Los Angeles, California

Reducing Gun-Related Violence through Operation LASER

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Site LE Agency
Los Angeles Police Department

Site Researcher
Craig Uchida, Ph.D., Justice and Security Strategies, Inc. (JSS)

Site Focus
Gun Violence

SPI Strategy
Place-based policing, Problem-oriented policing

Site Cohort

Site Profile
Large urban area of 468.67 sq. miles with a population of 3,848,776

Project Overview

The Los Angeles SPI sought to reduce gun-related violence in specific neighborhoods through application of the Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) SARA (Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment) problem-solving model. The team implemented Los Angeles’ Strategic Extraction and Restoration Program (Operation LASER) and conducted location-based strategies in five hot spot areas for violent crime, as well as offender-based strategies through the creation of a Crime Intelligence Detail (CID). The CID’s primarily mission was to produce police intelligence bulletins on individuals with high likelihood of involvement in chronic crime. These bulletins assisted officers, detectives, and other personnel in identifying crime trends, addressing chronic offenders, and solving ongoing investigations. Results showed a statistically significant decrease in Part I violent crimes, homicide, and robbery in the Newton Division (one of the Los Angeles Police Department’s [LAPD] most chronic high violent crime areas). 

Data Highlight

  • In 2011, 7,794 gun-related crimes occurred throughout the city of Los Angeles.
  • The Newton Division experienced the third highest number of gun crimes among the 21 Los Angeles Police Department divisions.
  • Part I violent crimes in the Newton Division dropped by an average of 5.4 crimes per month.
  • Homicides dropped by 22.6 percent per month.