LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — LAPD officers armed with letters are knocking on doors and delivering notices to repeat offenders in part of the San Fernando Valley.
The letterhead includes the names of Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck.
They’re addressed to 120 men and women, so-called “multiple arrestees,” described as those living in the LAPD’s Mission Station area who were arrested more than once last year.
The letter is signed by the police chief and Mission Captain Todd Chamberlain, who says they’re reaching out to repeat offenders with the hope they’ll change their ways.
“We have the traditional means to keep arresting people. The people that we’ve chosen to hand this letter out to have been part of that system. What we’re trying to send the message to is that we can’t have you victimizing people in our community,” Chamberlain told KNX1070’s Ed Mertz.
The letter includes resources for job, drug and counseling services.
Recipients include two men, ages 26 and 59, both arrested eight times.
The mail was also delivered to a 24-year-old woman arrested seven times and a 30-year-old woman arrested four times.