Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s letter to the Police Commission

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsII. Compliance with LAPD Civil Rights Consent Decree In June of this year, the U.S. District Court extended the LAPD Civil Rights Consent Decree for three years. This additional period of time must be approached with a plan to bring the LAPD into full compliance with the provisions of the Consent Decree. Particular attention should be paid to the completion of the TEAMS II computer system and implementation of financial disclosures pursuant to Paragraph 132. III. Maximize and Increase Field Strength of LAPD Force The LAPD can become more operationally effective with the addition of new officers and the deployment of all existing sworn officers capable of fulfilling policing duties. Chief Bratton should ensure that the LAPD is effectively recruiting additional officers to increase the size of the department. Additionally, the Chief should ensure that highly trained sworn officers are not filling positions that could otherwise be handled by civilian staff. IV. Ensure Diversity in Hiring and Promotional Opportunities Re: Annual Evaluation Criteria for LAPD Chief William J. Bratton In the coming weeks, the Board of Police Commissioners will undertake its annual evaluation of Chief William J. Bratton as required by Charter Section 571(b)(2). This process provides a valuable opportunity to delineate the critera that will be used to evaluate the performance of Chief Bratton during the coming year. The LAPD faces a broad array of challenges and opportunities that will require strong leadership in the coming year. It is my desire that the Board of Police Commissioners consider the following criteria when evaluating Chief Bratton’s current and future performance. I. Continued Reduction in Crime Rates During his tenure, Chief Bratton and the dedicated officers of the LAPD have reduced crime within every division of the LAPD. Despite these achievements, many neighborhoods remain plagued by the devastating impact of crime. Any amount of criminal activity in the City of Los Angeles is unacceptable and Chief Bratton should be evaluated based upon his ability to continue the citywide reduction in crime. The composition of the LAPD must reflect the community it serves. The hiring of new cadets and promotion of existing officers must be achieved in a manner that both values excellence and facilitates diversity. The Commission should evaluate the composition of the LAPD”s officers and common staff to ensure that Chief Bratton is assembling an increasingly diverse police force reflective of the great city we serve. V. Sustained Focus on Homeland Security and Disaster Preparedness The LAPD recently received an infusion of new resources for counter-terrorism and emergency planning efforts through the adoption of the Homeland Security and Disaster Preparedness package and increased homeland security grant funding. The Commission should monitor Chief Bratton’s effective and timely utilization of these resources towards efforts that ensure homeland security and disaster preparedness. VI. Implementation of Special Initiatives and Anti-Gang Policies Specialized initiatives and programs have proven to be a successful method for addressing criminal activity in certain areas of the City. LAPD’s gang suppression policies partnered with gang prevention and intervention resources have proven to reduce gang acttivity in targeted areas. Programs like the Safer City Initiative (SCI) have also delivered positive results. The Commission should measure Chief Bratton’s implementation of these special initiatives. VII. Fiscal Management of LAPD Resources The LAPD received a significant increase in resources for their Fiscal Year 2006-2007 budget. Chief Bratton should ensure that LAPD resources are expended in an effective and efficient manner that focuses resources on the City’s highest public safety priorities. Moreover, the Commission should evaluate Chief Bratton’s fiscal management of department resources on a continuing basis. I believe that the criteria outlined above will provide a comprehensive measure of Chief Bratton’s performance. I ask that you work with Chief Bratton to place additional emphasis on these areas. We must collectively challenge the Chief of Police to lead a police department that remains a world-class model for effective and efficient policing. I have full confidence that Chief Bratton is capable and prepared to meet these expectations.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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