In June 2017, LAPD officers arrested three Department cadets for theft of three Department vehicles. As a result of that incident, the Board of Police Commissioners directed the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to conduct a review of both the Department’s kitroom and Cadet Program procedures, and to report results in a timely manner.
To conduct the review, the OIG visited 23 LAPD divisions to contact kitroom personnel and Youth Service Officers. This report contains anecdotal information obtained from those reviews. The OIG also met with or corresponded with staff officers from both the Office of Operations (OO) and the Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy (OCPP).
The OIG identified several issues regarding the issuing and controlling of kitroom equipment. The OIG met with OO, who also independently identified essentially the same issues. The OIG made three recommendations regarding kitroom procedures, and the OIG is involved with an OO working group tasked with continued improvement of kitroom operations.
The OIG also identified multiple issues with the Cadet Program, and in correspondence, learned that OCPP independently identified most of the same issues. The OIG made 13 recommendations regarding the Cadet Program, also contained in this report.
The attached report was considered and approved at this morning’s regular meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners.
Thank you for your interest in the Office of the Inspector General.
Julie Buchwald, Community Relations Coordinator, OIG