first_img Ricardo Garcia, an official with the American Civil Liberties Union who sought many of those changes, said he is pleased with the direction of the plan, but hopes there will be additional oversight with the new pursuit policy. “I would hope the training is very extensive,” he said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Now police from other city agencies would be able to pursue suspects in “dangerous felony situations,” said LAPD Cmdr. Mike Bostic. Other police agencies would then take over as soon as they could arrive, he added. The change addresses the concerns of the Los Angeles General Services Police Officers Association, said Donald A. Taylor, who heads the group of police within the Office of Public Safety. “We are quite pleased at the latest turn of events with our pursuit policy,” Taylor said. Taylor’s group has had all its concerns about the consolidation addressed with the exception of one regarding training, but that will be addressed soon, he said. The public safety consolidation plan, which still requires City Council approval, has also undergone changes to provide more civilian oversight. City security officers will be allowed to pursue fleeing suspects in certain situations under a plan approved by the Police Commission on Tuesday that paves the way for the consolidation of public safety personnel. The deal to expand pursuits appears to clear one of the last remaining obstacles to bringing officers from city libraries, parks, the Convention Center, the L.A. Zoo, Olvera Street and other areas under a single Office of Public Safety. While city officials have touted the plan as a way to streamline public safety functions and improve communication, some non-Los Angeles Police Department security employees have been seeking greater powers within the new department. One of the main sticking points was a provision that would have kept Office of Public Safety personnel from engaging in vehicle pursuits. last_img read more