L.A. Police Commission picks Steve Soboroff as new head

Daily News | September 10, 2013

The new Los Angeles Police Commission members began their job on Tuesday, picking businessman Steve Soboroff to serve as president as he pledged to hold commission meetings in each council district and to visit each of the city’s 21 police stations.

Soboroff, who previously served as president of the Recreation and Parks Commission, said the panel and the Police Department are part of what the city needs to thrive in boosting the economy and reducing crime.

“I have a poster from the Smithsonian I will hang in my office that asks, ‘Are you doing all you can,’” Soboroff said. “I ask that of myself and of each of the 13,000 employees of the LAPD.

“Every corporation, every business, every organization. If you do, those headed to gangs will find better paths to follow.

“It is far better to surround people with jobs, parks and schools than the four walls of a jail.”

The panel selected Paula Madison to serve as vice president. The three other members are Sandra Figueroa-Villa, Kathleen Kim and Robert Saltzman.

Soboroff said he also hoped to push ahead with technological advances, including cameras in cars and on officers.

“I mean we need to see that within 18 months,” Soboroff said. “It will enhance officer safety and risk management. It will save tens of millions of dollars in court and help us resolve crimes.”

Source article: http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20130910/la-police-commission-picks-steve-soboroff-as-new-head

Photo credit: Katie Falkenberg, Los Angeles Times / April 19, 2010

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