The Los Angeles Police Department has declared a citywide tactical alert since the shooters are still at large.
When the LAPD issues a “tactical alert,” it does not always indicate a catastrophic event, but it is certainly important. A tactical alert, per an article in LA Weekly “means all-hands have to be on-deck — nobody’s going home early — because something serious is going down. It also means that lower priority calls — say, for example, a business dispute — are not responded to at all.”
According to a 2013, LAPD Facebook post, a tactical alert is “the preliminary stage of the Department Mobilization Plan.”
“A Tactical Alert is an announcement of the anticipated redistribution of on-duty officers to achieve personnel levels necessary for controlling an emergency,” it further explains.
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A modified tactical alert, however, “provides the Director of Emergency Operations, Incident Commander or Communications Division watch commander a method of holding over watches without the disruption of “routine” police duties.”
Gun violence is not uncommon in Los Angeles. Last week, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department answered a call in which at least four persons were shot.
California has some of the strictest firearms laws in the USA. A five-year Firearm Safety Certificate must be obtained for the sale, delivery, loan, or transfer of any handgun by paying a $25 fee, reporting applicant data to the state, and clearing a written test proctored by a DOJ Certified Instructor. Dealers are required to sell “California legal” firearms from the state’s Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale.