Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department and Caruso Affiliated are proud to announce the opening of the first fully staffed LAPD koban.
Today the LAPD furthered their commitment to enhance community based policing by opening the first fully staffed LAPD koban at the Grove. The koban, also known as a police box, originated in Japan in the 1870s. Kobans focus on creating a closer relationship between the communities they are based in and local law enforcement.
In determining the location for a koban, the LAPD sought a place which could accommodate the unique structure and allow officers to interact with a large volume of citizens of Los Angeles and visitors to our City. LAPD is fortunate to have always had a strong partnership with Caruso Affiliated and The Grove and appreciate the opportunity to establish the koban at The Park.
“For years I have supported community-based policing initiatives and am delighted the Los Angeles Police Department has chosen The Grove as its first-ever fully staffed location to create a permanent “koban” to interface with Angelenos. We have enjoyed a strong relationship and support from the LAPD for years and know that by having a strong police presence at The Grove crime in the greater area around our property has dropped by 40%. So not only is this good for us and the residents and businesses around The Grove, it is a great way to put a personal “face” on our city’s finest with a meaningful way to educate and interact with the public.” Rick J. Caruso, founder and chief executive officer of Caruso Affiliated.