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first_imgWHITTIER – A 14-year-old boy was run over by a vehicle in Whittier on Tuesday and trapped underneath for a time, leaving him with major injuries, authorities said. County firefighters were sent to the 13800 block of East Whittier Boulevard about 2 p.m. The boy was trapped beneath the vehicle for about 12 minutes before being freed by firefighters. The youth was airlifted to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles because he met “trauma criteria,” a fire department spokesman said. Drive-by shooter wounds pedestrian WHITTIER – A pedestrian sustained non-life-threatening wounds in a drive-by shooting early Monday morning, Whittier police reported Tuesday. The pedestrian, who authorities said was a local gang member, was near Santa Fe Springs and Lambert roads when he was shot at 1:06a.m. Monday. He was shot in both thighs, but was able to go to a local convenience store to call police. The man described the suspect’s vehicle as a late-1980s Chrysler. Authorities later reported to a call from another resident near Shoemaker Avenue and Foxley Drive. Officers found a rifle, as well as clothing that matched that of the shooter, inside a recycling bin outside a nearby residence. Anyone with information is urged to call Whittier police at (562) 945-8250. Pico Pride Day set for April 14 cream-color PICO RIVERA – Residents are invited to help beautify the city during the ninth annual Community Pride Day on April 14. The city is seeking volunteers with a few hours to spare, work gloves, a rake or shovel and community pride. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. on April 14 at Smith Park, 6016 Rosemead Blvd., before heading out to one of five sites to assist with cleaning, painting, landscaping or repairing. The first 500 volunteers, ages 6 and up, will receive a free T-shirt, and everyone will be treated to breakfast and lunch. Volunteers 12 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. To register as a volunteer, or for more information, call (562) 801-4430. Football camp at Adventure Park WHITTIER – Eighth-grade boys interested in learning football techniques from high school players are invited to a free football camp this week. The camp will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. daily through Friday at Adventure Park, 10130 Gunn Ave. For more information, call (562) 698-7645. FEMA plan open for review LA HABRA – The public is invited to review and comment on the “Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan,” which is designed to provide guidance and direction on implementing hazard mitigation action items on a probability and cost-priority basis. The overall goal of the plan, which is required by FEMA, is to reduce the potential for damage to La Habra assets from natural hazards or disasters. All comments on the draft plan are due by April 15. Comments may be directed to John Rees, Emergency Services Coordinator, 101 N. Euclid St., La Habra, CA 90631. For more information, call (562) 905-9753. – From staff and wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

L.A. must comply with uniform stats

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsDuring that time, there was tremendous pressure to change the way law enforcement dealt with domestic violence. Traditionally, domestic violence had been treated as a family matter and often ignored by many aspects of society, including the police. Reform was much needed and, indeed, occurred. In fact, domestic violence became one of the priorities in policing and arrests, and prosecutions skyrocketed. As a consequence of this increased attention, the LAPD made an internal reporting decision that led us to the current controversy. That decision was to take all reported domestic-violence incidents and categorize them as Part One Crimes, irrespective if they fit the criteria for that crime class. For the next 20-plus years, the LAPD over-reported Part One crimes to the federal government, virtually negating the system used to measure crime nationwide. The decision to classify all domestic violence incidents as Part One crime was wrong. To go beyond UCR guidelines completely defeats the purpose for which the system was created and makes meaningful measurement of crime patterns or trends between various cities or states impossible. Our goal in Los Angeles is to become the safest big city in America. How can we measure progress toward that goal without a common method of measurement? The LAPD remains committed to the reduction and serious investigation of domestic violence. We have not made recent changes in our response and handling of these type crimes nor have we stopped tracking these incidents. Domestic-violence statistics are still available to any and all who want them. We take crime reporting and crime reduction very seriously. In 2005, we reduced violent crime by more than 11,000 incidents, and even allowing for the 5,000 reclassified domestic-violence crimes, achieved a significant crime reduction of well over 10 percent. Year to date for 2006, we are at an 11.9 percent reduction in Part One crime. Chief Bratton invented the COMPSTAT process, and one of the tenets is “Timely and Accurate Intelligence.” We use accurate intelligence to assign and direct scarce police resources. Without accurate statistics, we will never achieve our goal of making the people of Los Angeles the safest in the nation. George Gascon is assistant chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHEN William Bratton became chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, he inherited a department with leadership issues, weak morale and a tarnished image. He also inherited a department that did not keep crime statistics properly. This is why the LAPD has had to reclassify some of its crime data in recent years. More than 80 years ago, the federal government adopted what is called a Uniform Crime Report. Just as the name suggests, this is a system designed to overcome the myriad ways in which the 50 states report crime. The purpose was, and is, to allow direct comparison between cities and states by providing a consistent, clearly defined set of criteria for crime reporting. One of the categories created is called “aggravated assault.” By definition, aggravated assaults are classified as “an attack for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury, usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or means likely to produce death or great bodily injury.” These aggravated assaults are classified as “Part One” crimes by UCR. All other assaults are classified as “Part Two” crimes. Most assaults, including crimes of domestic violence, fall into the Part Two crime category based on the guidelines of the UCR. This all seems straightforward until you get to the early 1980s. last_img read more