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

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

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

(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

“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

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.