Echo Park Security Association

Newsletter
Winter 2008

Crime Down in Area
LAPD year-end statistics show a small overall decrease in criminal activity in 2007 in the Northeast and Rampart divisions, which include Echo Park. Homicide and Rape showed the greatest decline in both divisions. Robbery increased in the Rampart division, while Northeast saw a bump in Burglary/Theft from a Motor Vehicle. According to Northeast Senior Lead Officer Sonia Rimkunas, the Echo Park (Northeast) area in particular saw a 9.18% decrease in overall crime. Most notably, Burglary decreased by 35% and Robbery by 25%. “A decrease of 9.18% in overall crime is pretty good,” noted Officer Rimkunas, “since Chief Bratton's goal for the city this year was 5%....so Echo Park almost doubled that decrease. And what's even more fantastic is that last year we ended the year with decrease of 19% in overall crime....so to have two years of significant decreases is GREAT!”
Rampart Violent Crimes Homicide Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault TOTAL VIOLENT Property Crimes Burglary Grand Theft Auto BTFV* Personal/Other TOTAL PROPERTY YTD 25 49 1225 822 2121 YTD 754 1291 1413 1148 4606 % Change -17% -35% +8% +3% +4% % Change -6% -6% -2% -3% -4% Northeast YTD 18 25 516 715 1274 YTD 795 1450 1713 1333 5291 % Change -28% -22% -2% +1% -1% % Change -16% -10% +7% -11% -7%

Select Patrol Report
By Darin Williams Select Patrol Founder/President

First, on behalf of the Echo Park crew -- Bob, Ed, Glenda and myself -- thank you all for your generous Christmas bonus this year. Your support of the Select Patrol team throughout the year and during the holiday season tells us how much you all appreciate our work in the community. Thanks again! Secondly, I want to update EPSA members and the community in regard to our planned foot patrol for the Echo Park business district, which had been scheduled to roll out last month. Unfortunately, we were not able to launch the program because we did not believe there was sufficient time to screen, hire and train the number of officers required to staff that assignment. Those of you who have been with us over these past 13 years in Echo Park know the caliber of people who work for Select Patrol, and can appreciate that our hiring process is not a willy-nilly proposition. It takes time to develop good officers, and we will never cut corners when it comes to the safety of our community. We plan to visit the foot beat again later this year. I will keep you posted. Your Guard, Darin Williams (323) 644-1014

*BTFV = Burglary/Theft from a Motor Vehicle
Statistics are from www.lapdonline.org, 1/04/08. Statistics are preliminary and subject to further analysis and revision.

Select Patrol personnel attended an EPSA-hosted pizza party at which year-end bonuses were awarded.

EPSA

P Box 26201 Los Angeles, CA 90026 .O. Tel: (323) 860-9914 Online: www.echoparksecurity.org

Email: epsa@echoparksecurity.org

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Echo Park Security Association Newsletter

Winter 2008

LAPD Contacts
We are privileged to have Senior Lead Officers (SLOs) from both Rampart and Northeast Divisions working on behalf of Echo Park. Sonia Rimkunas is the LAPD Northeast (north of Sunset Blvd.) SLO for our area. You can reach Officer Rimkunas at (213) 7930760.

EPSA News & Events
Many thanks to everyone who generously donated to our Christmas bonus fund. We were able to give a bonus of about $900 to each of the dedicated Select officers who patrol this neighborhood. The EPSA steering committee hosted a pizza party for the officers and handed out the bonuses. Holding the line on inflation: Although gas costs are going up, there are no plans to raise the price of the patrol service. EPSA membership dues will remain at the current level of $54 per quarter (for a single address). Community Safety meetings are resuming after the holiday break. Meetings are held at 2:00 p.m. at the LAPD Stop-In Center on Echo Park Avenue (just south of Sunset, next to the Bank of America). All Echo Park residents and members of the business community are invited to discuss issues, share ideas and thoughts with your neighbors, make your concerns known to your LAPD representatives and hear the Senior Lead Officers' perspective on local events. The currently scheduled meetings are: Thursday, January 10 Thursday, February 14 Thursday, March 13 If you can pay dues for the whole year, now is a great time to do so. Paying in advance helps your EPSA volunteer block captains, as they need to deliver only one bill, and it helps you because you can forget about paying for another twelve months.

Louis Ford is the LAPD Rampart Division (south of Sunset Blvd.) SLO in Echo Park. You can reach Officer Ford at (213) 793-0775.

Police Seek Help in Solving Area Slaying
Rampart Homicide Detectives are seeking information on the murder of 23-year-old Moses Salinas of Los Angeles. Salinas was shot on November 21, 2007, at around 2:30 p.m., in the 100 block of West Kensington Road. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact Rampart Homicide Detectives at 213-207-2060 during daytime hours. On weekends or after hours, contact the toll-free 24-hour number at 1-877-LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).

EPSA Frequently Asked Questions
Question: “Are Select Patrol officers armed?” Answer: Yes. Some members have mistakenly assumed that the patrol officers are unarmed. As a member, you should know that the Select Patrol officers are armed with handguns. Each officer has received intensive training comparable to that of a sworn police officer. The Select Patrol officers are extremely cautious, as befits those carrying deadly weapons.

EPSA

P Box 26201 Los Angeles, CA 90026 .O. Tel: (323) 860-9914 Online: www.echoparksecurity.org

Email: epsa@echoparksecurity.org

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