The Los Angeles City Council is expected to consider a motion Tuesday to crack down on “swatting” incidents, in which police are dispatched to celebrities’ homes on false crime reports.
Councilman Paul Koretz will ask the council to consider assigning several city agencies to help with the effort.
Koretz wants the police department’s public safety committee to return within 30 days with suggestions on how the council can help limit the false police reports, which have led to at least one officer's injury.
The motion would ask the city attorney's office to create an ordinance that would make the caller pay restitution for all costs associated with sending out police en masse, and to evaluate the idea of offering a reward leading to the arrest and conviction of such callers.
The term comes from the SWAT-style police response the calls can trigger. The reported crimes have included shootings, armed robberies and murder. The callers often disguise their locations, making it difficult for police to trace.