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LAPD, FBI Open Homicide Library and Digital Database



LOS ANGELES — On October 2, a news conference and ribbon cutting ceremony marked the opening of the doors of the LAPD & FBI Homicide Library at the Los Angeles Police Department Ahmanson Recruit Training Center on W. Manchester Avenue.

The dedication was attended by LAPD Chief of Police Michel Moore, Mr. Bill Ahmanson of the Ahmanson Foundation and FBI Special Agent in Charge Voviette D. Morgan, among other dignitaries.

In 2012, the LAPD and FBI partnered to retrieve solved and unsolved LAPD homicide
books in Operations-South Bureau (OSB), in effort to leverage technology to solve
cold cases, by piloting a system to digitize the paper homicide records.

The initiative allowed detectives to digitally access older cases to obtain investigative leads to apprehend suspects and to bring justice for the families of murder victims.

Due to the success of this initiative in OSB, construction of a 7,300-square foot
Homicide Library was commenced and has now been completed, allowing the
LAPD to move forward with the city-wide systematic retrieval, transfer and
digitalization of murder case books in effort to solve cold case homicides.

The establishment of the Homicide Library will help increase productivity on unsolved cases, establish a systematic method of review for older cases, create a centralized database for housing murder books and providing better service to victims’ families and loved ones.

The establishment and construction of the Homicide Library was made possible by partnering with the FBI and through generous donations from the Los Angeles Police Foundation and the Ahmanson Foundation.

In addition, Dr. Craig Uchida, Justice & Security Strategies and Dr. Jeff Brantingham, UCLA, are conducting research on over 4,500 digitized murder books to identify methodologies that can be used to enhance the investigative process in the future. The Homicide Library will have space to house more than 15,000 murder cases.

“As Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, I have been committed to working closely with our federal partners in addressing unsolved murders and helping to bring closure to victim’s families and the communities we serve” said LAPD Chief Michel Moore.

“I am very pleased with the utilization of technology to improve service and with our continued relationship with the FBI, Los Angeles Police Foundation and the Ahmanson Foundation in the fight against crime in Los Angeles. I will continue my commitment to reduce crime in our communities and to vigorously pursue investigative leads to solve homicides in the City.”

Photo credit: Richmond Times Dispatch

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Crime Blotter

WeHo Sheriff’s Station Weekly Crime Report Jan 13-19



West Hollywood approves first cannabis cafe in the country

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station reports the following incidents:

January 15th
Vehicle Burglary
8900 block Melrose Avenue 01/15/2020 @ 2030-2315. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a leather backpack containing a laptop computer and two pairs of sunglasses from the back seat.
Vehicle Burglary
9000 block Santa Monica Blvd 01/15/2020 @ 2115-2330. An unknown suspect smashed the rear passenger’s side window and removed a backpack containing an IPad, watch, $300 cash, and gift cards from the rear floorboard.
January 16th
Grand Theft
700 block West Knoll Drive
01/16/2020 @ 1500. An unknown suspect removed a jacket from the victim’s luggage while at the hotel.
January 17th
Grand Theft
1000 block N Spaulding Avenue
01/17/2020 – 01/19/2020. An unknown suspect removed a snowboard, snowboard boots, pants, goggles, helmet, and jacket from the rear storage area of the unlocked vehicle.
Other Burglary
8800 block Beverly Blvd
01/17/2020 @ 0204. An unknown suspect smashed a glass panel on the rear entry door to gain access and removed an unknown number of women’s purses and wallets.
January 18th
Aggravated Assault – Gun
Hilldale Avenue / Dicks Street
01/18/2020 @ 2359. A man and a woman were walking EB on the sidewalk of Dicks Street when a vehicle stopped near their location. A passenger in the vehicle rolled down the front passenger’s side window and yelled at the victims. The suspect then pointed a handgun at the victims while the vehicle slowly drove away. #00351

Grand Theft
1100 block N Formosa Avenue
01/18/2020. An unknown suspect cut the lock and removed a bicycle from the balcony of the residence. #00364
Grand Theft
1000 block N Palm Avenue
01/18/2020 @ 1930-0900. An unknown suspect removed four pairs of sunglasses from the driver’s side door and two pairs of sunglasses from the glove box of the unlocked vehicle. The suspect also removed a leather bag containing a weightlifting belt from the trunk. #00362
January 19th
Strong Arm Robbery (Attempt)
Hancock Avenue / Santa Monica Blvd
01/19/2020 @ 0130-0140. A man was walking EB on the sidewalk of Santa Monica Blvd when he was approached by two men. One suspect punched the victim in the face and demanded his wallet and cell phone. A struggle ensued but the victim was able to retain his property. No loss. #00357

Armed Robbery
Cynthia Street / San Vicente Blvd
01/19/2020 @ 0400-0405. A man was walking on Cynthia Street when a vehicle pulled to a stop near his location. Three men exited the vehicle and walked towards the victim. The suspects demanded the victim’s money and struck him in the face with a metal bar. The victim fell to the ground and the suspects searched his pockets and removed his passport. #00358

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Civic Meetings

Inspector General Oversight Panel Focuses on LASD Policies & Discipline



LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission recently hosted its monthly meeting. The Commission listened to presentations from L.A. County Office of the Inspector General and L.A. County Sheriff’s Department as well as public comments.

L.A. County Inspector General Max Huntsman presented examples of information his office has requested from the Sheriff’s Department but has not received. Huntsman expressed concerns with the department’s compliance with internal discipline, secret societies, transparency, hiring and harassment.

“The relationship between the Office of the Inspector General and the Sheriff’s Department is absolutely critical to the work that the Office of the Inspector General is mandated to do, and to the work that the Civilian Oversight Commission has to do in terms of our oversight,” said Patti Giggans, L.A. County Civilian Oversight Commission Chair and Executive Director of Peace Over Violence.
Huntsman provided a verbal report on the inquiry into harassment allegations of families impacted by officer-involved shootings. He discussed his office’s lack of access to information and addressed protecting people’s right to grieve around incidents in which their loved ones have been shot.

Huntsman also connected the harassment allegations to the issue of secret societies because a portion of them come out of the East L.A. station.

“This problem has to be resolved,” Inspector General Huntsman spoke of the secret societies. “I hope that the Sheriff’s policy goes into effect soon, I hope that it is enthusiastically enforced, and I hope it is embraced by the deputies’ union.”

“As I’ve said in the past, no deputy had a choice about whether or not to be a part of this structure,” he continued. “These societies have existed for fifty years, and all the deputies who are employed today joined an organization that already had them. It’s a management problem that needs to be addressed.”

Following these topics, Commander Chris Marks, from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Detective Division, presented an overview of the proposed Body Worn Camera policy. He provided a status on the request for proposal, the hiring of additional personnel, the policy development process, and key areas of the policy. View the presentation.
The Civilian Oversight Commission’s Executive Director Brian K. Williams announced that the next Commission Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 22 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Bienvenidos, affiliate of Hillsides (TELACU building), 5400 E Olympic Blvd., 1st floor, Los Angeles, CA 90022. RSVP.

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Police Oversight

Ex-LA Sheriff Baca to Serve 3-Year Prison Term for Corruption



LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca Thursday was ordered to begin serving his three-year prison term early next month for his 2017 conviction for obstructing an FBI investigation into a large-scale corruption scheme in the county jail system.

Federal Judge Percy Anderson ordered the 77-year-old Baca to report to prison on Feb. 5 after the U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to hear his appeal requesting to overturn his conviction.

Baca, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, ran the nation’s largest sheriff’s department for more than 15 years.

On March 2017, Baca was convicted on federal charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and […]

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