Los Angeles Will Shrink the LAPD

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to cut hiring at the Police Department, pushing the number of sworn officers well below 10,000 and abandoning a budget priority once seen as untouchable by city leaders.

Faced with a grim budget outlook and deluged by demands for reductions in police spending, the council voted 12 to 2 to take the Los Angeles Police Department down to 9,757 officers by next summer — a level of staffing not seen in the city since 2008.

Overall, the council’s decision delivered a $150-million hit to the LAPD budget, much of it coming from funds earmarked for police overtime pay. Councilman Curren Price, who pushed for the cuts, said two-thirds of the savings would ultimately be funneled into services for Black, Latino and disenfranchised communities, such as hiring programs and summer youth jobs. …

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Comments

  1. I say let them abolish the police department and give it a month and see what happens. That should include the mayors security. I want to see the look on the mayor’s face when the gangs attack his home since he will no longer have any security and when he calls 911 and they tell him sorry we have no police available.

  2. Swollen heads shrink the LAPD?

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