Circling the News received the following email, which is filled with inaccuracies, which brings us to “Fact or B.S.”
The reader wrote last week: “We must tell Captain Heredia to bring back Rusty Redican! He was our best LAPD police officer and slo ever! This stuff, along with everything else, got handled with him here. Where are the cops? Where is our slo Brian Espin? On vacation again?
FACT: Redican was never a “SLO,” a senior lead officer. He was a member of the beach detail. He applied for the position of the SLO, but when he did not receive the position, he elected to leave the community. He could have stayed with the Pacific Palisades Beach Detail.
FACT: Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin is routinely in our community. One day, CTN saw him at the Palisades Rec Center on a Friday after school, trying to deter high school kids from “fighting.” A few hours later, he was at the fire along PCH. This morning, he was at the cleanup along Temescal Canyon Road. He releases the crime report weekly and responds to residents who call and email him.
The reader continued; “Fires, a woman was almost raped on the beach, a homeless man attacking people at West Channel with a knife, people being attacked in the post office, a home broke into two nights ago with Palisades people waiting 15 minutes for LAPD to get here. When are you going to write that we demand LAPD step up, Sue? Enough placating LAPD. We love cops, but the lack of service we have gotten is not right!
FACT: LAPD Cars in Los Angeles are assigned based on crime statistics. Pacific Palisades is considered a “low crime” area. There is a two-officer police unit assigned to the Pacific Palisades every day on a 12-hour shift and at night on a 12-hour shift.
LAPD Commanding Officer of the West Los Angeles Area Captain Craig Heredia said, that as a bare minimum, “we plan for 24-hour coverage in the Pacific Palisades.
“The Senior Lead Officer and the Beach Detail officers are additional personnel who are consistently present in the community,” Heredia said. “The Beach Detail is routinely deployed seven days per week, although there are times when we need to shift personnel into other parts of West LA and the city.”
FACT: There were two homeless people sleeping in the Post Office, but they did not attack the resident. The resident was worried that scenario might happen.
The reader continued; “How about Officer Espin actually get out in our community regularly and do his job? How about the task force demand LAPD step up like Rusty did for them the homeless and us? They said the hillsides were empty? They evidently are not.”
FACT: The beach detail regularly patrols the hills. No sooner do they get one encampment cleared, than another pops up—which is why it is so important to keep the detail in the Palisades.
Homeless people moving to the Palisades and the continual attempts to keep them from camping in the hillside has nothing to do with a single patrol officer.
The reader concluded: “Rusty Redican! We need present police who care about our community! John Alle is right! It’s also about time we and PPCC advocate for our safety! I have Rusty’s card. I just sent him a message telling him we need him back!”
FACT: SLO Espin cares about the community and is here if you need him. Give him a chance, call him and meet with him. The Beach Detail work diligently. CTN is impressed with the way these people care for the community. This editor was part of a homeless cleanup at 7:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning along Temescal. The beach detail had cited three individuals for illegal camping and Espin was onsite to ensure volunteers were safe.
The reader asked, “By the way….Sue, can you find out any further information from LAPD on the guy who tried to rape that young woman? Do they have any leads? Anything?”
CTN reached out to Captain Heredia and he responded immediately: “Thank you for the message. The investigation is being handled by Detectives assigned to Operations-West Bureau’s Special Assault Section. The attempted sexual assault investigation remains ongoing, and it would be inappropriate for me to comment on the investigation, including any progress being made on the case.”
Heredia said he would check with the supervisor to see if there was any new information that could be shared with the public.
“Lastly, I have full confidence in SLO Brian Espin and the stellar work being done by him and the Beach Detail personnel,” Heredia said.
FACT or B.S. Police are not responsive and only Rusty can save us.