November 20, 2013
The meeting was called to order at 1832 (6:32 p.m.)
Welcome: Betty Ley welcomed members.
Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Debbie Dalton.
Self Introduction of Guests: There were no self-introductions. Guests in attendance: Debbie Dalton, Dave Brown, Marian Murphy, Adria deLiberto, Julie Cuellar, and Tania Soto from CD7.
Natalie Bellissimo asked members if they reviewed the minutes from the October 16, 2013 meeting. Dianne Hand made a motion to approve the minutes of October 16, 2013 as presented. Paul Burke seconded the motion and the minutes were approved.
Betty Ley made a brief report on the Summit. She addressed issues that arose from having attendees who did NOT RSVP.
Captain Chamberlain thanked everyone who was able to attend the Summit, stating that it is good for the different CPABs to come together in a forum. Mission CPAB is very progressive, and we will continue to review what we are doing, make changes if necessary, and ensure that we place our responsibility on advising.
Crime and Deployment Period:
Captain Chamberlain gave a brief summary of the crime stats, most of the crimes continue to be property crimes (up by 3.3% since last year at the same time). Our problem crimes are GTA and BFMV. Our officers continue to make arrests, and have seen a 22% increase in arrests. Shots fired victims have decreased by almost 50%. Public input continues to be a valuable resource to our officers and is an important asset to our communities. Our officers continue to work with community partners, we are not giving up!
Captain Chamberlain also spoke about the different areas of review for the Department:
• Response Time (response time is up by 1.7%)
• Field Interviews
• Risk Management
Betty Ley mentioned the NIXLE Alert regarding the recent phone scam supposedly coming from Law Enforcement Agencies.
Betty Ley announced the changes to the agenda that we will be using over the next few months to see if we want to proceed or make additional changes. The purpose is to ‘get back on track’ to an advisory level. She also announced that she is still collecting monies for the December ‘dinner’ meeting.
Basic Car ‘brainstorming’ means that we will hear from hopefully two basic cars and how we can assist them, hearing their top crimes, and reporting to them any issue that we can control, what is happening in our areas. Hopefully we can make an impact, and assist in an advisory capacity. At the next meeting, we will hear back from those basic cars on these issues.
Basic Car Issues
BC 19A1 – Officer John Lonergan
Last several months major crimes are GTAs and BFMVs, and are up by 42 incidents from 2012 at the time of year. Strategies being used to combat these issues:
• Working with more specialized units
• Working with the Gang Detail
Arrests are being made, and have increased, and Officer Lonergan is finding that there are more females involved with these crimes. Officer Lonergan mentioned that Sylmar is traditionally steeped in gangs, with the San Fer gangs being around for four decades, and that more youth are entering these gangs.
Officer Lonergan’s area entails a lot of motels/hotels. The police are holding motel meetings with owners, and they are going to these motels and checking the registers for names and running those names.
BC19A1 is DOWN 7.7% in violent crime, with most crimes occurring after 10pm and through until 6AM.
Membership was asked for at least two specific issues in BC19A1:
• San Fer Graffiti
• Transient activity, specifically at the end of Laurel Canyon (cul de sac)
Captain Chamberlain presented Tom Weissbarth with a certificate of recognition for 20 years of volunteer work with the LAPD.
Dave Brown will be looking into the www.nextdoor.com website to see if it can be utilized to get communities involved with being observant and reporting issues.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1937 (7:37 p.m.)