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LAPD Chief Warns About Layoffs

November 09, 2012  | 

Photo: Paul Clinton
Photo: Paul Clinton

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday warned that police officers will be in danger of layoffs unless the city proceeds with a half-cent sales tax hike planned for the March 5 ballot.

Speaking to The Times' editorial board, Beck complained that he is already unable to hire 911 operators, custody officers and mechanics to repair squad cars. And he warned that the LAPD would probably lose 500 officers without the more than $200 million expected from a sales tax increase.

Beck said 300 would be reduced by halting hiring and another 200 could disappear as a result of layoffs. “That’s 500 cops. And that is a huge impact," said Beck, appearing with City Council President Herb Wesson, who proposed the tax hike last week.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.

Comments (7)

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Rick @ 11/12/2012 4:01 PM

Imagine if they deported all the illegals in Los Angeles instead of catering to them and making it a safe haven! There would be less people to wear down the infrastructure and less calls for service from police/fire. That would equal quite a cost savings. Angelinos elected their illegal immigrant defending mayor and now are going to pay the price with higher crime.

Rushdi Cader @ 11/12/2012 5:11 PM

LA is rife with drug trafficking, violent crime, and gang violence. No one likes to pay more taxes, but when faced with the alternatives keeping LAPD officers on the streets is worth every 1/2 penny!

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/12/2012 5:42 PM

As far as illegal aliens being to blame for everything bad that's happened I remember someone else about 80 years ago doing the exact same thing. It's misdirection at it's finest. Find a class of people easy to demonize and tell everybody that these people are to blame for their lot in life. It's BS!

Jeff @ 11/12/2012 6:52 PM

I agree with the comment about sending illegals back to wherever they came from . It's not only California but everywhere. To have the government allow over a million more illegals a free pass is such B.S.. Every states police budgets are affected. I guess that move got some votes just in time for the election .

S.S @ 11/13/2012 7:06 AM

That's gonna be a huge impact 500 police officers that are needed. There's plenty of blame to go around should this happen. It all starts at the top. I don't live in the area, but everything and everywhere its all growing. 500 officers and even then that's still not enough. Good Luck.

Bob @ VA @ 11/13/2012 12:30 PM

Yep, another democrat-run city runs out of other people's money. Get used to it.

NinaG @ 11/13/2012 1:56 PM

Oh please! If only the LAPD would curb its waste and fraud within the Dept, there would be no need for any tax increase. But as we saw with the Trash Tax, that money was never invested in the LAPD. and the waste and money-grabbing behaviors of all the lazy and overtime-whore officers still continues. Such a shame....

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