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Mission C-PAB Meeting Minutes
Mission Community Police Station
Community-Police Advisory Board
August 21, 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 Bonney Klabunde.
Captain Chamberlain introduced Officer James McDonald, who will be helping out in the CRO office.
Self Introduction of Guests: There were numerous guests including: Carol Baker, N.Hills East Neighborhood Council; Beth Block from Sylmar, concerned with issues in her area; Dave Brown, N. Hills West, Neighborhood Council; Jean Porter and Loren Rucker, Sylmar; Kathy Keithley; Loyce Lacson, Arleta; Debbie Dalton, Mission Hills Neighborhood Council; Imelda Padilla from CD-6; Franklin Ochoa, Filed Deputy, AD-39; and Ruben Zaragoza, Senior Area Director from CD-7.
Natalie Bellissimo asked members if they reviewed the minutes from the July 17, 2013 meeting. Norma Wenkalman made a motion to approve the minutes of July 17, 2013 as presented. Dianne Hand seconded the motion and the minutes were approved.
Golf Tournament and Fund Raiser:
Officer Kelli Pickart gave a brief report on the 2nd Annual Chris Eilers Memorial Golf Tournament. She is looking for sponsors, players, and donations. Flyers were distributed.
National Night Out (NNO):
Betty Ley reported that NNO was an amazing event, and so many great comments were received. Debbie Dalton, coordinator of the event, stated that it was great that so many people from different areas came together. Photos from the event were passed around, and will be posted in various areas at the station.
Debbie thanked everyone who helped, and commented that it was great to meet so many of the officers and members of the community.
Captain Chamberlain said that it was an incredible event, a great representation of all communities coming together. He thanked Betty, Debbie, and all the other participants and volunteers.
Betty Ley thanked everyone again.
Melanie McShane was not in attendance so Betty Ley reported that Officer Appreciation Day (OAD) will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, and that the next planning meeting will be on Wednesday, August 28th at 3pm. They are still looking for sponsors and volunteers.
Quality of Life Committee:
Punam Gohel reported he himself visited every both at NNO and thanked them, and collected names for Betty Ley. Punam again reported that the QOLC is continuing to focus on “Illegal Street Vendors”, and placed the call in sheets at the table. He asked that those in attendance take a sheet with them and make the effort to make the reports.
Punam also reported on the C-PAB Summit, date TBD; looking to collect funds, volunteers, and donations. This is the 20th anniversary of C-PAB!
911 Communication Center:
At this time, Captain Chamberlain spoke about the meeting with the Executive Committee and that the Executive Committee wants to address the issues and make our communities better. Captain Chamberlain asked that members remember that we are in an economic crunch with regards to community services, and that everyone has different experiences in dealing with City Services.
Captain Chamberlain introduced Lt. Aaron McCraney, acting Commanding Officer of Communications Division, 911. Lt. McCraney introduced Yolanda Arroyo and Maria Moreno, both PSR IIs.
Lt. McCraney stated that there are lots of changes in Communication Division, they are looking at what was done in the past, and how they can improve what they’re doing, and wants our feedback.
The PSR’s reviewed some statistics: in 2012, there were 2.1 million calls to 911. 70% of those called should not have been placed into the 911 queue. Between 911 and non-emergency calls (877-ASK-LAPD), there were 4 million calls.
What qualifies for an emergency call to 911:
• Preservation of life
• Crime in progress
• Prevention of a crime
Not only does the Communications Division take the calls, they also dispatch the services. They are multi-tasking during the calls, speaking to the caller, relaying information to the servicer who will respond, and making sure that the needs are being met. Non-emergency calls will sometimes experience longer hold times.
There were comments from the floor, both positive and negative. If a member of the community should have an issue with how a call was handled, all calls are taped, and problems can be reported to Lt. McCraney at 213-978-6585.
Captain Chamberlain reminded everyone to keep our comments coming as those do get communicated to Captain.
Crime and Deployment Period:
Captain Chamberlain handed out the Mission Station Organization Chart and did a quick review of the departments. Captain stated that their mission is very basic; Make the community livable.
Captain stated that they care about crime and quality of life as it relates to crime. LAPD services everyone, no matter where they live.
Captain also stated that there are officers working within the department in areas of support, so those officers are not out on patrol.
Captain Chamberlain wants to hear what is working and what is not.
SFV C-PAB Bureau:
Betty Ley gave a brief report, the date for the next meeting is September, the actual date TBD.
Betty Ley reported that this committee next meeting is Wednesday, August 28th, at 6pm, at the station.
Betty Ley reported some past stats, showing that the more involvement there is during this event, the better off we are. The event is scheduled for September 17th, 2013.
Announcements from the floor:
CD6 - On 9/7/13, at 4pm. at the Japanese Gardens in Van Nuys, there will be Community Swearing in of Councilwoman Nury Martinez. All are invited.
On 08/23/13, Metropolitan Water District will be holding a Community Leaders briefing on water issues affecting our State and local communities, Casa Torres Banquet Hall, 7:30-9:00am.
Ruben Zaragoza, CD7, apologized for the absence of Felipe Fuentes, and promised membership that Councilman Fuentes will be attending a meeting in the future.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2015 (8:15 p.m.)