The Glassell Park Improvement Association hosted our new Senior Lead Officer (SLO) in a town hall format at their meeting this month. As the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council (GPNC) Area 4 rep, I've heard and share concerns about the activity on Kinney, El Rosa, Richardson, Yorkshire, ... and have drafted multiple letters of request (LOR) that have been considered, approved and then submitted to the appropriate agencies. While the LORs have been submitted, I have not seen the additional patrols and the emails about suspicious activities and break-ins continue. I expressed our ongoing concerns, and asked the SLO about how these LORs and patrols requests are handled and the answer is both interesting and our call to action:
Any person in the community can request additional/ extra patrols through an "extra patrols form." [Northeast Community Police Station 323-344-5701] This form is then reviewed by the watch commander, discussed at the daily briefing meeting before everyone goes on patrol and the additional patrols forms are assigned. If and when the on-duty officer has time they will make additional patrols in the areas requested.
I followed up with how often these need to be submitted and the answer was interesting. You can request that an area be patrolled one time, or while you are on vacation (!), or indefinitely.
My concern with long-term requests would be that they get "lost" and forgotten, so my suggestion is that we make multiple requests throughout the month for the areas that are of most concern to you. This will serve to let LAPD NorthEast Station know that we as a community are active and informed about the process, create multiple and ongoing reminders that we have expectations about a visible presence in our community, and that we are serious about them patrolling our hotspots.
We may also want to keep a log of our requests, and this will provide us, the community, with a measure of accountability. I am happy to create a google doc that we can share.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and as always I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.
Molly Lynn Taylor
*This post has been updated.