LAPD Task Force Meeting Update – Internal Code Enforcement and Education ReleasedMarch 11, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Posted in Bike News | 3 Comments
Today the LAPD Bicycle Task Force met with LADP Commander Doan and Sgt. Krumer for the 3rd time. Those present were LACBC’s Aurisha Smolarski and LACBC Board member Ted Rogers, Stephen and Enci Box, Alex Thompson, Glenn Bailey and Carlos Morales.
LAPD provided a document signed by Chief Paysinger outlining the 1st step in educating officers on the California Vehicle Codes as they pertain to bicyclists’ rights. It is effective as of March 10th and will be circulated to the assigned officers.
The Bicycle Task Force was offered the opportunity to provide input on the internal training PowerPoint that LAPD is preparing for their officers. They are expecting it to be released on March 28th.
LAPD has notified us that they are in the process of switching the responsibility of investigating traffic-related incidents to the 4 traffic divisions. This would mean that the 4 captains of those divisions would be held accountable to responding to all bicycle related incidents, including collisions and assaults. According to Doan, this would benefit cyclists because traffic divisions have more experience in vehicular activities, it would allow the information to be more focused and would keep the same people working on the assigned problem areas. It would also allow officers to be trained in specific areas of bike law, giving them greater expertise in bicycle-related matters.
LACBC will be taking the lead in developing a safety campaign with the Mayor’s office and LAPD to create educational ads that will be placed in bus shelters throughout the city. Similar messages will be used for Public Service Announcements that LAPD hopes to launch around Bike to Work Week. Stay tuned for how you can get involved in the development of these messages!
LACBC also requested that they set up a blog inorder to better communicate with cyclists and they have agreed to look into it.