what is the Safer Cities Initiative?

LAPD Community Forum Meeting At L.A. Mission. Representatives of the Los Angeles Police Department, Neighborhood City Prosecutor’s Office, and L.A. County Probation Department met with Skid Row community activists and residents to discuss issues such as the Operation Healthy Streets, Safer Cities Initiative, Broken Windows Policing, and the LAPD’s new policing plan for Skid Row and dealing with the Mentally Ill. Skid Row residents also voiced their opinions and decent regarding the escalating harassment, use-of-force, and officer-involved shootings of Skid Row residents and the homeless by the LAPD.

Produced, Directed, Filmed, Edited, & Reported by JD Kelly ~ President/CEO of UNN.


Excerpted from the LAPD website: (http://www.lapdonline.org/june_2007/news_view/35562)

On September 17th 2006, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmembers Jan Perry and Jose Huizar backed the Safer Cities Initiative. 50 additional officers were added to patrol Central area and in particular a five block area of Skid Row. The Safer City Initiative in an unprecedented partnership between the Mayor’s office, the LAPD, City Attorney, LA County District Attorney, City Council and non-governmental entities.

As of May 22, 2007, in the eight months since the Safer Cities kick-off, part 1 crime in the Skid Row area has gone down 35%. During the same eight-month period preceding the Safer City Initiative crime dropped only 5%.

Homicides, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, auto thefts and other types of crimes are all down. Since January 1, 2007, there have been no homicides in Central Area, compared to one the same period last year.

For the first eight months of 2006, there had been 183 reported robbery victims in Skid Row. As of June 2, 2007, there were 70 robbery victims. This is 113 fewer robbery victims, resulting in a 61% decrease. By June 2nd of 2006, there had been 155 aggravated assaults, compared to 119 this year. The decrease of 23% resulted in 36 fewer victims.

The Safer Cities Initiative has also produced a high number of arrests and drug seizures. The Narcotics Buy Team and Field Enforcement Section have worked very hard in taking career criminals off the street and making it difficult for drug dealers to prosper.
From September 1, 2006 to June 1, 2007, they have made over 2,000 arrests. 532 of the suspects were on active parole; 516 arrestees were on probation.

Over 33 pounds of cocaine, 7 pounds of heroin, 200 pounds of marijuana and over $315,000 was also recovered. In addition, 2 shotguns and 5 handguns, all of which were recovered from the hands of career criminals.

As of June 1, 2007, the uniformed component of the Safer Cities Initiative, comprised of the Safer Cities Task Force, Eastside Detail and officers assigned to the Metropolitan Division Mounted Unit, have made:
• 1,800 felony arrests.
• 1,300 misdemeanor arrests.
• Performed 8,000 warrant checks.
• Impounded 208 vehicles.
• Issued more than 8,000 citations.
• Responded to 424 calls for service.

Article from the THe GLoBaL urBanIsT website: Has the “broken windows” theory of policing finally been fixed? by Drew Reed Sept. 12th, 2013




“When we think about the cities we live in, some of us see them as nothing more than a noisy, crowded and potentially dangerous mess. Others are more optimistic, such as Lewis Mumford, who described the city as “a theatre of social action” where “man’s more purposive activities are focused and work out, through conflicting and cooperating personalities, events, groups, into more significant culminations.”

While urban thinkers like Mumford have been making similar observations for centuries, the issue of how we perceive the city has more recently been taken up by social scientists seeking to apply a more methodical approach. Yet, personal opinions are still apparent in their results. One of the first well known attempts at this was the “broken windows theory”, which was as I shall explain based on a decisively negative, un-Mumfordian view of the city, seeing it as rife with disorder and in dire need of heavy-handed policing to be cleaned up.

Article from the l.a. activist website: The General and the War to Save LA’s Soul (Part II) By  July 19th, 2014



General Dogon. (Dan Bluemel / LA Activist)

General Dogon. (Dan Bluemel / LA Activist)

“Launched in 2006, the Safer Cities Initiative was to be a two-prong, good-cop-bad-cop, strategy to curb violent crime in Skid Row and lessen homelessness. On one hand, 50 additional cops would focus on subduing crime and on the other, social programs would lift people out of homelessness. It was for the betterment of all, said city officials, but what Angelenos really got was an incarcerated population that would be destined to stay homeless.

“The motherfucking mayor and Councilmember Jan Perry said the ‘reason’ for bringing the SCI program in was to focus on the outside criminal element that comes into Skid Row and play on those that are vulnerable,” said Dogon. “They was talking about drug dealers and all that kind of shit. They said they was taking advantage of the homeless folks, beating up homeless folks, robbing homeless folks, taking their money. I mean some of that criminal shit was happening, but not to the greedy level that they said it was happening. The way they was talking about it, it was gang related. But you couldn’t have had 200, 300 drug deals on one block, all this kind of stuff they were saying. That would’ve been a drug war, you understand me? So yeah, I knew they was lying. Like I was telling you, it’s always been neutral territory for the gangs. This is one part of the city where gangs don’t fight.”

2 Responses to what is the Safer Cities Initiative?

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