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LAPD's Special Investigation Section Gets a Better Eye on Crime
Operating within the Robbery Homicide Division, LAPD's Special Investigation Section (SIS) is the Department's tactical surveillance unit. SIS detectives work cases involving some of the most violent and dangerous criminals in the region, as they investigate homicides, kidnappings, sexual assaults and crimes against police officers.
The LAPF purchased all-terrain binoculars made with phase-corrected, high-index prisms for distortion-free images that offer extreme brightness, superior sharpness and incredible low light performance. This equipment allows the SIS detectives to monitor a suspect's actions from a safe distance without compromising an investigation.
New Video Cameras Assist with LAPD's Protection and Accountability
LAPD's Media Response Team is a new unit that provides the Department with audio/visual coverage where police action may result in mass arrests. The LAPF funded two high-definition camcorders, shoulder bags, battery packs and chargers for each of the LAPD's four bureaus.
By documenting actions or inactions, LAPD can improve training and reduce risk management cases. This will also improve the public's perception of the LAPD by making officers accountable for their actions.
Computing on the Go: Mobile Data Computers
Over the years, the LAPD has been at the forefront of modern policing by providing some level of computing in the patrol vehicle. This information has typically been provided through the use of a Mobile Data Computer (MDC), which is essentially a laptop computer unique to that vehicle. The MDC serves as a link to LAPD’s Communications Division, enabling officers to receive calls for service on their computer screen with relevant crime scene information and allowing officers to update their status of calls or activity. It is also used to query Department of Motor Vehicles and criminal information databases, retrieve Department e-mail, and receive instant updated call/dispatch information crucial to officer safety. In addition, these capabilities provided by the MDC relieve radio airtime reserved for more crucial emergency calls.
Because of the generosity of The Ahmanson Foundation, the Los Angeles Police Foundation is purchasing dozens of new MDCs to replace out-of-date, worn out units.
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LAPD Website Makes the Department Accessible
The LAPF continues to fund the LAPD’s official website, www.lapdonline.org. One of the many ways the LAPD communicates with the public is via its website, which provides information for its 21 area stations, as well as crime map data so users can get up-to-date crime information for their neighborhood. More than 1,000,000 unique users access LAPD Online daily.
Cellphone Tracker Helps LAPD Nab Criminals
The LAPD’s Major Crimes Division received an upgrade to its cell phone tracking software and equipment that enables the Department to track 3G and 4G phones, courtesy of the LAPF.
This software is one of several new technologies used by law enforcement to track people's locations. The device has various uses, including helping police locate suspects, kidnapped victims and aiding search-and-rescue teams in finding people lost in remote areas or buried under rubble after an accident.
Just one month after installing the equipment, the LAPD already captured violent suspects within 24 hours of the crimes they committed, including a rapist and suspects involved in a hostage situation. These criminals would have remained untraceable for extended periods of time without the use of this equipment, leaving the criminals free on the street to terrorize other victims.
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At-Risk Youth Get a Second Chance with LAPD Program
LAPD's Juvenile Impact Program (JIP) is a 12-week boot camp style program intended for at-risk youth between the ages of 9 and 16 years old who have discipline and/or behavioral difficulties. The program offers a highly regimented and disciplined environment that provides physical training, classroom instruction and counseling for youth, as well as mandatory parenting classes that coach parents in anger management, communication skills and domestic violence.
Domestic Abuse Response Teams Added in Southeast Area
The LAPD receives over 40,000 domestic violence calls a year. To respond to many of these calls, the LAPD deploys Domestic Abuse Response Teams (DART), a collaborative effort between police officers and volunteer advocates from the community that responds to the scene of a domestic/family violence (DV) call. The DART operates on the assumption that involvement at the scene of a reported DV incident (or shortly thereafter) by a police officer and a civilian advocate with specialized DV knowledge, training and/or experience is an effective means of early intervention. They provide intervention through family counseling, referrals to shelters, assistance in obtaining emergency protection orders, and other forms of support and assistance, depending on the particular situation.
