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Echo Park

Security Association Newsletter

Fa l l 2 0 0 7

Update on Recent Select Patrol to Roll Out

Shootings Foot Patrol in Business
By Northeast Division Senior Lead Officer
Sonia Rimkunas District
Many Echo Park residents are a little on edge This Fall, Select Patrol is planning to deploy a
due to the recent increase in gang activity in pair of bilingual security officers to patrol the
the Echo Park area. In this message, I will Echo Park business district on foot. Initial
give you as much information as I can coverage will be limited to three days a week
regarding these recent incidents, and tell (Thursday-Saturday), from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00
you what we are currently doing and plan to p.m.
do in the upcoming weeks about the The concept of the foot patrol is based on the
situation. very popular foot beat provided intermittently
About a month ago, an Echo Park gang by the LAPD. Early in September, Select Patrol
member was shot on Baxter Street. Our distributed a survey in both English and Spanish
investigation of the shooting focuses on the to business owners throughout the Echo Park
business community. The survey asked business
Crazies gang, which claims a territory just
owners their opinions about the foot beat and
west of Glendale Boulevard. The case is still
about general safety in the area. Survey
open, with no current leads. Council
responses showed support for the concept of a
President Eric Garcetti has posted a $25,000 security foot patrol and signaled that such a
reward for any information regarding this program could be successful.
The officers assigned to the foot beat will be
A few days ago we had a shooting near
armed. They will not be the same officers who
Reservoir Street and Liberty Street. currently serve in the EPSA-sponsored
Although the victim is not a documented community patrol service line. The primary duty
gang member, he had a handgun and two
of the foot
different types of casings in his possession,
implying that he had fired rounds at the

New EPSA email address:

(see Shootings on pg. 2)
epsa@ echoparksecurity. org

LAPD Contacts EPIA Hosts Meetings on Youth Violence

We are privileged to have Senior Lead In response to the rash of shootings in Echo
Officers (SLOs) from both Rampart and Park, the Echo Park Improvement Association is
holding a series of meetings focusing on the
Northeast Divisions working on behalf of
organizations that deal with youth crime.
Echo Park:
The second meeting, a panel of LAPD
Sonia Rimkunas is the LAPD Northeast SLO personnel, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday,
Oct.4, at Williams Hall, Barlow Hospital, 2000
for our area. You can reach Officer Rimkunas Stadium Way.
at Info: 323-882-4835
(213) 793-0760.

The SLO for Rampart Division in Echo Park

is Louis Ford. You can reach Officer Ford at
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Shootings (cont. from pg. 1) Foot Patrol (cont. from pg. 1)

suspects. The victim sustained injuries to his beat officers will be to deter criminal activity
leg but was listed in stable condition. He gave through their high-profile on the streets.
no information about the incident, but police Subscribers to the program will have the
received one bit of information that we are ability to summon the officers directly
following up on. through a special dedicated telephone line.
Another shooting took place near Sunset The officers may be directed to monitor or
Boulevard and Douglas Street. The victim was investigate suspicious activity, keep the
shot in the stomach and was listed in serious peace and perform other community security
but stable condition. The victim and a second functions.
male were fired at by a male Hispanic suspect, Select Patrol will offer the foot beat for $49
most likely from a Rampart Division gang called per month, and if the company generates
LCM. The second male is a documented Echo the 100-plus subscribers necessary to start
Park gang member who had a weapon in his the program by November 1st, the foot beat
possession when the police arrived. He officers will hit the streets Thursday, Dec. 6.
attempted to flee but was apprehended and
Shortly after the above shooting, a shooting
occurred on Kellam Street in the Rampart
EPSA News & Events
Division. The victim of this shooting is from
Echo Park but has ties to the LCM gang. Reward Offered
L.A. City Council is offering a reward of $25,000
What the police are doing for information about the murder of Michael
Lezay on July 21, 2007. Contact Northeast
• Rampart and Northeast Area gang Homicide detectives Carrillo or Governo at 213-
detectives and officers have been 847-4261 or the Watch Commander at 213-485-
exchanging information on the above 2563.
shootings. We will have some extra patrol
and gang enforcement in the area over the Community Safety Meetings
next few weeks. The EPSA invites you to attend our regularly
• th
On October 4 , the Echo Park Improvement scheduled community safety meetings on the
second Thursday of every month. LAPD Senior
Association will host their monthly meeting Lead Officers from both Northeast and Rampart
at Barlow Hospital at 7 p.m. I will be in divisions attend, and the format is open, informal
attendance. Hopefully, my Area Captain and and informative.
some of our gang officers will be available All members of the residential and business
for questions. community are welcome to discuss issues, share
• Rampart Division Senior Lead Officer Lew ideas and thoughts with your neighbors, make
your concerns known to your LAPD
Ford and I are hoping to resume our regular representatives and hear the senior lead officers’
foot beats along Sunset, as soon as Lew is perspective on local events.
fully recovered from his recent surgery. The currently scheduled meetings are:
What you can do Thursday, October 11, at 2:00 p.m.
Call in graffiti ASAP. If the graffiti is crossed Thursday, November 8, at 2:00 p.m.
out, please email me at Meetings are held at the LAPD Stop-In Center (at
with the location and what the graffiti reads, if Echo Park Blvd. and Sunset, behind the Bank of
you are able to determine it. America).
Thank you all for your concern and diligence.
Your help in the community is greatly EPSA Joins BLEND
appreciated. EPSA became a member of the Northeast
LAPD support group “Business for Law
Enforcement Northeast Division,” known as
BLEND. Earlier we joined the Rampart

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