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Equipment & Technology
Body-Worn Video Cameras
The LAPD is often at the forefront of law enforcement technology and is one of the departments leading the way in the use of Body-Worn Video Cameras. This technology is a powerful tool that contributes significantly to officer safety, provides evidence for criminal prosecutions, resolves biased policing complaints, and fosters positive relationships with the community. The body-worn video system is designed to assist officers in providing accurate depictions of events for courtroom presentations, capturing potentially incriminating statements from suspects, documenting and reviewing statements from victims and witnesses, and obtaining actual time frames of events for reporting purposes.
The use of technology, particularly on-body cameras across the country, has shown a significant decrease in complaints against police officers and will protect the constitutional and civil rights of our residents and the officers.
The LAPF purchased 860 of these cameras, which are currently being rolled out in three of the LAPD’s 21 divisions.
The LAPF is proud to have funded two iRobots for LAPD’s SWAT Unit. The iRobots are small, lightweight, and durable, and they can survive a 16-foot drop onto concrete, can climb steps, and roll over things. They use four cameras and 2-way audio capability. When responding to an emergency situation, the LAPD needs to determine the safest route to possible casualties and identify any additional risk at hand. Unmanned ground vehicle technology provides agile, portable, and mobile systems that can gain entry into difficult-to-access locations. These iRobots provide immediate situational awareness while keeping the operator out of harm’s way.
Equipment for SWAT’s Tactical Waterborne and Underwater Dive Unit
These units are dedicated to maritime operations in the Port of Los Angeles. They conduct investigations and evidence recovery, and they perform tactical operations, hazardous material sweeps, and dive operations. They can also track vessels involved in potential narcotics and/or human trafficking.
The LAPF provided funding to purchase Aqualung Compact Oxygen Diving Equipment that is used by military and police agencies throughout the world, dry suits to replace ones that have been used for the past 10 years, and a new communications system that has more power, a multi-channel capacity, and is compatible with other agencies.
LAPD's Investigative Support Unit (ISU) of the Force Investigation Division responds to all Officer Involved Shootings (OIS) and high profile incidents. They are responsible for documenting the crimes scenes, including street layouts, buildings, vehicles, landscape, hardscape, lighting, evidence, location of the officers, suspects, and witnesses at the time of the incident.
The LAPF recently purchased the Leica ScanStation C10, a laser scanning system that rotates 360 degrees vertically and horizontally while continuously firing beams of laser light. The beams record reference points at a rate of over 50,000 points per second, and the scanner takes hundreds of high definition panoramic photographs. When these photographs are combined with the recorded points of reference, the final product is a 3D recreation of the crime scene. This entire process can be done in less than 30 minutes, drastically reducing the costs associated with officer overtime.
The Leica ScanStation keeps the LAPD at the forefront of cutting-edge law enforcement forensics.
LAPD’s Metro K-9 Ballistic Vests
LAPD’s Metro K-9 teams respond to assist field and detective operations on a City-wide basis, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. They also assist with emergency calls for service, including "officer needs help" or "back-up" calls.
The LAPF purchased 12 ballistics vests in order to reduce potential injury or death to the K-9s when they are locating or apprehending armed and sometimes violent suspects. The vests are designed around a modular harness platform to provide vital organ protection from gunfire with consideration of weight, minimized heat retention, and exceptional range of movement.
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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The Police Orientation and Preparation Program (POPP) is a one-of-a-kind educational experience that places career-bound law enforcement students in an established LAPD training environment.
The program prepares students for the moral, ethical, and physical standards required by the LAPD and includes a rigorous, two-year college curriculum that enables high school seniors and college freshman to obtain an Associate's degree and/or transfer to a four-year university before applying to the LAPD.
The LAPF purchased needed college-level textbooks and educational materials to participants who could not afford to purchase the books on their own.
Countering Violent Extremism Video
The White House selected the LAPD to be involved in a pilot program aimed at countering violent extremism (CVE) and reducing targeted violence in communities by enhancing the ability of all law enforcement agencies nationwide to partner with local communities on homeland security initiatives. For a summit at the White House, the LAPD created a video that provides a detailed narrative that humanizes law enforcement and community partnerships in CVE. The video emphasized prevention, intervention, and interdiction.
Watch the video here
LAPD Holiday Party for Abused Children
Last December, the Juvenile Division hosted its 4th Annual Victims Overcoming Injustice of Child Abuse and Endangerment (VOICE) Holiday Party for children who suffered physical abuse, child molestation/sexual abuse, and/or the murder of a sibling. Two hundred children and their families attended this event, which provides a memorable, fun-filled day for children who have experienced unspeakable horrors. Each child received a large bag of toys from Santa Claus to help get them into the holiday spirit.
The LAPF is proud to fund this critically important program for some of the LAPD’s youngest victims.
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.