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Senior Lead Officer

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Local Address:  California , United States
Los Angeles Police Department
100 West 1St Street Room P1 137
Los Angeles , California 90012
United States

Company Description: The Los Angeles Police Department is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the world, responsible for providing police service to an area representing 3.4...   more

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"When it comes to policing Skid ..., 2 Mar 2015 [cached]
"When it comes to policing Skid Row, it seems as if my fellow officers and I are keeping our fingers in the cracks of a dam to prevent it from breaking," LAPD Senior Lead Officer Deon Joseph recently wrote. (Joseph has patrolled the community for 17 years.) "Though many people may not realize it, we are in the throes of a mental health state of emergency."
Deidox - Short Video Sermon Illustrations for Pastors and Churches, 22 Feb 2014 [cached]
Operations South Bureau Holds Homeless Symposium, 10 May 2014 [cached]
LAPD Senior Lead Officer Deon Joseph of Central Division has been a key figure in the 50-block Skid Row area for a number of years. LAPD began a four-year Safer Cities Initiative in the Skid Row area in September 2006. The controversial program put 55 additional police officers on the streets. It began with a crackdown on crime and an effort to reduce the amount of stuff collected by the homeless on the sidewalks.
Officer Joseph said those who criticized the program's harshness did not understand the degree to which gangs and criminals preyed on the mentally ill and addicted, many of whom had some government stipend that the criminals aimed to get from them. He said there were four types of people among the homeless on the Skid Row streets:
The remaining Central Division police, Deon Joseph said, have seen the area revert to what it was before the Safer City Initiative.
LAPD Officer Deon Joseph has ..., 3 Jan 2015 [cached]
LAPD Officer Deon Joseph has patrolled Skid Row for 17 years. This photo was taken by John Hwang as part of his <a href="" target="_blank">Skid Row Stories</a> series. Hwang is an occupational therapist who has been photographing the men and women of Skid Row. Let him introduce you to some of them in the photos that follow.
LAPD Officer Deon Joseph has patrolled Skid Row for 17 years. This photo was taken by John Hwang as part of his <a href="" target="_blank">Skid Row Stories</a> series. Hwang is an occupational therapist who has been photographing the men and women of Skid Row. Let him introduce you to some of them in the photos that follow.
LAPD Officer Deon Joseph has patrolled Skid Row for 17 years.
Officer Deon Joseph has patrolled the streets of L.A.'s Skid Row for 17 years He estimates as many as 2,000 people sleep outdoors at night on Skid Row
Not Deon Joseph.
This muscular black man with arms thick as hams leans over and gently shakes the woman's bony shoulder. He wants to make contact, ensure that she is still breathing.
Joseph is senior lead officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, and Skid Row has been his beat for the past 17 years. He prefers foot patrol; it is more intimate. Despite the open drug dealing, piles of trash and omnipresent aroma of urine, feces and burning crack and weed, he has found a community here. These are his people.
He used to make a lot of arrests, but these days he spends most of his time just talking to people and handing out donated hygiene kits -- toothpaste, soap, deodorant, lotion and shaving cream -- and fliers that explain how to apply for housing vouchers. He leads self-defense classes for homeless women, events he calls "Ladies' Night. He tweets crime prevention tips and offers up anecdotes on Facebook.
He gives out his email address and cell phone number. And then he returns the calls.
And so, he knows nearly everybody -- The Hurricane, Bow Leg, Slow Bucket, Thick 'n' Juicy -- and they know him, too. Some like him, some don't. Most respect him. Some say he's their angel watching over them.
Nearly two decades on some of the nation's poorest, nastiest streets haven't stripped this beat cop of his humanity. He sports a shiny bald pate and kind, expressive eyes. But should the situation call for it, he can turn fierce and scary-looking in a heartbeat.
He is not jaded or cynical, and he doesn't view the world as LAPD blue against everybody else. He is a man of deep, abiding Christian faith, and he considers Skid Row his mission in life. He says he wouldn't dream of working anywhere else.
These are tense times for police and the policed. Everybody's talking about white cops shooting black kids; hundreds show up in small towns and big cities for "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" protests.
Joseph has never fired his gun and hopes he never has to.
In the one-square mile marked by a mural that announces "Skid Row, pop. Too Many," he is a walking, talking public service announcement for the upside of community-based policing.
