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Mission C-PAB Meeting Minutes
Mission Community Police Station
Community-Police Advisory Board
December 19, 2012
The meeting was called to order at 1833 (6:33 p.m.)
Welcome: Betty Ley welcomed members.
Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bonnie Klabunde.
Betty Ley spoke about the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Condolences were sent on behalf of the officers at Mission Station as well as the Community Police Advisory Board at Mission Station. Betty led all of us in a moment of silence for the victims.
Terry Hendricks made a motion to approve the minutes of November 14, 2012 as presented. Diane Hand seconded the motion and the minutes were approved.
Betty announced that meetings for the Open House will be held on the second Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. beginning in January 2013. In March and April the meetings will be at 5:00 p.m. and will return to the 2:00 p.m. time on the second Thursday in May. Debbie Klevens and Diane Hand are helping with the Open House. We are looking for more volunteers.
Quality of Life Committee:
Punam Gohel reported on quality of life issues the committee has been working on. At the last committee meeting, Tom Weissbarth provided handouts of what he feels are the fundamentals of problem solving. Diane Hand provided a presentation on the LAFD at the last committee meeting. The next meeting will be on the second Thursday in January.
Outreach Committee and Ad hoc Emergency Preparedness Committee
Dave Riniker stated that the next meeting of the committee will be on January 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room.
Officer Stocks welcomed everyone. He asked that CPAB members do a review of how many people are actually attending, look at your neighbors, look at people who are committed to the community and willing to step up to the plate and have a good dialogue and exchange between the community and the Captain and invite them to attend.
In the January CPAB meeting we will review the bylaws with a power point presentation and answer any questions about them. The bylaws are our operating manual.
Elections – nominations forms for the executive committee have been distributed. Officer Stocks asked that they be returned this evening or before January 16th, 2013.
Betty asked that everyone take a copy of the Goals and Presentations Idea form. The Captain would like everyone to fill out their ideas and suggestions. They can be turned in tonight or at our January meeting.
CPAB Advisory and Operation Cease Fire
Mission Security and Clergy Council
Captain Maureen Ryan reported on crime stats in Mission Area. We are holding at about a 2.5% reduction. We had a homicide over the weekend. In addition, there have been a series of burglaries.
We have a real good relationship with mall security and Walmart security. We had no thefts over Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend. Increased security appears to have paid off. Captain Ryan reminded us to make sure we do not leave items in our cars. We are continuing to patrol around the malls. We are trying to continue a presence.
Two burglars were caught in Sylmar.
Mission Station held its quarterly Mission Security Council meeting including private and mall security. We are trying to build that up.
Operation Cease Fire is ongoing. There is a call-in scheduled for January 31, 2013 at 1800 hours at Holy Cross Hospital.
Clergy council met and put on a wonderful power point presentation about their “Truth About Drugs” program. They talked about how many thousands of children they have reached through this program. We are being asked to go outside of Mission area with this program because it has been so successful.
Constitutional Policing is something that is very important. It is one of our department goals. It is something that we strive to police by and will likely be a goal for 2013. It is vital to how we police in the city of Los Angeles.
Captain Ryan spoke about the LAPD response to the recent school tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut:
We have reached out to our partners with the LAUSD police, their Chief Zipperman, who is one of our captains. We have a very strong and lively relationship with school police. The immediate reaction was what can we do? Our senior leads and patrol staff are going by the schools that are still open (private schools). When schools resume in January, we plan to partner with the schools. It is in the planning stages. Detectives will be in uniforms, our day watch personnel will be on 100% deployment. The Captains will be assigned schools; there will be a visible presence. The plan right now is in stages, week one and week two. There will be at least one uniformed police officer present at the schools during the first hour as kids are coming in and getting dropped off as well as at the end of school when they are getting picked up. This will be at the first week of school (Phase one). We will be making contact with the school administrators. We want to find a way to get our officers at all of the schools, especially at elementary and middle schools. The following week, Phase two, will be making an appearance at the schools at some point during the day. We want to make sure that the school, the students, and the parents know that we are committed to the safety of the children, that the school police is committed, and that we are working together to achieve that. We are also talking about how we can train school staff to better see things that are unusual and to know what to look for. The officers are all very concerned.
Betty distributed certificates of appreciation for National Night Out and Officer Appreciation Day.
Meeting adjourned at 1914 (7:14 p.m.)
After the meeting everyone enjoyed a catered dinner from Buon Gusto and fellowship.