We’re more than halfway through 2017, if you can believe that, and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck says crime in L.A. has plateaued – which he told the L.A. Times is a sign that cops are eating away at the gradual increase in crime in L.A.
As of the first of July, overall crime was up less than a percentage point when compared to July of last year, when it was up 6.6 percent from the previous year and 12.7 percent the year before that. So how is the Chief feeling about crime trends for the rest of the year?
The LAPD’s cadet program has been in the media spotlight for the last several weeks as well after two separate incidents, one involving an LAPD officer having sex with an underage cadet and another involving three cadets who stole a cruiser and police equipment. These incidents have led the Police Commission to request that Inspector General Alex Bustamante look into the program.
We’ll also talk to Chief Beck about his thoughts on legislative efforts to make California a ‘sanctuary state,’ ask him to weigh in on a LA County civil grand jury report on the risks of police pursuits, ask him about his trip to D.C. last week at the request of Senator Kamala Harris, and learn about the World Police and Fire Games, which Los Angeles will host for the first time ever next month.
Charlie Beck, Chief of Police of the Los Angeles Police Department