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    West Hollywood Public Safety Commission Receives January Crime Report

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    At a Regular West Hollywood Public Safety Commission meeting on Monday, February 12, 2024, representatives from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station provided a crime report for the month of January.

    According to the report, in the month of January, personnel at the West Hollywood station responded to a total of 1,594 calls for service, with 75 of these being emergency responses. Deputies made 43 felony arrests and 65 misdemeanor arrests during this time. Part one crimes, which include incidents such as theft, accounted for 204 incidents in January. Of these, 58% occurred in the West District, 16% in the City Center, and 26% in the East District. Theft incidents, including grand theft, petty theft, vehicle burglaries, and pickpocketing, were the most prevalent Part One Crimes, with 55 reported pickpocketing incidents in January.

    Sergeant Jason Duron stated that the sheriff’s department has implemented an online reporting system for certain types of crimes to provide convenience to those unable to come to the station or have deputies respond to their location. He said this new system has led to an increase in reported incidents, as people find it more convenient to file reports online.

    Sergeant Duron spoke of the Bank of America incident on February 2, where deputies responded to a disturbance in the 900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. An individual threw chairs and items inside a local business before entering the nearby bank. After negotiations, the individual complied with commands and was taken into custody without incident, facing charges of vandalism.

    Sergeant Matt Davis from Traffic Investigation Division answered question regarding scooter-related incidents on December 29, 2023, where a woman was struck by a scooter rider in West Hollywood. According to a GoFundMe campaign, the victim suffered serious injuries and she is still recovering.

    Sergeant Davis called it a difficult case, saying that Sheriff’s were engaged after the incident happened and that he was not able to give much information, since they have not yet identified the scooter rider who struck the victim.

    Furthermore, the victim is not yet willing talk to authorities. She is not returning their calls to give a statement. He added that the incident has not yet been classified as a hit and run, since the scooter rider stayed and spoke to the first responders. He said the scooter rider could be charged with an infraction for riding on the sidewalk and that it is not yet clear if the rider had a valid license. He reiterated that an hit-and-run charge was not being pursued at this time.

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    Your identity is always encrypted and anonymous. No personal information, phone number, e-mail, IP address or location is ever requested, saved, traced, tracked or monitored. Period.

    The purpose of Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers is to prevent and reduce crime, by forming a partnership among the community, law enforcement and the media to offer anonymity and cash rewards to anyone providing information leading to an arrest.

    Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming the two key elements that inhibit community involvement: fear and apathy.

    West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station polices the City of West Hollywood and the unincorporated communities of Franklin Canyon, Universal City (which includes Universal Theme Park, Studios, and Citywalk), and the Federal Enclave in West Los Angeles.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    I wish this commission would address the concerns around surveillance, especially the joint regional data center. The whole program has been shrouded in mystery. Not only are law enforcement scanning drone and traffic camera footage, but likely also social media activity. I doubt Weho residents would support the initiative if they knew fully what it entailed.

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