These LAPD Community alerts/E-Police newsletters I signed up for are pretty good – except they arrive in my mailbox inconsistently, and not that often. Fortunately, it appears that other people are receiving them – the following was forwarded to me through my neighborhood council, who had this forwarded to them as well:
COMMUNITY ALERT NOTIFICATION: HILLSIDE RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES
There has been a recent increase of property crimes in the Hollywood Hills.
The pictured individual is wanted for questioning in regards to these crimes. An Arizona License Plate (# 511 SMV) has been linked with this individual, and any persons involved with this plate are wanted for questioning as well.
5′ 9″, 165 LBS.
The person is considered armed and dangerous, and has an unrelated warrant for his arrest.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DETAIN THIS INDIVIDUAL. IF SEEN, CALL 911, OR HOLLYWOOD BURGLARY DETECTIVES
Contact Detective Information: Detectives Stone or Kukaua, Hollywood Burglary Detectives, at (213) 972-2928 or (213) 972-2931.
The E-Policing system could be extraordinary, and from the blogging level especially useful because it can allow neighborhood bloggers to post the info online to a receptive, targeted audience that TV news or newspapers simply can not do. However, the system needs work, as the notices don’t always get sent out properly (in this case, not to everyone who signed up for the neighborhood in question), and often when they are received the info is jumbled and cryptic. The LAPD has a great idea going with E-Policing, they now just need to make it work.