Photos: LAPD Rampart Special Problems Unit Finds Gun in Car

The unit patrols Silver Lake's Maltman Hills Sunday night and makes a stop leading to the arrest.


A man was arrested in Silver Lake Sunday night after police officers discovered a gun in his glove compartment.

Officers from the Special Problems Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department's Rampart Division made the arrest in the course of a routine traffic stop stop just after 6 p.m.

Sgt. Joel Miller of the unit first noticed the car when it turned right on to Silver Lake Boulevard from Vendome Street.

Miller said when he stopped the car at Silver Lake Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue, the driver could not produce a license.

He called for back up and the officers searched the car, finding a gun.

You can see a photo of that above.

The Special Problems Unit roams the Rampart Division, hitting trouble spots identified through crime maps.

According to Sgt. Joe Miller who heads the unit, they have been spending some time in the northwest section of the division, where car thefts and break-ins are still a problem.

The Special Problems Unit is currently testing a late model Dodge Charger, which you can also see in the above photos.

Miller says it is the only such vehicle in the LAPD.


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