Press Releases and Media


City of Los Angeles Commemorates Start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1, 2012

Domestic Violence Awareness Month FINAL RELEASE

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today joined Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, Los Angeles Police Foundation Executive Director Cecilia Glassman and representatives from Verizon Wireless to kick-off national Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Los Angeles.  Together, they announced the lighting of several City landmarks in purple (the official color of Domestic Violence Awareness) and acknowledged the receipt of two grants to help fund the City’s Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) program.

Mayor Villaraigosa Commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 14, 2011

Mayor Villaraigosa, in partnership with local businesses and community organizations, commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month throughout October. Public and corporate partners are helping to “Turn LA Purple,” the official color of the awareness campaign. Verizon Wireless and the Los Angeles Police Foundation are launching a “Text to Donate” program to benefit LAPD domestic violence prevention and intervention programs.

Mayor Villaraigosa, Chief Beck, Women Leaders Announce Domestic Violence Initiative

April 21, 2010

Mayor Villaraigosa announces a comprehensive domestic violence initiative to increase resources for victims of domestic violence, to prosecute offenders, and connect victims to needed services.

Partnerships with Domestic Violence Advocacy Groups

Mayor Villaraigosa along with leaders of the public and private sectors announced “Domestic Violence Partnerships,” an expanding partnership between LAPD and domestic violence advocacy groups throughout the city. The new initiative designates a Lieutenant in every LAPD division as a domestic violence coordinator. The goal of the partnership is to extend services to victims, educate officers on the availability of services for victims, and connect victims to those services to more effectively end the cycle of abuse.

Mayor Villaraigosa Issues Statement on Shooting in Sylmar

April 4, 2011

Mayor Villaraigosa issues a statement concerning LAPD Officer Steve Jenkins after he was shot when responding to a domestic violence call in Sylmar.

Mayor Villaraigosa Announces the Elimination of Environmental Affairs Department and Human Services Department

February 19, 2010

In an effort to balance the City’s budget, Mayor Villaraigosa eliminates two departments and compartmentalizes others. The Commission on Children, Youth and Families will join the Community Development Department (CDD) to create a new streamlined commission to oversee LA’s anti-poverty policy and programs. The domestic violence shelter operations program will also be transferred to the CDD.

Mayor Villaraigosa Announces Grand Opening of Low Income Housing Units for Homeless Persons and Victims of Domestic Violence

August 27, 2009

Mayor Villaraigosa announces the opening of the Alexandria House Apartments Project, sixteen low-income units in Koreatown. Seven of those units are reserved for homeless or those at risk of being homeless and victims of domestic violence.

Mayor Villaraigosa Issues Statement on the Selection of New Police Inspector General

May 5, 2010

Mayor Villaraigosa selects Nicole Bershon to be the new Inspector General. Before joining the Inspector General’s Office, Ms. Bershon served in the City Attorney’s Criminal Division as a prosecutor dealing with misdemeanors concerning domestic violence matters, narcotics offenses, and gang-related crimes.

DNA & Rape

Mayor Villaraigosa, Councilmember Jack Weiss, Chief Bratton Announce Agreement on DNA Rape Kit Backlog (PDF)

October 28, 2008

The memo announces an agreement to clear LAPD’s backlog of approximately 7,000 rape kits by increasing staffing at the LAPD Crime Lab. The plan calls for the addition of ten criminalists every six months until the LAPD Crime Lab is fully staffed, as well as an increase in funding for outsourcing.

Mayor Villaraigosa, Chief Beck Announce Across the Board Crime Reduction in Los Angeles (PDF)

January 6, 2011

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, Controller Wendy Greuel, and members of the City Council announced an across the board reduction in crime in the City’s 2010 year-end crime statistics. Both violent crime and property crime were reduced in each of the Los Angeles Police Department’s four bureaus. Reason for this reduction is attributed to an expanded police force, more targeted police strategies, community policing and improved enforcement tactics, as well as the implementation of the City’s comprehensive gang initiatives.

More Cops, Less Crime

The City’s record lows in crime are credited to the police force being at a record high. Despite the unprecedented fiscal crisis, attention should be given to fiscally responsible compromises that would slow the pace of new hiring rather than decreasing current police levels.

Mayor Announces Progress for Sexual Assault Evidence Kits

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa highlights the progress the Los Angeles Police Department has made in significantly reducing the historical backlog of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits at the California Forensic Science Institute (CFSI) Awards Reception where Chief Charlie Beck was honored. The historical backlog has been drastically reduced to 35 untested kits, all of which are expected to be tested by the end of this month, and 674 tested kits that require a review and entry into the DNA database.

2011 Mid Year Crime Snapshot 7-11-11 (PDF)

July 11, 2011

This document presents graphs relaying 2011 crime statistics within the City of Los Angeles.

Mayor and Chief Beck Announce LAPD Achievements

Mayor Villaraigosa and Police Chief Beck highlight the achievements of the LAPD on Beck’s one year anniversary as Chief of Police. Despite a time of unprecedented budget constraints, Beck has been able to reduce crime, step up the City’s counterterrorism efforts, significantly reduced the DNA backlog, has expanded the Police Cadet Program, and made working with the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) a major priority.