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LAPD Officer Deon Joseph connects with Skid Row community

On the rough streets of downtown’s skid row, LAPD Officer Deon Joseph is an imposing figure at 5 feet 10 and 265 pounds. But as the department’s liaison with the area’s homeless, he’s here to serve and protect.  He teaches a self-defense class for women, helps place people in transitional housing and runs a mentoring program for youths.

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  1. March 26, 2011, 8:54 am

    That was a great story right there plus me knowing this cat from when we were in junior high school. Its great to see somebody that you know personally doing so much good for the city. Congrats to you Brotha Joseph and keep up the good work!

  2. March 26, 2011, 9:40 am

    Thank you Officer Joseph. Thank you LAPD. God bless Skid Row.

    By: coco cook
  3. March 26, 2011, 5:17 pm

    This is a fantastic photo essay. It's great to see a public servant serve with such distinction. There's a new spirit today on Skid Row. Residents are treated like the citizens they are, entitled to their fair share of public services. It is so unlike what existed two decades ago where life was vile, violent, brutish and short and the people were treated like trash.

    By: ScottHanlon
  4. March 26, 2011, 9:20 pm

    Great work, Deon.

  5. March 27, 2011, 11:54 am

    I'm all over supporting this guy. Who'da thunk God's ambassador would look like him? Thank you for what you do! I pray God's protection over you while you do what you do.

    By: dux
  6. March 28, 2011, 11:03 am

    as part of a class i taught on homelessness, i brought a class of college students to central division a few years ago. officer joseph was informative, persuasive and, most of all, professional. it was (and remains) a most rewarding [to say nothing of eye-opening] experience. we remain grateful — and better educated as a direct result of his interaction and experience.

    bob bowen, m.a. (aula)

  7. March 29, 2011, 3:38 am

    America looks like a lovely place.

    By: ggg
  8. March 29, 2011, 3:40 am

    I always thought that 'skid row' was a joke in the movies. It actually exists?

  9. October 17, 2014, 9:03 am

    I heard a documentary on the radio about what Officer Deon Joseph does in Skid Row. It was truly an inspiration to me. It renewed my hope in our society. He really is an Angel here on earth.qqq

    By: Christy Cox
  10. June 3, 2015, 9:52 am

    Is Officer Joseph married because I have a roommate who works at the Orange County Rescue Mission that I would love to get these two faith based sweeties together!


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