LAPD sees crime fall

December 25, 2019 0 Comments

first_img In 2005, the LAPD pushed its recruiting drive into high gear, plastering the city with billboards and putting television commercials on local stations and in local movie theaters. The department hired 254 new officers in the 2005 fiscal year, pushing the total number of sworn officers to 9,296 – still well below Bratton’s goal of 10,000 officers. “Much of our improvements in the past two-and-a-half years have been made through efficiencies,” Vernon said. “We’re reaching the zenith there. Our next major step in making reductions is in more people.” — Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 546-3669 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake But the LAPD fell under heavy criticism for two officer-involved shootings in 2005. In February, an officer shot and killed Devin Brown, a 13-year-old car-theft suspect. The District Attorney’s Office concluded its investigation in December and determined there was insufficient evidence to file charges in the case. The LAPD’s internal investigation is continuing. In July, a SWAT team member fatally shot Susie Lopez, a 1-year-old girl who was being held by her suicidal father, who was also killed. Both cases led to community outrage and protests. The LAPD also disciplined officers involved in another high-profile case, the 2004 beating of Stanley Miller. Bratton fired one officer, John Hatfield. Bratton was lauded by civil rights leader-turned-Police Commission President John Mack and blasted by the Los Angeles Police Protective League. The LAPD made strides toward its top three goals for 2005, including reducing violent crime by 27 percent, even as it came under harsh criticism for the fatal shootings of Devin Brown and Susie Lopez. Using Chief William Bratton’s statistics-based approach to focus resources on problem areas, the Los Angeles Police Department saw sharp decreases in crime. Through Dec. 3, homicides fell 5 percent; rapes, 17 percent; and property crimes, 10 percent. The LAPD also made progress on two other primary goals: boosting its counterterrorism efforts and improving compliance with the federal consent decree, although officials said it would not be in full compliance by the June 2006 deadline. “Any time you make forward steps in all three of your main goals, you can say that’s a good year,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, an LAPD spokesman. “Any time 26 fewer people die (in homicides), that’s a good year.”last_img read more