A Formidable First Year: Annual Report for The Hollywood Partnership’s Community Dispatch Center

A Formidable First Year: Annual Report for The Hollywood Partnership’s Community Dispatch Center

H4WRD Blog

DATELINE: Hollywood, CA (February 27, 2024)

One year after its launch, The Hollywood Partnershp’s Community Dispatch Center (HPCDC) has released its impressive first Annual Report.

Hollywood 4WRD was on hand for HPCDC’s grand opening in January of 2023, and has been proud to serve as one of the early community partners of The Hollywood Partnership (THP) in bringing this innovative new resource to Hollywood. 

Reading over the recently released report, Hollywood 4WRD’s Executive Director, Brittney Weissman sees strong similarities between H4WRD and HPCDC as community connectors.

“Just as H4WRD serves as a hub for the coalition of interests committed to addressing homelessness in Hollywood,” Brittney explains. “The innovation of the Dispatch Center has allowed it to serve as a hub for the agencies keeping the streets of Hollywood safe, clean and welcoming to all.”

Kathleen Rawson, THP’s President and CEO, couldn’t agree more.

“Our goal was to create a centralized dispatch center that operates 24/7, providing non-emergency services for all Hollywood stakeholders, while uniting the various organizations and individuals committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the community so that we can better address our most challenging issues.”

The first two sections of HPCDC’s Annual Report describe its focus and areas of coverage, along with its key partnerships:

The Hollywood Partnership Community Dispatch Center is located at 6562 Hollywood Boulevard, and is accessible 24 hours a day. The facility serves as the headquarters for the Hollywood Partnership Ambassador Program, comprising three teams of ambassadors, each with a specific focus on cleaning, safety, and hospitality.

The teams work proactively to monitor the district at all hours, ensuring that non-emergency safety issues are promptly addressed. Each of the teams cover 4 distinct “Beats” in Hollywood, as shown in the image below.

HPCDC operates as a collaborative hub for The Hollywood Partnership's Service Coordination and Public Safety Networks in conjunction with The City of Los Angeles, Council District 13, Los Angeles County, LAPD, and Hollywood 4WRD. (Our recently released Homelessness Help Sheet features the Dispatch Center prominently on this one page compendium of resources in Hollywood.) These organizations have partnered together to address homelessness, drug addiction, and mental health issues in greater Hollywood by proactively linking individuals who are unhoused or unwell on the streets with the necessary services.

The partnership between H4WRD and THP (whose CEO Kathleen Rawson has served for the last two years on H4WRD’s Board of Directors) has grown even stronger with the recent addition of Brittney Weissman to THP’s Board.

The rest of HPCDC’s Annual Report presents a deep dive on the far-ranging impact the Dispatch Center has made on the Hollywood community. As Kathleen proudly shares, this impact has resonated with a wide range of community stakeholders.

“Our efforts have been recognized by esteemed individuals such as Mayor Karen Bass, LAPD Chief Michel Moore, State Senators Maria Elena Durazo and Ben Allen, LA County Supervisor Lindsey Horvath, and Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martińez.”

Amongst some of the more impressive highlights from HPCDC’s first year of existence:

  • Total interactions with the community: 289,727
  • Area Cleanups: 6,814
  • Welfare Checks: 4,501
  • Incidents of Disturbance: 1,139

As impressive as Year One has been for the Dispatch Center, Kathleen promises that more innovations are in store for Year Two.

“Moving forward, we are excited to launch SafeCity Connect Hollywood in 2024, which will use cutting-edge video technology to establish a camera network and enhance public safety in our neighborhood.”

To learn more about how HPCDC has served the community, we encourage you to download the full report.

We look 4WRD to continuing to support HPCDC as it continues to expand and evolve, and are excited the Hollywood community will have this important resource to lean on for many years to come.

For additional questions about HPCDC, please email info@hollywoodpartnership.com

(Please note: this blog reinforces H4WRD’s pillars of Education, Service Coordination, and Innovation. For more on our four pillars, please visit the About Us page of our website.)