Bi-monthly Newsletter No. 5 March 2004
By Thomas G. Hays, LAPM Chairman LAPD Captain (retired)
One of our proud possessions at the Museum is a fully restored 1958 Chevrolet police car. I was walking around it the other day, and a flood of memories came back to me. I can clearly remember the first one I saw when I was assigned to Hollywood Division in 1959. Several divisions had been selected to receive just one each since these came equipped with an automatic transmission! Now, while automatic transmissions on cars had been around for quite awhile, the LAPD had not used them as there was serious doubt whether they would hold up under the rigors of police emergency driving. I recall that virtually every uniformed copper at Hollywood was aching to have a chance to try one out. The decision was made to assign it to 6A31 (which I think is now called 6A1) located in the N/E portion of the division. They said, “If it can take Laurel Canyon along with the rest of those steep canyon roads and keep going on three consecutive shifts, automatics will work on a regular basis!” Hard to believe now but the success of those tests sure made our eight-hour shifts behind the wheel a heck of a lot easier. Just think about it. Another so-called “technology leap” jumped out at me when I looked at the electric (not electronic) siren on our `58 Chevy. Those of us with better than average memories can vividly recall having to use a match book cover to wedge in the fly wheel of the siren which was mounted directly in the middle/front of the roof. The brake on the siren was always the first thing to go out, and whenever you drove over about 30 mph the siren would purr like a kitten as the wind caught it. The matchbook wedge was cleverly devised, we thought, to flip out of the slots in the event we had to activate the “buzzer.” Boy, were we ever resourceful! There remained one significant problem, and that occurred whenever a lengthy Code 3 run was necessary. Being electric, the siren was quite a draw on the battery, so you
It May Only Be An Old Police Car, But…..
could pretty well depend on your entire electrical system being dead when you arrived at the scene. Many a battery jump had to happen before you could transport your suspect to the station. That really went a long way toward reflecting a professional operation, as you can imagine. Suspiciously missing from this car was a knob labeled A/C… Boy, do I remember those sunny Southern California days wearing our 100% wool uniforms—with tie and long sleeves, of course. Chief Parker wanted us to not only act professional but LOOK professional! Acceptable quality cotton and other lightweight wrinkle resistant fabrics, not to mention short sleeves and no ties, were still agonizingly in the future. However, everything is relative, and we felt lucky since at least we had heaters in our cars… Some of our senior partners took great delight in letting us know that in the “old days” they had no car heaters and added, “We’d light some flares to try to keep warm—if the sulfur smell didn’t drive us out of the car.” Hmmm, I always wondered if that was just a slight exaggeration. Of course, one look at the radio made me think of the challenge of running wants and warrants or a license plate when the average time for a response from Communications was about 20-25 minutes. Yep, you youngsters, I said “minutes.” Of course you could speed it up by running a “rolling want” on a plate which would expedite your return to about 8 or 10 minutes. Keep in mind the process it entailed: the RTO handwriting the information, sending it in a pneumatic tube to R & I two floors above her, a hand search there, a handwritten response, then (Continued on page 3)
SAVE THE DATE: June 30, 2004 11th Annual Jack Webb Awards Dinner
The primary fundraising event for the Los Angeles Police Museum (LAPM) is the annual Jack Webb Awards Dinner. This year’s gala will be held on Wednesday, June 30th, from 6:00 to 10:00pm, at the Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. The net proceeds from this special event provide the funding stability necessary to operate and continue to develop the LAPD Museum and Community Education Center. The theme, ambience, displays, and even the food are all venue-specific and have all been carefully selected this year to present an especially enjoyable, memorable evening. Business and/or cocktail attire will afford a revised, relaxed dress code. Additionally, several incredible, deserving honorees will be recognized. There will also be both silent and live auctions, ample refreshments and spectacular entertainment. Don’t miss the most dramatic Jack Webb Awards Dinner yet! Please contact Scherr Lilico, “The Proper Image” event management, regarding ticket purchases and sponsorship opportunities: (818) 994-4661 or fax (818) 994-6181.
