Overview
The Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section (known as “ACTS”) was originally established in 1918 and was known as the “Arson Squad."  All Investigators are Peace Officers under 830.37 of the California Penal Code. Arson Investigators are not POST certified but attend POST certified classes and train with the LAPD.
 
Organization 
The Arson Section is currently comprised of one Battalion Chief, one Captain II, one  Captain I, 18 uniformed investigators, 2 Joint Terrorism Task Force investigators, 1 K-9 Handler and 3 civilian members. Twelve of the Investigators are assigned to a 24 hour shift on a 3-platoon rotation. Supervisors and 6 investigators are assigned a 4-10 schedule. The Section investigates the following types of incidents:
  • Serious burns
  • Fire fatalities
  • Large dollar loss
  • High profile incidents
  • Suspects on scene or in custody
  • Eyewitness to arson
  • Fires involving church properties
  • Serious burns that may lead to death
The Los Angeles Fire Department covers approximately 469 square miles. On average there are 9,000 fires in the City per year. This annual ACTS statistic include: 
 
Approximately:   
  • 1,500 - Incendiary Fires
  • 5,000 - Accidental Fires
  • 3,000 - Undetermined Fires
  • 100 - Arson Arrests
  • 20 - Fatality Fires
  • 800 - CPRA Requests
  • 5,000 - Fire Reports
  • 4,800 - Subpoenas 
 
Contact Information
1700 Stadium Way, Room 109
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 893-9800 Option 5
 
Monday-Thursday
7:30am-3:30pm
(Closed from 12:00pm-1:00pm)
Friday
7:30-12:00pm
 
Important Things to Keep in Mind When Looking for Arson Records
  • Subpoenas for LAFD Records (with the exception of EMS records)
    • Personal appearances, LAFD members. FEE: $275.00
    • All other subpoenas (except EMS). FEE: $15.00 deposit
  • Incident reports (except EMS related incidents) $5.50
  • In Person (business hours)
  • Need date and location of incident
  • By Mail 
  • Need date, location, contact information, stamped self-addressed envelope
  • Investigation Reports (case must be closed and will require release from Arson Investigator)
  • In Person (business hours and only if case is available)
  • Need date and location of incident
  • By Mail 
  • Need date, location, contact information, stamped self-addressed envelope
  • All other LAFD record requests can be made in person or at lafdarson@lacity.org
  • Media request must be made to the CLO’s Office by emailing lafdrequest@lacity.org

 

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