– Mike Feuer
The City has often looked to the LAPD to grapple not only with violent crime, but societal failures for which it is not best equipped, including homelessness and mental health issues. At the same time, efforts to truly address the root causes of crime have taken a back seat.
While reports of some categories of crime are down in some neighborhoods, serious crime continues to have a major impact in many communities. For example, in recent months residents of South L.A., in particular, have experienced a devastating spike in gun violence. L.A. must make a serious effort to reimagine public safety in general, and the most appropriate roles for the LAPD, in particular—while assuring that families in every neighborhood are safe from violence and crime.
Community safety requires addressing the fundamental reasons for crime as well as having a well-trained police force. I've always made community safety a top priority, from my days as Vice-Chair of the City Council's Public Safety Committee to my current role as City Attorney. I will continue to do so as your Mayor.
- Mike Feuer
We need to prevent crime in the first place, including addressing its root causes. That's why, as Mayor, I will aggressively pursue new levels of investment in good jobs, access to health care, quality educational opportunities, child care, after-school programs, recreation, and food programs in underserved neighborhoods.
Moreover, when it comes to public safety, we need to rely less on police overtime and more on hiring classes of diverse, well-trained officers. As I speak to residents throughout Los Angeles, personal safety is on everyone’s mind. While there are legitimate concerns about policing in our communities, calls to "defund the police" ring hollow when the public feels unsafe and when violent crime is up in many neighborhoods. And relying on overtime results in fatigue and inefficiency and inhibits the further diversification of the police force. As Mayor, I will work to restore LAPD's staffing to 10,000 officers.
Public safety requires a substantial, diverse and well-trained police force whose officers de-escalate confrontations whenever possible and earn the trust and respect of each neighborhood they serve. LAPD’s crucial role in community safety must continue to evolve. It’s time to reimagine the wide array of functions the Department performs. But, to truly reimagine public safety in Los Angeles, hiring new officers is not the only investment we should make. New officers should be accompanied by social workers and trained mental health professionals where appropriate, and those health professionals and social workers should serve as first responders when needed. As it stands, more than 90% of calls to the LAPD involve non-violent incidents and, in many cases, do not require an armed response. As Mayor, I will establish Crisis Response Teams that will respond to these non-violent incidents, such as contacts with mentally ill people experiencing homelessness. This way, officers can focus on serious incidents that warrant their intervention, and vulnerable residents can receive the assistance they need.
While it’s essential to provide the police with the resources that they need, it's equally important that our communities trust our officers and that those officers are guardians of the communities they serve. As Mayor, I'll expand the Community Safety Partnership Bureau within the LAPD—assigning officers to serve communities in multi-year stints so they can build trust and understanding—and transition more officers to this deeply community-centered policing model.
- Mike Feuer
I will work to build trust between public safety officers and the communities they serve. As Mayor, I'll expand the Community Safety Partnership Bureau within the LAPD—assigning officers to serve communities in multi-year stints so they can build trust and understanding—and transition more officers to this deeply community-centered policing model.
I'll continue my career-long leadership to prevent gun violence, creating a Mayor's Gun Violence Prevention Task Force that brings together officials from across relevant city departments to develop and implement solutions in conjunction with community stakeholders. And, because violence-induced trauma can have lasting impacts on childhood brain development, I will establish early intervention programs for kids in communities where violence is all-too-common, building on the program I started in the City Attorney's Office.
I will also address violence against women and vulnerable communities, emphasizing efforts to combat human trafficking, domestic violence, and hate crimes, as I have throughout my career.
I'm proud of the innovative and effective work I've done to make our city, state, and nation safer and of the numerous awards I've earned for my efforts. Organizations like The Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, Women Against Gun Violence, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Los Angeles County Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, Loyola Law School's Fidler Justice Center, and Los Angeles Crime Stoppers, have all recognized my work on community safety.
I dramatically expanded the City Attorney's Neighborhood Prosecutor Program, embedding my staff members in neighborhoods throughout L.A. to solve the most critical public safety and quality of life issues. My office's Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program has successfully transformed safety in neighborhoods plagued by properties that are the sources of gun and gang violence, drug sales, and other criminal activity.
I've been a national leader on commonsense criminal justice reform that reduces repeat offenses and turns offenders' lives around, creating a Community Justice Initiative that includes multiple innovative and effective programs.
One example is my Neighborhood Justice Program, a pre-filing diversion program that sends non-violent offenders who take responsibility for their actions to panels of community volunteers trained in restorative justice principles. These panels require offenders to perform obligations to improve the neighborhood where the crime occurred, make amends with victims, and take advantage of interventions like job training. The program has a remarkably low repeat offense rate of just 5%. Another is the pre-arrest program I created that sends a mobile team including a nurse and substance abuse and mental health experts to homeless encampments, connecting people to services and housing before they commit offenses.
- Mike Feuer
For my leadership on gun violence prevention, the Obama Administration invited me to the White House to present gun violence prevention strategies to governors, mayors, and lawmakers from across the United States.
After the Parkland tragedy, I established a Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety, which heard testimony from hundreds of residents and presented more than 30 specific recommendations to the LAUSD Board on making schools safer. And I spearheaded an innovative program that intervenes early on to prevent gun violence from negatively impacting brain development in children.
To promote trust between LAPD and the communities it serves, I pioneered a well-received reconciliation program that allows community members who file a complaint against a police officer to meet with the officer and a trained mediator, fostering communication and mutual understanding.
I've established a wide range of other efforts to make Angelenos safer, including programs to disarm domestic abusers, fight human trafficking, and improve neighborhood school safety. I also led efforts to combat hate crimes, wrote one of California's most important laws to decrease drunk driving, and worked to combat animal cruelty.