Safety, security, and equal justice are the foundation for a stronger future for Los Angeles. America is standing at an inflection point, and with communities nationwide engaged in a critical dialogue about public safety, Mayor Garcetti has led the way with promises kept and progress made. L.A. has built a forward-looking model for cities around the world, and keeps working every day to forge a safer city for all.
REIMAGINING POLICING. Mayor Garcetti, the City Council, the Police Commission, and LAPD have continued to embrace the urgency of confronting the legacy of structural racism and injustice, and transforming our institutions. We’re taking aggressive action on sweeping changes that drive toward a model of police and communities co-creating a new vision for public safety. This vision includes reinvesting in the needs of the Black community and other communities of color and partnering with L.A. County to pilot an unarmed model for crisis response that would divert some types of non-violent calls for service away from LAPD to the appropriate non-law enforcement agencies.
IMPLEMENTING REFORM. Throughout his time in office, Mayor Garcetti has guided Los Angeles to be a national leader in adopting the recommendations of former President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Los Angeles was the first large metropolitan police department to equip all officers with body cameras and release the videos to the public.
We’ve made significant reforms to LAPD’s use-of-force policies, which are in full alignment with the “8 Can’t Wait” campaign, including the complete ban on using the carotid hold. LAPD has implemented new policies requiring any officer who observes another using excessive force to intercede and report these incidents to a superior officer, as well as requiring officers who intentionally point a firearm at a person to report these incidents. We have ended the use of the CalGang Database. Additional reforms include working with the Police Commission, LAPD, and research partners to ensure the LAPD implements implicit bias training Department-wide and continues to build on the de-escalation, preservation of life, and other innovative trainings that helped LAPD achieve a 30-year low in officer-involved shootings in 2019.
INCREASING TRANSPARENCY. The Mayor, Police Commission, and LAPD leadership continue to work to increase transparency and ensure public trust by enacting best practices in the collection and analysis of Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA) data. The Department will submit an annual report on the Use of Force to both the California Department of Justice and the United States Department of Justice, including additional details about the circumstances related to each incident. New policies ensure that any in-custody deaths are evaluated and investigated by the Commission in the same manner as uses-of-force incidents. LAPD is also working to improve access to information online for the public on uses of force, complaints, crime statistics, and Department policies and procedures.
EXPANDING COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP. Throughout his tenure, Mayor Garcetti has repeatedly expanded the LAPD’s Community Safety Partnership (CSP), which puts officers on a 5-year assignment in one neighborhood, so they can build trust in the community and work closely with residents to make L.A. safer. Since its 2011 launch, CSP has been expanded to 10 sites throughout the city. In 2020, Mayor Garcetti launched the Community Safety Partnership Bureau to infuse the program’s “guardian-not-warrior” culture and values throughout the LAPD. The new CSP Bureau will bring the City’s CSP sites under a single command and integrate aspects of the model, including its training curriculum, across LAPD operations.
HELPING NEIGHBORS IN CRISIS. With the partnership of City and County leaders, Mayor Garcetti launched 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. The pilot will carefully remove armed response from situations that do not require it — by dispatching mental health experts to respond to certain 911 emergency calls that might otherwise be routed to local law enforcement agencies. The program — which will be examined for one year with an aim to expand into other cities across L.A. County — will embed teams of mental health professionals in five Los Angeles Fire Department stations and respond to and de-escalate emergency mental health calls 24 hours a day.
STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY TRUST. Together, Mayor Garcetti, LAPD, and City partners are working to deepen relationships between officers and the communities they serve. We have launched 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, and academics to advise and help accelerate new reforms. LAPD is strengthening the Senior Lead Officer program, which is critical to building, maintaining, and sustaining relationships of trust in the community and with LAPD leadership.
REACHING YOUNG PEOPLE IN NEED. Mayor Garcetti has worked to disrupt cycles of violence by making targeted investments in the communities most affected by violent crime, including expanding the reach of our Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) and bringing an estimated 41.2% reduction in retaliatory gang violence (homicides and aggravated assaults) in South L.A. from 2014-2017. We extended the Summer Night Lights program into the fall at key parks throughout the City. Since 2013, GRYD’s Summer Night Lights and Fall Friday Nights programs have supported over 3.6 million visits, 2.3 million meals, and more than 5,000 jobs for young Angelenos and community members. Mayor Garcetti created 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. We have also started Project imPACT, a year-long intervention helping justice-affected individuals receive personalized risk/needs assessments, behavioral therapy, peer mentors, access to legal counsel, job training, and other resources to stabilize their lives outside the criminal justice system.
