The City of West Hollywood is pleased to announce staffed kiosks throughout the city to support the recent expansion of its Block by Block program. Over the past few weeks, the City has launched three kiosks and recently added two more kiosks. Two additional locations are expected to be set up in the next 30 days, bringing the total number of kiosks across the city to seven. At the same time, the block-by-block program added personnel; there are now about 85 safety ambassadors.
The kiosks in the commercial district operate daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; the West Hollywood Park Bandstand is open daily from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and the Plummer Park Bandstand is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The purpose of the kiosks is to extend the city’s additional security services, as well as provide an additional level of hospitality to businesses, community members and visitors.
Kiosk locations are as follows in the commercial districts of the city:
(1) N. La Brea and Santa Monica Boulevard/The Gateway
(2) Melrose Avenue at Westmount Drive/Design District (in progress)
(3) Santa Monica Boulevard to N. Robertson Boulevard/Rainbow District
(4) Santa Monica Boulevard at Westmount Drive/Rainbow District
(5) Sunset Boulevard to Sunset Plaza Drive/Sunset Strip (in progress)
In the main public parks of the City, the locations of the kiosks are:
(6) West Hollywood Park
(7) Plummer Park
The City of West Hollywood’s deployment of staffed kiosks for its Block by Block Security Ambassadors program is focused on security as well as hospitality in West Hollywood, with a particular focus on supporting a more robust presence and accessible where people shop, walk and have fun. Booth Safety Ambassadors will be able to assist community members and visitors and, in the event of an emergency, can work in partnership with law enforcement personnel at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station. Safety Ambassadors will also work seamlessly to:
- Maintain uniformed foot and bicycle patrols in all areas of the city, including further expansion of the program into residential neighborhoods;
- Provide 24/7 in-person responses to non-violent service calls – support is always available by phone or text at (323) 821-8604;
- Perform security escorts for residents, businesses and visitors; and
- Offer helpful tips to community members and visitors on city information, directions, parking, and more.
Over the next several weeks, the City of West Hollywood will share additional information about the Block by Block Security Ambassadors program, including a new toll-free number and public location for the Security Ambassadors program. Community members are encouraged to get to know the city’s Block-by-Block Safety Ambassadors, who will be in attendance at the upcoming Kids Fair on Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. Boulevard San Vicente, as well as at other upcoming events.
About | Block-by-block Security Ambassador Program – The City of West Hollywood partners with Block by Block through its Security Ambassadors program, which has a direct positive impact on neighborhood safety and livability. First established as a city program in 2013, West Hollywood Block by Block Safety Ambassadors provide a highly visible uniformed presence at street level and leverage the effectiveness of law enforcement. local orders by working in conjunction with staff at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station. In addition to additional security services, Block by Block Security Ambassadors learn about West Hollywood neighborhoods and help provide an extra level of hospitality to businesses, residents and visitors and help address quality issues of life in the community. . Safety Ambassadors receive training on topics such as active shooters, cultural diversity and sensitivity, administering Narcan to deal with drug overdoses, mental health first aid, sexual harassment, emergencies/disasters, etc. The Block by Block Security Ambassador hotline provides access to free 24/7 support by phone or text at (323) 821-8604; a new toll-free number will be introduced in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit www.weho.org/bbb.
About | Sheriff, Fire, Code and Emergencies – The City of West Hollywood contracts with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement and the Los Angeles County Fire Department for fire protection. The city’s Neighborhood and Business Safety Division oversees enforcement of the code.
For more information, please visit www.weho.org/publicsafety. For anyone with public safety concerns, please contact the 24/7 Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850. In an emergency, always dial 911.
For more information, please contact City of West Hollywood Community Safety Director Danny Rivas at (323) 848-6424 or [email protected] For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.
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