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Sep 27, 2013 01:26 PM

Where do LAPD officers take their lunch break?

When you see on duty LAPD officers dining in a particular restaurant, there are three important reasons (other than good food):
1. The restaurant and neighborhood has a high crime volume and the owner has red flagged his business for frequent visits from LAPD.
2. On duty officers get their meals comped, as well they should.
3. It sends a warning message to criminals to keep out, while reassuring customers they can safely enjoy their meal..

I have seen uniformed LAPD at Langer's on Alvarado & 7th and Piper's Coffee Shop on Western Ave below Santa Monica Blvd.. Which restaurants have you observed routine police presence? .

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  1. The Police Academy (you can eat there too), Nick's, Palermo's, Eastside Deli, El Tepeyac, Tito's Tacos.

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    1. re: mc michael

      I know where the Police Academy is. Where is Palermo's and Eastside Deli?

      1. re: cujo

        Actually, the correct name is Eastside Market, 1013 Alpine St. Palermo's is at 1858 Vermont.

        1. re: mc michael

          An alternative to Eastside Market is Busy Bee Market in San Pedro.

          1. re: mc michael

            Second on Eastside market, safest place in LA at lunch time so long as you have no problem being in a room filled with holstered weapons.

        2. re: mc michael

          Yep El Tepeyac for sure...where I eat regularly.

          I would never consider this restaurant 'high crime' and every single one of the cops I've had the pleasure of sitting next to (they're pretty nice guys) have received checks which they pay and leave tips just like the rest of us.
          I've always felt comfortable, welcome and enjoy the food....with or without the LAPD present.

        3. Actually, many police departments have policies prohibiting the acceptance of gratuities, including meals. I know that LAPD had such a policy years ago. I can't imagine it's changed.

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          1. re: OCSteve

            In Los Angeles, on duty officers are comped at the discretion of the restaurant owner. It has been that way for at least 50 years.

            1. re: cujo

              Excerpt from LAPD's policy manual...

              "I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities."

              There's more here for your reading pleasure:


              1. re: OCSteve

                So how do you account for the presence of LAPD in some restaurants and not in others? Coincidence?
                BTW some years back I served a year long internship at LAPD and went on many "ride alongs". We always ate well and free.
                I am surprised that so many officers and restaurant owners are readily breaking the law. Please explain.

                  1. re: cujo

                    Uh, good food? Convenience?

                    I simply stated that the policy exists in many departments. Before you edited your post, it stated that that is not the case in LA. It took me about 30 seconds to find language that there is, in fact, such a policy.

                    I know many police officers personally, and I none of them (LA, OC, IE) are in the habit of accepting free meals.

                    You seem to have a close association with the department, and you spent a lot of time there. I'm surprised you wouldn't know they had a policy in place. With your intimate knowledge, certainly you would be better qualified than I to explain the reason for the policy breaches.

                    1. re: OCSteve

                      Yeah, LAPD has a great track record of following their policies.

                      1. re: ns1

                        I can't argue with you on that, it just hasn't been my personal experience.

                    2. re: cujo

                      cujo: if you were eating free, those officers were flagrantly violating policy repeatedly.
                      there's your explanation.
                      can't understand why you would be surprised about this.

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        Well, but some dry cleaners give officers a rate on cleaning their uniforms.

                      2. re: cujo

                        Cops can be Hounds too! Go where the food is good!

                        1. re: J.L.

                          whenever i ate with the police, it was the lowest-common-denominator non-houndish cops that usually held sway, not the houndish ones.
                          they would go to the places that were fastest, closest, and provided free or cheap food.
                          the issue of whether the food was actually GOOD rarely came up.

                          the last place i saw cops eating was FREEBIRDS in marina del rey. yes, they serve passable, inexpensive, quick, food that (important to me) has a known calorie count.
                          would i recommend freebirds to people on THIS board who have an entirely different set of criteria? probably not.

                          1. re: westsidegal

                            Who was that cop that used to post here? Chris somebody?

                            1. re: mc michael

                              Chris Cognac, aka The Hungry Detective.

                                1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                                  I forgot to mention this guy.

                                  Though I thought his nom de guer was the Culinary Detective.

                                  1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                                    And he introduced me to B and R burgers.

                                    Though his blog went the way of the dinosaur a few years back.

                                    1. re: kevin

                                      Too bad the name of that place wasn't B & E...(in this "case")

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        B and E ????

                                        I don't get what you are gettin at here.

                                2. re: westsidegal

                                  I think where a cop is stationed has a lot to do with their being satisfied with their eats, lets face it some areas are a wasteland for good food and it isn't only cops, just follow around city workers, cops, firemen, DWP, etc. to find the good places. You'll find many at places like Eastside Market Italian Deli that give good portions of great tasting food at reasonable prices.

                                  1. re: malibumike

                                    Folks, we've removed a bunch of posts from this thread that were debating whether cops (and CPAs) are generally good, bad or indifferent. It's an interesting question, but not a food question.

                                    1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                      It's an interesting question, but not a good question..LOL

                      3. Nearly any donut shop or 7-11.

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                        1. re: carter

                          Cops go to Starbucks or CB&TL now.

                          1. re: mc michael

                            There was a whole flock of them at Urth in the Arts District a couple of weeks ago, sittin the patio... sipping their iced teas... As someone who has a dear relative in the LAPD... they are normal folks...


                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                And I chased...
                                I chased all night and day.
                                I couldn't let them get away.

                                1. re: PeterCC

                                  Pete. That sounds like a parody of a song which one I can't tell at the moment.

                          2. re: carter

                            Back in the 70's I owned a 7-11 in Van Nuys. I had a problem one night and needed the police. The police dept was 2 blocks away on Van Nuys Blvd but, knowing that it sometimes takes them a while to respond, I wisely called the Foster's donut shop on the next block and asked if there were any cops in there, please tell them to come here now. 3 of them walked into the store just as I hung up,

                            1. Depends on the division. A lot of Pacific division (Culver Blvd. at Centinela) motor officers (and patrol officers as well) eat in the back area of Pepy's Galley on Venice Blvd. at Grandview in Mar Vista.

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                              1. re: Servorg

                                Yes, it seems like there's always a collection (sorry - flock) of motorcycle officers at Pepy's Galley.

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  I see alot of WLA officers at Poquito Mas at Westwood and Olympic, plus alot of LAFD too.