Englander's Innovative Public Safety Programs Receive Funds from Mayor's Innovation Fund
Posted by Mitchell Englander on April 17, 2015 at 12:00 PM
This week, I am proud to announce the City Council voted to fund two of my initiatives to improve public safety in Los Angeles through the Mayor’s new "Innovation Fund.”
The Mayor’s Innovation Fund will allocate funds to begin the first Nurse Practitioner Pilot Program in the Los Angeles Fire Department, which I authored and introduced last month (CF 15-0233). In 2013 alone, the LAFD responded to 339,379 EMS calls. At the same time, the number of emergency room beds in Los Angeles has failed to keep pace with the increased demand. This situation has resulted in long delays both for patients awaiting beds and for LAFD personnel who are required to accompany a patient until a bed is available.
Non-urgent, low level 911 call requests can be screened by LAFD Firefighter EMTs and rerouted to nurse practitioners within the LAFD organization. In their scope of practice, nurse practitioners can perform comprehensive on-site assessments and perform, treat and release, or treat and transfer. By implementing a nurse practitioner program into LAFD's EMS protocols, it should be possible to reduce unnecessary and expensive emergency transport.
Secondly, funds were allocated for the Los Angeles Police Department to begin an Online Police Reporting system, a plan I proposed in February of 2013 (CF 13-0154). This new system will shift some nonviolent crime reporting online, as well as shift requests for copies of police reports to an online filing system.
Currently filing a police report has been a very time consuming task both for the public and the police. Moving to a web-based system will not only increase efficiency at the Police Department, but it will also make filing a report more convenient for citizens. Rather than having to call the LAPD and wait for officers to respond to minor infractions, citizens can get online and file a report themselves.
The Police Department’s website offers a great deal of important information such as crime mapping and submitting anonymous tips, but it has not provided a way for the public to file police reports electronically. This program will allow the public to file their own reports and give them better access to police services.
Click here to learn more about the Mayor’s Innovation Fund.
-Mitchell Englander, Chair of Public Safety Committee
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