Los Angeles Police Department Responds to Tragedy in Baton Rouge NR16224an

July 18, 2016

Los Angeles: Chief Beck and the Los Angeles Police Department Respond to the Tragedy in Baton Rouge

The Los Angeles Police Department family is deeply saddened by the news of the senseless attacks upon police officers and sheriff’s deputies in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Our hearts and prayers go out to their families, friends and communities during this tragic time.

Here in Los Angeles we are closely monitoring the developing events in Baton Rouge and the ongoing investigative efforts. In addition the Chief of Police has directed that the Department:

(1) Assign Metropolitan Officers to assist patrol resources and provide additional protection to officers responding to calls for service;

(2) Increase the number of helicopters patrolling the City to provide additional support for responding officers;

(3) Conduct additional screening of calls at the LAPD’s 9-1-1 call center to ensure that officers are safely responding to calls for service with sufficient information and resources; and

(4) Implement additional operational enhancements and special procedures.

“The Police Officers who have sworn an oath to protect and to serve did so of their own volition out of their sense of honor and duty to protect their fellow citizens,” said Chief Charlie Beck. “The duties of a police officer are not always easy and in many instances face the most extreme criticism due to the very nature of their obligations. Even in the wake of such horrific attacks on their fellow brother and sister officers across this nation, Los Angeles Police Officers have never hesitated to protect our City and keep us safe,” he continued. “The events that have triggered this national discussion about policing in America are necessary, but must be free of violence if meaningful change is to be achieved. These cowardly attacks on law enforcement officers will not resolve the issues and concerns that some have within society. Communication is the key and the reprehensible violence and unspeakable crimes that we have seen in Dallas and Baton Rouge will only serve to divide rather than unite us all,” Beck concluded.

We ask the public to join with us during this difficult time in our country, and do their part in helping to keep our communities safe with the officers who serve them. We ask that anyone who observes something that would endanger our community or our police officers call 911 immediately with those details.

If you want to remain anonymous, tips about criminal activities can also be reported through a variety of sources including:

1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts. 1-877-ATHREAT (1-877-284-7328) Or Download the iWATCHLA App that has several ways to report suspicious behavior.