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LAPD Expands Community Policing Program




A protester puts a flower in the pocket of an LAPD officer during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in Hollywood, California on June 2, 2020.
A protester puts a flower in the pocket of an LAPD officer during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in Hollywood, California on June 2, 2020.
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The Los Angeles Police Department is expanding its community policing program, Community Safety Partnership (CSP), which was launched in 2011. It will have its own bureau, led by one of the program’s founders, deputy chief Emada Tingirides. 

Proponents say growing CSP will help re-focus LAPD’s mentality towards working with the community and its residents, rather than quantifying success by tracking arrests. But critics who’ve pushed for defunding the police department feel that rather than expanding CSP, social workers should be sent to answer the kind of calls the department was set up to answer. We get the latest.

We reached out to a number of stakeholders, including Emada Tingirides, deputy chief of the LAPD’s new community policing bureau, as well as LA City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson but they were not available for today’s segment. We are working on scheduling an interview with them later in the week.

Guests:

Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times staff writer covering the Los Angeles Police Department

Pete White, founder and executive director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN),  a community organization that works on anti-poverty issues