By JENNIKA INGRAM | Reporter
Pacific Palisades welcomed additional law enforcement this summer: Officer Tyler Yi and his partner Adam Margin began duty in the Pacific Palisades area on June 15 and will continue until the end of August—or longer, if the position is extended.
“We are looking forward to the possibility of it being extended,” Yi shared with the Palisadian-Post.
Captain Jonathan Tom, LAPD West Division Commanding Officer, originally added the two additional officers for the Palisades beach patrol, but the officers have found themselves working all over the community.
Local officers Rusty Redican and Jimmy Soliman have already done a lot of the work over the past four years cleaning up the beach area, Yi explained.
“Their strong point right now is finding fire danger in these old abandoned campsites because in the Palisades, we are a ticking time bomb when it comes to fire,” Sharon Kilbride with the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness shared. “It’s important they do this for safety reasons.”
“They find a lot of butane canisters and lighter fluid in these canyons,” Kilbride continued. “The Palisades is a very dry bushy area, and it only takes one campfire and we’re in trouble. That’s why it’s very important for our beach patrol to assist.”
“During our time here, we have witnessed one mini fire, and that was on the bluffs on PCH and Will Rogers,” Yi said.
Yi and Margin have also been working up in the hills, looking out for small encampments and cleaning up the area.
“We have found several encampments,” Yi said. Members of the homeless population are usually not there, Yi shared, but if they are, the officers give them a warning and offer the services of the Pacific Palisades outreach program.
“Every time we do, we reach out to Sharon and their team,” Yi explained. “We see if they are interested in permanent housing, see if they have an ID.”
Yi explained they need an ID to get into housing.
Yi, originally from Hawaii, has lived in Los Angeles for almost two decades and Margin is an LA native. The partners have worked together for more than a year.
Before working in the Palisades, the officers were on duty in the Pacific Division and West Los Angeles over the past few years.
Yi and Margin have found the Palisades community welcoming.
“The community has been very supportive, [even] with all the negative things going on right now, and that’s something good to hear,” Yi shared. “They come up to us and say ‘hi’ and tell us they appreciate us.”
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