09/13/2007

LAPD to target crime around 20 schools


By Duke Helfand
The Los Angeles Times
 
LOS ANGELES Los Angeles leaders unveiled several initiatives Wednesday to reduce crime at and around 20 public schools, including a computerized tracking system that authorities have already used to tailor violence-fighting strategies to the specific conditions in hot spots around the city.

The anti-crime plan also calls for rookie police officers and their supervisors to mentor students at the schools in South Los Angeles, on the Eastside and in the San Fernando Valley starting next month. And it envisions greater community involvement, enlisting adults to walk with groups of children who must pass through some of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods en route to classes.

"No child should ever have to risk getting hurt on their path to a diploma," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told a news conference at Irving Middle School in Glassell Park, where he was joined by Police Chief William J. Bratton, schools Supt. David L. Brewer and several other local officials.

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