Public Safety

Unlike my opponents, I have had the honor of protecting and servicing our council district as a peace officer.  I’ve proudly served with men and women who are exemplary individuals, courageously putting their lives on the line every day.  

Law enforcement is a career unlike any other, often based on split-second decisions.  Those who serve in it do it from a sense of personal mission.

However, recent events pose a landmark shift and pivotal moment in America for law enforcement.  

Through community-based policing, we can increase the safety of our neighborhoods with proactive approaches, while rebuilding trust.  Neighborhood watches, civic partnerships, and youth programs are a few methods to implement this principle.  

As a child, my first sports team was sponsored by a local police youth athletic league.  It offered mentorship and a profound sense that law enforcement officers are allies in my community.  

Increased training is needed, particularly in de-escalation tactics when contacting the mentally ill.  More mental health response teams, partnered with the appropriate law enforcement element, are required in all of our neighborhoods.

Paid for by Steve Johnson for City Council 2022
2658 Griffith Park Boulevard #291 Los Angeles, California 90039
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