This year, the LAPF, through the support of Verizon and the Weingart Foundation, funded the expansion of DART into the LAPD’s Southeast Division. Additional funds will go toward establishing a DART program in the Harbor Area later this year.
LAPD Celebrates Close Ties with L.A.'s African American Community
Community policing requires good communication and partnership between the LAPD and the diverse communities it serves. In January, the 4th Annual MLK Breakfast celebrated the life, legacy and vision of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as commemorated a transformative partnership between the LAPD and the city's African American community.
John Mack, Vice President of the Los Angeles Police Commission, who received an award from Chief Charlie Beck for helping to bridge relationships between the African American community and the LAPD, said, "This is a new day in the history of the Los Angeles Police Department, which recognizes the value of collaboration and partnerships and a commitment to police the streets of South Los Angeles and diverse communities throughout our city with respect. It also underscores a deep commitment to community policing, which at its core requires collaboration and partnerships built upon mutual respect."
This is the fourth year the Department partnered with the community, USC and the LAPF in this celebration.
LAPD Zeroes in on Distracted Driving
LAPD Officer Art Ornelas from Valley Traffic Division speaks at a Sober Graduation demonstration at Granada Hills Charter High School as part of the LAPD’s “Don’t Be A Statistic” initiative.
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, 80 percent of crashes involve some form of driver distraction, such as cell phone use, reaching for a moving object inside the vehicle, looking at an object or event outside of the vehicle, reading or applying makeup.
To address this growing problem the LAPD, with funding from State Farm, is participating in the state-wide “Don’t Be a Statistic” Traffic Safety and Education Program. The program’s mission is to improve traffic safety and to maintain a realistic and informative educational and traffic prevention program for students, parents and educators.
LAPD Celebrates Partnership with Latino Community
The LAPF proudly sponsored this year’s Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Luncheon, which gathered community leaders, consuls general from several Latin American countries and the LAPD to renew their commitment to social justice and respect for human dignity. The luncheon not only honors the life and triumphs of the civil rights leader, but celebrates the continued partnership between the LAPD, Latinos, and the community by creating a positive working relationship and open communication.
Valley CARES Family Justice Center- Lethality Risk Reduction Project
The LAPD continues to be at the forefront of addressing domestic violence-related crimes. The Valley CARES Family Justice Center (FJC) represents an eight-year collaboration between the Center for Assault Treatment Services (CATS), the Valley Trauma Center, and the LAPD to create a meaningful, co-located response to victims of interpersonal violence.
The Lethality Risk Reduction Project in an initiative of the LAPD that enables two detectives to work full-time in collaboration with specially trained forensic nurse examiners from CATS to develop and implement an assessment tool to screen for strangulation. The detectives also work with CATS to provide training to first responders to enhance the quality of the investigations through the use of forensic medical exams and interviews. Thorough investigations that include medical treatment and proper documentation will greatly reduce the risk of lethality and increase the chance for successful prosecution.
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Mission Possible: LAPD's Autism Spectrum Disorder Training Program
On a daily basis, officers encounter a multitude of individuals in emergency situations. Police are trained to respond to a crisis situation with a certain protocol, but this protocol may not always be the best way to interact with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Because police are usually the first to respond to an emergency, it is critical that these officers have a working knowledge of ASD and the wide variety of behaviors individuals with ASD can exhibit in emergency situations. “Mission Possible" provides an opportunity for hundreds of law enforcement professionals to learn about 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.
The LAPF thanks the Motorola Solutions Foundation for providing the funding for this valuable training.
Click here to watch a video on the LAPD Autism Training Program.
Leadership Conference Helps Build LAPD Staff Capacity
Each year, the LAPF proudly sponsors the Los Angeles Women Police Officers and Associates (LAWPOA) Professional Training and Development Symposium. What began as a small gathering of female-only LAPD personnel now draws over 1,200 women and men in the public safety profession from throughout Southern California who seek to develop and enhance their leadership skills.
The one-day conference, held in March, featured speakers that addressed the issues of post-traumatic syndrome, mental health, public safety employee suicides, internet predators, child pornography and exploitation, and deception.