On July 27, Councilmember Curren Price joined Mayor Eric Garcetti alongside several Council colleagues to unveil the creation of a new Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Bureau within the LAPD, which will expand the community-based policing program citywide.
CSP places specially-trained and selected officers in a 5-year assignment in one place so they can become part of the community and develop relationships with the people they serve. In the CSP model, residents work alongside officers to bring a variety of community and youth programs, and other resources tailored to their community.
In April of 2019, Councilman Price joined community members and leaders to celebrate the launch of the CSP program at South Park, one of 10 sites in Los Angeles today. Since then, the South LA community has reaped the benefits of much-needed programming, seen a significant reduction in crime and stronger police-community relationships.
“I remember introducing the LAPD officers to our children and families for the first time and assuring them that by working together we would be able to create a safer neighborhood and today it is,” said Councilman Price. “I am hopeful that the expansion of the CSP program, which will be led by newly appointed Deputy Chief Emada Tingirides, will result in stronger communities that will be served and protected with respect, compassion and innovation during a time in our history that calls for great change.”
Since coming to CD 9, South Park CSP officers have taken part in over 155 youth programming events, led field trips to destinations like Dodger Stadium, Universal Studios, Kids Space Museum, Hermosa Beach, horseback riding excursions, executed food, toy and shoe giveaways, women’s self defense classes, Know Your Rights seminars, financial literacy and other youth mentorship instruction.