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LAUSD Testimony - Jaming Arkangel

LAUSD Testimony - Jaming Arkangel

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Prepared testimony of LAUSD School Police Officer Jaming Arkangel in the CPUC evidentiary hearing regarding the Expo Line crossing at Farmdale Avenue, which is adjacent to Dorsey HS.
Prepared testimony of LAUSD School Police Officer Jaming Arkangel in the CPUC evidentiary hearing regarding the Expo Line crossing at Farmdale Avenue, which is adjacent to Dorsey HS.

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 1Application 06-12-005
et al.
ExhibitDate: August , 2008
PREPARED TESTIMONYOFJAMING ARKANGELQ: Please state your name, professional position, employer, and businessaddress
.A: My name is Jaming Arkangel. I am an officer with the Los Angeles SchoolPolice Department. My business address is 1330 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles,California, 90015.
Q: On whose behalf are you providing testimony today?
 A: I am testifying on behalf of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Q: What is the purpose of your testimony?
A: The purpose of my testimony is to describe the current student safety concerns atDorsey High School, to discuss the law enforcement challenges that will be posed by therail crossing planned for Farmdale Avenue and Exposition Boulevard, and to review howalternative proposals for the crossing would improve my ability to enforce laws and keepstudents safe.
Q: Where are you currently assigned?
A: I am currently one of two officers assigned to Dorsey High School.
 
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Q: How long have you been assigned to Dorsey?
 A: For four and a half years.
Q: Prior to your assignment to Dorsey, what was your assignment?
A: I was assigned to an early morning patrol shift. I patrolled a wide range of areasfor emergencies or criminal activity between 9:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. I began thatposition three months after my probationary period with the department ended. Before joining the department, I was a Community Service Officer at California State Universityat Northridge.
Q: What kind of training do you have in law enforcement?
 A: I am a graduate of California State University, Northridge, with a degree inCriminlogy. I attended the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy, and attend in-servicetraining on different law enforcement topics as required by the California Commission onPeace Officer Standards and Training.
Q: What are your duties as a Los Angeles School Police Officer?
A: My job is to enforce the law and keep students safe and secure. I investigatecrimes and make arrests. I also work with community organizations, such as CommunityBuild, which provides “eyes and ears” for students walking to and from school. I attendcommunity meeting so that I am kept abreast of problems in the community as theydevelop.
Q: What geographic area do you work in?
 A: I am assigned to Dorsey High School, but I am authorized to travel anywherewithin the Los Angeles Unified School District as part of my duties. I generally patrol
 
 3within a two mile radius of Dorsey High School. I am often called to other nearbyschools when there are incidents.
Q: Aside from nearby schools, what off-site locations near Dorsey do you patrolmost frequently?
A: I patrol places where students congregate, including the neighboring park, theburrito stand at Farmdale Avenue and Jefferson Avenue, the McDonalds on La Brea, andthe 7-11 on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. I also regularly respond to calls fromother businesses reporting thefts or that students have rushed the store. Drug usageoutside businesses is another regular complaint requiring my response.
Q: What hours do you work at Dorsey?
A: I arrive at 7:30 a.m. and leave about an hour after dismissal, just after 4:00 p.m.
Q: How would you describe the neighborhoods around Dorsey High School?
A: The area suffers from gangs and violence, and students at Dorsey are among thegang members. Students and other gang members frequently fight in the area around theschool. For instance, the side streets just north of campus, between Jefferson andExposition, are full of industrial and commercial buildings, and have little foot traffic.Students frequently fight in this area. Gang members and other individuals also targetstudents for robberies and drug dealing. I frequently get reports from students that theyhave been robbed for their cell phones or iPods.
Q: In your work as an officer for the Los Angeles School Police, have youdeveloped an understanding of the behavior of students at Dorsey High School?
A: Yes.

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