Community Policing / Van Nuys
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: Joe Losorelli, Van Nuys Division, (818) 989-8308
THE AREA: An unsavory stretch of Sepulveda Boulevard, dotted with cheap motels, is a longtime breeding ground for crime on Losorelli’s beat, a mostly residential area that also includes Van Nuys Airport and the Anheuser-Busch brewery. “The biggest problem I have along Sepulveda Boulevard is prostitution and narcotics,” Losorelli says.