29 Facts About LAPD


LAPD has its headquarters at 100 W 1st St, in the Civic Center district, not far from the demolished Parker Center it replaced in 2009.

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In 2001, the United States Department of Justice entered into a consent decree with the LAPD regarding systemic civil rights violations and lack of accountability that stretched back decades.

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Real LAPD operations inspired Jack Webb to create the series and close cooperation with department officers let him make it as realistic as possible, including authentic police equipment and sound recording on-site at the police station.

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LAPD implemented the LAPD version on becoming Chief of Police in 2002.

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New headquarters replaced it in October 2009 and is located 300 yards west in the purpose-built LAPD Headquarters Building at 100 W 1st St, in the Civic Center, occupying the entire block between Main, Spring, 1st and 2nd streets, immediately south of the Los Angeles City Hall.

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Up to the Gates administration, the LAPD was predominantly white, and many officers had resided outside the city limits.

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In 1910 the LAPD hired the first female police officer with the power to arrest in the United States, Alice Stebbins Wells.

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The LAPD was one of the first two police departments in the country to hire an African-American woman officer, Georgia Ann Robinson in 1919.

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LAPD has grown over the years in the number of officers who speak languages in addition to English.

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Currently, over a third of LAPD officers are certified in speaking one or more languages other than English.

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When William Bratton was appointed Chief of the LAPD, he allowed his officers to carry the Glock pistol, the firearm carried in the two previous departments Bratton led.

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The LAPD has 37mm launchers and modified "beanbag" firing guns.

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LAPD announced in 2009 that they would be increasing their number of a semi-automatic shotgun, the Benelli M4 Super 90; officers had to go through additional training and privately purchase the gun if they elect to switch from the standard pump-action Remington 870 which replaced the venerable Ithaca Model 37 "Deerslayer".

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Louis Oaks, a chief of the LAPD in the early 1920s, was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

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When Frank L Shaw was elected mayor in 1933, he reappointed Davis as police chief, and the LAPD––already considered "nationally notorious" for police corruption––entered a new phase of widespread criminal activity.

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In 1962, the controversial LAPD shooting of seven unarmed members of the Nation of Islam resulted in the death of Ronald Stokes, and led to protests of the LAPD led by Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam.

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On September 4,1988, LAPD officers raided the home of Roger Guydon looking for drugs.

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Many in the LAPD resisted federal oversight and proposed reforms, but entered into a consent decree when the DOJ threatened to sue the city and take complete control over the LAPD.

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In 2006, the consent decree was extended by six years, as US District Court Judge Gary Feess found that the LAPD had not implemented the reforms that it had committed to.

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The LAPD only announced the declaration of the unlawful assembly in English leading to confusion by some in the crowd who only spoke Spanish.

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LAPD was convicted and sentenced to more than eight years.

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LAPD was thrown to the ground twice in the course of being arrested after getting out of the car and refusing to comply with an officer's command to get back in the vehicle.

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LAPD officers fired numerous shots into the back of a blue pickup truck, allegedly without warning, and injured the two women inside.

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The LAPD stated that the only uses for the drones would be for narrow and prescribed circumstances such as hostage situations, but that they would not be put into use until the Board of Police Commissioners and the City Attorney crafted a policy for their use after the LA City Council ordered the policy creation.

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In 2020, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced that six LAPD officers had been charged with conspiracy and falsifying information in a false gang labeling scandal, with an additional 18 officers under investigation.

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On February 13,2021, the LAPD announced in a series of tweets it was launching an internal investigation into the Harbor Division, after their employees allegedly passed around a Valentine's Day-themed e-card depicting George Floyd with the caption "You take my breath away", which made reference to Floyd's murder.

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The LAPD said it "will have zero tolerance for this type of behavior".

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The LAPD was criticized for carelessly handling explosives and detonating them in a neighborhood; Chief Moore publicly apologized during a news conference, informing reporters the bomb squad had begun implementing new procedures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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In September 2021, The Guardian reported that LAPD officers had been instructed by Chief Michel Moore to collect social media account information from all citizens they interview, whether or not they have been accused of committing a crime.

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