Equipment and Technology

The LAPF raises funds to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technology that improves the effectiveness and efficiency of the LAPD in the prevention, identification, and investigation of criminal activity, including:
  • Surveillance cameras for one of Los Angeles’ most dangerous areas, Baldwin Village, that help reduce the potential for crime, including violent offenses, gang activity and drug trafficking.
  • Enclosed canopies that assist field officers in the containment and collection of vulnerable crime scene evidence and protection from loss, contamination or deterioration.
  • High-tech communications equipment for the LAPD’s “Situation Room,” which serves as a communications hub in the event of a natural disaster, terrorist attack or other major incident.
  • An online crime mapping system on www.lapdonline.org for residents that offers accurate, up-to-date and helpful crime statistics for neighborhoods throughout the entire city.
  • A state-of-the-art License Plate Reader (LPR) system for Skid Row, the area with the city’s highest concentration of narcotics activity, that can scan a suspect’s license plate, run it through a database and quickly identify drug offenders.
  • Tactical vests with hands-free communication capabilities and computer-aided resources for the Anti-Piracy Unit that assist in gathering on-site evidence and documentation to protect the region’s large base of apparel and entertainment companies.
  • A pilot project to test the viability of “predictive policing,” a methodology that leverages advanced analytics for public safety to anticipate criminal activity and proactively deploy resources in order to prevent problems and improve outcomes.