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LAPD Struggles to Fill Ranks

December 05, 2013  | 

LAPD headquarters (Photo: Paul Clinton)
LAPD headquarters (Photo: Paul Clinton)

Less than a year after reaching its long-sought goal of 10,000 officers, the Los Angeles Police Department is now seeing a steady decline in its ranks as the city struggles to find enough qualified candidates, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Fewer people are applying to join the LAPD and, of those who do, a significantly higher number of them are being disqualified from consideration. Officials say budget cuts have slashed the advertising used to draw recruits while other departments are luring top talent with higher salaries than the LAPD offers.

Since the decline began several months ago, the LAPD is down more than 100 officers. The department needs to hire about 350 officers a year to make up for normal attrition, and officials say they could remain understaffed for years if the current trend holds.


Comments (6)

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Tim @ 12/5/2013 4:52 PM

The LAPD should reinstate the compressed hiring process they once offered.

Travis @ 12/5/2013 6:46 PM

@Tim, what's compressed hiring process mean??

Travis @ 12/5/2013 6:54 PM

I have a friend who's San Diego PD, good young cop, LAPD turned him down because of a little hiccup in the lie detector. News flash LAPD, lie detectors are inadequate, rediculous, inaccurate machines, there's really no reason to use them, or at least don't take them seriously. I know they are (or were) on a federal consent decree, but you can't be skiddish forever, just promote professionalism, not that hard.

Serpico @ 12/6/2013 6:03 PM

New York Mayor De Blasio, has a Zero Tolerance policy. Yet he spits in the face of Federal Immigration Laws. So Law Abiding Citizens are Third-Class people. But Illegal Aliens breaking laws are Saints.
The LAPD and other Departments could fill them up really easy. Just deputize good people who are "Untouchables" like Eliot Ness. Former Marines etc.
But that would stop Corruption and Cronyism. Put them on the US/Mex border and elsewhere. Instead we have people in power who mooch up to Criminals because they are corrupt themselves.

John @ 12/9/2013 4:59 PM

You aren't making sense. Dude... I hope your guns are locked up. You seem unbalanced.

Al @ 12/11/2013 6:51 PM

I seriously consider LAPD when I got out of the military in 1979 having been born and raised in Downey. I was told by a LAPD Police Recruiter, "Sorry. Don't waste your time. We're looking for minorities and women." I went to Las Vegas Metro PD instead.

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