Devonshire Community, I would like to announce the selection of Devonshire’s Newest Senior Lead Officer, Police Officer III Phillip Sellers.
Officer Sellers will be working Basic Car 17A49, filling the position left by retired Senior Lead Officer Jannie Angeles. He was selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates. Officer Sellers has served the Devonshire community for many years. He will be an asset to the Devonshire SLO office as he continues to serve the community.
Our own Devonshire division of LAPD has published an app specifically tailored to our community so you can stay informed and connected with important public safety information. The app has info on real time crime data, filing a police report, youth programs, and much more.
It’s important that our public safety personnel remain connected to the people and communities they serve. I want to thank the Devonshire Division leadership for developing this app and using modern tools to better communicate with the people they protect and serve.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck will retire after nearly a decade at the helm, he announced today
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck will retire, he announced today. After serving 40 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, the city’s top cop said he will step down in June.
Beck oversaw major changes at the department during his tenure as well as some of the most dramatic moments in department history, including last year’s cadet scandal and the murderous rampage and manhunt of former officer Christopher Dorner. He ushered in the era of police body cameras and was the target of countless Black Lives Matter protests, alleging he failed to take police brutality in minority communities seriously. His supporters, on the other hand, saw him as a reformer with enough clout among the rank and file to institute real change and the wisdom garnered from the mistakes of the LA Riots to steer the department toward a community-oriented approach to policing.
Beck issued a statement on Twitter, thanking the city where spent his career.
“Serving the citizens of Los Angeles for over 40 years has been the honor of a lifetime,” Beck wrote. “Leading the men and women of the LAPD — my family — has been a privilege I never thought I’d be worth of. Today, I am announcing my retirement effective June 27th of this year. Read more »
Residential neighborhood in the vicinity of Zelzah and Rexbon (North of Rinaldi).
The incident occurred on today’s date at approximately 3 pm.
Consistent with the “knock-knock” burglary method the resident answered the door and was confronted by the suspect who stated he was looking for his workout partner named Anthony.
When turned away by the homeowner the suspect pulled a hoodie over his head and fled in a Black Range Rover that was staged nearby.
Noteworthy is that it appears the suspect used an electronic jamming device to interfere with the residents Ring Alert system and as a result the incident was not caught on camera.
The suspect is described as a young Male African/American 16/22 yrs with a secondary vehicle (Black SUV) also staged across the street of the residence.
Please remember to always lock your doors, remain vigilant, work with your neighbors and be highly suspicious of strangers knocking on doors.
The “knock knock” method obviously refers to individuals ringing the doorbell as well and, as in most cases, when confronted by the homeowner these individuals will use a lame excuse as to why they are there.
In today’s event, in particular, I have no doubt the homeowner prevented a residential burglary from occurring.
Yesterday, I was proud to join the Los Angeles Police Department to announce the arrest of five suspects and the confiscation of thousands of dollars in stolen property. This was the result of a 6 month investigation by the LAPD/Operations Valley Bureau’s (OVB) Catalytic Converter Task Force (CCTF).
The CCTF was formed to combat catalytic converter thefts occurring throughout San Fernando Valley. Catalytic converters are targeted by thieves because they contain precious metals such as platinum, rhodium, and/or palladium.
Detectives learned that victims would start their vehicles and then notice loud sounds originating from underneath their vehicles. After inspecting the vehicles, the victims found that their catalytic converter had been cut from the exhaust system. Victims found that the average cost to replace and repair the exhaust system was approximately $1,700.00.
During the investigation, nearly a dozen catalytic converter thieves were arrested and charged with felony grand theft.The CCTF has worked closely with the Los Angeles County District Attorney Office, Los Angeles City Attorney-Environmental Crimes Section, Internal Revenue Services, State Franchise Tax Board, and National Insurance Crime Bureau.
The stolen property included:
9 pallets of stolen Catalytic converters, estimated to contain 500-1000 catalytic converters
3 rifles-(AK style assault weapons)
Not only do the victims of these types of crime incur this expense, but for many, their personal vehicle is their only mode of transportation to get to work. This crime effects the livelihood of the victims. I am proud of our LAPD Devonshire Division and the Catalytic Converter Task Force for putting these criminals behind bars.