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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1993
A year-old, citizen-volunteer program in the San Fernando Valley has proven its worth as an adjunct to professional policing, helping not just to deter crime but leading to more than 40 arrests. The LAPD program, called the Volunteer Surveillance Team, is being closely studied and has already become a model for other police departments. The program's effectiveness argues for its expansion to other police divisions throughout Los Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1993
With the help of a citizen stakeout team, officers arrested four teen-age taggers as they spray-painted a business complex wall early Saturday morning, Los Angeles police said. William Revolorio, 19, and three juveniles, ages 15, 16 and 17, were arrested on suspicion of vandalism after a four-hour stakeout of a building at Rinaldi Street and Tampa Avenue by 14 members of the Volunteer Surveillance Team, said Officer Roger Ruggiero. Police did not release the suspects' hometowns. At 3:45 a.m.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1993
With the help of a citizen stakeout team, officers arrested four teen-age taggers as they spray-painted a business complex wall early Saturday morning, Los Angeles police said. William Revolorio, 19, and three juveniles, ages 15, 16 and 17, were arrested on suspicion of vandalism after a four-hour stakeout of a building at Rinaldi Street and Tampa Avenue by 14 members of the Volunteer Surveillance Team, said Officer Roger Ruggiero. Police did not release the suspects' hometowns. At 3:45 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1993
A year-old, citizen-volunteer program in the San Fernando Valley has proven its worth as an adjunct to professional policing, helping not just to deter crime but leading to more than 40 arrests. The LAPD program, called the Volunteer Surveillance Team, is being closely studied and has already become a model for other police departments. The program's effectiveness argues for its expansion to other police divisions throughout Los Angeles.
NEWS
March 18, 1993 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's nearly midnight when a brownish pickup truck pulls into a convenience store parking lot in North Hills. The driver beckons a youth waiting nearby. Money changes hands. "There it is--he passed the cash!" a middle-age woman holding binoculars excitedly tells a stocky man, who repeats it into his hand-held radio. Another man videotapes the drug deal. Three police cars swoop in and officers arrest both men, confiscating several cocaine rocks. The binocular woman high-fives the radio man.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1995 | DOUGLAS ALGER
Two Van Nuys men are among nine recipients scheduled to receive community service awards today for their efforts to promote law enforcement and the criminal justice system. William Rodriguez and Phillip Smith will receive the award from Los Angeles City Atty. James Hahn and Ramon Hernandez, chairman of the Criminal Justice Panel. The ceremony is scheduled at 11 a.m. at the Arco Tower, 515 S. Flower St., 37th floor, Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1999
Four people were arrested early Wednesday and more than 300 were ticketed in a crackdown on illegal street racing in the San Fernando Valley, police said. Capping weeks of investigation, a team of 27 officers, six reserve officers, three Explorer Scouts and eight members of a citizens volunteer surveillance team barricaded hundreds of mostly young people on Plummer Street just as races were about to begin, said Lt. Joe Eddy of Devonshire Division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2005 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Capt. Vance Proctor, a Los Angeles Police Department veteran who developed a number of innovative programs, including one to improve detectives' interrogation methods and another that enlists citizen volunteers for criminal surveillance in the San Fernando Valley, has died. He was 60. Proctor, commanding officer of the West Los Angeles Community Police Station, died April 27 at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Woodland Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1994
Police arrested two men at a condemned apartment building Friday--one for allegedly attempting to loot the building and the other for entering the building and giving the first man permission to take what he wanted, authorities said. Members of Devonshire's Volunteer Surveillance Team, a citizens watch group, noticed Edgar Pearson Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1993
As a staunch supporter of and participant in community-based policing in the Devonshire Division and the 12th Council District, I felt outraged after reading the June 12 article, "L.A. Will Use Anti-Graffiti Surveillance Teams." The article stated that the video surveillance idea will be tested in three downtown divisions and implemented citywide if it succeeds. How insulting this is for those of us who have worked diligently and been successful in implementing this very program a year and a half ago. Not only have we made arrests by working with the senior lead and reserve officers in Devonshire, but most of those arrests have led to convictions.
NEWS
March 18, 1993 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's nearly midnight when a brownish pickup truck pulls into a convenience store parking lot in North Hills. The driver beckons a youth waiting nearby. Money changes hands. "There it is--he passed the cash!" a middle-age woman holding binoculars excitedly tells a stocky man, who repeats it into his hand-held radio. Another man videotapes the drug deal. Three police cars swoop in and officers arrest both men, confiscating several cocaine rocks. The binocular woman high-fives the radio man.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1993
Police say an alleged tagger known as "Blert" and four others, all teen-agers, had no idea someone was watching as they dashed in the darkness toward a pristine section of the Simi Valley Freeway over the weekend. Usually, no one is. But this weekend, the bushes along the freeway had eyes. About 20 to 30 neighborhood volunteers staked out a five-mile stretch of the freeway with binoculars and video cameras from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1994 | JOSH MEYER
With the help of a neighborhood civilian surveillance team, police have arrested two men suspected of raping two women and robbing their male companions in a remote west San Fernando Valley park that has been the scene of at least one similar attack in the past. In custody Wednesday were Francisco Javier Ochoa and Jose Abran Umanzor, both 21-year-old natives of El Salvador who lived in Canoga Park and worked at a local car wash.
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