Visitors to The Grove and the Original Farmers Market can learn about the Los Angeles Police department at a new small building that will be staffed by officers from noon to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
The new building is known as a “koban,” a Japanese term for small police stations in that country. The building is located at The Grove near the south side of the park. Visitors can meet officers and discuss issues and concerns. The officers will also provide an extra level of security.
“There will be two officers inside the koban, supplemented by officers on a foot beat at the The Grove and the Original Farmers Market,” said LAPD assistant chief Beatrice Girmala. “Public places where people love to congregate need to be places of safety and sanctuary. It’s key the community is standing shoulder to shoulder with the people who protect and serve.”
The koban was created through a partnership between the LAPD and Caruso Affiliated, which operates The Grove.
“The real importance and beauty of policing is having a relationship with the community on a regular basis allowing people to understand what [the police] do,” said Rick Caruso, founder and CEO of Caruso Affiliated. “This is a place where people can come and meet with the officers.”
The koban will provide information about the department and ways the community can get more involved in protecting public safety. Councilman David Ryu, 4th District, said the new koban is the second in Los Angeles; the first is in Little Tokyo.
“It’s a small community police station where the community can come together,” Ryu said. “It’s provides an opportunity for people to come and meet the men and women who protect the community every day. I hope it will usher in a new era of community policing.”
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