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11 Arrested by Multi-agency Graffiti Taskforce. Wanted for over 1600 criminal graffiti vandalisms

The latest efforts by a multi-agency graffiti task force have resulted in 11 arrests in eight cities and communities at 24 locations in southwest Los Angeles County. 

Eight graffiti vandals were arrested Wednesday for causing over $100,000 in damages to Metro buses, rails, and facilities, in addition to schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District and neighboring communities. Three others suspects were arrested for unrelated charges during the 24-location search warrant and probation search operation. 

The arrests were made in the cities of Los Angeles, El Segundo, Inglewood, Gardena, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, South Gate, and Torrance. 

On July 5, 2011, a taskforce was formed to target vandals that have damaged the school systems within the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s transit system. The taskforce includes the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Unified School District Police, Los Angeles County Probation Department, and a cadre of twenty civilian volunteers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. 

During the Wednesday, July 20th operation, officers from several additional police agencies also assisted in the service of search warrants, including police officers from El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Los Angeles, and Torrance police departments. 

Search warrants and probation searches of 24 residences and other locations within Los Angeles County. 

• 11 suspects arrested, one of whom was a juvenile 

• Numerous suspects were additionally charged with possession of vandalism tools 

• One father of a graffiti vandal was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales 

• A family member was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor 

• An arrest was made at a home next to a search warrant location when a marijuana grow house was found 

• Simulated handguns were found 

• Stolen property was recovered 


County Wins Awards from CSAC

The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) today presented awards to three County of Orange agencies and departments at the Board of Supervisors meeting. The programs were selected out of hundreds of entries throughout the state as part of CSACs annual Challenge Award competition.

Read Full Article courtesy of Orange County Board of Supervisors

Vandalists Were Here

Art form to some, nuisance and even threat to many others, graffiti is a problem in countless American communities. It drives down property values and retail traffic; according to the U.S. Department of Justice, it costs business owners, governments and taxpayers between $12-15 billion annually to remove it, prosecute the offenders, and pay other associated costs.

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L.A.P.D. Launches TAGRS

A program that uses smart phones to track and arrest graffiti vandals was launched Friday by the city of Los Angeles. It allows graffiti-cleaning crews equipped with smart phones to photograph the markings and upload them to a Los Angeles Police Department database.

Read Full Article courtesy of The Los Angels Times

LASD Recommends TAGRS at APTA

Each year, APTA presents a top-notch slate of conferences and webinars. Each event is developed to improve the knowledge, professional and technical skills, and networking opportunities for public transportation professionals at all levels.

The meetings also serve as an incomparable marketing tool for industry manufacturers and suppliers by bringing them together with current and potential customers.

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  • Partnerships with LAUSD Police
  • Graffiti Symposium
  • Enforcement- Cutting edge investigative techniques

Click Here to View the presentation presented by Captain Perez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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