Present: Rob Kadota, Arnie Corlin, Cyndi Hench, Nicolas Hippisley-Coxe, Pat Karasick, Harris Levey, Victor Jauregui, Ana Petrova, Dawn Suskin, Lorie Vos, Chris Williams, Carol Tantau, and Darryl Rouzan (LMU).
LAPD: Captain Jon Peters, Captain Brian Johnson, Sgt. Jeff Merlo, Officer Kristan Delatori, and SLO Drake Madison.
Guest: Reta Moser, David Hoisman, Stewart Oscars, Sally LeBerf, Michael Kerns and Alex Thompson.
Call to Order: Co-Chair Rob Kadota called the meeting to order at 7:15 P.M.
Review and Approval of February 2012 Meeting Minutes: Chris Williams motioned to approve the minutes and Harris Levey seconded the motion. The minutes were approved as written.
LAPD Co-Chair Captain John Peters Report: Captain Peters greeted all present at the meeting.
Captain Peters stated that one of the strategies that is being utilized this year is to provide each Senior Lead Officer with an area map, which includes each Basic Car Area’s individual crime reduction goal in support of the overall five percent Part I crime reduction effort. This method makes it easier to see progress in crime reduction for all areas. Captain Peters was happy to report that ALL the areas achieved their goal this week and reiterated that the community’s engagement helps to reduce crime.
Pacific Area is leading the City in property crimes and most of these property crimes are preventable. Please continue to share the Hide It. Lock It. Keep It. message as it helps to reduce the number of property crime victims. Senior Lead Officers are continuing to contact victims and recommending more measures to prevent future re-occurrences.
Captain Peters reminded everyone that we still need people to represent Palms Area since thieves are targeting late model Hondas and Toyotas. Please remind citizens that taking a proactive approach such as utilizing anti-theft devices (i.e. The Club) will be key in reducing crime. Pacific Area personnel handed out free Clubs to people living in the Palms and Mar Vista area.
Cadets targeted the Palms area and distributed flyers, specifically leaving them on Hondas and Toyotas. Many of these vehicles are recovered in the Division and most of them are being used for joyriding, not stripped for parts.
Captain Peters is still making Constitutional Policing a priority. Pacific personnel continue to do their job with the utmost dignity and respect required of our Department. They are successful because we are constantly being trained and educated in order to adhere to these standards.
Captain Johnson and Senior Lead Officer Juan Ceja hosted Coffee with A Cop at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. This is a positive outreach within the community where we can personally interact with the public on a casual level, sipping on a cup of coffee, discussing issues. This will be something that we will be doing throughout the Division. Working on prior planning and passing out leaflets in the area, close to the coffee shop, is in the works! Our goal is to reach out and engage people not usually involved in community matters.
Cyndi Hench suggested using the Neighborhood Council when reaching out to the individuals.
Pacific now has a Facebook and Twitter account. It’s great because it provides the community with information regarding crime, upcoming events, etc. Also pending is creating an App for smartphones.
Captain Peters reported that there were (4) Residential Burglaries on March 14th in Playa Vista and this is unacceptable! The plan is there will be (2) footbeats on the hill in Westchester to suppress daytime burglaries.
There has been a dramatic improvement with people sleeping at the beach. Since we have enforced the curfew laws at the beach, there are less people sleeping at the beach. Unfortunately, the problem has moved to 3rd Street and Rose Avenue/Sunset Avenue. We have a strategic plan in place and it will honor all parties. Per the Jones Agreement, 41.18 (d) LAMC (No sleeping on the sidewalk) is not being enforced between the hours of 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM. Other criminal violations will continue to be enforced.
CD #11 is very supportive of Pacific’s protocol. For homeless issues, the police provide outreach to the community, give warnings via clean-up and personal property is tagged and held for 90 days in storage.
Rob and Cyndi are meeting to define the roles of CPAB, Block Captains and Boosters and how they interconnect.
• The Boosters primarily are in charge of fundraising.
• Block Captains empower individuals in their immediate neighborhood.
• CPAB looks at larger community issues and develop problem solving action plans, as well as promote Booster activities.
Please promote Pacific Area’s Spring Carnival (March 30 – April 1), Golf Tournament (May 4) and the Citizen Community Police Academy (May 30)! All proceeds are for the Youth Programs and Station Fund. It will also help the station promote educational flyers.
CPAB Goals and Committees: (See Agenda)
• Creation/Implementation of a video surveillance database for targeted areas.
• Neighborhood Watch/Business Watch/Apt Watch (Crime Prevention/Property Protection)
• Emergency Preparedness/Disaster Prep/Community Resilience
• Community Outreach and Membership Development
Harris Levey stated we need more representation from other areas. CPAB needs better visibility.
Cyndi Hench stated we need people who represent a larger group.
Carol Tantau stated we should include CPAB members at Coffee with a Cop. (focus on A27’s area)
Nicholas Hippisley-Coxe stated for Prepare LA, we need Ambassadors for the west side willing to coordinate the event.
Dawn Suskin represents Playa Vista and said that El Segundo Police Department has a free self-defense program.
Pat Karasick suggested that the Senior Lead Officers should identify leaders in their areas.
Victor Jauregui suggested that recreation centers put our pamphlets and can include CPAB information. They could possibly have a building to hold our meetings.
Chris Williams suggested that there should be safety classes offered to the community.
Alex Thompson suggested that Cadets and CPAB members go to grocery stores for a meet and greet to hand out information.
Arnie Corlin suggested doing outreach to apartments and putting them in our surveillance database.
Stewart Oscar suggested outreach to neighborhood associations.
(Note: This is the revised version of the minutes sent to OWB)
Meeting Adjourned at 8:30 P.M.
Next meeting: April 18, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.
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