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June 22, 2017

WHAT: Press Conference

WHEN: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 9:00 a.m. (Media check in at 8:30 a.m.)

WHERE: 77th Community Police Station (1st Floor Community Room) 7600 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90003

WHO: Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Phillip Tingirides Commanding Officer Operations-South Bureau

Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Dennis Kato Commanding Officer Operations-West Bureau

Sarah Parker, Community Safety Manager – Offer Up Representatives from Councilman Curren Price office (District 9)

DETAILS: On Tuesday, June 27th, the Los Angeles Police Department, Operations-South Bureau, will introduce E-Commerce Exchange Zones. This is an innovative idea designed to increase public awareness about the risks of robberies and thefts involved in conducting e-commerce exchanges (those involving various purchases from sites such as Offer Up, Craigslist, etc). The intent is to provide locations to increase the safety of persons conducting these exchanges by encouraging them to conduct them within the lobby of our police stations in the nine stations in Operations-South and West Bureau’s.

This is the first time the LAPD has been a part of providing exchange zone locations for these types of transactions. It is the intent of the Los Angeles Police Department that the utilization of these zones by the community will reduce robberies, thefts, and violence that often occurs during these transactions.

In preparation for this program, representatives from OfferUp have provided training to detectives from LAPD as well as several local police departments. In the two years prior to the training OfferUp assisted LAPD in very few investigations. Since the training in February, that number has quadrupled. Resulting in the resolution of many of those cases.

The signage was graciously provided by Los Angeles City Council President, Herb Wesson and Councilmember Curren Price.

Los Angeles Police Department Exchange Zones Locations: Operations-South Bureau SOUTHWEST AREA 1546 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., L.A. 90062 (213) 485-2582

HARBOR AREA 2175 John S. Gibson Blvd., San Pedro 90731 (310) 726-7700

77TH STREET AREA 7600 S. Broadway, L.A. 90003 (323) 786-5075

SOUTHEAST AREA 145 W. 108th St., L.A. 90061 (213) 972-7828

Operations-West Bureau HOLLYWOOD AREA 1358 N. Wilcox Ave., L.A. 90028 (213) 972-2971

WILSHIRE AREA 4861 W. Venice Blvd., L.A. 90019 (213) 473-0476

WEST LOS ANGELES AREA 1663 Butler Ave., West L.A. 90025 (310) 444-0701

PACIFIC AREA 12312 Culver Blvd., L.A. 90066 (310) 482-6334

OLYMPIC AREA 1130 S. Vermont Ave., L.A. 90006 (213) 382-9102

Hours Available: 24/7

Notes: Lobby only, No firearms, no restricted items, no illegal transactions. Officer available upon request.

An exchange zone can be found near you by searching for a Community Meet Up Spot on OfferUp. Check for Safe Deal Zones at Safe Deal Zone or at a participating Ralph’s Grocery Store near you.