Nickerson Gardens Kicks-Off the Safety Partnership Program with a Community Fair


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Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) celebrated the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on Saturday, October 29th, with a Community Safety Fair at the Nickerson Gardens public housing development. The MOA has allowed for the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Program, which has made it possible for the placement of full-time police officers at select HACLA housing sites. The CSP Program was initiated to increase and enhance the safety, security, and welfare of HACLA residents, through the presence and relationships of LAPD police officers deployed to the site.


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The Community Safety Fair was attended by Congresswoman Laura Richardson, HACLA Interim President and CEO Ken Simmons, HACLA Commissioners Dennis Hernandez and Lucelia Hooper, LAPD officers, HACLA staff and Nickerson Gardens residents. The resource fair included volunteers from the Los Angeles Fire Department, educating families in earthquake preparedness, and a variety of safety vendors such as the Department of Children and Family Services, handing out free sneakers, and the Community Development

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To wrap up the celebration, Nickerson Gardens residents teamed up to play against Nickerson Gardens’ new LAPD officers in friendly game of softball. Congresswoman Laura Richardson threw the first ball, to start the game.

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Similar CSP Resource Fairs will be held in coming weeks at other participating sites.

Photos: Ken Simmons, HACLA Interim President and CEO welcomes the community to the fair; kids talking with LAFD, Congresswoman Laura Richardson throws the first ball to kick start the softball game, kids playing basketball with LAPD officers, LAPD officer playing softball with a kid, Commissioner Lucelia Hooper pulling out the winning tickets for the raffles, with the help of Joel Lopez, Resident Services Manager.

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