Goals and StrategiesIn 2010, Criminal Gang/Homicide Division (CGHD) was comprised of four distinct entities; Homicide Section (77th Street, Southwest and Southeast), a Bureau Gang Enforcement Detail, a Violent Crime Task Force, and a Re-entry Coordination Section devised to build community partnerships in order to reduce recidivism in Operation-South Bureau (OSB). Many of the 2010 goals were achieved despite significant overtime and other challenges that uniquely tested CGHD’s resolve and tenacity. In establishing the Division’s 2011 Goals and Strategies, CGHD will continue in its resolve to establish goals and devise strategies that will continue to compliment OSB’s crime reduction efforts.
In 2010, OSB established a homicide clearance rate of 75% for CGHD. This objective was a 9% increase over the previous year’s homicide clearance rate which, although very ambitious, was nevertheless deemed achievable. Unfortunately, CGHD fell short of its intended goal due to significant challenges relating to overtime, the lack of promotions, civilian and sworn staffing shortages, etc. However, the 64% clearance rate achieved in 2010 was commensurate with the 2009 clearance rate. Although a 100% clearance rate is always desirable, CGHD’s clearance rate goal for 2011 will remain equally aggressive.
SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT
At the conclusion of the 2010 calendar year the extremely successful and productive OSB-Gang Enforcement Detail was disbanded due to difficulties pertaining to the Department’s Financial Disclosure policy. However, the need for a similar unit which is uniquely trained and suited to make similar crime reduction contributions remains critical to assist the Bureau in its overall Part One Crime reduction goal. One of CGHD’s most urgent objectives will be to reconstitute a crime fighting entity that will be as equally productive as the former OSB-GED unit was and that will work directly with OSB Area’s to assist them with their own crime reduction strategies.
VIOLENT CRIME IMPACT TEAM
In 2010, the Violent Crime Task Force/Impact Team worked with its federal law enforcement partners to focus attention on some of OSB’s most notorious and organized gangs. These efforts were extremely successful last year and this task force will continue to employ and focus on strategies that will address the needs of the Bureau in reducing violent crime.
RE-ENTRY COORDINATION SECTION (HONOR AND STRENGTH)
The Honor and Strength (HAS) Program, which was first established in 2008, culminated in a graduation of 21 participants who successfully returned to their community rather than returning to prison. In 2011, the HAS Program will restructure its goals and strategies and continually leverage partnerships to reduce recidivism and decrease Part One Crime.
Intervention continues to be a valuable resource in reducing retaliatory aggravated assaults and homicides. The relationships developed during 2010 undeniably fostered increased community trust and resulted in solid partnerships in reducing crime. In 2011, the intervention concept will continue to be a significant ingredient in saving lives and reducing violent crime.
The goals and strategies set forth below are consistent with the goals of OSB and the Department, and are designed to assist in an overall Part One Crime reduction of Five (5) percent. Criminal Gang/Homicide Division has established the following 2011 Goals and Strategies:
GOAL NO. 1
Increase Wellness awareness among CGHD employees and improve CGHD employee’s welfare, health and morale.
• Criminal Gang/Homicide Division established a Divisional Wellness Coordinator in late 2010. The assigned Sergeant will continue to liaison with the CGHD, CO regarding employee wellness and health issues.
• Increased attention on employee (sworn and civilian) recognition/awards by establishing an Employee of the Quarter/Year program.
• The CGHD, CO will hold random vertical staff meetings with all personnel.
• Establish a divisional station fund in order to fund cards, flowers, a divisional summer picnic, and/or holiday party.
• Establish alliances with Dr. Kinney, Behavioral Science Section, The Employee’s Assistance Unit and the Chief of Police’s Wellness Section to improve employee wellness.
• Establish an employee development and mentoring program.
• Increase internal communications with all CGHD personnel to improve internal relationships.
• Continue to emphasize our appreciation and support for our civilian workforce.
• Continue to emphasize station cleanliness and ensure appropriate file/record retention and storage.
• Design a Divisional Challenge Coin and other items to improve morale and promote and enhance CGHD’s uniqueness and identity.
GOAL NO. 2
Enhance community, law enforcement and other partnerships
• Enhance working relationships and build stronger alliances between CGHD and Lawanda Hawkins, Justice for Murdered Children, Cease Fire, Watts Gang Task Force, and Gang Reduction and Youth Development.
• Develop an internal system to make regular notifications and case updates to victim’s immediate family members (i.e. surviving spouse/significant other, mother, father, child etc).
• Work in conjunction with the City Attorney’s Victim’s Witness Coordinators within the Area’s to facilitate communication to victim’s families.
• Provide Intervention training to Area/Divisional personnel in an effort to facilitate stronger communication between patrol officers, investigators and interventionist.
• Homicide Investigators will attend Area Weekly Crime Control Meetings (including Harbor Area) when a homicide occurs within the reporting week and/or when there is significant investigative information to relay to the Areas.
• Homicide Investigators will attend roll call/supervisor meetings of neighboring outside law enforcement entities (Inglewood Police Department, Gardena Police Department Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department) to share and disseminate pertinent investigative information. In addition, those entities will be invited to CGHD roll calls to discuss crime trends and patterns.
• The Re-Entry Coordination Section (Honor and Strength) will work closer with CGHD Investigators to facilitate better communications with active Community Based Organizations and Faith Based Organizations and leverage those contacts and partnerships to reduce recidivism and decrease Part One Crime.
• Create a website on LAPDonline that will identify CGHD’s mission and provide updates on wanted homicide suspects.
• Continue to leveraging our law enforcement partnerships with the FBI and Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to reduce crime and achieve clearance goals
• Continue to promote Gang Intervention efforts within CGHD and assist OSB Area commands with familiarizing patrol personnel with intervention practices and procedures.
GOAL NO. 3
Assist OSB achieve its Part One Crime Reduction objectives, while striving to achieve a CGHD homicide clearance rate of 75% percent.
• The OSB Gang Enforcement Detail will be replaced with a Special Enforcement Unit which will be designed to assist OSB entities with their crime fighting/crime reduction efforts.
• Increased focus on the clearance rate for the Unsolved Squad by adding an additional investigative team and increasing the clearances by 10 percent over 2010.
• Reorganize fugitive warrant books to provide increased focus on wanted homicide suspects and thorough due diligence of those cases.
• Categorize cold cases and review for potential forensic evidence follow-up.
• Assess the current organizational structure of CGHD and reorganize teams/squads to ensure maximum investigatory effectiveness.
• Ensure newly assigned investigators attend specialized training to assist in their homicide cases (i.e. homicide investigation school, interview and interrogation, forensic analysis).
• Increase the number of arrests, search warrants, arrests warrants, roll back searches, informants and gun buys over last years numbers to facilitate a reduction in Part One Crimes and an increased clearance rate.
• Examine the feasibility of assigning a Los Angeles County Probation Officer and/or California Department of Corrections Parole Agent to CGHD homicide and Special Enforcement Unit on a permanent basis.
• Maintain a working relationship with our Federal counterparts (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) to target specific gangs in OSB and obtain federal indictments and state charges against the top hierarchy targeted gangs.
• Continue to train on and employ constitutional and biased policing protocols.
GOAL NO. 4
Quality through continuous improvement by maximizing the use of internal resources to enhance productivity.
• Develop an internal training cadre to facilitate training for newly assigned homicide investigators.
• Utilize Detective II’s to cover more standby and call-outs to increase development of supervisory leadership at crime scenes.
• In addition to their mandatory field training provided by CGHD SEU supervisors, provide cross training with the new police officers assigned to the SEU by assigning them to a Homicide investigative team and to the Violent Crime Impact Team on a rotating basis.
• CGHD will enter into a Phase two restructuring of the HAS program by partnering with the upcoming OSB, HACALA Project
• Continue to evaluate and assess HAS’ role, objectives and goals to assure they remain in line with both the Department and OSB’s intended objectives with the ultimate goal of expanding the HAS concept throughout OSB.
• Continue to employ creative strategies to manage overtime to ensure that CGHD complies with Department and OSB overtime mandates.
• Bureau Audit Team will continue to complete the mandated Gang Enforcement Detail audits and inspections to ensure compliance with existing mandates.
• The OSB Intervention Liaison will evaluate the feasibility of employing an assessment vehicle (e.g. an Intervention Report Card) to better gauge OSB’s intervention efforts.
• CGHD will continue to devise strategies to improve its Property Disposition management.