LAPD underreported violent crimes: Reforms now underway

By Joel Rubin, Ben Poston / LA Times
December 16, 2014, 8:37 A.M.

lapd crime reportFollowing an L.A. Times investigation that found police had seriously underreported violent crimes, the LAPD has launched reforms meant to overhaul its system for classifying crimes.

Department officials will brief the Police Commission, which oversees the LAPD, on its new Data Integrity Unit at a meeting Tuesday morning.

The changes, which focus on enhanced training for officers and increased accountability, come after the investigation this summer that found the department significantly underreported the number of serious assaults and other violent offenses that occurred in the city.

After The Times’ report, LAPD officials created a Data Integrity Unit and tasked it with carrying out the reforms. Over the last few weeks, the unit’s small staff has put about 400 station supervisors, senior detectives and clerical staff through a four-hour training course on how to properly classify crimes to be in line with federal reporting guidelines, officials said in an interview this week.

In coming months, the unit is expected to grow in size and will take on added responsibilities, including a “strike team” that will carry out frequent inspections of crime reports.

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