Monday, May 10, 2010

E-MAIL FROM W. LA COMMUNITY POLICE STATION: Clarification on Last Week's Shooting & Community Crime Suppression Efforts

Hello All,

This email is for the purpose of clarifying some incorrect information that was disseminated to the community by individuals other than the police department, as well as to update you on the investigation and crime suppression efforts in the community. Attached below is also the email that was sent to you on Wednesday for those of you who may not have received it. I apologize for the lengthiness of this email but it is necessary to ensure we have an open line of communication and that you have the correct information. Please know that Captain De La Torre and I are available to the community and always have been. There is no worse crime than murder and West Los Angeles Community Police Station is truly engaged in finding the criminals who committed this heinous crime and working with you.

Crime Scene Investigation
*Approximately 15-20 officers responded to the 1900 block of Corning pursuant to the radio call about a shooting.
*Approximately 20 Detectives responded to the 1900 block of Corning and canvassed the street and surrounding area, sought
witnesses, conducted interviews, searched for evidence of the crime, suspects, and vehicles.

Social Media/Messages
* Captain Nathan and Captain DeLaTorre conducted a live press conference on Corning in an effort to inform the public and solicit
witnesses to come forward.
* A Nixle message was sent to advise the community of what was occurring in the area, as well as a traffic advisory due to the
perimeter and helicopter activity.
* An email to Community Police Advisory Board members was sent to inform and advise. Members are from each community.
* Contact with key SORO members was made.

Crime Suppression Efforts
* A total of 20 additional officers were deployed within the boundary of Robertson to LaCienega/Pico to the 10 freeway since
Wednesday. Our goal was to restore a since of calm to the community as well as to continue to seek factual information about
the crime.
* Four additional West Traffic Division Motor Officers were deployed on the exterior of Robertson to LaCienega/Pico to the 10
freeway since Wednesday.
* 7 Senior Lead Officers canvassed the area, met with the community, and provided advice and information to the community.
Provided feedback to Detectives.
* Detectives and our Community Relations Office has maintained close contact daily with Jana Collins family.
* West Los Angeles (WLA) Commanding Officers have received daily briefings on the investigation. We also continue to monitor the
activity in the area in order to appropriately deploy police resources.
* Our Bureau Deputy Chief and Commander are engaged in our efforts and ensuring WLA has adequate resources.

Community and Government Relations
* WLA Community Police Station has communicated daily with Council District 10.
* We have also continued to collaborate with the City Attorney's office concerning strategies for addressing potential problem
locations and the actions we've taken historically and future plans.
* Have had discussions with various SORO members concerning safety in community, SORO meeting, and coordination of
community meeting. Marj Safinia, Terrence Gomes, and Ann Hammond are the contact persons for upcoming meetings.
*Have briefed the Mayor's Office and maintained contact.
* Discussions with members of the Clergy Council concerning investigation, community safety and outreach, and maintained contact
with the family of the victim.
*Collaborated with Gang Interventionist for the exchange of information, advise and strategy.

This is an opportunity for us to rally together as partners to ensure that our neighborhoods and families are safe. It is also an opportunity for all of us to enhance our working relationship. Now is not the time to allow personal agendas, biases, and irresponsible behavior to interfere with what is important. Please know that on behalf of the men and women of the West Los Angeles Community Police Station, we truly appreciate your support and our working relationship.


Evangelyn Nathan, Captain
Area Commanding Officer
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Email: 23304@lapd.lacity.org
Office: (310) 444-0710

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ORIGINAL E-MAIL

Hello All,

As you may know, there was a shooting today at approximately 9:30 a.m., in the 1900 block of Corning Avenue, which resulted in the death of a 26 year old pregnant woman. Upon being notified, WLA Area, Wilshire Area, Operation's West Bureau, Mayor's Office, Councilmember Wesson's staff, key community members, city media entities, moved into action by either responding to the area of Corning Avenue where the shooting occurred and Kaiser Hospital where the victim was transported, making telephone calls, getting the information out, and trying to find the suspects who committed this horrible crime. We have remained vigilant all day.

As I type, WLA detectives are continuing their investigation. This afternoon Chief McCarthy sent additional units to WLA to supplement our efforts. The media continues to broadcast the information about the crime.

First of all, thank you to the members of the community who were very supportive and patient today due to the increase in traffic caused by our perimeter and crime scene investigation. You patience is very much appreciated. We realize what an inconvenience it caused some of you but it was absolutely necessary.

The victim's name (Jana Collins) has been released to the media. We are still reaching out to the community for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of these criminals. It appears that the shooting was targeting a particular person and does not appear to pose a general threat to the rest of the community, however, you will see an increase of police activity in your area in the coming days due to our investigation and directed patrol efforts.

If you have information to share with Detectives, please call 310-444-1520 or 877-LAPD-247 if you wish to remain anonymous. Take care and be safe.


Evangelyn Nathan, Captain
Area Commanding Officer
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
1663 Butler Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Office: (310) 444-0710
Email: 23304@lapd.lacity.org

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