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News Release

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Media Relations

Don't be a Victim of Crime this Holiday Season! News Conference to Announce Crime Prevention Tips and Strategies NA09314SF

WHAT:    
Holiday shopping safety tips

WHEN:    
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
10 a.m.

WHERE:    
Topanga Westfield Shopping Center
6600 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Canoga Park
(N/E corner of the mall at Victory Boulevard and Owensmouth Avenue)

WHO:        
LAPD Commander Jorge Villegas, Assistant Commanding Officer
Operations-Valley Bureau            
LAPD Captain John Sherman, Area Commanding Officer,
Topanga Area Community Police Station
LAPD Captain Steve Sambar, Patrol Commanding Officer,
Topanga Area Community Police Station
LAPD Lieutenant Steve Carmona, Officer in Charge, Topanga Detectives
Community Leaders
                
WHY:    
To display and discuss some of the crime fighting tools that will be used in efforts to keep shoppers safe this holiday season.  

Crime fighting strategies include: the Volunteer Mounted Patrol, Senior Lead Officers, Bicycle Patrol Officers and Police Explorers.  There will also be Footbeat Officers on T-3 vehicles.  For reference, the Volunteer Mounted Patrol is a group of men and women from the community who apply their joy for riding horses with their wish to volunteer and help the LAPD prevent and fight crime. The T-3s are three-wheel personal mobility vehicles that are electric and environmentally friendly.  They feature a raised platform that enhances an officer’s view of large crowds and allows them to cover large areas.

CONTACT:    
For additional information, please contact Sergeant Desi Ehrlich, Topanga Station at 818-756-3180.