Change of command at Northeast Police Station
Effective March 7, 2004, Captain III Kyle B. Jackson, Area Commanding Officer, Northeast Community Police Station, will assume his new role as the Area Commanding Officer at Southwest Community Police Station. He will trade places with Captain III Morris T. “Mo” Smith. Captain Jackson, a 22-year veteran of LAPD and a member of the Board of Directors, Los Angeles Police Historical Society (LAPM), has been a staunch supporter of LAPM endeavors and events. Without his unwavering commitment of personnel and resources from Northeast Area, the LAPD Museum and Community Education Center would have been unable to host countless major events on-site. The Staff and members of the Board of Directors congratulate (Continued on page 3)
LAPD Museum Exhibit Development: North Hollywood Bank Shootout
By C. David Dalton LAPM
February 28, 1997 was a day of extraordinary courage and hellacious terror in the City of Los Angeles. At 9am North Hollywood Officers Loren Farrel and Martin Perello witnessed a robbery in progress at Bank of America, 6590 Laurel Canyon Boulevard. The next 44 minutes would forever alter the lives of countless officers and private citizens as the streets of North Hollywood became a war zone. When the shooting stopped, 11 LAPD Officers had been injured (nine by gunfire), seven civilians had been injured (two by gunfire), eight police vehicles had been damaged (two destroyed by gunfire), over 1,100 rounds had been fired by the suspects, over 500 rounds had been fired by police officers at the scene, $350,000 had been stolen and recovered, and the two suspects lay dead. Five police agencies and 350 officers were ultimately involved. The two perpetrators, Larry Phillips and Emil Matasareanu, both ex-cons with extensive violent criminal records, had come to the bank that morning with a death wish.
Wed. 3/17 St. Patrick’s Day 11:30 am – 1:30 pm LAPM Board of Directors’ Meeting Sat. 3/20 9:00 am – 3:00 pm LAPD Museum open to the public 10:00 am – 12:00 pm “Clean & Green Your Parkway” demonstration at the LAPD Museum Wed. 4/7 11:30 am – 1:30 pm LAPM Executive Committee Meeting Sat. 4/17 9:00 am – 3:00 pm LAPD Museum open to the public Tues. 4/20 11:30 am – 1:30 pm LAPM Board of Governors & Directors Meeting at LAPD Museum Sat. 5/23 LAPD Detective Bureau “Chili Cook Off” at Friendship Hall, Griffith Park
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Captain Jackson and wish him continued success in his new assignment. We also take this opportunity to “Welcome Aboard” Captain Mo Smith, a seasoned LAPD veteran and proud addition to the Northeast Area communities.
Armed with five fully automatic assault rifles, a 9mm handgun, over 4,000 rounds of armor-piercing ammunition, a Molotov cocktail, a police scanner and full body armor—they obviously had more than robbery on their mind. This was further borne out by their actions; they entered the bank and immediately began firing indiscriminately—a classic take-over robbery by force and fear. Both had also ingested barbiturates prior to
Share Your Revolver Club And Police Academy Memories
The Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club (LAPRAAC) is seeking your assistance for a very important, long-term project. LAPRAAC is preparing a detailed written and pictorial history of the Athletic Programs sponsored by the Revolver Club since its formation in 1930. The story of the Revolver and Athletic Club and the Police Academy is one of the most fascinating in the history of the Los Angeles Police Department. It is integrally intertwined in the very fabric of this great organization. In the Winter Edition of the Retired Fire and Police Association Newsletter, Director Mike Dwyer paints a fascinating, accurate picture of the essential role and major impacts that both the Police Academy and the Revolver Club have had on our collective well-being. But the picture is incomplete. LAPRAAC, which has partnered with and supported LAPM for many years, now needs our help. Please send your photographs and stories to LAPRAAC, Attention: Barbara Ginn, P.O. Box 861148, Los Angeles, CA 90086-1148. Barbara can also be contacted at (323) 221-5222 x200, or fax (323) 222-5949. This is a wonderful, compelling story that needs to be told; please help!
“Name That Bear” Contest
In an effort to name the cuddly little bear now available in the Museum Gift Shop, LAPM is making the following exclusive offer to members. Submit your proposed name(s) to LAPM by e-mail to email@example.com no later than 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 31. A panel of Board members will select the best entry. If your entry is selected, LAPM will extend your Regular Membership one year free of charge. If you are not currently a member, you can become eligible to enter this contest by joining LAPM prior to the deadline. If the name you submit is chosen, a one-year Regular Membership ($48.00 value) will be awarded to you. Copyrighted names are ineligible (i.e. Winnie The Pooh). These little bears make wonderful gifts for any occasion; they can be purchased for $4.95 each plus tax at the Museum Gift Shop or on-line at LAPM.COM. The winner will be announced by mail and on the LAPM website. Be sure to include your full name, mailing address and telephone number when submitting your entries.
