Here are brief descriptions of
presentations made at the C-PAB Summit, one from each of the LAPD
Presentation by South Bureau
"Southeast Neighborhood Police Academy"
South Bureau Community Police Academy has been an effective tool
in strengthening police-community relationships. One night a week
for ten weeks, members of this class are provided with information
on the inner workings of the LAPD.
The concept of a Community Police Academy is not new and has been
presented on a Bureau level for a number of years.
The intent of the course is to create a relaxed, enjoyable, informative
and interactive forum, which will provide individual neighborhood
residents with a better understanding of the who, what, when, where,
why and how's of LAPD.
What Southeast Division seeks to achieve is an Academy that is flexible
enough to be presented in individual neighborhoods, and by the same
Officers that patrol that area.
Current Community Police Academy classes use experts from throughout
the Department, but by using Officers assigned to Southeast Division,
residents from troubled areas will become more familiar and comfortable
interacting with their Officers.
Presentation by Central Bureau
"2002 Youth Project"
Central Bureau initiated a strategy in 2002 to reduce the violence
in its communities, in particular tragedies that are connected to
The primary goal is to reduce incidents of violence so that members
of the communities in Los Angeles can live and raise their families
without the fear of crime.
Another goal of this effort is to decrease the number of youths
that are ending up on the punitive side of the criminal justice
system and becoming wards of the courts.
The long term goal is to reduce the number of youthful offenders
who become adult criminals and enter the adult penal system, consequently
becoming an economic and social burden to society.
Under this program law enforcement does not have to wait until a
minor commits a serious act before corrective action can be taken.
According to statistics from the presiding juvenile courts, 97%
of the youthful offenders involved in the program admit to their
actions and violations on their initial court appearance.
Presentation by West Bureau
"Community Law Enforcement and Recovery (CLEAR) program"
The primary purpose of the CLEAR program, funded by the federal
and state governments, is to facilitate the recovery of gang-infesrted
This is accomplished by decreasing the criminal activity of targeted
gangs in designated communities through an effective collaboration
among several City and County criminal justice agencies, and by
forming partnerships between them.
Currently Northeast, Foothill, Pacific, Devonshire and Newton Divisions
have CLEAR programs, as does the LA Sheriff's Department's Century
policy, management, operations and community engagement functions
are distributed among three organizational components: a program-wide
Executive Committee, and, for each CLEAR site, an Operations Team
and at least one Community Impact Team.
Each site also engages, as needed, with other affiliated law enforcement
and community agencies.
Presentation by Valley Bureau
"A How To Guide on Hosting a Bureau Summit"
Valley Bureau offered an excellent and very practical step-by-step
guide on how to plan and hold an annual C-PAB Summit on the Bureau
Included in the kit was a time line, describing what should be happening
three months, two months, one month, two weeks and one week prior
to the event.
All the committees needed for planning and hosting the Summit were
listed, as were specific task lists, and sample letters and forms
to be used for planning the event.
The suggested Bureau C-PAB Summit agenda includes significant time
for give and take, and indicates a half day event, with registration
beginning at 7:30 am and final remarks ending at 12:30 pm.
The sample letters from the hosting Division Captain to the C-PABs
and community members states the hope is that "this will be
an effective, regional conference to discuss and network together
regarding topics and concerns of common interest."
And it goes on, "We hope that the efforts [of those planning
the event] will enhance the concept of community policing and maintain
the quality of life in our neighborhoods.