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High-Crime LAPD Gang Units Dismantled

February 02, 2011  | 

The Los Angeles Police Department has dismantled gang units in several higher crime areas because officers have declined to complete financial disclosure forms now required by the department, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The disclosure policy is intended to help identify and deter corruption among the estimated 600 gang and narcotic officers who frequently handle cash, drugs and other contraband. Adopted nearly two years ago, the plan gave officers who were already assigned to the units until the end of March to abide by the new rules or be moved back to regular patrol assignments.

All but one of the roughly 80 gang officers in the Southeast, 77th, Northeast and Hollenbeck divisions - areas that are home to some of the city's most violent and active gangs - refused.

Requiring officers to disclose details of their personal finances was proposed as a Rampart-era reform measure.

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