FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

Overtime Caps Hamper LAPD Homicide Investigations

April 12, 2010  | 

Budgetary conditions that led to the LAPD refusing to pay officers overtime wages except in rare circumstances is striking at the core of the department's homicide unit, as detectives are being benched while cases remain unsolved, the Los Angeles Times reports.

An excerpt from the report explains how it works:

Before the city's fiscal crisis, an agreement between the department and police union called for officers to build up a bank of about 100 hours of overtime and then be paid cash for hours worked beyond that. Late last year, the department renegotiated the agreement and now officers are not paid until they have accrued 400 hours of extra work. To make sure no officer reaches that trigger point, the department's new policy forbids them from banking more than 250 hours.

As a result of the pay limit, the number of open cases has risen in several bureaus including Southeast and detectives are being pulled off cold-case investigations.

Chief Charlie Beck eliminated overtime pay in February, as the department implemented budget cuts by moving officers on specialized units to patrol duties.

Read the full report.

Tags: Homicide Investigations, LAPD, Overtime Pay, Budget Cuts


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Video: 2 Oklahoma Officers Shot, Suspect Dead
Two law enforcement officers were shot and the alleged shooter was killed Thursday when...
Study: Heroin Use Higher Than a Decade Ago
Far more people in the USA use heroin than a decade ago, a study from the federal...
Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Attorney General
Loretta Lynch was confirmed Thursday as the first African American woman to serve as...
Michael Brown's Family Files Wrongful-Death Lawsuit
The parents of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police...
Protests Continue in Baltimore Over In-Custody Death, Union Chief Compares Crowd to "Lynch Mob"
A sixth day of protests over the death of Freddie Gray while in custody of the Baltimore...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine