Los Angeles Police Department
Community Police Advisory Board Executive Committee
Southwest Division Police Department February 3, 2014 6:30PM
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Sergeant Jim Barlow.
Welcome & Introduction of Members: Civilian Co-Chair Mr. Johnnie Raines was introduced and requested that other C-PAB members mention who they are and where they are from.
Captain’s Comments: Captain III Paul A. Snell, was not present.
Constitutional Policing: Sergeant Jim Barlow noted that Southwest had an all supervisors meeting covering the use of force and how officers apply in given situations. Main thrust was a discussion with the officers on a number of options. When you have an aggressive, combative individual and force being applied at the time is not doing the job, then use another option as soon as you can. Strike technique or impairment of suspect, not working then think on their feet and seek other options to take individual into custody as quick and safe as possible.
Teen C-PAB Comments: Co-Chair Luis Duarte mentioned that the Teen C-PAB Facebook is up and running again and our Southwest page. The Youth Conference is March 20th, details to follow. Our next meeting date is February 27th .
Basic Car Reports:
SLO John Biondo (Basic Car A31) Jefferson Park, Our biggest issues are that vehicle crime is up and I’m working with auto detectives in the area. We’ve also had several transient issues. A Transient encampment behind the Crenshaw Smart & Final was cleared out and will continue to monitor the situation.
SLO Tracy Banuelos (Basic Car A15) West Adams, glad to be back in West Adams and it’s nice to see everyone again. We’ve had a few burglaries from motor vehicles around 5ht Avenue. We’ve been focusing on that area and brought bike patrols in. A few robberies towards Western up 50%.
SLO Nicole Gardner (Basic Car A59) University Park Task Force, with classes back in session we’re seeing a lot of burglaries from motor vehicles. So we’re educating the students on keeping their property locked up and not laying around.
SLO Sanchez (Basic Car A1) Area Biggest issue we are facing is theft from vehicles. Please make sure when you shop to put your items in the trunk and out of view. And ladies, when shopping please do not leave your purse in the shopping cart. Keep it on your person at all times.
SLO Jackie Fort (Mall Foot Beat) Baldwin Hills, no violent crimes but we had six property crimes, with three arrests.
SLO Sam Salazar (Basic Car A57) University Park, largest problem is primarily burglaries from motor vehicles between King and Vernon. Prostitution continues to be a problem on Western and they have shifted to some morning hours 6am to 8am, vice is adjusting their hours to confront the problem.
SLO Sonny Sasajima (Basic Car A73) Leimert Park, experiencing “distraction” residential burglary. Service related. Be mindful of individuals coming to your home, especially if you didn’t order any services.
SLO Pierre Olega (Basic Car A55) Jefferson Park/King Park community, We have Grand Theft Auto happening every week. We’re asking everyone to keep their eyes open and to notify us if you see a new “auto” shops opening in the area. Quality of Life issues that we are dealing with is illegal dumping in the local alleys. Basically from renters clearing out items when moving. If you see any dumping, please call us and you can also call 311 for bulky item pick up.
Guest Speaker – South Traffic: Motor Officer ll+ll Rudy Baca is based out of Crenshaw Mall, and deals with everything traffic related. Traffic patterns present the largest problems Western, King, La Brea, Adams and Vermont. Police citywide are wanting to bring the numbers down on “K’s” and “A’s” injuries. “K” are deadly traffic related incidents and “A” are serious injuries. Officers being shifted from valley to help combat some of our issues. Each bureau has 22 additional officers just dealing with. School drop offs and pick ups for local schools is a constant ongoing issue. After gang shootings, etc. traffic is still a major issue. We have a new phone number (323) 421-2588, Monday – Friday, 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For all traffic problem areas call this number and we can help you investigate what is going on, whether enforcement, etc.
New Business: New meeting day and venue, reason being that Captain Snell is off on the first Monday and it is counter productive to having these meetings when we can speak with the Captain. So the Executive Committee met to determine what would be the best day for our C-PAB board meetings. After discussion, it was determined that the second Thursday of the month (March 13th) will be our new meeting date. For the sake of March’s meeting we will hold it at the library until a new venue is confirmed by Denise Smith.
• Johnnie Raines mentioned that work on the Crenshaw and Rodeo project will be beginning in the next couple of weeks and expected to take a couple of years before completion.
Approval of January Minutes: Minutes were approved.
The meeting was adjourned.
Next Meeting will be: Monday, March 13, 2014 6:30PM (subject to change)
Exposition Park/Bethune Library
3900 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90062
Minutes prepared and submitted by Jeff Camp