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We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).

Today is National Night Out.

As any good citizen who likes to participate in her community and who wants to engage with others in sending a message to the would be robbers, thugs, murders, rapists and the like that we’re taking back our community—I went searching the Los Angeles Police Department’s website for info on planned activities for this evening. Being the communications guru that I am I fully expected that on the homepage of the Department’s website I would be hit with all of the info. Right? Wrong.  See below.

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For a Department that has more staff dedicated to “community engagement” and “community relationship building” than I’ve ever known, they never make community engagement easy. After not being able to quickly find the information on National Night Out for South L.A. I turned to Twitter.

Thank God for Twitter.

So on the Department’s Twitter feed I see an ugly print screen Excel matrix of planned events. I can overlook the ugliness of it–they’re just not graphics saavy over there at LAPDHQs but why on God’s green Earth would you put the times in military time?


Do they or do they not want the community to participate?  They are engaging with the community–you know normal people. They want people to come out, make it easy, not a frickin challenge. Lawd have mercy. I swear sometimes I have to ponder if they even want the community to come out for these events.  Really I do.  Ugly hard to read flyers, military time, information not readily available to average person.

Going forward perhaps they can employ some folks who can help them jazz up their graphics in an effort to attract the community to these events.  Talk to Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and those other community groups–they seem to be good at designing memes, flyers and such that catch eyes and attention. Or better yes, just have the same people who do those LAPD Is Hiring flyers help them out.


Add to that, they really need to re-examine who they’re paying to do what over there in that community relations division.  If we the public can’t log onto the LAPD’s website and see a list of or link to events for National Night Out on the HOMEPAGE for every community the Department serves, that’s a problem and shows poor planning and lack of real effort to engage the community.  There’s no excuse.  The date doesn’t change.  Every year National Night Out is on the first Tuesday of August.  Get it together people.

I’m done.