Friday, October 10, 2008

Glimmer of Hope in the L.A.P.D.

The most notorious police department in the country (Rodney King, Rampart scandal, OJ and countless others) is actually making an honest effort to be more in touch with the citizens that they are supposed to protect. When not riding their black and white squad cars, studies have shown that both citizens and police benefit in terms of a sense of community. I caught this this shot of a squad of ten L.A.P.D. officers on bikes about to deploy to the beaches around LAX. I've rode this stretch of bike path a lot when I lived in Santa Monica and it's actually fairly crime-free except during the summer months when Dockweiler Beach is crowded with tourists and locals. Nonetheless, the L.A.P.D. is trying to be both community-oriented and green (10 less 8-cylinder Ford Crown Vics on the road) and ought to be applauded.
(Personally, I wouldn't mind getting paid riding my bike at the beach on a perfect Southern California day.)

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