Mugshots: Meet Steven Kasten
By Valerie Vera
Steven Kasten has lived in Southern California since the age of ten. He grew up in Santa Monica, graduated from Santa Monica High School, and then went on to study business and real estate at Santa Monica City College, Pierce College, and California State University, Northridge (extension). In 1968, he founded Steven Kasten Properties in Lincoln Heights, which he still owns. Since then, he has participated in a number of community-oriented organizations in East Los Angeles. “I’d been very active in real estate and started to join volunteer groups,” Kasten says. In the early 1980s he served on the Board of Directors and was President of the Police Business Association of Hollenbeck LAPD. “That’s how I got involved with law enforcement.” It was a joint project between the business community and the police department. He also became involved with the Hollenbeck Youth Center which focused on helping children learn to enjoy sports. “A couple of the officers I worked with were on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Police Historical Society and asked me to join,” Kasten recalls. Since 1989 he has been on the Board and served as Chairman from 1997 to 2002. When Kasten first became active in LAPM, he knew it would be more than just a museum. “The reason I got involved was because not only did they want to build a museum, but also a community and education center that would educate people about what police officers do and how they help citizens,” Kasten says. “I knew it would be a place where citizens can come and get to know the officers. I’ve met officers—from those who patrol the streets all the way up to the chief of police—and they are all outstanding people. We have the best-trained police officers anywhere. They are very ethical and professional, and people need to understand that. Just from interacting with so many officers I have a true admiration for them.” “Most individuals do not get to interact with police officers like I do. Most of the time when people interact with them it is in a negative way, for instance, to receive a traffic ticket. I get to meet them on a normal day and see what they do day in and day out. That is what I would like other people to experience,” Kasten adds. “I think this museum can make that happen for civilians.
When more people get to meet officers and understand what they do, their respect will grow.” He believes that many negative incidents between the police department and the community can be avoided when civilians and police officers interact positively.
Kasten hopes that LAPM can help enhance the image of the police department and get the police and community working together. “I think we’ve had many great successes, and we’ve just begun. We’ve had a lot of community groups visit or meet at the Museum. It’s become a focal point in the community. The museum is open, and there are exhibits. We’re looking to get involved more in the education aspect of the center. I’d like to see schools come in and have children participate more in education,” Kasten adds. “Our goal is to get a lot more individuals to participate—business people, individuals, and police officers. How much we accomplish is going to depend on the fundraising and support we receive. I am very optimistic about the future of LAPM,” Kasten says. Kasten is involved in many local organizations. In 1981, he became President of the Lincoln Heights Optimist Club. He has served
on the Board of Directors since then. From 1989 to 1999, Kasten was on the Foundation Board and Governing Board of the White Memorial Foundation . He also served as its Chairman. Kasten has been on the board of the Lincoln Heights Chamber of Commerce since 1980. He served as President for 15 years. He was named Honorary Mayor of Lincoln Heights from 1982-1984 and from 1990-1991 and received the Man of the Year Award in 2003.
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Also captured are the unheralded bravery and uncommon valor that triumphed that fateful day over evil incarnate! Custom-made, life-sized mannequins of the two suspects are completely outfitted with the clothing, body armor and actual weapons they possessed during this infamous event. The diorama in which they are showcased will cause the hair on your neck to bristle! This is but one example of several professionally developed exhibits that are in progress at your Museum. The most important gallery exhibit we will ever develop, the Fallen Heroes Tribute, has been designed, but we need your assistance to help fund its creation! If every officer and civilian employee gave just ten dollars toward this exhibit, it would be fully funded. We each spend that much every day on lunch! Please consider a donation to LAPM. These are our LAPD heroes; they deserve our best! Call (323) 344-9445 for information regarding a designated donation.
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back into the pneumatic tube to return to Communications. Whew, it makes me tired just recounting it. One thing you did develop, though, was a talent for conversationally “holding” your suspect at the scene while you waited for the return, particularly when they had an “urgent appointment” and wanted to leave. It required some real filibustering to hold onto your quarry. I just realized that I have rambled on for quite awhile simply because I was checking out one of many exhibits at the Museum. I’m sure these ruminations brought back a lot of similar memories to many of you. A visit to our place up on York Boulevard will undoubtedly have the same effect. Not only is it fun to look back, but it really makes us appreciate the incredible strides that law enforcement as a whole, and the Los Angeles Police Department in particular, has made through the years. I don’t know about you, but for me, it also tends to reaffirm my feelings of how lucky I was to be a member of this great organization.
The Los Angeles Police Museum, a non-profit corporation, seeks a paid part-time Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator to identify, develop and implement recruitment strategies and methods to attract and retain a sufficient pool of volunteers. Areas of repsonsibility: Recruit, train, develop and retain highly dedicated museum, office, and event volunteers. Coordinate ALL volunteer activities (training, placement, recognition and evaluation). Work with other Museum staff to identify volunteer positions and develop accurate position descriptions. Requirements: This postiton requires a highly motivated, well-organized, detail-oriented individual. A demonstrated commitment to community volunteer service and a background in the non-profit world are desirable. Strong communication skills. Good listening skills and diplomacy. Ability to motivate others and encourage them to get involved and follow-through on projects. Send resume to: Los Angeles Police Museum, Attn: David Dalton, Executive Director Mail: 6045 York Blvd., LA, CA 90042. Fax: (323) 344-9516. No phone calls please.
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