Statement from Los Angeles School Police Department Chief Steven K. Zipperman on the Most Dangerous School Zones Report

April 7, 2017

Earlier this month, several media outlets reported three L.A. Unified high schools were located in the most dangerous school zones in Los Angeles.  The crime figures that formed the statistical basis for these stories do not reflect an accurate assessment of safety figures for L.A. Unified campuses.  The analysis appeared to co-mingle various crime categories, and provide statistics that include 365 days a week, 24 hours a day activity, without identifying school-related incidents that occur during the school day.

The Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) realize that all crimes within a community are an important measure.  Even during non-school hours, crimes often affect our students and families.  Maintaining crime-free campuses and safe passages during school hours and instructional hours is the most important factor for establishing a safe, successful and inviting school experience.

The report noted that Hollywood High School had 252 assaults within its “Safe School Zone” (a boundary the length of three football fields) in 2016.  Fact: Hollywood High School had ZERO reported incidents of a school-based or safe passages-related assaults in 2016.  John C. Fremont and Augustus F. Hawkins High Schools had two reported assaults respectively during the 2016 calendar year.  Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School had zero. 

The report also noted Hollywood High School as having 358 incidents of robbery and theft (combined) within its safe school zone in 2016.  Fact: Hollywood High School had ZERO reported robberies and six reported thefts on campus or along safe passages during school hours in 2016.  Augustus F. Hawkins High School had seven reported robberies and 20 reported thefts on campus or along safe passages during school hours in 2016.  John H. Liechty Middle School had zero reported robberies and three reported thefts on campus or along safe passages during school hours in 2016. 

L.A. Unified and the LASPD has a 100 percent commitment to provide safe campuses and safe school zones for all students, staff and the school community as a whole.  We work together with law enforcement partners and community-based, faith-based and neighborhood-based organizations to form collaborative partnerships in ensuring that reducing crime and the fear of crime within our school communities remains a top priority.  Our schools have – and always will be – the safest and most inviting environment for our students, staff and community. 

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Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766