Drug Dealers: 6 / Prostitutes: 80 / LAPD: -1

Since the last post, we’ve had a bonus increase in hookerosity here in Hi-Fi. On Saturday, we came home relatively early (around 9:30, maybe 10) and interrupted a man having sex with a hooker in his car directly in front of our house. Mind you, right next to us are two relatively abandoned, unlit stretches of street. This guy was parked directly in front of our house, under our porch light. Tonight, a friend came over to visit and when he parked his car a hooker walked up and tried to open his passenger door. It wasn’t even dark out yet. The last time we called about prostitution in progress, the couple split before The Man made it here. Thinking I’d save them the bother, I called back to let them know and was told that there was already an officer on the scene. “Ah, too bad,” I thought, “they just missed them. It’s nice to finally get a prompt response!” Except, there was no officer on the scene. 15 minutes later a cruiser pulled through. “On the scene” indeed.

On the drug dealing front, I called last Sunday about somebody waiting for a dealer and was told that the LAPD was on some kind of alert and wasn’t currently responding to “this type of call.” If I wanted, I was told, I could wait an hour and call back to see if they were willing to respond then. Think about that. There are periods of time when certain types of crime go purposefully unresponded to by the LAPD. Too bad I’m no longer trafficking in things not so legal, because I can think of all kinds of useful ways to use that information. I wonder if anyone else can? Drug dealers are much, much smarter people than most folks give them credit for.

And that Senior Lead Officer that everyone keeps telling me to call? I left him a message, but never heard back. I’ll call him again, but it sure would feel nice to think that somebody else gave a shit. When I have more time, I’ll share the story about the LAPD officer that not only didn’t help my friend dealing with an assualt victim on Santa Monica last week, but actually got on his loud speaker and made a disparaging remark before driving away. It didn’t happen in Hi-Fi, but it’s like the icing on the cake.

14 Replies to “Drug Dealers: 6 / Prostitutes: 80 / LAPD: -1”

  1. “There are periods of time when certain types of crime go purposefully unresponded to by the LAPD.”

    Do you think I could get an RSS feed of what crimes are being ignored when? I’m pretty sure if I could put together a google maps hack showing what crimes are being ignored in what areas of town during what times I could just go ahead and scrap this art gallery and blogging thing and just retire on that.

  2. Prostitution right under your window has got to be pretty unpleasant. (Where exactly *is* “Hi-Fi” anyway?) It’s a shame the vice squad isn’t working a little harder in your ‘hood.

    On the other hand, Just to put a finer point on the dispatcher’s rejection of your Sunday call – “somebody waiting for a dealer” is *not a crime* let alone even provable in court as fact.

    The worst LAPD could get them on is loitering which is actually a real waste of manpower for both the PD and the courts.

    Frankly, I’d rather have LAPD combat street dealing by letting the narcs go after the mid-level suppliers than by tying up beat cops whose time might be better spent keeping selfsame junkies from actually mugging people.

    The department’s spread way too thin, which may actually account for the indifferent tone of voice the dispatcher gave you.

  3. >On the other hand, Just to put a finer point on the dispatcher’s rejection of your Sunday call –
    >”somebody waiting for a dealer” is *not a crime* let alone even provable in court as fact. The worst
    >LAPD could get them on is loitering which is actually a real waste of manpower for both the PD and the courts.

    If we were talking about an isolated incident, I would be inclined to agree with you. But I’m not complaining because I called the cops once and nobody came. I’m calling about the same individuals repeatedly committing the same crimes in a known problem area (Vice says it knows about the ongoing problem). People who know that the police won’t come bother them because all they can do is bust them for loitering. So what’s the solution? That I wait for them to commit the crime and then call? I think they have that part figured out. All I want is a beat cop to come tell them to hit the road. This was at 3:00 in the afternoon on a Sunday. I have a hard time believing that’s a peak time for LAPD response requests.

    As for the dispatcher, what she actually told me was they were on a “Tac Alert,” so they were not responding these sorts of calls at this time, city wide. I didn’t actually say her tone of voice was indifferent, because it wasn’t. It was, in fact, extremely rude. Which is what I get about 75% of the time. Every now and then I get a really nice dispatcher, but unfortunately not most of the time.

    I agree that the department’s spread way too thin. That’s one of the points I’m trying to raise. As I’ve said before, would people make these same arguments about their fire department? I doubt it.

  4. God…this is soooo discouraging to hear. And you can bet that if this was called in from W. Hollywood, or West LA (you know the upscale areas…) there would be solutions to the problem pronto. There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to do something about an ongoing problem. I feel for you….

  5. >Do you think I could get an RSS feed of what crimes are being ignored when?

    I think you can get read the analog RSS feed but you need an old-school reader called a “Police Scanner.” :) As much as I hate to quote anyone from Free Republic, I thought this was funny:

    >“City wide tactical alert”…
    >Attention burglars and car thieves… Almost time to go to work!

    Forgot to tell Mack above, I’m not sure what the exact limits are, but Hi-Fi is approx Temple to 3rd, between maybe Hoover and Beaudry? I’m at Beverly/Alvarado.

  6. Hey 5000,

    I’m really sorry about that. I went over to your house to play some Halo 2 and you weren’t home. While I was waiting I thought I’d smoke a little crack and grab me a quick BJ.

    I didn’t think you’d mind, not being home and all. Next time I’ll take it around the corner!

  7. I hate to say this, but over in Silverlake just a block off of Sunset (Northeast Division) we had TWO cars respond to a home alarm on Sunday afternoon. Our neighbors were out of town and it seems that a cat may have set off their alarm, one car was dispatched and I’m not sure why the second joined them.

    In an attempt last week to put on a journalists hat to investigate the closure of Santa Monica on my way to work I called the Senior Lead Officer for Hollywood and never got a return call. (I also called a couple of other places and Brian Humphrey was out of town.) It’s tough just getting information – I can’t imagine how difficult it’s going to be to clean up your neighborhood.

    Have you considered developing a neighborhood watch? Once you do they’ll usually assign a liaison officer to your block whom you can call.

  8. Can you get the kush bud over there or is it just crack-a-lack, cuz all my connects for the kushy kush are dry? TIA

  9. I would love to see this blog cover how to put together a neighborhood watch group.
    One of the best advantages to these that I know of is that police respond much quicker when called in by these groups, in part because they don’t want vigilante justice to follow, but moreso because they’ve built a personal relationship with the residents.

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