How did you come up with this foot patrol proposal?
To kick-off our organizing efforts, DTLA Strong initially held an event where we asked attendees to write down issues that mattered most to them in DTLA. We then asked for ideas and solutions to these issues and challenges. We took all of these ideas and solutions and created an online survey. We asked respondents to identify which ideas and solutions they felt most strongly about. Over 100 DTLA residents responded to the survey online. The idea generating the most votes was to add more LAPD foot beats in Downtown to combat concerns around public safety.
After receiving the results of this survey, we held a community meeting to discuss the idea of advocating for more LAPD foot beats in Downtown. Around 40 people showed up to an evening meeting in the heart of the Historic Core and provided feedback. We then selected a small group of residents to draft a proposal from the feedback we received. We have been continuously tweaking and refining this proposal as we receive more feedback from the community.
Why do we need a petition?
Our proposal is simply that, a proposal. DTLA Strong intends to present this proposal to the City, however a strong showing of community support is needed for it to become a reality. If you agree with this proposal, composed by your fellow DTLA residents, please sign the petition and ask your neighbors to do so as well. You can access the online petition at www.dtlastrong.com or request a hard copy petition for your building by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
How did you come up with boundaries for this proposal?
DTLA Strong wanted to target a manageable yet broad swath of the Downtown area for this proposal. We recognize that the most vocal proponents for increased foot patrol come from Historic Core residents so we have focused on this area. That being said, we have also heard from other DTLA leaders who have expressed sentiment that foot patrol may not be as beneficial, needed or wanted in their neighborhoods. We have taken this feedback into consideration when creating the boundaries of the proposal.
Why does this proposal not include Skid Row?
DTLA Strong recognizes that the Skid Row community has a complicated relationship with LAPD. We also understand that given the complexities of Skid Row, our resident group does not have the needed knowledge or expertise to propose broad-based policing strategies for that neighborhood. Out of respect for Skid Row residents and existing efforts, we have not included Skid Row in our foot patrol proposal.
I have another idea I want DTLA Strong to engage in
Fantastic! DTLA Strong strives to stay disciplined in focusing on one community organizing effort at a time until we have the capacity to do more. That being said, if you would like to start putting together an organizing campaign for DTLA Strong to engage in next, please send an email to email@example.com.