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back to top Community Outreach


Charlie Beck appointed as 56th LAPD Chief of Police
The Police Foundation was proud to be a part of the ushering in of the 56th Los Angeles Police Department Chief of Police, Charlie Beck. The Foundation assisted with funding the many aspects of the day-long celebrations.

100 Years of Women in LAPD
This past September the LAPD marked the 100-year anniversary of LAPD appointing the nation’s first female officer by hosting month-long celebrations. To mark the occasion, the Police Foundation assisted by funding a commemorative booklet that acknowledged the many accomplishments and contributions that female police officers have made to the LAPD.

LAPD and Community Stakeholders come together at Annual CPAB Summit
Each year the Police Foundation assists with funding the Community Police Advisory Board (CPAB) Summit an annual event that brings together community members that work with LAPD to improve LAPD and community relations. More than 500 CPAB members from communities all over the city had the opportunity to hear about LAPD’s latest public safety initiative, iWatch, which involves citizens in ensuring the safety of the communities in which they live and work. Participants also had the opportunity to participate in workshops and special LAPD demonstrations.

Valley CARES Family Justice Center
The Valley CARES (Crisis and Recovery Services) Project is a centralized service center for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Northridge Hospital received a three-year state grant to pay the salaries for full-time LAPD officers and part-time advocates dedicated to this project. Catholic Healthcare West provided additional funding for essential equipment to assist the officers in documenting the injuries sustained by patients.

Martin Luther King Breakfast

Police Commission President, John Mack and MLK Day Parade Founder,
Larry Grant stop to pose with Chief Charlie Beck.

On January 16, LAPD held its 2nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration at USC’s Town & Gown.  The event celebrated the legacy, life, and vision of this influential civil rights leader. Thanks to the following individuals for their generous donation to help fund this event: Police Foundation Board Members Eddie Kislinger and Gene Hale, Bank of America and the Martin Luther King Fund.






back to top Equipment

Vapor Wake Detection/Person Screening K-9 Training
The Los Angeles International Airport has 15-Bomb Detection K-9 teams that, in the past, were trained utilizing simulated articles. This poses a crucial void in LAPD’s explosives detection capability at LAX.

To help address this homeland security issue, the Los Angeles Police Foundation recently funded necessary training for K-9s to sense carried or body-worn explosives as well as Vapor Wake Detection training which will allow K-9s to follow the vapor trail off of a person and to an explosive. This training is crucial to provide an enhanced level of security at LAX and throughout the city.

Thanks to the Wasserman Foundation for their generous support of the Los Angeles Police Foundation. The following LAPD equipment grants were all made possible through funding from the Wasserman Foundation:

Upgrade to Major Crimes Tracking Equipment
Major Crimes is involved in investigating priority homicides, high profile cases involving armed suspects, kidnapping, terrorist threats and other heinous crimes. Major Crimes’ Technical Support uses various forms of technology and equipment to find victims and suspects.

Through a generous donation from an anonymous donor and The Wasserman Foundation, the Los Angeles Police Foundation was able to provide critical upgrades to equipment in the Major Crimes Division


Bomb Squad’s Accuracy is Assisted with New Optic System



LAPD’s Bomb Squad receives over 1,000 calls each year with 22% of calls involving live devices, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The Los Angeles Police Foundation was able to purchase new optic systems to the Bomb Squad’s Frangible Round Extended Distance Disruption (FREDD) system. The optic system will assist LAPD officers to accurately detonate an IED from a safe distance.

Trauma Equipment for LAPD’s Ready Reserve Force

The Los Angeles Police Foundation was able to purchase equipment needed for EMTs responding to MACTAC scenarios. Professional Standards Bureau assigns 250 officers as a designated “ready reserve force” that responds to MACTAC (Multi-Assault Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities) situations, which involve active shooters, multiple assaults, terrorist activities and other immediate threats to public safety. Having the EMT equipment present during a MACTAC situation significantly improves the chance for seriously injured officers to receive immediate trauma care.

LAPF Helps Safeguard Crime Scenes



LAPD investigates hundreds of serious crimes and homicides each year. Many crime scenes are outdoors and lack protection from both natural elements and the public eye, leaving them vulnerable to loss, contamination, and the destruction or deterioration of physical evidence. The Los Angeles Police Foundation was able to purchase 27 enclosed canopies to be distributed amongst detective units such that detectives may collect evidence without compromising its integrity.

