As part of an effort to improve community relations after the Rodney G. King beating, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Friday it will coordinate a litter and graffiti cleanup in the San Fernando Valley next Saturday.
Operation Sparkle will include removing litter and painting over graffiti at 30 Valley locations. Valley police stations will field calls from residents interested in volunteering their time.
On the day of the event, police will act as crew leaders and perform larger tasks such as carting away abandoned furniture and impounding cars.
"That us-and-them thing has got to stop," said Deputy Chief Mark A. Kroeker, who became commanding officer of the Valley operations three days after the King incident. "When the officers and the community get together on issues like this, you break down barriers, you build relationships."