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PUBLIC SAFETY PLAN

Where I grew up, witnessing crime was a part of everyday life. The Mayor’s most important job is to keep Angelenos safe and to ensure that they’re treated with dignity and respect. Every Angeleno has the right to be safe. As Mayor,  I will make sure  criminals are held accountable. Public safety is more than just putting more cops on the beat– it’s about working to prevent crime before it happens.

Public safety is a complex issue that requires informed, thoughtful, and realistic solutions. Scare tactics and outlandish promises might grab headlines, but they don’t make a city safer. My plan centers around adding resources in targeted ways to address our actual public safety needs and rethinking how we approach policing. It calls for reforming our culture of policing, getting illegal guns off the streets, and using proven approaches to stop crime before it starts.

Reforming policing does not mean letting criminals off the hook. The truth is – most neighborhoods still want good, highly trained police officers to respond when we call 9-1-1, but we can have that and make significant investments in services for neighborhoods beyond policing in a more comprehensive approach to public safety.

Problem

Police are stretched too thin

Solution

Use the right tool for the job

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Hire Mental Health Professionals

Sworn officers are being called on to act as social workers and mental health professionals, especially in their dealings with the unhoused. This takes precious shift hours away from the work that they have trained to do: protecting the public. Kevin understands this, which is why he is proposing hiring mental health professionals (who would be civilians) through the newly formed Los Angeles Department of Public and Mental Health to integrate into each of the 21 divisions of LAPD. With teams of two mental health professionals handling 8-hour shifts, we can provide better service to those in mental health crisis, and free up officers to do what they were trained for.  

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Better Utilize our Resources

LAPD Reserve officers receive the same training as active duty LAPD; indeed, many of them are retired sworn officers. These reserves offer a tremendous service to our City, but they go underutilized. Kevin will work with the LAPD Reserve Program to increase recruitment of the Reserve Corps, and he will deploy them more readily for increased visibility as a crime deterrent

Problem

Crime is on the rise

Solution

Fix the causes, not just the symptoms of crime

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Aggressively confiscate illegal firearms and prosecute violators

Kevin understands that it is not enough to create strict licensing for legal guns; we have to go after the illegal, unregistered guns which are overwhelmingly used in crime. That’s why he took on the NRA and gun makers to write the strongest package of gun control laws in California’s history. Kevin will create an Illegal Gun Strike Team and instruct our police and our prosecutors to use the full array of tools provided by these laws to hold criminals accountable and take ghost guns off our streets. 

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Keeping guns away from domestic abusers

Kevin will work with our LAPD and the City Attorney’s office to make sure that through our Red Flag Laws, domestic abusers are kept far away from guns. The effects of spousal or domestic abuse reach far beyond the four walls of a home– they hurt our whole society. It’s time to take away deadly weapons from those who would use them to hurt those closest to them.

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Get to the root of smash and grab

This current rash of smash and grab and follow home robberies are clearly part of larger national organized theft rings. By treating them as such, we have much better options for prosecuting the perpetrators. As Mayor, Kevin will not only work closely with LAPD to catch the “ground soldiers” who are carrying out the actual crimes, but he  will work with Attorney General Bonta to go after the criminals who are actually at the top of these rings. It is also important to go after the platforms which these organized groups are using to sell these stolen goods online. Many groups are large, mainstream sites like Amazon, where their online stores face little to no scrutiny, to move their goods. By working with the AG’s office to ensure more scrutiny on the part of e-commerce sites, we can eliminate avenues for these groups to actually re-sell their stolen property. 

Problem

Making LAPD more accountable

Solution

Reform the fundamentals

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Change starts from the first day in training

  • Kevin will work with LAPD leadership to instill values of respect for all citizens starting at the Academy. He will also make sure that senior officers are not holding on to practices– either official or unofficial– that don’t bring LAPD’s policing in line with Los Angeles values. 

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Reducing police shootings

While the numbers of officer involved shootings have gone down in the last year, 2021 still saw 43 Angelenos killed by police. Of those killed, a shocking 53% were Latino, and 24% were African American, despite being only 8% of the population. This has to change. By creating alternative response teams headed by mental health professionals who can de-escalate situations, we can decrease the number of preventable deaths while simultaneously keeping officers safer.

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Replenish the ranks of 9-1-1 dispatchers

As more 911 dispatchers leave the ranks of the profession, wait times become longer, and Angelenos in need suffer. The state of California mandates that 95% of 911 calls are answered within 15 seconds, but LAPD officials state that oftentimes we fall short of that by up to 30%. As Mayor, Kevin will hire more 911 dispatchers to ensure that emergency calls are answered quickly and Angelenos can get the help they need. 

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