Federal Grants Help LAPD Detectives Solve Cold Cases

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Kashmier James was visiting friends on Christmas night last year when she was shot dead in front of her 3-year-old daughter. For months, police had no leads and her murder became a “cold case”.

But this August officials tracked down three suspects in James’s death.

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The Los Angeles Police Department have made 110 arrests in connection with cold cases in a matter of months. LAPD Chief Charlie Beack said it has been a remarkable turnaround that was made possible because of a special task force and grant money provided by the federal government.

“The results are nothing short of amazing,” Beck said. “Fifty cases — 5-0 — homicide cases were solved during that three-month period.”

The federal government supplied the LAPD with 10 FBI agents and $500,000 to help galvanize their department in solving a stack of unsolved crimes.

Detective Sal LaBarbera, who heads the Watts homicide squad, said the assistance helped the LAPD boost its clearance rate by 26 percent — which means they were able to file that many more charges for recorded crimes.

Beck said the extra money and the added agents made officers the question of overtime a non-issue. For the past three months, officers have been approved to work the extra hours needed to make big breaks in unsolved cases.

The LAPD said they are filing a request to extend the program.


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