When homeless addicts call him by his first name, Officer Joseph doesn't feel dissed. He's honored.
"I feel respect when they call me by my first name," he explains, "and I show them respect by calling them sir or ma'am."
In this neighborhood, 2,000 people sleep on the streets at night, by Joseph's estimate. He's seeing a lot of new faces lately as it gets harder legally to commit somebody to mental health facilities, while the prisons and jails are letting inmates out early to ease overcrowding. With nowhere else to go, many head to Skid Row, he says.
Officer Deon Joseph nudged the woman on the left to make sure she was alive. Officer Deon Joseph nudged the woman on the left to make sure she was alive. Officer Deon Joseph nudged the woman on the left to make sure she was alive.
But Joseph and others say Skid Row doesn't need any more handouts.
These are the same words Joseph heard from their predecessors a decade ago. Little happened then, and even as 2015 begins, the deadline has been officially pushed back to 2016.
Joseph believes it's time to stop playing politics with Skid Row. The stakes -- literally life and death -- are too high.
"I believe the extremes of both ideologies are what created Skid Row," Joseph says.
I asked Joseph to show me his Skid Row and accompanied him on patrol in mid-September.
"You cannot separate the blight and crap that's out here from death," Joseph says as we walk past one homeless person after another, huddled in mounds of donated clothes piled into shopping carts.
A woman, recognizing Joseph, is sending up a signal: "It's all good."
It isn't always.
Joseph tells the story of a 6-foot-4 addict who arrived on Skid Row 275 pounds. A year or so later, Joseph barely recognized the man when he nearly tripped over him on the sidewalk. He was down to 85 pounds.
"I thought he was dead," Joseph said.
says Joseph's partner, Danny Reedy.
As someone who works Skid Row's streets every weekend, Joseph agrees.
"Skid Row is a toxic petri dish that thwarts any form of recovery," he says. "We have beer barons selling singles for $2, right outside AA meetings."
He has arrested one of the more notorious beer barons several times, but the man usually returns after spending just a few hours in jail. Even an injunction didn't stop him, and now he's threatening to sue Joseph, alleging "police harassment."
"Deon Joseph was the only one talking about the homeless, the mentally ill, and the addicted that I could hear," Starman said.
"We have many who pontificate and pretend they do things and have their photo ops, but Officer Joseph is not like that.
"He's real," she added.
Joseph used to make more arrests: now he also hands out hygeine kits and housing information.
'Swagger! Swagger! Swagger!'
On the second day I shadowed him, Joseph had a trunk-load of hygiene kits in his patrol car.
Somehow Joseph has gotten used to it. He wears black rubber gloves everywhere and chews a lot of gum.
He grew up in Long Beach during the Rodney King era, when distrust of the LAPD fueled racial tensions and devastating riots. Like his friends, he was no fan of the po-po. So nobody was more surprised than Joseph himself when he signed up for the Los Angeles Police Academy.
"I needed a job," he says.
As a rookie, Joseph prayed he wouldn't be assigned here. He liked the hip, beachy vibe of Venice, where he trained. But when the permanent postings came out, Joseph wondered whether he had prayed hard enough.
Driving to Skid Row on his first day of work, Joseph cruised up the 110 freeway, glimpsed the gleaming skyline and thought, "Look at that pretty picture.
His great-grandfather was killed by a 16-year-old white kid, Joseph said, simply because he wouldn't get out of the street.
Joseph has experienced racism in his lifetime, but not in the same way his father did. When he was younger, a white kid at a burger joint put staples in his meal. Fliers distributed around Skid Row attacked him as an "Uncle Tom."
But when a colleague filed a racial discrimination suit against his sergeant and the LAPD, Joseph took the witness stand and said it wasn't true.
"This is what I have to do," he says of his career on Skid Row.
"Helping these people' has gotten complicated, as I learned on my final ride with Deon Joseph.
Joseph vented his frustration this past summer in an open letter published in the Downtown News. It's how he caught my eye. Here was an LAPD cop calling out the city for ignoring Skid Row. That was unusual enough. But then he didn't get in trouble with the brass. That was extraordinary.
He called Skid Row "an open air mental asylum. He said the city was on the brink of an epic meltdown, and there wasn't much he, or the LAPD, could do a
This year, CCA honored L.A.'s ..., 28 April 2011 [cached]
This year, CCA honored L.A.'s Jobs Czar Austin Beutner, Skid Row's Top Cop LAPD Officer Deon Joseph, Downtown Nightlife Impresario Cedd Moses, Real Estate Icon John C. Cushman III, Banker Extraordinaire Dominic Ng, Basketball's Rising Star Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, and the GRAMMY Awards.
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