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Community Partnerships Bureau — Community Outreach
The Mission of Community Partnerships Bureau is to provide a holistic approach to Community Policing by developing, maintaining, and coordinating a multitude of assets to proactively reduce violent crime, and enhance the quality of life for residents in the unincorporated regions of Los Angeles County. Our Mission is based upon the application of ethical, professional and effective strategies that support the use of prevention, intervention and enforcement techniques; uniting the strengths of families, schools, neighborhoods, and law enforcement agencies.

Community Partnerships Bureau provides supplemental and specialized law enforcement services to residents in unincorporated County areas. These services include: Community Policing Teams, youth intervention and prevention programs through the Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives (VIDA) Academy; the Public Trust Partnership Program, Homeless Services through the Homeless Response Team, and enforcement of intellectual property laws. Additionally, Special Operations Bureau provides supplemental law enforcement services to public housing sites through a contract with Housing Authority County of Los Angeles.
Bullet itemCommunity Policing Teams - COPS Deputies are assigned to specific station areas and are tasked with addressing crime and Quality of Life issues in those areas. They provide services from a community-oriented policing approach; working and partnering with residents to identify problems and formulate solutions. They coordinate additional resources to resolve problems that require non-law enforcement services, such as the Department of Public Works, Regional Planning, and graffiti abatement services.
Bullet itemVIDA Academy - The VIDA program is a structured 16-week program for non-violent "at-risk" youth and their families. The program consists of physical training, close order drill, community service, life skills, and family and drug counseling. Students are taken on field trips to the County jails and the Museum of Tolerance. VIDA deputies conduct home and school visits on the participants to provide support for positive behavior, and to ensure students are in a safe environment. The deputies are mentors not only to the participants, but also to the entire family.

VIDA has been an overwhelming success and is a core service of the community policing model, providing prevention and intervention services to an underserved segment of the community. Since inception, in excess of 6,500 "at-risk" youth have participated in the program, resulting in positive changes for the participants and the family structure, which in many cases have long been fragmented.

VIDA has developed a strong partnership with more than 100 community volunteers. The Volunteers provide tutoring, mentorship, and moral support to participants. Partnerships have been developed with the Probation Department, judges, and elected officials. We also have a formal agreement with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP). TCSPP students participate in a Ph.D. practicum program providing mental health services to participants and their families via group and individual counseling sessions.

VIDA Deputies are uniquely trained and are mandated to attend a 40-hour, POST approved, Juvenile Intervention Instructors Course. This class was specifically developed to equip deputies with non-traditional skill sets; including teaching, motivation, risk-management, and case management. The class is taught by tenured VIDA personnel through the Regional Community Policing Institute (RCPI), and is currently the only POST approved juvenile intervention class for law enforcement.

VIDA Class #29 recently graduated 98 students in June, 2015. Since inception, VIDA has provided assistance and services for over 6,500 families.
Bullet itemPublic Trust Partnership - The Public Trust Partnership Program was created to strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and the community. After a specific geographical area is identified, COPS personnel, along with reserves, explorers, station deputies, and volunteers, conduct a community survey to identify on-going quality of life issues and criminal activity concerns. In excess of 100 LASD personnel actively participate in the surveys.

Personnel walk door-to-door, interacting with community members and gathering information from residents about their concerns. At the conclusion of the survey, a Town Hall meeting with the community is held to share the results gathered from the residents. The results of the survey are utilized to allocate and re-direct personnel to address the problems identified by citizens. Strategies are developed and implemented to address issues ranging from, burglary and narcotics suppression operations; gang mitigation; graffiti/vandalism abatement; juvenile delinquency reduction; alcohol beverage control (ABC) operations; stray animal control; illegal vendor enforcement; loud party enforcement; and enhanced traffic enforcement.

Deputies collaborate with other law enforcement and government agencies in order to resolve the identified problems. The enforcement portion of the program typically lasts four months, or until the identified problems have been sufficiently addressed.

The Public Trust Partnership has been deployed in four station areas to date and is currently in the final stages in the Quartz Hill area of Lancaster Station.
Bullet itemHomeless Response - The Homeless Response Team (HRT) coordinates enforcement and relief efforts with the Chief Executive's Office (CEO), and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) regarding homeless persons. Many of the referrals regarding homeless encampments come from patrol stations, or complaints sent directly to the Board of Supervisors.

When Special Operations Bureau receives information of a significant homeless encampment, the HRT team, along with LAHSA, will respond within 72 hours to conduct an initial assessment of the site. Together, HRT, LAHSA and the CEO's office develop a collaborative response designed to address the concerns of the community and the needs of the homeless. Resources from the Department of Public Works, Department of Veteran's Affairs, mental health service providers, medical service providers, and public and private homeless shelters, work together to provide a long term solution to homelessness.
Bullet itemCounterfeit and Piracy Enforcement (CAPE) - The primary goal of the CAPE Team is to address intellectual property crimes. The team focuses on enforcing laws and ordinances related to crimes which substantially interfere with the quality of life, community peace, lawful commerce, property values, and the health and safety of residents.

The team provides a coordinated effort to reduce intellectual property crimes by gathering intelligence and leads through the community, conducting investigations, and coordinating outreach and education efforts to local businesses and the community. They have developed partnerships with private investigative firms, brand owners, and State and Federal law enforcement agencies.
Bullet itemCommunity Development Commission Team - Since 1993, the Housing Authority County of Los Angeles (HACoLA) has contracted with the Sheriff's Department to provide supplemental law enforcement services to public housing properties; delivering a comprehensive Community Policing Program. The goal of this unique partnership is to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for families, seniors, and disabled persons living in the affordable housing properties. Public housing sites total over 3,300 units at 70 locations, comprising nearly 7,000 residents.

HACoLA's Community Policing Program utilizes the core elements of intervention, prevention, and suppression; focusing on minimizing negative behavior and reducing crime. CDC personnel receive unique training in the enforcement of Federal, State, and local laws regarding fair housing and subsidized program compliance requirements.
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