Concerned about crime in NoHo? On March 23, 6pm we held a Town Hall on crime in North Hollywood with Police Commissioner William Briggs, Police Captain Hamed Mohammadi, Valley Bureau Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton and City Councilmember Paul Krekorian.
You can watch the meeting at your convenience, as it was recorded on Zoom:
The panelists discussed the current crime statistics as displayed in this chart (please click/tap on the chart to make it larger):
Panelists Discussed What Stakeholders Can Do To Keep Better Protected
- Be Aware Of Surroundings
- Secure Property (Park Your Vehicle Off The Street And In A Driveway Or Garage)
- If They See A Crime Being Committed Report It
- Participate in a Neighborhood Watch Program
- Protect your catalytic converter by parking in a garage or otherwise identifying and securing it.
LAPD Expressed The Need For More Employees And Resources And Challenged NHNENC To Find At Least Two Stakeholders To Join The Police Academy.
– They Have 170 Volunteers (Goal 200)
Additional Meeting Recap Provided Courtesy of NoHo Neighborhood Council
The 2-hour Town Hall featured Hamed Mohammadi (North Hollywood LAPD Police Captain), Alan Hamilton (Valley Bureau Deputy Chief), William Briggs (LAPD Police Commissioner), Councilmember Paul Krekorian, and Moderator SheRise Ford (President, North Hollywood Northeast NC).
Per SheRise, there were more than 70 stakeholders logged into the online Town Hall event.
For the first hour, each of the four representatives made a presentation. For the second hour, SheRise asked six questions for discussion among the group.
William Briggs (LAPD Police Commissioner):
Per Commissioner Briggs, crime exploded in 2021 with smash-and-grab and follow-home robberies. LAPD needs more patrol officers and resources. Asking for +12% LAPD budget increase for next fiscal year.
Hamed Mohammadi (North Hollywood LAPD Police Captain):
Captain Mohammadi presented the latest North Hollywood LAPD crime statistics through 3/19/2022 year-to-date (see attached). In North Hollywood, Property Crime +2.7% year-to-date, Violent Crime +15.3% YTD, and Overall Part I Crime +4.7% YTD.
Alan Hamilton (Valley Bureau Deputy Chief):
Per Deputy Chief Hamilton, North Hollywood LAPD has done a great job addressing violent crime in North Hollywood.
Councilmember Paul Krekorian:
Per Councilmember Krekorian, there has been a dramatic reduction in overall crime during the past 12-years, but people don’t feel safe. The perception of danger is much greater than crime statistics suggest.
QUESTION #1 – With a +12% LAPD operations budget increase requested for next year, what additional LAPD resources are needed?
More officers, equipment, and patrol vehicles. Councilmember Krekorian reminded the panel that the one-time increase in the city’s budget last year was due to state and federal COVID $, which are now depleted.
QUESTION #2 – What is current North Hollywood LAPD average response time for calls for service?
Per Captain Mohammadi, North Hollywood LAPD averages 6-minutes for Code 3 lights-and-siren calls from call to arrival; average 20-minutes for Code 2 emergency calls; average 57-minutes for non-emergency calls.
QUESTION #3 – What is current # of North Hollywood LAPD Patrol Officers?
There are currently -110- North Hollywood LAPD Patrol Officers, which is <15> fewer than full budgeted deployment for funded positions.
QUESTION #4 – How much of LAPD budget is spent for training?
About 3% of LAPD operations budget is spent for training.
QUESTION #5 – How can neighborhood councils help bridge the gap between North Hollywood LAPD and the community (question submitted by Greater Valley Glen NC)?
There are volunteer opportunities available at North Hollywood LAPD including a cadet program for youth. Deputy Chief Hamilton reminds stakeholders to thank North Hollywood LAPD officers for their service to the community.
QUESTION #6 – How can citizens help reduce crime?
Per Captain Mohammadi, remember to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings, lock your car, and hide belongings in your car. Neighborhood Watch is important. Also important to report crimes to North Hollywood LAPD and use online crime reporting option, when appropriate.
Some types of non-emergency crimes may be reported to LAPD online such as Theft; Theft From Vehicle; Lost Property; Minor Traffic Collisions; Hit and Run; and Vandalism.
Online Police Reports may be filed in English or Spanish at https://www.lapdonline.org/file-a-police-report/
If this is an emergency or crime in progress, dial 9-1-1.
Town Hall to Address Crime In North Hollywood
Town Hall Meeting on Crime will Address Community Concerns
North Hollywood, CA — Members of the Los Angeles Police Department and City Council, will
join the public to celebrate North Hollywood Northeast Neighborhood Council’s two decades
working to increase our influence with City lawmakers and departments to improve our
community, and to discuss the critical issue of crime in the city of North Hollywood, on
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 6:00pm.
Hosted by the North Hollywood Northeast Neighborhood Council, this Virtual Town Hall is an
opportunity for stakeholders to address the issue of crime in the city. The Los Angeles Police
Department, and county representatives will provide a crime update and engage the community
in potential policy solutions.
“I’m pleased to participate in a town hall meeting with the stakeholders of North Hollywood,” said
North Hollywood Northeast Neighborhood Council President SheRise Ford. “I believe it’s
important for our stakeholders to hear from their elected officials on the complex issue of crime
that affect us all. My goal for this meeting is to create a meaningful and sustainable dialog with
the stakeholders of North Hollywood to work together for possible solutions to keep North
Hollywood safe and prosperous.”
The town hall will feature a panel discussion moderated by North Hollywood Northeast
Neighborhood Council President SheRise Ford about policy proposals and other innovative
solutions to help make North Hollywood a safer place to live, work, and play. Panelists include:
• Commissioner William J. Briggs, LAPD
• Captain Hamed Mohammadi, LAPD
• Deputy Chief Alan S. Hamilton, LAPD Valley Bureau
• Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles City District 2
The event is free and open to the public.
About the North Hollywood Northeast Neighborhood Council
The North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council is part of the Los Angeles City
government. Council members are City Officials who are elected by stakeholders in their local
community. The North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council entered the Neighborhood
Council system in September 2002 as a way to ensure that the City government remains
responsive to the different needs and lifestyles of the North Hollywood community.