Our past and ongoing commitment to strengthening trust and partnerships with the Strategy
Center and other community organizations remains paramount.
It was a pleasure meeting with both of you on April 26,2016, to discuss the Los Angeles Schoot
Police Department’s (LASPD) past involvement with the Department of Defense (DoD) Excess
Military Equipment Program, commonly referred to as the “1033 Program.” The purpose of our
meeting was to engage in continued dialogue on various questions and offer you clarity to the
LASPD’s involvement with the program, Specifically, you were asking for a brief historical
perspective of the 1033 program, clarity on the recent return of the equipment, and creating a
deeper understanding on our part of your group’s position on law enforcement involvement w¡th
the program, This correspondence was agreed upon to summarize our conversation and bring
to closure any further discussion on this topic as it related to the LASPD and the Los Angeles
Unified School District (LAUSD).
A Brief History:
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) excess property 1033 program has assisted law
enforcement agencies for nearly 25 years in providing law enforcement agencies with critical but
previously unavailable equipment for little to no cost. Over the years, equipment such as
generators, tents, bedding, blankets, first aid kits, and water purification systems, to name a few,
have been used to assist law enforcement agencies during natural disasters.
Violent armed encounters such as the 1997 North Hollywood bank robbery; the lggg Columbine
High School shooting; the events of September 11 , 2001; the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting; the
2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre; and public mall and theatre shootings càused
many law enforcement agencies to reflect on how prepared they needed to be in dealing with
real-world events such as “active shooter,” “mass casualties,” and “domestic terrorism,” which
have become all too commonplace in the 21st century. Since 1971, over 130 School Shootings
have taken place in the united states, resulting in over 27g fatalities.
A Final thought:
The LASPD recognizes the sensitive historical aspect of associating “military-like” equipment and
military presence within a civilian setting. We recognize that this sensitive historical component
may not have been considered when originally procuring these type of logistics within a civilian or
K-12 public school setting.
The LASPD regrets that not recognizing this aspect of your group’s philosophical stance may
have strained our relationship with the Labor-Strategy Center and various members of the school
A list of those items returned is included for your review as an attachment to this correspondence.
Should you have any questions, feel free to contact the Office of the Chief of Police at213-202-
STEVEN K. ZIPPERMAN
Chief of Police