Community Policing / Reseda, Woodland Hills
THE PROGRAM: The Los Angeles Police Department has assigned 31 officers to full-time community relations duty in the San Fernando Valley. The officers, who in the past spent only a few hours a month on such duty, now work full-time with neighborhood organizations and individuals. One of the 31 areas is described below:
THE OFFICER: Robin Mitchel, West Valley Division, (818) 989-8543
THE AREA: Mitchel patrols a primarily residential area with a mixture of blue- and white-collar neighborhoods. Vandalism by “wannabe” gang members eager to leave their mark with graffiti is the most prevalent problem in the area, Mitchel says. Car burglaries are the second-greatest problem, she says.