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LAPD Gains Officers In Mayor's Budget Cut Plan

April 23, 2012  | 

The Los Angeles Police Department would see a modest gain in sworn officers under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's city budget that would also slash civilian personnel at the department.

The gain in officers would be achieved by eliminating the Los Angeles General Services Police Department and merging that agency's qualified officers with the LAPD. Villaraigosa's 2012-13 budget, which is designed to close a $238 million deficit, would also eliminate 159 civilian LAPD positions such as typists, secretaries, and other administrative staff.

"The citizens of Los Angeles have mandated that public safety is the highest priority," Lt. Andy Neiman told POLICE Magazine. "If you lay off police officers, you impact public safety. If you lay off civilians, you impact services ... We should be able to maintain the level of service in the field."

Qualified members of the agency's 113 police officers and 300 security officers could join the LAPD as sworn personnel. The department estimates that 40-45 of those officers would be qualified. Others could complete modified courses for eligibility, said Lt. Neiman.

The LAPD would then assume the agency's duties. The LAGSPD provides security police and security guard services for 400 parks, 72 libraries, and 900 municipal buildings.

"The whole concept is to make the city more efficient in terms of policing," Lt. Neiman said. "Instead of having four agencies, now we're down to three."

In Los Angeles, separate law enforcement agencies also patrol the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles International Airport. Earlier budgets have proposed merging these agencies with the LAPD.

Police officers hired by the LAGSPD get the same training as LAPD patrol officers, because they must complete 28 weeks of training on firearms, driving, physical agility, and legal principles.

Read Mayor Villaraigosa's budget press release here.

By Paul Clinton

Comments (4)

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TimFromLA @ 4/23/2012 8:31 PM

Now, how many coppers here disagree with increasing taxes on the wealthy and corporations and not cut LEO services?

Suggs @ 4/24/2012 3:19 AM

Why should we raise taxes on people who are successful? There are poor people out there who think YOU are wealthy and want to raise your taxes. . .

This story is only partially factual. The LA mayor made a political promise of getting 10,000 LAPD officers. Since he can't get get the money needed to hire the 100 needed to make that mark, he wants to disband General Services Police and put them into LAPD.

The security officers mentioned would NOT become sworn officers. They would continue their security function in City facilities. The General Services Police Officers may or may not automatically be transferred - background checks and other hurdles have to be ironed out. They are also on a separate retirement system. Big issue is you've got 10 or more years on a department and have to start over. . .

Lastly, there are 4 police agencies in L.A. City for a reason. LAPD does a poor job of specialized policing. Which is why they lost the MTA contract years ago. General Services Police patrols the parks because crime was rampant years ago and PD wasn't handling it.

This has nothing to do with efficiency or cost savings. Its about a political promise. . .

Gary from LA @ 4/25/2012 10:52 AM

As reported by "Suggs", this is all political. Moving officers from one department to another does not increase the number of officers. The LAPD only does general policing. They do a poor job of specialized policing. LAPD officers are not going to walk thru a library or municipal building. They are not going to get out of their car and walk thru a park. They will do a drive-by at most. They lost the MTA contract because they got bored and went looking for problems other than buses, although the LASD does not do much better. LAPD cannot give specialized policing to LAX either. Although LAX Police have had problems, they will always do a better job at LAX. LAX supervisors need to keep their officers within LAX jurisdiction and not wander away looking for other problems.

impoundguy @ 4/25/2012 7:42 PM

The Mayor would throw his mothers off a cliff if it allowed him to go out of office with at least 1 promise he made actually happen...even though he is throwing others under the bus to make that happen.

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