Thursday, June 15, 2006
The river now features mile markers that can be used as addresses along the river; these, combined with regular river bicycle patrols, help citizens and police prevent crime and make the river safe for recreation.
Northeast Division sends a bicycle team to patrol the river six days a week; they cover territory between Los Feliz Boulevard and the 110 Freeway. Since March, they have made ten felony arrests and twenty misdemeanor arrests.
The mile markers will help facilitate responses by LAPD and the Fire Department to emergency calls from citizens along the river. The river markers feature a blue heron and appear every tenth-mile between Fletcher Boulevard and Los Feliz Boulevard. They were initiated by a council motion that Ed Reyes and I wrote together, and eventually they will run all the way to the river’s Long Beach end.