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It's National Night Out, Do you Know Your LAPD Senior Lead Officer?

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There are around 50 neighborhood marches, BBQs, block parties taking place throughout the city and country tonight in an annual event meant to connect neighbors with neighbors and to the police officers that patrol their streets. It's National Night Out, "America's night out against crime," as the slogan goes.

Although many of us will not be taking part in any activities, it is a good reminder that a neighborhood that knows thyself is only stronger. And in Los Angeles, the LAPD is structured with a Senior Lead Officer (oft referred to and said as "SLO") who acts as a mini chief of police for a chunk of a neighborhood. Every area has one and they should have a presence at most major community meetings. It's their job to interface with the community, identify crime patterns, deploy resources to fight said patterns and assist you with starting a neighborhood watch.

Here's a list of all the events tonight (.pdf) and each of the LAPD division websitlaes should at least state who the SLOs are.