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Crime Scene Investigators Gain New
LAPD's crime scene investigators (Investigative Support Unit) are responsible for documenting all aspects of a crime scene for internal investigations and for prosecution in criminal court. With their current equipment, this unit can only create a two-dimensional diagram of a crime scene, which sometimes requires eight to ten hours of work from two to three officers.
The Los Angeles Police Foundation is proud to have purchased a Leica ScanStation C10 Laser Scanning System, which can operate in bright sunlight or total darkness, indoors or out. The built-in digital camera allows a crime scene to be mapped using lasers that produce a visually stunning 3D rendering of the scene.
Not only will the Leica ScanStation improve investigations by way of more accurate findings, but the entire process can be completed in less than thirty minutes, drastically reducing the need for officer overtime. Producing crime scene diagrams in a more accurate, timely, and transparent manner maintains LAPD's reputation as an innovator in the area of cutting edge law enforcement forensics.
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Distracted Driving Simulator for Sober Graduation Program
Central Traffic Division's Community Traffic Safety Unit (CTSU) educates teens on the dangers of distracted driving through their outreach program, Sober Graduation.
Thanks to funding from State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, the LAPF was able to purchase a Portable Virtual Driver Interactive Distracted Driving Simulator (VT Touch) for CTSU. This simulation system allows high school students to have a hands-on experience with DUI, reckless driving, texting, and other distracted driving problems. Additionally, the VT Touch projects first person consequence videos such as intense interactions with law enforcement, trauma, and judicial personnel, which forces students to realize the results of reckless driving decisions.
This equipment allows officers to provide a realistic and informative educational experience to teen drivers, and assists LAPD in their efforts to improve traffic safety and reduce death and injury caused by distracted driving.
LAPD’s 5th Annual Cesar Chavez Luncheon
The LAPF was proud to have sponsored the LAPD’s 5th Annual Cesar Chavez Commemorative Event.
This breakfast not only celebrates the life and triumphs of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, but also the struggles and sacrifices made in order to bring forth social change, equality, and justice.
This event also represents a continued partnership between the LAPD, Latinos, and the community creating a positive working relationship and open communication; a partnership that is a tribute to Cesar Chavez’s commitment to social justice and respect for human dignity.
Support for LAPD’s Domestic Violence Program
The LAPD Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) provides support to the victim, promotes the victim's safety, and facilitates prosecution. DART is a collaborative effort between police officers and volunteer advocates from the community that responds to the scene of a domestic violence (DV) call.
DART volunteers complete a 10 week/40-hour course in order to provide services to victims such as crisis intervention, emergency assistance, referrals to shelters, assistance in obtaining emergency protection orders, and family counseling.
The LAPF is proud to assist the LAPD in breaking the cycle of violence through the DART program. Thanks to funding from Verizon Wireless and the Weingart Foundation, the LAPF is able to cover the costs of training, supplies and operating costs for the program for the Southeast and Harbor areas.
LAPD’s MLK Breakfast Endorses ‘Empowerment through Involvement’
On Saturday, January 18, the LAPD once again partnered with the community, USC and the LAPF to host the 5th Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast, a celebration of the life, legacy, and vision of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Community policing requires constant communication and partnership, and the annual attendance of roughly 250 prominent Los Angeles residents and community leaders at the MLK Breakfast allows for significant outreach.
The event informs community members and law enforcement personnel on how community policing has enabled the LAPD to make positive changes as an organization. As a result, the LAPD has established better relationships, gained valuable crime information, resolved disputes amongst the residents of the City of Los Angeles, and become a more approachable professional law enforcement agency.
Cedars-Sinai Helps LAPD Keep South L.A. Streets a Little Safer
Sgt. Jon Aufedemberg and officers from
LAPD's South Traffic Division distributed
about 200 free bike lights to community
members on Feb. 20 at "Operation Firefly."
In 2013, LAPD’s South Traffic Division reported 8411 traffic collisions, including 368 DUI-related collisions. Because of a generous donation from Cedars-Sinai, the LAPF recently purchased equipment for South Traffic safety initiatives involving drunk driving awareness for teens, child car seat safety and bicycle safety.
Cedars-Sinai’s director of community engagement, Jonathan Schreiber, notes, “Cedars-Sinai has a longstanding commitment to improving community safety and awareness. Our partnership with the Los Angeles Police Foundation is an excellent way to bring key educational messages about the dangers of drunk driving, the importance of infant safety, and staying healthy to those at greatest risk.”
Equipment was purchased for the benefit of South Traffic’s Sober Graduations Program, Car Seat Safety Program and Bicycle Safety Program.
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Autism Awareness Training for LAPD
Thanks to support from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the Los Angeles Police Foundation is able to provide funding for "Mission Possible: LAPD's Autism Spectrum Disorder Training Program," which provides an opportunity for hundreds of law enforcement professionals to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through hands-on simulations provided by trained ASD experts.
At each day-long training held once a quarter in one of four LAPD geographic bureaus, approximately 100 officers and 100 students with ASD and their caregivers will participate so that officers develop real-world understanding and are given tools needed to meet the distinct social, communication and behavioral needs of individuals with ASD.