On Wednesday evening, many community members enjoyed an interesting and informative session with our Senior Lead Officer Chris Ragsdale and Brentwood’s Senior Lead Officer Maria Gray. West Los Angeles Commanding Officer, Captain Vic Davalos, stopped by and answered questions of concern that many attendee presented. Also present was Vanessa Tamayo of the City Attorney’s Office who spoke briefly about the Victim Assistance Program. Also present was Jarrett Thompson, Field Deputy for Councilmember Paul Koretz.
The officers discussed various topics as current crime statistics, methods criminals are using for burglaries, how to report loud and/or speeding cars and party houses. They also encouraged the community to download the “Citizen” app on their smartphones as it alerts when police and fire activity in our area in real time.
Overall, the community attendees enjoyed the informal evening and the opportunity to get to know our West LA LAPD force better and how to have another informal gathering again.
The Bel-Air Association thanks Mark Goodman MD, Chairperson for Emergency Preparedness and Neighborhood Watch for arranging the productive gathering with LAPD.
For more information on the Citizen App, please read this message from Officer Ragsdale:
I frequently receive calls, emails, and questions regarding police activity to include an orbiting police helicopter in the neighborhood. I am happy to report that there is now a free App that will notify you on your smart phone or device of real time police activity and emergency calls for service in your community.
You may download the Citizen App directly to your smart phone or device from the App store. Once you have set up the App with your area, you will begin to receive notifications and real time information on police and fire department activity and calls for service in your community.
View this local news story link for more detailed information about the Citizen App: https://ktla.com/2019/04/08/citizen-app-review-iphone-android-los-angeles/.