roster of authorized uniform dealers and their addresses, and publishing without delay the names and addresses of any dealers added to or deleted from the list;

  • Supplying authorized dealers with copies of the Department Uniform and Personal Equipment Specifications and Department directives pertaining to the same; and,

  • Originating and maintaining correspondence concerning uniform and personal equipment matters.

Membership. The Committee shall be comprised of:

  • The Commanding Officer, Personnel and Training Bureau, as Chair;

  • One command officer from Detective Bureau selected by the Director, Office of Special Operations;

  • One command officer from a Geographic Bureau, selected by the Director, Office of Operations;

  • One command officer selected by the Director, Office of Administrative Services; and,

  • Two sworn members from the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

Reviewing Officer. The Chief of Police is the Reviewing Officer for all matters within the jurisdiction of the Uniform Committee.

 

093.45 HOME GARAGING REVIEW COMMITTEE.

 

Responsibilities. The Home Garaging Review Committee shall be responsible for:

  • Managing the Department’s Home Garaging Program in accordance with the policies and procedures set forth by the Board of Police Commissioners and the City Council;

  • Establishing a submission schedule for renewal applications;

  • Reviewing all home garage applications annually; and,

  • Determining which applications comply with those policies.

Membership. The Home Garaging Review Committee shall be comprised of the following:

  • The Director, Office of Administrative Services, as Chair;

  • The Director, Office of Special Operations;

  • The Chief of Staff; and,

  • The Director, Office of Operations.

Reviewing Authority. The Chief of Police is the Reviewing Authority for this committee.

 

093.75 OPERATIONS COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE.

 

Responsibilities. The Operations Communications Committee shall be responsible for developing communications procedures affecting both the operations bureaus and Communications Division. The Committee shall not establish policy, but instead meet as needed to develop procedures based on existing Department policy.

 

Membership. The Committee shall be comprised of:

  • The Commanding Officer, Communications Division as Chair;

  • A Staff or command officer, Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau;

  • The Commanding Officer, Planning and Research Division;

  • Nine representative members from the Office of Operations (to include traffic divisions and detectives) selected by the Director, Office of Operations;

  • One command officer, designated by the Director, Office of Administrative Services; and,

  • Officer in Charge, Radio Planning Section.

Note: Selection of representative members shall be based upon their productive contribution to communications issues and anticipated permanency in their assignments.

 

Reviewing Officer. The Director, Office of Administrative Services, is the Reviewing Officer for all matters within the jurisdiction of the Operations Communications Committee.

 

093.95 RISK MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

 

Responsibilities. The Risk Management Executive Committee (RMEC) reviews, processes, and makes recommendations to the Chief of Police regarding Department wide risk and liability issues.

The Risk Management Executive Committee (RMEC) shall conduct the following:

         ·        Establish policies and guidelines for completing regular and periodic Organizational

               Performance  Assessments (OPA); and,

·        Review and maintain OPA to evaluate and identify any patterns or series of incidents

       that indicate at-risk behavior as part of a strategic risk management process.

Note:  Every commanding officer shall cooperate fully with RMEC or its designee in completing OPA according to the policies, guidelines and schedule established and/or approved by RMEC.

Membership. The membership shall be comprised of the following:

  • Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing, as Chair;

  • Chief of Staff;

  • Director, Office of Administrative Services;

  • Director, Office of Special Operations;

  • Department Risk Manager;

  • Commanding Officer, Detective Bureau;

  • Commanding Officer, Information Technology Bureau;

  • Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau;

  • Commanding Officer, Operations-South Bureau;

  • Commanding Officer, Operations-West Bureau;

  • Commanding Officer, Operations-Valley Bureau;

  • Commanding Officer, Risk Management Division;

  • Commanding Officer, Employee Relations Group;

  • Commanding Officer, Behavioral Science Services;

  • Commanding Officer, Personnel and Training Bureau;

  • Commanding Officer, Professional Standards Bureau or Commanding Officer Internal Affairs Group; and,

  • The concerned employee’s Bureau Commanding Officer (if not already in attendance);

Present as Observers.

  • City Attorney's Office Representative; and,

  • Inspector General's Office Representative.

Reviewing Officer. The Chief of Police is the Reviewing Officer for all matters within the jurisdiction of the Risk Management Executive Committee.

 

093.96 TACTICS TRAINING REVIEW COMMITTEE – DEFINED. The TTRC is organized to bring best practices in tactics, firearms, use of force policy, and training to the recruit and in-service training curricula.

Tactics Training Review Committee Members. The Commanding Officer, Personnel and Training Bureau's, shall serve as the committee chair. The following are standing members of the TTRC:

  • Assistant Commanding Officer, Personnel and Training Bureau, Chair;

  • Commanding Officer, Training Division, TD;

  • Commanding Officer, Recruit Training, TD;

  • Director, Police Training and Education (PTE);

  • Commanding Officer, Use of Force Review Division (UOFRD);

  • Officer in Charge, Firearms and Tactics Section,TD;

  • Assistant Officer in Charge, Firearms and Tactics Section, TD;

  • Officer in Charge, Defensive Tactics Section, TD;

  • Assistant Officer in Charge, Defensive Tactics Section, TD;

  • Officer in Charge, Field Training Section, PTE;

  • Representative from the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office; and,

  • Representative from Risk Management Division (RMD).

Tactics Training Review Committee Responsibilities. The TTRC will be responsible to perform the following:

  • Provide advice and recommendations to the Chief of Police regarding reliable and safe field tactics;

  • Provide advice and recommendations regarding the appropriate manner in which to train Department employees;

  • Review and approve changes to existing tactics and firearms training prior to implementation; and,

  • Cross-staff with the Commanding Officer, UOFBPC, and other appropriate entities to prepare Use of Force directives for signature by the Chief of Police.

