Los Angeles Forum on Crime
Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 05, 2016 at 11:46 AM
I was proud to join my colleague Councilmember Joe Buscaino, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck, and LAPD Police Commission president Matthew Johnson at the Los Angeles Crime Forum last night to address the new challenges of policing cities.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) released the citywide Part I crimes numbers for 2015. According to the report, crime rates rose to their highest levels in two years, with a 20.2% increase in violent crimes and a 10.7% increase in property crimes over 2014 numbers.
Last week, I requested that the Los Angeles Police Department report to the Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, February 16 regarding the current uptick in crime in the City of Los Angeles. Their report will include an analysis of crime levels over time, an analysis of possible causes, and provide recommendations for solutions, including a detailed explanation of the Metropolitan Division strategy.
Additionally, I have asked that representatives from the Los Angeles Police Protective League, and the Los Angeles Command Officer’s Association, the organizations that represent the City’s sworn officers and the police command staff respectively, be invited to the Public Safety Committee meeting to present their analysis of and recommendations for addressing increasing crime levels.
This is a very disturbing trend. While many of the factors that influence crime rates are out of the direct control of the LAPD, it is critical to understand how the department is deploying the resources. The numbers are important, however we must recognize the real-life impact these numbers have on communities and ensure that our police force is distributed properly across the City.
-Mitchell Englander, Chair of the Public Safety Committee