Zero Tolerance Crime Task Force Focuses on San Fernando Valley

August 11, 2003

Valley Bureau Headquarters, Valley Traffic Division, and Foothill Area Division

Grand Theft Auto Task Force

Wednesday, August 13 – 14, 2003 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.

Van Nuys Corridor

Los Angeles: On Wednesday, August 13, 2003, dozens of Los Angeles Police Department officers from Foothill Area Division, Valley Traffic Division, and Valley Bureau Headquarters will focus on violent crime and quality of life issues in an effort to reduce crime in the San Fernando Valley. This task force will emphasize the apprehension of Grand Theft Auto suspects and the recovery of stolen vehicles.

The target zones will be the Van Nuys Boulevard corridor between Foothill Boulevard and Laurel Canyon Boulevard, and the area encompassed by Terra Bella Street to Sheldon Street to San Fernando Road to Woodman Avenue.

Operations will commence at 8:00 a.m. on August 13, 2003 and continue to 4:00 a.m. the next morning. There will be zero tolerance for traffic violations and criminal acts in the affected area. Recent task forces in other parts of the Valley have resulted in hundreds of traffic citations and vehicle impounds, and dozens of arrests. Other similar task forces designed to combat violent crime and improve the quality of life will be conducted in other parts of the Valley throughout the year.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer John Moreno, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.