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  • L.A. City Council OKs LAPD hiring freeze

    March 23, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    Against the wishes of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the City Council on Wednesday voted in favor of a three-month hiring freeze at the Los Angeles Police Department to help ease the city's budget shortfall.

    The move would save nearly $4 million over the next two years, city budget officials said, and would reduce the number of sworn officers to about 9,890 by July 1.

    That number is lower than Villaraigosa’s campaign pledge to maintain a force of 10,000 cops. It also falls short of the minimum of 9,963 officers that Chief Charlie Beck has said was necessary to avoid compromising public safety.

    The freeze was one of several council actions Wednesday to reduce the budget gap for this fiscal year from $46.8 million to about $4.1 million. On the recommendation of City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, the council also voted to sweep into the city's reserve fund about $41 million in unspent money from various city agencies.
    The hiring freeze has been a point of contention in City Hall since Santana recomended it last week. Villaraigosa's Deputy Chief of Staff Matt Szabo denounced the proposal as making "no financial or operational sense."

    A spokeswoman for the mayor said Villaraigosa did not plan to veto the council’s decision.

    Defending the freeze Wednesday, Councilman Tony Cardenas said it was only fair. Until now, the Police Department has been mostly shielded from cuts inflicted on other city departments in recent years, including the Department of Recreation and Parks and the city attorney’s office.

    "I think we’ve been very, very light on the Police Department," Cardenas said. "It’s not the Police Department of Los Angeles that gets to decide how many officers they have. It’s the City Council of Los Angeles that gets to decide."

    The freeze was backed by the police union, whose president said Tuesday that the city shouldn’t hire officers it can’t afford to pay.

    "You’ve got to take care of the people you have here," said Police Protective League President Paul Weber. "They’re talking about hiring police officers and then furloughing them. It doesn’t make any sense. "

    The freeze would save the city $725,000 for the fiscal year that ends June 30 and about $3.6 million the next year, Santana said. It was designed in part around a voter-approved reduction in pension benefits to police that goes into effect July 1.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lano...laraigosa.html
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  • #2
    Unfortunate we are in this position, but with out a doubt is a good decision.

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    • #3
      I think LAPD should forget about the mayor's promise and hire more civilians so that police officers don't have to do non-police jobs. It would be cheaper, and the officers, as well as the civilians who get hired, would be happier.
      Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
      Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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      • #4
        I wonder if this applies to those in the process for airport police officer too or just lapd?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by fedkid View Post
          I wonder if this applies to those in the process for airport police officer too or just lapd?
          Different dept with it's own budget. However, LAX PD uses LAPD's academy exclusively so until LAPD has academy classes again they can't hire.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SoCalguy09 View Post
            Different dept with it's own budget. However, LAX PD uses LAPD's academy exclusively so until LAPD has academy classes again they can't hire.
            LAPD basically "controls" the processing of candidates(LAPD,LAXPD,PORTPD,GSDPD) , so if they can't push any LAPD candidates, they'll probably just finish up only a few of the outstanding candidates for LAX that are already in the cue. LAXPD, will probably wait to process more applicants, and if there isn't some movement on funding for LAPd personnel( which ,with the budget coming up in July), LAXPD and PORT PD will probably have to make arrangements to send folks to LASD( "if" they even have a class) or simply WAIT until LAPD is back in action....
            "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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            • #7
              Removed...
              Last edited by Code_Seven; 03-24-2011, 03:56 PM.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by DAL View Post
                I think LAPD should forget about the mayor's promise and hire more civilians so that police officers don't have to do non-police jobs. It would be cheaper, and the officers, as well as the civilians who get hired, would be happier.
                makes sens, but probably won't happen.The fonrt station desks don't need to manned by uniformed personnel, but I doubt if civilians or volunteers wuld be used.Unless were talking a light duty officer, you are right in pointing out that its a waste of man power( most stations have a number of uniformed personnel avail. if needed by the front desk anyway)

                L.A. city already has exempt classes for part time ,non-sworn personnel ( could hire even under the clerk typist position- exempt, and train them to do the reports and civie staff needs).Now would be a good time to push for more active reserves too- not everyone is hurting financially, and there are plenty of people with still decent jobs, who'd volunteer to work LAPD, just to live out their "dream".
                "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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