Topanga Community Police Advisory Board
Topanga Police Station
21501 Schoenborn Street
Canoga Park, CA. 91304
Minutes of the January 9th, 2013
Following our 6:00 p.m. social time, the CPAB, 2nd Wed. of the month meeting was called to order at 6:30 by Co-Chair, Bob Basch with the Pledge of Allegiance. December’s Minutes were approved by Committee Member Leslie Chudnoff and Seconded by Vice-Chair, Marilyn Williams.
1. Captain Brascia -
a. Topanga 21 is primarily a property crime area (80% burglaries and thefts)...down this year by 7% overall.
2. Planned Future CPAB Community Projects
b. Do not hesitate to call 911 when suspicious of door-to-door solicitors,…at that time vs. waiting to call.
c. To strengthen LAPD relationships and educate students of being aware of their surroundings, a concentrated effort is in force for working with School Police. All students need to be aware of knowing where the nearest exits are located at all times An active shooter ‘Alert’ system is being implemented by all schools. ‘RUN, HIDE, FIGHT’ is discussed with all students...Patrol cars are now equipped with tactical equipment for all 98 schools.
d. T.R.U.E. (Topanga Restoring it’s Urban Ecosystem) – all day fun maintenance event planned for Jan. 26th.
e. 8 surveillance cameras are being installed, (one @ Sherman Way and Winnetka). Volunteers are needed for 2 hr. shifts in the watch commanders office to watch the live surveillance feeds. Surveillance cameras were used in an exclusive south of the boulevard area, reducing crime to 0 as well as helping to apprehend suspects.
f. Capt Brascia discussed the importance of Constitutional Policing and its effects in the community.
a. Bob Basch presented his vision of a fun filled Station-sponsored Bicycle race for all community members, planned for an April/May event. It may be combined with the Station’s ‘Open House’.
3. Joyce Pearson, former Neighborhood Council member, spoke as a Mayorol candidate for termed out Councilman Zine.The Captain’s motto of ‘Neighbors talking to Neighbors’ continues for 2013 combined with ‘Harden the Target’
b. Glenn Kovacs presented his state of the art plan to upgrade Neighborhood Watch. Reaching the masses is critical to N/W success. He will be working with Neighborhood Council on this huge project.
Officer Jarron adjourned the meeting at 7:35.Submitted by Membership Chaip Gail Cane for Secretary Susan Klenner’s planned absence.