LAPD Marks ‘Day Without Crime’ In San Fernando Valley

PACOIMA (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Police Department is celebrating what officials say could be its first-ever “day without (reported) crime.”

Officials from the LAPD Foothill Division recorded zero crimes over a 24-hour period on Feb. 13 across a 50-square-mile area of the San Fernando Valley, authorities said Friday.

The feat is believed to a first in the 50-year history of the formation of the Foothill Division area, which is home to over 250,000 residents in the communities of Pacoima, La Tuna Canyon, Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills, Sun Valley, Sunland and Tujunga.

The data tracked all Part 1 crimes, which include homicide, rape, burglary and other illegal activity.

In a statement, LAPD Capt. Sean Malinowski attributed the achievement to “the partnership and teamwork between the police and the public that we have formed over the last few years and an endorsement of the dogged determination of the police officers, detectives and civilian personnel that strive every day to make Foothill Area a safer place to live, work and play.”

Malinowski also cited the increased use of predictive policing software that provides the LAPD with advanced data analytics to place officers “in the right place at the right time to prevent crime.”

In January, Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced crime rates were down across the city of Los Angeles and murders citywide fell to their lowest level since 1966.

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