As with each newsletter, I hope the month of March finds you and yours in good health. It is amazing how time passes so quickly.
I have had the opportunity to be your Captain for over a year, while it seems just like yesterday that I put pen to paper to introduce myself to our readers in my first Captain’s Corner. I appreciate the support I have received from the community, as well as the civilians and police officers that help to keep you and your homes safe.
As the weather continues to warm up I must remind you all to remain vigilant in keeping your home and vehicle secured. North Hollywood ended 2014 with an amazing reduction in Part I crimes, finishing number two in the City of Los Angeles. We have unfortunately seen a rise in home burglaries, thus the need to keep your homes secured. Take a few extra minutes when you leave to secure your doors and windows, or turn on a radio or television to present your home as “lived” in. Simple tasks like these are a perfect way to deter a crime of this sort.
In order for us all to make North Hollywood the safest possible community, we must all continue to work together and maintain open lines of communication. I am pleased to announce that in the month of April, North Hollywood Area will be implementing a dedicated crime tip line. This dedicated crime line will be used to respond to and investigate all possible leads regarding criminal activity.
As the Commanding Officer of North Hollywood Area, it is my responsibility and privilege to not only ensure the safety of the North Hollywood community, but also the health and safety of the men and women who are protecting you and your family. Unfortunately, two of our employees are battling very serious Illnesses. On Thursday, April 2, 2015, North Hollywood Station, in conjunction with Pinz Bowling Center, located at 12655 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, will be hosting a Bowling Day Fundraiser to raise money to support these two officers and their families. You are invited to come out and show your support. What a wonderful way to give back to the community and the officers who need our help.
The event takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For additional information, please call the Community Relations Office at (818) 754-8470
In closing, I ask you all to please get involved with our community policing, get to know your neighbors, and most importantly follow the simple rule of “Lock It, Hide it, Keep it.” In doing so you will prevent yourself and your loved ones from becoming a crime victim. You are our eyes and our ears, as each of us work to keep a very large amount of the North Hollywood community safe and sound for everyone who lives here.
There were will be street closures throughout the North Hollywood Area on Sunday,
March 22, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the first ever CicLAvia event. CicLAvia transforms Los Angeles streets into a safe, fun, car-free space for walking bicycling, skating, jogging and seeing the City in a new way. It’s a great opportunity for the entire family to get active and ride your bicycle around the designated streets that will be closed to traffic for the event. Some of the affected streets include Lankershim Boulevard, south of Burbank Boulevard to Ventura Boulevard and Ventura Boulevard, from Lankershim Boulevard to Coldwater Canyon Avenue. These streets will be closed to traffic and surrounding areas may be heavily impacted by this event. Please avoid the area as there will be delays for vehicular traffic. For additional information, take a look at the event at their link: http://www.ciclavia.org. Hope to see you there!
Once again, to you and yours, I wish you a very good month ahead.