LAPD officially defunded by $150 million, will stop responding…
LOS ANGELES, CA – Months after the news broke that the LAPD was to get their budget cut by up to $150 million, we’re now able to get a better idea of what the cut in funding is going to affect more specifically within the department.
Reportedly several units – including robbery and homicide – are going to be among sects impacted within the LAPD.
Back in June of this year, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on the controversial decision reached by the Los Angeles City Council that aimed at cutting the LAPD budget by up to $150 million.
The move was of course carried out in an effort to appease the protestors clamoring about defunding the police.
re looming questions about what this defunding would actually look like.
Reports indicate that the LAPD will be engaging in a “broad reorganization aimed at preserving patrol and community engagement functions.” One aspect in this reorganizing is that officers will no longer be responding to minor traffic collisions.
In the event that someone is the victim of a misdemeanor hit-and-run, victims will be encouraged to instead file a police report online.
Also, station desks will no longer be staffed on the weekends and the Metropolitan Division, air support, robbery, homicide, gang and narcotics units are going to have some sort of cuts.
The LAPD are also expected to cut 350 sworn officers from the force by April of 2022, which those positions cut aren’t going to stem from people being fired outright.
Instead, the LAPD will simply close out a position once someone leaves the force ort retires – essentially just not rehiring for the void left when someone leaves the LAPD.
Generally speaking, it’s appears the reduction in force is trying to be accomplished in a manner that makes the best out of a bad situation.
Other initiatives stressed in the defunding endeavor is a greater focus on officers being on patrol more than anything – thus having the opportunity to maintain visibility within the communities officers serve.
But what’s most concerning with this defunding to the LAPD is skyrocketing crime within the area.