If you have been out and about on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park and Silver Lake recently you might have noticed more LAPD patrol cars than usual. A lot more. “One night, I saw four different cars pulled over by four different officers in about as many blocks,” writes Koreatown resident Oliver G. about a recent visit to the Echo Park-Silver Lake area. What’s going on? The LAPD has temporarily assigned about 50 extra officers from its CREW unit (which stands for “Crime Reduction Enforcement Warrants”) to flood the area between Echo Park and East Hollywood, said Northeast Division Capt. Bill Murphy. The CREW cars have also been working Atwater Village. “You will see [squad] cars all over the place,” Murphy said.
The CREW officers rotate to hot spots around the city, focusing on traffic and warrant violations and basically making a show of force in hopes of deterring crime. In this case, they have been mainly focused on Hollywood but have also been roving Sunset Boulevard into Echo Park, Murphy said. The additional officers arrived about two weeks ago and it’s not clear how long they will be around. Until then, Murphy advises anyone driving down Sunset Boulevard to remain on their best behavior: “You will see a lot of officers tonight. So, don’t ignore any stop signs.”
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