The LAPD’s Central Division headquarters in Skid Row was recently the focus of reports about unsanitary and unsafe working conditions. In response to the situation, the department has acquired a germ-zapping robot and installed other safety measures.
Late last month, Chief Michel Moore, along with Central Division Commanding Officer Capt. Timothy Harrelson, revealed the robot, called LightStrike; it resembles a trashcan on wheels and costs approximately $110,000.
The robot uses ultraviolent rays to disinfect areas around the 42-year-old station at 251 E. Sixth St. The department also purchased a device called HealthySoles that uses similar rays to disinfect shoes, a response to the unsanitary conditions on the street and in tent encampments around the Skid Row station.
The additions came in the wake of a report by the California Department of Industrial Relations that cited unsanitary conditions at the facility, including improper extermination services and a failure to provide an effective illness prevention-training program.
The LAPD is the first institution to utilize the robot.
©Los Angeles Downtown News 2019