June 19, 2013
Present: Rob Kadota, Carol Tantau, Dawn Suskin, Steve Freedman, Stewart Oscars, Chris Williams, Harris Levey, Nicholas Hippisley-Coxe, and Monica Harmon
LAPD: Captain Jon Peters and Officer Lisa Gropp
Guest: Darryl Rouzan (LMU), Kathy Thornhill (Howard Hughes Director of Security), Joseph Reyes (Howard Hughes Asst. Director of Security), Leah Oye, Anisha Nyaundi, and Diane Sher.
Call to Order: Rob Kadota called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
LAPD Co-Chair Captain Jon Peters Report: Captain Peters greeted all present at the meeting.
Captain Peters reported Part I crime is down 11% for the year and one more rape than last year (13 YTD). The community support has been very helpful and is encouraged to keep being proactive. The new strategies put in place are working very well.
Captain Peters and Captain Pape are committed to Constitutional Policing reminding Officers to continue to do their job with respect and dignity, by the book, and legally without exception! Be engaged in the community.
We ask the community, Neighborhood Councils, Neighborhood Watch groups to help prevent crime by reiterating Lock It. Hide It. Keep It. Please, please remind people to remove all valuable items from their vehicle and remember to always lock their vehicles. BE AGGRESSIVE!
We are asking for everyone to be vigilant ….. If you see something, say something!
On 6/7/13, there was a second Homicide at the 4400 Block of Slauson Avenue in Mar Vista. Luckily, the suspect, a gang member, was arrested that same night and the case was filed. The victim was a non-gang member.
On 6/8/13, two people were shot at the make shift memorial where the prior shooting occurred. One victim was shot six times and the second victim was shot in the leg. The second victim was captured on camera walking away right after being shot in the leg.
Both suspects were in the same gang and were disputing over a female. No other activity since search warrants were served.
Regarding the body that was washed on the shore, LA County Sheriff’s are handling the investigation of a possible suicide.
Captain Peters, at the direction of Deputy Chief Paysinger, discussed the Use of Force and Personnel Complaint process.
It’s beneficial for the community to be aware of the handling process of a Use of Force and Personnel Complaint investigation because it is very timely and thorough, not to mention, it not only involves police personnel, but also civilians and the Inspector General. Instead of a judge, there are command staff and civilians that comprise a Board of Rights.
In regards to the Santa Monica Shooting, there were plenty of resources due to the President visiting in the area and other protests nearby. Santa Monica Police Department handled the entire incident even though LAPD provided assistance. LAPD personnel were very instrumental during the “hyper dynamic phase” as the Department is known for responding to these types of incidents quickly as officers receive the best training bar none.
Therefore, with their exceptional training and experience, first responders do not have to wait for S.W.A.T. call out. Their quick action results in situations that could be a lot worse.
Monica Harmon reported that she recently met with the FBI - Homeland Security and discussed the reality of active shootings at schools. She stated that active-shooter drills are on the rise at schools grades K-12 in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. This summer, LAUSD administrators will be required to attend training on how to handle an active shooter situation. The training has been geared toward lockdowns, said Steve Zipperman, Chief of the LAUSD Police Department. State Senator Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach, has long been sounding the alarm on school safety plans, noting as late as 2009. Roughly, a third of all LAUSD middle schools did not have a school safety plan. Mr. Lieu has SB49 legislation moving towards the approval.
On June 18, 2013, The Obama Administration released comprehensive emergency guidelines for school districts (as well as, some other customized to the needs of colleges and universities and houses of worship) that are meant to help school emergency planners create new plans, or revise existing plans, of how to respond in an array of crisis situations.
Fortunately, UCLA has crisis response teams fully trained and in place ready to go.
The anti-bullying campaign has been to every part of Los Angeles and has been a part of numerous school assemblies, parent group meetings, and community meetings. Over 30,000 have seen a presentation and 20 Community Police Advisory Boards.
Summer Tip-Off event will be on June 29, 2013, 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the USC Galen Center. There will be FREE food and activities for the kids. There will also be a basketball game between LAPD and LAFD.
Monica also said that USC is offering 6 workshops regarding public safety and beautification, etc. The workshops are free and more information is on www.lani.org (Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative.
Rob Kadota -Target, Jarritos and Little Caesars Pizza possibly sponsoring this years’ National Night Out.
Rob reported possibly having future guest speakers/topics: Self-Defense classes for women, emergency communications with the Ham radio and shots fired video about active shooter preparedness.
Nicholas Hippsey-Coxe discussed the problems on Rose Avenue with bicyclists. Captain Peters responded that WTD can complete a survey and develop enforcement strategies.
Steve Freedman reported there problems with “power riders” on Washington between Pacific and Lincoln.
There was a suggestion that there be a bicycle safety booth at National Night Out on August 6th.
Stewart Oscars announced that the “Bridge Project” will be on June 20, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. This event will address teen marijuana use in Venice and the attitudes of adults.
*No SLO reports as all officers attended the African American Forum in WLA.
Meeting Adjourned at 8:15 P.M.
Next meeting: July 17, 2013 7:00 P.M.
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