Our LAPD Story

By Josh Rubenstein

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The LAPD is the third largest police department in the country, tasked with policing the second largest city in America, Los Angeles. With around 10,000 sworn police officers and nearly 3000 civilian employees, the LAPD is microcosm of the city it serves. Every member of our LAPD family has a voice, and every voice has a story. This is the first ever Podcast produced by the Los Angeles Police Department, and each episode aims to share some of these stories that make up the fabric of our Department. From calls for service, to moments that changed lives forever. This is Our LAPD Story.

Episode Date
Silver Lining

On March 22, 2013, Officer Jaqueline Perea received news that would change the course of her life forever, that her brother had tragically been murdered. On this episode of Our LAPD Story, we'll take you on a deeper dive into how a group of dedicated Detectives brought justice to the family of a murder victim, and in the process inspired his sister to join our ranks to bring justice to those affected by violence.

Apr 29, 2019
It's a Bird...It's a Plane

It is the sound of our city. Chopper blades slicing through the Southern California air. Whether it's news media hovering for hours at a time, or the occasional Hollywood tour helicopter buzzing overhead, the distinct sound of a helicopter can be unnerving. For the men and women of the LAPD however, the ubiquitous sound of an Air Unit almost always brings an instant feeling of relief. Join us as we take you inside our LAPD Air Support Division, and have an intimate discussion with Tactical Flight Officer Vanessa Hensen about the ins and outs, ups and downs, of having an office in the sky in the city of angels. 

Feb 15, 2019
Hollywood Nights

La La Land, Tinsel Town, the City of Stars. Hollywood goes by many different names, but to the men and women of Hollywood Division, it’s called home for 10-12 hours a day. In this episode we hit the streets of Hollywood with a former cage fighter and a former Broadway actor to get a glimpse of a what a night on patrol looks like in Hollywood. 

Dec 18, 2018
Westside Ambush

Hollywood movies often depict gun battles between police officers and suspects that last for minutes at a time and involve weapons that can never run out of ammunition; but on April 7, 2014, two officers were confronted by all of the ways Hollywood gets it wrong.  In a firefight that lasted less than 20 seconds, the officers faced the reality that they could run out of bullets and came to understand that the battle wasn’t just between them and the suspect...it also involved their own fears and the conflict between wanting to act out of vengeance and their duty to listen to their better angels. 

Nov 07, 2018
When The Guardians Needs Guarding
Every LAPD officer joins the Department knowing that there are inherent risks to the job, but they assume those risks are largely confined to the 10 or 12 hours when they don a badge and go out into the streets on patrol. In 2013, that understanding was turned on its head. For 10 days, the City of Los Angeles and the surrounding counties stood still as the saga surrounding former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner unfolded. In this episode, you will hear what it was like for LAPD Deputy Chief Justin Eisenberg, his family, and the community that supported them to go through what was previously considered the unimaginable.
Sep 19, 2018
House on Fire
It’s a routine patrol for two Mission Area officers, who are quickly thrust into an evening they will never forget. Ok this episode of the LAPoDcast we go along as Officers rush into a burning house to rescue a barely conscious man. From the sounds of their body worn cameras you will sense the searing heat and feel the choking smoke.
Aug 30, 2018
Chief Michel Moore's First Days
Chief Michel Moore is just days away from becoming Los Angeles' 57th Police Chief. He's got nearly four decades of policing under his belt, however he is approaching this new position like it's his first day on the job. He's criss crossing the city on his self described listening tour...listening to officers and residents. I caught up with him on one of those car rides for a first conversation with this dynamic new "top cop".
Jun 22, 2018
First Year On The Job
The first year on the job for any police officer can be overwhelming. The first year at the LAPD is no exception. For this episode we speak to a rookie who is finishing his 11th month as an Los Angeles police officer. He is joining his classmates for a class called Police Science Leadership, which every new officer must complete just before the end of his or her first year. You'll hear about a lot of firsts...first use of force...first pursuit...first time being told he is hated. Take a listen and leave a comment.
Apr 29, 2018
Understanding Body Worn Video
The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners has released their proposed body worn and digital-in-car video release policy. In a few weeks the board will vote on it and a couple of months after that, the LAPD will start releasing videos. So, in this episode of the LAPoDcast we learn a little more about the devices capturing these moments.
Feb 26, 2018
Searching For A New Chief
After 42 years in law enforcement, Los Angeles Police Department Chief of Police Charlie Beck announced his retirement. We will certainly look back at his tremendous career in future episodes, however for this edition of the LAPoDcast we will look at the details behind finding a new Chief.
Jan 26, 2018
Sobriety Checkpoints
The holidays are all about reflection, celebration, and libation. However, too much libation...and you could end up in jail if you get behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. For today's 5th episode of the LAPoDcast we go behind the scenes of an LAPD Sobriety Checkpoint. We will get details about the legalities of a checkpoint, some crazy stories about about drunk drivers, and some changes in 2018 that could make our roads more dangerous.
Dec 07, 2017
The Hollywood Sex Scandal
The Hollywood sexual assault scandal has exploded with police agencies taking new reports everyday. In this fourth episode of the LAPD podcast we talk with one of LAPD's Robbery Homicide Detectives about how these reports are being handled...she also advises what someone can do if they have not reported yet. We also talk about why it's so important to document the crime even if it may be out of statute.
Nov 12, 2017
Crowd Control
In this third installment of the LAPD podcast, I sat down with our First Assistant Chief Michel Moore. He is just two months away from retirement, however his fingerprint will be left with this department long after he leaves. For nearly four decades he has helped to guide this Department through some tumultuous chapters, and ultimately he has helped us to emerge as a better organization, able to respond, react, and proactively manage volatile situations. With the anniversary of the 2016 elections upon us, we discussed his thoughts on crowd control as he reflected on lessons learned and tips for anyone who wants to take to the street to exercise their 1st amendment rights.
Oct 29, 2017
Surviving The Las Vegas Mass Shooting
The tragedy in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago hit the Los Angeles Police Department close to home as more than 70 LAPD employees attended the event. One of our officers was hit by gunfire, another had a family member who was struck. But every last person who was there that night was changed forever. We've been hearing stories about the heroic efforts of many, but the story of Brandon and Yolanda was truly extraordinary.
Oct 22, 2017
How Will The LAPD Use Drones?
Join me for an intimate look at what policing a city like Los Angeles entails. This is the first ever Podcast produced by the Los Angeles Police Department, and it is intended to create transparency while engaging the community. You will hear honest and frank conversations from the people who make up one of the most recognized Police Departments in the world. For this inaugural episode of LAPoDcast we are going to explore drones and their potential use in a law enforcement capacity here in Los Angeles. We talked with Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala about the ways in which a SUAS might be used, but more importantly we found out exactly how they will not be used.
Oct 12, 2017