In an effort to make neighborhoods safer, Councilmember Curren Price welcomed 10 specifically trained LAPD officers on April 15 who will be working with local residents to reduce violent crime in the South Park area. The new Community Safety Partnership (CSP) program aims to build trust between residents and law enforcement by developing sports, recreational and other community programming.
“My Office constantly hears that South Park continues to be unsafe and dangerous,” said Councilmember Price. “With the help of this community-driven program, we will transform South Park into a safe haven that will allow our families to build memories; our children to run freely; and the community to gather during the day and night.”
One of the main facets of the program is incorporating FREE community and youth programs, which are expected to begin as early as the fall. Some of the programs that have been implemented as a result of other CSPs are: youth football, Girl and Boy Scouts troops, employment training, medical services and educational programs, to name a few.
The community-based policing program includes a substation at South Park, which will be overseen by Sgt. Ronald Kingi.
“My passion is to truly help this community thrive because I don’t believe in the saying, ‘Well, this is just the way things are,’” Sgt. Kingi said. “My family is from this neighborhood, and I was brought up in a similar community so I understand and share those same frustrations. I am committed to meet the community where they are, build long term positive relationships and work together in expecting more out of life for a better future.”
The CSP program originated in 2011 at public housing communities to help curb violence. The South Park CSP was made possible thanks to a $750,000 grant from the Ballmer Group for the next three years.
“CSP has a proven track record of shifting the dynamics between law enforcement and community residents—resulting in a greater level of trust, and a decrease in crime,” said Nina Revoyr, Executive Director-Los Angeles, Ballmer Group. “At a moment when South LA is experiencing an uptick in violence, it is especially important that the community and LAPD work together.”
Councilman Curren Price said he is committed to identifying and securing funding sources for subsequent years. All community and youth programs will be FREE to local families.
Relive the excitement from the launch of the South Park CSP program by clicking on the image below.