SUPPORTING OUR OFFICERS. The men and women of the LAPD make great sacrifices to keep the people of this city safe, and Mayor Garcetti believes that we owe them the tools, training, and leadership to succeed. That’s why he established LAPD University, which offers in-service training for officers after they graduate from the Academy and increased funding for targeted outreach and recruitment so that L.A. can continue attracting a police force that reflects L.A.’s diversity. Mayor Garcetti has worked with LAPD to improve the hiring process, making it more accessible for prospects and applicants to apply. Mayor Garcetti also launched Pledge to Patrol, an initiative that fosters diversity and helps more young Angelenos prepare for careers in LAPD through the Associate Community Officer Program which offers training and paid civilian employment to young people who have participated in LAPD youth programs and are interested in joining the force when they become eligible at age 21.
GETTING GUNS OFF THE STREET. Reducing gun violence is one of Mayor Garcetti’s top priorities, and the City has focused on reducing gun violence by lowering the number of deadly weapons in our communities. Through the work of the LAPD and the Mayor’s annual Gun Buyback — in the last three years, we have taken more than 21,300 firearms off the streets. Mayor Garcetti is committing additional resources to the people and communities most affected by gun violence — including the LAPD’s newly-created Crime Gun Intelligence Center which matches guns to crimes and crimes to criminals. And in 2018, Mayor Garcetti instructed the LAPD to clear the backlog in the Armed Prohibited Persons System database that lists prohibited gun owners, and officers were able to bring the list down to zero in April 2020.
MAYOR’S YOUTH COUNCIL TO END GUN VIOLENCE. Mayor Garcetti launched the Youth Council in 2018, composed of 14 students representing communities across Los Angeles to include their voices in the city’s work against gun violence. The group has launched a citywide campaign to encourage youth voter registration alongside March for Our Lives, and is developing a citywide campaign to raise awareness and encourage action around gun violence in our communities.
TURNING VICTIMS INTO SURVIVORS. Mayor Garcetti believes that all children have a right to grow up free from violence, and that no Angeleno should live in fear of what awaits at home. That’s why he fast-tracked citywide expansion of the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) and Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) programs, and created the “NoDVLA” Public Awareness Campaign. In April 2018, the doors opened at the Central Bureau Family Justice Center (FJC), located on the L.A. County USC Medical Center campus. A best-practice model, the FJC co-locates law enforcement, victim advocates, legal professionals, and mental health providers, creating a multidisciplinary approach to serve DV victims.
GETTING THERE FASTER. The Mayor led a significant LAFD organizational change by creating four geographic bureaus to improve the Department’s responsiveness. Mayor Garcetti partnered with the LAFD to develop FireStatLA — a data-driven system for calculating response times and getting first-responders where they need to be as quickly as possible. Already, the Department has cut 12 seconds off the average call processing time. The Mayor also expanded the Advanced Practitioner Response Unit and Fast Response Vehicle to provide faster and more effective emergency response services to every Angeleno.
A NEW GENERATION OF FIREFIGHTERS. Mayor Garcetti reversed years of reductions and budget cuts by hiring more than 600 of the City’s first new firefighters in five years. The Mayor has spearheaded efforts to double the number of women in the LAFD over the next five years, and restored vital resources to neighborhoods that lost them during the recession.
EARTHQUAKE READY. In L.A., the next big quake is a matter of “when,” not “if.” That’s why Mayor Garcetti signed the most comprehensive seismic safety legislation in America. The focus wasn’t just homes — it sought to strengthen our most vulnerable buildings, fortify our water system, and enhance reliable communications. This has resulted in piloting seismic resilient pipe, working with partners to address seismic risk to our aqueducts, adopting stronger standards for new telecommunication towers, and advancing earthquake early warning. In January 2019, Mayor Garcetti officially launched ShakeAlertLA, the nation’s first publicly available earthquake early warning mobile application.
A RESILIENT LOS ANGELES. Resilience is so much more than disaster preparedness; it is a value that guides everything we do in Los Angeles. That’s why Mayor Garcetti, in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, released Los Angeles’ first citywide Resilience Strategy which includes 15 goals and 96 actions to help the City plan for future opportunities and challenges. Mayor Garcetti also signed a historic executive directive that commits City departments to appoint Chief Resilience Officers who will take the lead in making Los Angeles stronger and safer.
NEW FOCUS ON EMERGING THREATS. In the face of growing cyber threats, the Mayor launched a citywide cybersecurity program and the Integrated Security Operation Center designed to coordinate our City’s defense, rapidly respond to network attacks, and maintain and recover critical operations after an attack. To help small businesses, the Mayor started L.A. Cyber Lab, a first of its kind public-private partnership dedicated to sharing threat data — including all of the attacks attempted against the City — across the public and private sectors.
HELPING ANGELENOS IN TIMES OF NEED. Mayor Garcetti has expanded the City’s Crisis Response Team program to more than 250 volunteer responders dedicated to supporting fellow Angelenos during difficult times. In 2019, volunteers responded more than 713 times to provide critical services and emotional support to people impacted by violent incidents, averaging more than 3,000 volunteer hours. Mayor Garcetti also created the City’s first Clergy Task Force program — training faith leaders to respond alongside CRT members.