More Cops to the Westside?

Photo: Sam Catanzaro.

LAPD’s Basic Car Survey

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By Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is asking Westside residents to take a survey that will help the department allocated resources to increase neighborhood police presence.

This study is part of an effort launched by Mike Bonin 2017 to get more patrol officers in Westside neighborhoods. The “Back to Basic Car” initiative has already led to more than 600 LAPD officers being reassigned to community patrols, where they have an opportunity to get to know the neighborhoods they are keeping safe and to build relationships with the neighbors they work within the community.

When LAPD leaders look at how to deploy officers to neighborhoods, they rely on maps that have not been updated in more than two decades, and major population shifts (such as the creation of the community of Playa Vista) are not taken into account on the current maps.

“The Basic Car Study is an important part of the process to update our basic car areas, and the community survey portion of the study is needed to make sure future changes to how we deploy officers to keep our communities safe reflects the reality in our neighborhoods,” Bonin said. “By updating the “Basic Car Area Maps,” we can make sure these areas conform to the way our neighborhoods work today.”

Visit to complete the survey.


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