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CHIEF PARKS TO EXPLAIN RESHUFFLING AT SUMMIT.

Byline: Patrick McGreevy Daily News Staff Writer

When 1,000 citizen activists and police officers gather Saturday for the LAPD's annual summit on community policing, Chief Bernard C. Parks expects to face questions about his much-criticized reorganization of the program.

San Fernando Valley-based Neighborhood Watch leaders have begun circulating petitions - signed by 1,000 residents so far - asking Parks to abandon his plan to reassign senior lead officers, who serve full time as liaisons with the public, to work patrol beats.

Under Parks' plan, the 190 senior lead officers will perform regular patrol jobs in addition to a community policing role.

North Hollywood Neighborhood Watch activist Page Miller believes the reassignment will impair community policing.``This is a serious issue,'' Miller said. ``Those of us involved in Neighborhood Watch don't want to have the rug pulled out from under us.''

Parks said the summit will give him a chance to explain his position to the Neighborhood Watch activists as well as to members of the city's Community Police Advisory Boards who act as citizen advisers for each of the 18 police stations.

Parks said the changes, which should take effect this summer, will improve rather than impede the Los Angeles Police Department's community policing efforts.

``We think it's interesting that the more people discuss it, the more they understand it, they see they are not losing anything and they are less apprehensive about it,'' Parks said.

But some members of the CPABs have joined Miller in complaining about the move.

``I'd like the chief to explain to me and comfort me that nothing's going to change, that we will still be able to work with the department,'' said Ellie Vargas, co-chairwoman of the West Valley CPAB.

Vargas said she and others in the community have come to rely on senior lead officers to get problems solved, and they are concerned that the change will hurt community-police relations.``I think it's going to discourage community participation, if people call and they don't get a response,'' Vargas said.

Parks has scheduled a session at the summit in hopes of addressing the questions that still remain.

Under the new organization, the sergeants that will supervise patrol officers and senior lead officers will also be available to take input from the public.

The invitation-only summit participants will also hear speeches by Mayor Richard Riordan and former Police Commissioner Ray Fisher, now the No. 3 official in the U.S. Justice Department.

Attorney General Janet Reno is scheduled to address the summit on videotape.
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