In the four years that Marya Kendall has lived in Silver Lake, she cannot recall a time hearing as many helicopters hovering over her Sunset Junction home as she has in recent months. On Monday night, for example, another resident reported that a police helicopter swooped in over the same area where Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards meet. Said Kendell via email:
We live at Sunset Junction, and I swear there has been a rash of helicopters in the area over the past few months … usually around 5 – 7 pm, but in the past few weeks up to 10 pm. It’s getting rather intense. Especially as we have a 7 month old.
But an LAPD officer reports there has been no unusual or heightened criminal activity that could explain an increase in helicopter activity – at least police helicopters.
Senior Lead Officer Al Polenoki said it can sometimes be difficult to find out what prompted a police helicopter to hover or fly over a specific location, especially if it is a routine police radio call that does not result in any police action. In addition, there are private helicopters, including those traveling to and from nearby Childrens’ Hospital, that regularly fly over the area. Said Polehonki:
In some cases, air units use Sunset as a reference as they travel across the division and could be from other agency`s or privately owned. If they come in and circle, their is a good chance that its one of ours. They could be responding to higher priority radio calls, officers conducting vehicle followings or traffic stops, or checking into some type of suspicious activity that they have observed.
After reviewing two months worth of crimes in the area, the only incidents that stood out were a burglary investigation at King Middle School on April 16 and a robbery arrest Tuesday night at Sunset and Vermont Avenue, Polehonki said.