Greater Leimert Park Village Crenshaw Corridor Business Improvement District (GLPVCC BID) has two new foot patrol officers, bringing the total to four officers assigned to the business and residential community. Officers Rickey Crowder and Larry Cole joined fellow officers Lester Bodiford and Marcus Whitehead in monitoring quality of life issues along the Crenshaw Corridor from Vernon to Rodeo. All officers are based out of the Southwest Los Angeles Police Division.
Officer Cole says one of the main issues plaguing Leimert Park Village is illegal parking. “Cars that are double-parked, parked in the red, unattended vehicles with blinking flashers that block access – that’s one of the biggest challenges.” Cole noted that most of the parking violations occur on Sundays. He warns that enforcement of parking restrictions will increase in the days and months ahead.
The foot patrol is an effort for law enforcement to build relationships with the communities that they serve. Community activist and police liaison Johnnie Raines, who has coordinated the Southwest Division’s youth programs for years, thinks this is a good idea, “This is how we start to build bridges between the police and the community, one block at a time.”
Although four officers are assigned to patrol the Crenshaw Corridor, depending on what’s going on in the area that number may vary. The phone number to reach the GLPVCC foot patrol is (213) 454-3182. In the case of an emergency, Cole urges concerned citizens, “Don’t call us and leave a message. Call 911.”
In a move to better serve the public, GLPVCC foot patrol officers, as well as the entire Southwest police force, are now equipped with body cameras.