Video Cameras Help Keep an Eye on Crime

Special Operations Division is the number one video producer in the Department, responsible for conducting and recording highly confidential criminal and administrative misconduct investigations. The Los Angeles Police Foundation was able to replace the Internal Surveillance Unit’s outdated equipment with 25 Canon FS300 digital video cameras which will help LAPD confirm or refute allegations of serious misconduct in a more timely and cost effective manner.

Equipment Upgrades for LAPD’s Anti-Piracy Unit



The importing and exporting of counterfeit goods produced an estimated $5.2 billion loss to Los Angeles County in 2005. LAPDs anti-piracy unit serves 5 -7 warrants per week involving street gangs, organized crime and terrorist groups linked to the manufacturing, sales and distribution of counterfeit items. The Los Angeles Police Foundation is able to provide the Anti-Piracy unit with equipment that will improve officer safety during the investigation and prosecution of criminal offenders, such as tactical vests with hands-free communication technology and computer aided resources for gathering on-site documentation and evidence.

New Equipment Helps LAPD Keep the Peace in Your Neighborhood




LAPD’s Noise Enforcement Team (NET) enforces and investigates noise complaints at public events, entertainment events, and businesses where amplified noise affects the quality of life in the surrounding community. The Los Angeles Police Foundation was able to purchase noise meters that measure decibel levels which help determine whether a noise violation is taking place at a public event and can be used in a court proceeding.

Ballistic Testing and Evaluating Equipment



All ammunition used by LAPD must be tested to ensure officer and community safety before it is used in the field.  The Police Foundation is providing the Firearms and Tactics Section with a chronograph to ensure that ammunition will meet FBI standards.  This equipment funded, through the Wasserman Foundation, will ensure that all department personnel will receive the highest quality and best performing ammunition.

Incident Command Post Unit Equipment
Emergency Operations Division responds to 80 – 100 calls per year.  They are the central response unit for all of LAPD that supplies equipment for all emergency deployments, special events, and officer involved shootings.  Portable generators are essential pieces of equipment for LAPD to set up a command post. Funding through the Wasserman Foundation will provide for three generators.

Covert Video and Audio Recorder
A compact recorder concealed in the seams of a baseball cap will transmit audio and video to nearby officers to monitor the safety of undercover officers. The recorder for 77th Narcotics Enforcement Detail will provide additional safety, undisputable video and audio evidence in court, and allow officers to gain intelligence and property layouts to determine the best tactics, tools and techniques to employ.         


Scholarships

Magnet School Scholarships
The Los Angeles Police Foundation has provided scholarships to the LAPD Magnet school students since 2001. The Magnet School Police Academy program has a 100% graduation rate with every student attending college – 2 year or 4 year - or a form of the military after graduation.

The program is designed, not only to educate students about law enforcement and related careers, but, also, to encourage students to commit to a rigid course of study, physical training and compulsory community service.

This year, through a generous donation from Motorola, over $10,000 was provided to Magnet School students through the Los Angeles Police Foundation.

Cadet Scholarship Program
The newly formed LAPD Cadet program provides a safe learning environment for young people through teaching ethical decision making, personal responsibility and appropriate conduct. The students participate in physical training, character building, Toastmasters and learn about law enforcement directly from LAPD officers.

At LAPD’s Annual Cadet Leadership Day, scholarships were presented by Motorola to twenty-three of the top cadets in the city totaling over $5,000. These cadets are chosen for their academic scores, physical training, number of volunteer hours, school grades and overall outstanding performance.

Thanks to Motorola for their generosity and their commitment to the youth of Los Angeles.







back to top Technology

COMPSTAT Upgrade
Although there are many factors affecting any downturn in crime, one essential piece of technology used by law enforcement agencies is COMPSTAT, short for computer statistics. The program has a well-established and proven track record in reducing crimes and improving the overall operating systems of several major metropolitan police departments, which have all experienced significant reduction in violent crimes as a result of the implementation of the COMPSTAT crime control model. The core elements provide a basic road map for getting police officers back in the business of proactively fighting crime rather than just reacting to it.

