The LAPD has a new commissioner

Stefani Camille staff writer
September 25, 2013


The Los Angeles Police Department picked their new police commission members and Steve Soboroff is serving as president. Who is Steve Soboroff? Soboroff is a businessman who has rounded the bases in L.A. government, from the Harbor Commission to parks and recs, even a run for mayor. He’s “Uncle Steve,” the booster who practically drove the Endeavour space shuttle to its new home, and who drove the Playa Vista development, as well as chairman of the Weingart Foundation.

Soboroff says he has big plans for the department during his term as president. He hopes to push ahead with technological advances, including cameras in cars and on officers by installing lapel video cameras for each officer. He believes they’re going to save millions in liability costs by not having officers spend hours and hours in court or limited lawsuits, paper work, and payouts.

Soboroff was asked about the use of force by officers and he responded by saying “In the city of L.A., there are about 500 people arrested a day. That’s not a lot, when you look at other big cities. Of those 500, five have some sort of use of force. Five out of 500! So there’s 495 peaceful arrests, which means officers are doing their job perfectly. Every four days, one of those five is a categorical use of force, which will ultimately come to the commission, where somebody makes a complaint” according to the LA Times.

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 do all they can do, then 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.

He is hopeful and expects to see change in 18 months from now.

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