Reviewing Officer. The Director, Office of Administrative Services, is the Reviewing Officer for all matters within the jurisdiction of the Tactics Training Review Committee.

093.97 USE OF FORCE BEST PRACTICES COMMITTEE - DEFINED. The purpose of the UOFBPC is to analyze issues on an as needed basis and trends arising from significant use of force incidents.  The UOFBPC is subcommittee of the TTRC.

 

Use of Force Best Practices Committee Members. The Commanding Officer, UOFRD, shall serve as the committee chair. The following are standing members of the UOFBPC:

  • Commanding Officer, Use of Force Review Division, Chair;

  • Assistant Commanding Officer, Personnel and Training Bureau;

  • Two personnel selected from TD who are use of force trainers;

  • Four personnel selected from the Office of Operations;

  • Representative from the Los Angeles Police Protective League;

  • One use of force expert or legal counsel from outside the Department;

  • Representative from the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office;

  • Representative from RMD; and,

  • Representative from Professional Standards Bureau.

Use of Force Best Practices Committee Responsibilities. The UOFBPC will be responsible to perform the following:

  • Provide insight into significant or notable use of force incidents to assist in adjudication and identify lessons learned;

  • Make recommendations regarding investigative protocols/tactics, or other issues arising from the analysis of use of force incidents;

  • Make recommendations regarding improvements to field procedures; and,

  • Provide advice and recommendations to the Chief of Police regarding improvements in field procedures, investigative protocols and tactics or other issues arising from the analysis of use of force incidents as needed.

Meetings. The UOFBPC shall meet on an as-needed basis as determined by the Chief of Police or Director, Office of Administrative Services.

Reviewing Officer. The Director, Office of Administrative Services, is the Reviewing Officer for all matters within the jurisdiction of the Use of Force Best Practices Committee.

094. BOARDS OF INQUIRY AND AD HOC COMMITTEES.

 

094.05 TERMINOLOGY.

 

Convening Authority. The convening authority for Department boards of inquiry and ad hoc committees shall be the Chief of Police.

 

Precept. A Department precept is a document issued by the convening authority to activate a board of inquiry or ad hoc committee. The precept designates the chair, names the membership, sets forth the rules of assembling, clearly states the matter that is to be investigated, describes the scope of jurisdiction, and gives explicit instructions as to what the final report shall include, and any pertinent information relevant to the course of action to be taken.

 

Note: Boards of Inquiry and ad hoc committees are primarily fact finding bodies and, unless specifically directed by the convening authority in the precept to express opinions or make recommendations, shall confine themselves to findings of fact.

 

094.10 BOARDS OF INQUIRY. A Department board of inquiry shall consist of Department personnel assembled in compliance with a precept for the purpose of investigating a particular matter or alleged incident involving Department personnel or equipment. Some of the proceedings of a Department board of inquiry may, under certain conditions, become evidence before a Board of Rights or other administrative tribunal. When the nature of the board of inquiry is such that the findings may be prejudicial to a Department employee, the concerned employee shall be afforded the opportunity to appear before the board and present facts in his or her own behalf. In such cases, or when the employee appears at the request of the board of inquiry, the employee shall be informed of the nature of the inquiry prior to offering information in his or her own behalf. At the discretion of the chair, the employee may be permitted to present a reasonable number of witnesses in support of relevant issues raised by him or her before the board.

 

Exception: These requirements shall not apply if, in the opinion of the convening authority, the subject matter is such that revealing it would likely hinder the chances of a complete and thorough investigation. In such cases, the precept and the board's report shall be classified or reclassified as "Confidential." The chair shall recommend to the convening authority whenever, in his or her opinion, the inquiry should be classified as confidential. The inquiry shall be classified as confidential when the disclosure of the inquiry would be contrary to the best interest of the City.

 

When the proceedings reveal that an employee may be the subject of a personnel complaint involving a prosecutable offense, the employee shall be advised of his or her Miranda rights as a private person and allowed to exercise the same rights afforded a private person under similar circumstances.

 

094.15 AD HOC COMMITTEES. A Department ad hoc committee shall consist of Department personnel assembled in compliance with a precept for the purpose of gathering and studying information pertaining to policies, procedures, programs, or conditions that affect the Department.

 

094.20 MEMBERSHIP. Department boards of inquiry and ad hoc committees shall be comprised of members of appropriate class, rank, and seniority designated by the convening authority. The composition of such boards or committees shall be regulated by the circumstances to be investigated. The number of members to constitute such bodies shall be determined by the convening authority, who will consider the importance of the subject matter and the qualifications of Department employees to serve as members.

 

094.25 CHAIR - RESPONSIBILITY. The chair of a Department board of inquiry or ad hoc committee shall be responsible for providing administrative supervision on such matters within the jurisdiction of the board or committee, maintaining a record of the minutes of all meetings, and providing staff and clerical support.

 

Note: The precept will recognize the chair's capability to provide staff and clerical support from his regular assignment and will assign additional support when required.

 

The chair shall submit a final, and any other related, report to the convening authority via the reviewing officer when one has been designated. The final report shall contain the findings and, when appropriate, recommendations of the board or committee. Upon approval of the final report by the convening authority, the board or committee shall be deactivated.

 

Note: Dissenting members of a board or committee may prepare a minority report and submit it with the final report. The chair may comment on the minority report by separate correspondence to the convening authority.

 

094.30 REVIEWING OFFICER - RESPONSIBILITY. At his or her discretion, the convening authority may designate an officer senior in rank to the chair to act as Reviewing Officer on all matters within the jurisdiction of a particular Department board  of inquiry or ad hoc committee. The reviewing officer shall provide administrative staff supervision and submit appropriate reports concerning the activities and progress of the board or committee to the convening authority.

 

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