LAPD Predictive Policing Planning Grant Approved by National Institute of Justice
Predictive policing allows command staff and police managers to leverage advanced analytics in support of meaningful, information-based tactics, strategy, and policy decisions in the applied public safety environment. As the law enforcement community increasingly is asked to do more with less, predictive policing represents an opportunity to prevent crime and respond more effectively, while optimizing increasingly scarce or limited resources, including personnel.

The predictive-policing vision moves law enforcement from focusing on what happened to focusing on what will happen and how to effectively deploy resources in front of crime, thereby changing outcomes.
The National Institute of Justice has awarded an initial nine-month grant for an LAPD pilot project to test hypotheses and answer questions about the viability of Predictive Policing.

LAPD Official Website
The official LAPD website is www.lapdonline.org and is the largest and most visited law enforcement website in the world. LAPD’s website offers more than 10,000 pages allowing users to learn more about their area stations, read the Chief’s blog, read minutes and agendas for their local C-PAB (Community Police Advisory Board) as well as get information about crimes happening throughout the city.
   




back to top Training

Track Runner
Los Angeles Police Officers are evaluated monthly on their ability to shoot accurately, timely and without error. The existing training that they receive takes place on rather antiquated and inflexible equipment – including officers shooting at stationary paper targets at a fixed location. Purchase of the Track Runner will enable firearms training involving moving targets, obstructions and an overall more realistic live ammunition training experience. This grant was generously provided by the Wasserman Foundation.

Tactical Surveillance Training
This past September, four detectives from LAPD’s elite Special Investigations Section (“SIS”) flew to Northern Ireland to train for 15 days with the similarly elite Special Operations Branch of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). The PSNI is the only other law enforcement agency worldwide that has a division that operates the way SIS does, hence the desire to share best practices. Partial funding for this grant request has been generously donated by Rick Caruso.

Bomb Squad Technician Training in Israel
Four officers from LAPD’s Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau will travel to Israel to train with the Israeli National Police Bomb Squad, reputed to be the best in the world. Israel’s bomb squad has extensive experience in the safest detonation tactics, post-blast investigations and innovative countermeasures for dealing with vehicle and person-borne improvised explosive devices; they train anti-terror forces throughout the world.

Camp Pendleton Training
LAPD’s elite Special Investigations Section (“SIS”) is tasked with dealing with some of LAPD’s most critical cases including armed robberies, burglaries and kidnappings. The Los Angeles Police Foundation recognizes the importance of this intensive, one-week training session which allows the officers to train as a team, to allow the detectives to perform mission specific training and enhance and update their weapons training.

Advanced Counter Terrorism Training for LAPD K-9s
The Los Angeles International Airport has 15-Bomb Detection K-9 teams that, in the past, were trained utilizing simulated articles. This poses a crucial void in LAPD’s explosives detection capability at LAX.
To help address this homeland security issue, the Los Angeles Police Foundation recently funded necessary training for K-9s to sense carried or body-worn explosives as well as Vapor Wake Detection training which will allow K-9s to follow the vapor trail off of a person and to an explosive. This training is crucial to provide an enhanced level of security at LAX and throughout the city.
   




back to top Youth Programs

Thanks to One West Bank for their generous support of the LAPD Juvenile Impact Program. Both Central Area and 77th Street Area JIPs were funded through their donation.

At-Risk Youth Get a Second Chance Through LAPD Program



JIP is a boot-camp style program for at-risk youth, who are referred to the program by Juvenile Court, law enforcement officers, school officials or parents. Officers are able to make a positive direct and lasting impact on students and parents that instills discipline, pride, respect and improved communication.
Central Area JIP graduated 26 students and the 77th Street Area JIP graduated 38 students.

Central Juvenile Impact Program           



Juvenile Impact Program youth participants listen attentively to a guest speaker while an LAPD Boot Camp Instructor looks on.

The Central Area Juvenile Impact Program is well underway at Roosevelt High School, where 60 students and their parents are currently participating in this unique at-risk youth intervention program with a mandatory parenting class.

JIP is a boot-camp style program for at-risk youth, who are referred to the program by Juvenile Court, law enforcement officers, school officials or parents.

Officers are able to make a positive direct and lasting impact on students and parents that instills discipline, pride, respect and improved communication. For more information on the Juvenile Impact Program, contact the Police Foundation at (213) 489-4636.


   
   
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