Back to Basic Car Plan


Dear Friends, 

We need more cops patrolling our neighborhoods – and working together, we can get them. 

A constant refrain from residents of Los Angeles is that they rarely see a patrol car in their neighborhood, or that it takes LAPD too long to respond to an emergency call, or that they can’t get through to the department on the non-emergency number.

In neighborhoods throughout our city, the deployment of patrol officers is bare-bones — sometimes as few as two or three radio cars for an entire division — with officers overwhelmed, overworked, and significantly outnumbered.  This is unacceptable and it is time to take bold steps to address this problem.  That’s why we’ve proposed a 10 point plan known as “Back to Basic Car”, which seeks to rebuild and bolster the LAPD’s primary patrol function and community policing delivery mechanism — the Basic Car Plan. 

You can read the full plan in the links below, as well as a “White Paper” that shows some startling statistics: during the past 50 years, the LAPD has grown by 30%, and the city’s population has grown by 25%, but the number of officers patrolling our streets has actually decreased. It is shocking and unacceptable – and we need to fix it. 

We need you to join us in making our plan a priority for the leadership of the LAPD. The first way you can help is to endorse our proposal in the petition link below or get your organization to formally endorse it. You can see sample support letters or resolutions on this page.

The first hearing on our proposal will be Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 8:30 am in the City Council’s Public Safety Committee in Room 1010 at LA City Hall.  Together, we will make the call for increased police patrols loud and clear! 

Thank you for your support of the plan.



Councilmember, 11th District

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Councilmember, 15th District


Take Action!

1. Read the White Paper

2. Download, complete and send a letter of support

3. Download an endorsement resolution for your neighborhood council or organization

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3. Attend the Public Safety Committee Hearing

  • WHEN: Tuesday, February 21, 2017; 8:30am
  • WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall, Room 1010, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

4. Sign the petition