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What's With All the Crime on my Block? Help!

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A reader writes in and asks us on how to stop the sudden surge of prostitution on his block. According to him, within the last week an obvious prostitution operation is in business, condoms are found on the ground and the street is generally much louder late at night. But who do you go to get help?

Your local councilmember's office is always there to help, but sometimes going to them and directly to the LAPD officer in charge of your area is helpful. Los Angeles is covered by 19 police divisions and within each are smaller "basic car" areas. Each of those areas has a Senior Lead Officer, often referred to as SLO, who is sort of like the mini chief of police for the area. A good SLO knows many of community members, comes to neighborhood meetings and has picked patrol officers that know the area well.