Police and Residents to Talk About Crime


Think of it as a “State of Van Nuys Address.”

Top-ranking city officials, Police Department brass and East Valley residents will gather Thursday to address trends in crime and to discuss crime-prevention strategies at a community forum dubbed “Crime Awareness III.”

The third annual forum “is a place for residents to voice their opinions,” Los Angeles Police Officer George Flores said. The two previous forums have attracted 700 and 1,000 community members, respectively. Flores predicted that this year’s meeting would draw about 1,500.

The first hour of the two-hour meeting will have speakers on gangs, drug traffic, domestic violence and overall crime. The second hour is set aside for a question-and-answer session, in which residents are encouraged to query Mayor Richard Riordan, Police Chief Willie L. Williams and City Council members Richard Alarcon, Marvin Braude, Laura Chick, Mike Feuer and Joel Wachs.


Previous forums have been “pretty lively” during the questions, Flores added.

The public forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the King’s Place building, Church on the Way west campus, 14800 Sherman Way, Van Nuys.

For information, call the Van Nuys community policing office at (818) 756-9485.