A Note from Captain JONATHAN TOM, Commanding Officer West Los Angeles Area
March 18, 2020
TO:West Los Angeles Community
SUBJECT: COVID-19 (CORONA VIRUS)
My name is Jonathan Tom and I am the Commanding Officer of the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) West Los Angeles (WLA) Area. A little background on me: I grew up in Los Angeles, went to University High School and did my probation at West Los Angeles over 20 years ago. As the captain at WLA, I feel compelled to write to you to address some of the concerns that we all have regarding COVID-19, AKA the Corona Virus.
It is not my intent to repeat what we are all being bombarded 24 hours a day regarding COVID-19, but rather emphasize some of the things that will keep all of us safe and to reassure you that your City and your police department are doing everything we can to keep you safe in the communities where you live, work and engage in activities.
The LAPD and WLA has implemented several procedures to maximize our ability to answer calls for service, investigate crimes, provide service and maximize our ability to provide a continuity of operations. All of these changes are temporary and meant to ensure we are successful in our mission to safeguard your lives and property. To that end, we ask for your patience because some of these changes may impact the public.
- 50% of WLA Detectives and all of our Senior Lead Officers (SLO) and Community Relations Officers (CRO) have been reassigned to uniformed patrol functions. The addition of these personnel to these functions will allow high visibility extra patrol at our critical sites on a daily basis. Their mission is to be highly visible at our retail stores, grocery stores and markets, shopping malls, senior sites and food distribution centers. The deployment of these personnel is meant to ensure the safety of our residents and business operators that may be dealing with large crowds and is not in response to any specific heightened criminal activity.
- We have also made the difficult, but necessary decision to close our front desk operations. Until further, we are asking the public to utilize the Community Online Reporting System (CORS) at http://LAPDONLINE.org/home/content_basic_view/60409 for the following crimes:
oHarassing Phone Calls
oTheft and Theft from a Vehicle
oHit and Run Traffic Collisions
Note: For all other crimes, please email us at Westla@lapd.online or call the front desk at (310) 444-0702 and an officer will assist you.
As always, if you have an emergency, call 911. If you have a non-emergency, but are looking for the police to respond to a call for service, please call (877) ASK LAPD, which is (877) 275-5273.