Safety, security, and equal justice are the foundation for the future we are building in Los Angeles. Communities across America are engaged in an important conversation about the future of policing — and Mayor Garcetti has cemented L.A. as a leader in that dialogue, with a forward-looking approach that is considered a model for cities around the world.
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 20,000 firearms off the streets. Additionally, Mayor Garcetti has signed laws that ban large capacity ammunition magazines, and require that guns be stored and locked while at home and not in use. 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.
MAYOR’S YOUTH COUNCIL TO END GUN VIOLENCE. Mayor Garcetti launched the Youth Council in 2018. It is composed of 14 students representing communities across the city 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.
TAKING CHARGE ON REFORM. Mayor Garcetti has appointed new police commissioners with a sharp focus on strengthening public trust, de-escalating violent encounters between officers and civilians, and improving training for new and veteran LAPD officers. Alongside these efforts, he has also guided Los Angeles to be a national leader in adopting the recommendations of former President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing: establishing a Community Relationship Division, expanding technology, putting body cameras on every patrol officer, surveying residents about law enforcement, and expanding the Community Safety Partnership in L.A.’s public housing developments.
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 led the renegotiation of contracts to ensure our newest officers receive fair and equal pay, tuition support, and other incentives; established LAPD University, which offers in-service training for officers after they graduate from the Academy; delivered new funding to hire more civilians — so that officers can be moved back out into the field — and more overtime to address gaps in providing police service; and increased funding for targeted outreach and recruitment so that L.A. can continue attracting a police force that reflects L.A.’s diversity.
SAFER NEIGHBORHOODS. Mayor Garcetti doubled the size of the LAPD’s Metro Division to allow for immediate and targeted crime-fighting in the neighborhoods that need it most. And when the Mayor saw that four of the LAPD’s 21 divisions experienced a disproportionate spike in violent crime, he partnered with the Department to establish the Community Safety Operations Center (CSOC) and focused on getting firearms and shooters off the streets. And in his 2018 State of the City address, Mayor Garcetti announced the expansion of CSOC city-wide adding it to the Valley, the Westside, and Central Los Angeles, so every community can benefit from the success of the South Bureau. He expanded the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) program which puts officers on a 5-year assignment in one place, so they can build trust in the community and work closely with residents to make L.A. safer. Mayor Garcetti also led the effort to get LAPD security on our bus and rail systems City-wide. And these efforts are paying off — in 2018, L.A. had the second-fewest number of homicides citywide in more than 50 years. And LAPD's South Bureau recorded the lowest number of homicides since the bureau was created in 1973.
REACHING OUT TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN NEED. Mayor Garcetti has worked to disrupt cycles of violence by making targeted investments in the people and communities most affected by violent crime: adding $5.5 million to the Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) to cover more areas and increase intervention and prevention services for gang involved youth, youth at risk for gang joining, and their families; creating a Juvenile Gang Reentry program to provide mentoring and service referrals for young people who are being released from probation camps and returning to their home communities; and 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 nearly 5,000 jobs for young Angelenos and community members.
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, created the “NoDVLA” Public Awareness Campaign, and established a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign to expand awareness of human trafficking.
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 LA, we know 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 the opportunities and challenges that the future is sure to bring. 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 2018, volunteers responded more than 670 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.