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News Release

Friday, March 6, 2009

Media Relations

Media Logistics for Deputy Chief Kenneth O. Garner's Memorial Service

The following information is being provided to assist members of the media planning to cover memorial services for Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Kenneth O. Garner.


Viewing, Funeral, and Interment for Deputy Chief Kenneth O. Garner 


Viewing - Sunday, March 8, 2009 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Crenshaw Christian Center – Fellowship Center
7901 South Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90044
Funeral - Monday, March 9, 2009 10 a.m. 
Crenshaw Christian Center - Faith Dome
7901 South Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90044

Interment - Immediately following funeral services
Rose Hills Cemetery
3888 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, California 90601


The Crenshaw Christian Center will be open to the media on March 8, 2009, for the viewing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fellowship Center.  Media will not be allowed inside the facility for the viewing.  There will be a designated media area outside of the center.  Those attending should enter from the Vermont Avenue access gate.  Media parking will be available in front of Ivy Hall.  Ivy Hall is the first parking lot upon entering.  Sergeant Ronnie Crump, Media Relations Section (MRS) will be present to assist with media requests.
Funeral Service
The Crenshaw Christian Center will be open on March 9, 2009, starting at 4:00 a.m.; Lieutenant John Romero and two Public Information Officers from MRS will be on hand to coordinate media check-in and parking.  Media should enter from the Vermont Avenue access gate.  Media will be required to present photo identification (LAPD/Sheriff Media Credential, media outlet ID). Freelancers may provide a signed letter on company letterhead in lieu of media identification.    

NOTE:  Due to security concerns, media vehicle access to the facility will take place from 4 a.m. and will end at 8 a.m.,   no exceptions.  

General Media Parking
Limited parking space is available to the media immediately west of the Crenshaw Christian Center Gymnasium.  MRS staff will direct media to the parking area.  Media arriving after 8 a.m. will have to find parking off site and check in at the campus entrance on Vermont Avenue and walk to the Faith Dome. Media should expect that Vermont Avenue could be closed at any time after 7 a.m.

Media Area
The Los Angeles Police Department is working with the Radio and Television News Association (RTNA) to identify a pool camera.  Faith Dome staff  will provide a feed of the service to the pool camera, which will then be responsible for providing the feed to broadcast media outlets located in the media parking area.  No broadcast media cameras will be allowed inside the Faith Dome during the service.  However, the Garner family has agreed to a reserved seating area located to the right of the entrance for still photographers and reporters inside the Faith Dome.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Media will be required to wear their LAPD or Sheriff Media Credentials or media outlet ID.    

A media staging area will also be located in front and slightly to the south of the entrance to the worship facility.  MRS personnel will be at the location to provide updates and assist with media needs.

Media/Police Briefing
At approximately 8:45 a.m., Public Information Director Mary Grady will conduct a briefing with media personnel planning to attend the service inside the Faith Dome to detail seating and still photography guidelines.  The briefing will take place in the media parking area.                                                        

Interment: Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary
Monday, March 9, 2009, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Rose Hills Memorial Park:  All media that would like reserved parking near the burial site must arrive between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.  All media arriving thereafter will park with the general attendees.  Parking is limited to the facility parking areas and does not allow for easy access to the site.   

Parking for the media is one street northeast of the burial site.  The burial site is located in the Marigold Lawn section of Rose Hills Memorial Park.  Marigold Lawn section is east of the entrance and on the left side as you travel to the site.  Please drive beyond the site access road and travel north on Lupine Lawn access street and merge left onto Birch Lawn access road.  Media vehicles will be staged next to Fire Department resource equipment.  Please be mindful not to block emergency vehicles and allow for access for large emergency vehicles that may be entering or exiting.

Media staging during the service, northeast of the burial site, will have an  unobstructed view within close proximity to the site.

MRS Public Information Officer Sergeant Ronnie Crump will be present to assist the media with parking and staging.  MRS will also coordinate a “pool” helicopter through RTNA. 
SPECIAL REQUEST: In lieu of flowers, the Garner family has requested that donations be made in the name of Kenneth Garner to any one or more of the following organizations and funds:

The American Cancer Society
The 77th Street Area Juvenile Impact Program 

7600 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, California 90003

The Blue Ribbon Trust Fund FBO Kenneth Garner #2030077 S4.27
Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union
Attn: Blue Ribbon Trust FBO Kenneth Garner #2030077  S4.27
P.O. Box 10188
Van Nuys, California 91406


Any questions may be directed to LAPD Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586 or directly to Lieutenant John Romero at 213-840-7803.