The movement for racial justice has shined a spotlight on policing throughout the United States. Mayor Garcetti has embraced the urgency of transforming institutions and confronting a legacy of structural racism and injustice seen across our society –– and in our history, too often encapsulated in encounters with law enforcement.
The Mayor is working closely with the City Council, the Police Commission, LAPD, and Angelenos across Los Angeles to co-create a new vision for public safety in our city through reimagining, reform, and relationships –– while reinforcing what works to drive more progress and strengthening proven, effective strategies for opportunity, restorative justice, and violence reduction.
We are taking action on reforms that drive toward a model of policing in partnership with our communities –– particularly Black Americans, Latinos, and other Angelenos historically touched by injustice.
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One of the Garcetti Administration’s top priorities is reimagining public safety in the City of Los Angeles. We are committed to building stronger relationships between police and Angelenos, with a focus on strengthening trust between communities of color and law enforcement. That's why we are:
- Reinvesting in the needs of the Black community and other communities of color
- Creating a Community Safety Partnership Bureau to infuse the program’s “guardian-not-warrior” culture, values, and training throughout the LAPD
- Piloting the Therapeutic Transportation Pilot, a groundbreaking new model for unarmed crisis response that will dispatch mental health workers to some 911 calls for emergency assistance with nonviolent situations
As the needs of our communities change, so must our approach to creating safer neighborhoods. To protect the safety of officers and every person who comes into contact with police, we have instituted:
- Significant reforms to LAPD use-of-force policies that have made Los Angeles the biggest city in America –– and the first among the ten largest –– to be in full alignment with “8 Can’t Wait”:
- Complete ban on the carotid hold
- Officers who observe another officer using excessive force now required to intercede and report these incidents to a superior officer
- Officers who intentionally point a firearm at a person now required to report these incidents, which will be included in the annual year-end Use of Force report.
- In-custody deaths evaluated and investigated by the Commission in the same manner as uses-of-force
- Ending use of the CalGang Database –– to put an end to abuses of the system that have harmed people of color
- Commissioning an independent review of the LAPD’s response to protests following the murder of George Floyd, focusing on tactics, deployment, command and control, and use of munitions
- Requiring LAPD to submit an annual report on the Use of Force to the California Department of Justice and the United States Department of Justice, including additional details about the circumstances related to each incident
- Working in collaboration with the Police Commission, LAPD, and research partners to ensure the LAPD implements implicit bias training Department-wide and employs best practices in collection and analysis of Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA) data.
- Building on de-escalation, preservation of life, and other innovative trainings that helped LAPD achieve a 30-year low in officer-involved shootings in 2019
Officers can do their best work keeping our neighborhoods safe when they establish deep relationships with the communities they serve. We are continuing to focus on:
- Establishing the Police Commission Advisory Committee on Equity & Trust –– to conduct a comprehensive review of LAPD policies and procedures, engage and seek input from community groups, social justice advocates, clergy, academics to advise, and help accelerate new reforms
- Strengthening the Senior Lead Officer program –– which is critical to building, maintaining, and sustaining relationships of trust in the community
Communities of color, especially Black and Brown men, are dramatically overrepresented in the criminal justice system. The Garcetti Administration is confronting the biases and addressing the needs that underlie those numbers and — building on programs that reduce the number of Angelenos affected by violence and injustice. This work includes:
- Making larger investments and expanding the reach of our Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) work — bringing an estimated 41.2% reduction in retaliatory gang violence (homicides and aggravated assaults) in South L.A. from 2014-2017 thanks to the GRYD Incident Response Program.
- Confronting the human toll of mass incarceration by creating L.A.’s first Office of Reentry — which has focused on employment equity and connects formerly incarcerated men and women to full-time jobs and other resources.
- Committing to an investment in Project imPACT — a year-long intervention during which justice-affected individuals receive personalized risk/needs assessments, behavioral therapy, peer mentors, access to legal counsel, job training, and other resources to help stabilize their lives outside the criminal justice system
- Emphasizing creation of opportunities untethered to policing or criminal justice: raising the minimum wage, tripling the number of youth jobs, securing a Promise Zone designation in South L.A., and forming a Civil and Human Rights Department with the power to enforce anti-discrimination laws