For Pacific Palisades, LAPD Help is Sometimes 14 Miles & 25 Minutes Away
The Pacific Palisades Community Council is fuming that police ignored a 911 call because the car was too far away to respond in a timely manner.
"LAPD Interim Captain Ruben De La Torre told the Palisadian-Post this Monday that twice a day the basic patrol car for the Palisades returns to the West L.A. station for a shift change," found the Palasadian-Post (h/t Curbed LA). "There are other cars out during that time within the station's boundaries, but they may not be in the Palisades, De La Torre said. The station covers about 65 square miles bordering Beverly Hills, Culver City, Santa Monica and Malibu and is under the jurisdiction of the West Bureau. The bureau also oversees operations in Hollywood, Wilshire and Pacific stations."
The Council wants to see at least one patrol car in the community at all times considering there are points where the West L.A. station is 14 miles away, a sometimes 20 to 25 minute drive. They also want to see the return of the bicycle patrol that used to work in the neighborhood.
Related: The 12-member police bicycle patrol in the Van Nuys division, covering Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks, has been disbanded. One source tells LAist it's because officers are needed elsewhere even though the police force has grown considerably in the last four years.