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Most LAPD Officers Don't Live in Los Angeles

June 09, 2014  | 

More than two-thirds of people who work for the city of Los Angeles live somewhere else, a Los Angeles Times analysis suggests. Out-of-towners are especially common among those charged with keeping Angelenos safe from crime and fire. Only 21% of Police Department employees live in Los Angeles, and 16% of Fire Department workers call the city home, according to the analysis of city data showing where workers receive their paychecks, reports the L.A. Times.

Experts say the high numbers point to forces that continue to push people out of the city, including pricey housing and poor impressions of the public schools. Workers who make more money are much more likely to live in Los Angeles than those with lower incomes, the analysis shows. Nearly 48% of the highest-paid employees live in the city, compared with 20% of the lowest-paid.

"It sends a bad message that our own public safety officers don't want to live in our city," said Fernando Guerra, director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. "People are only going to invest in Los Angeles if they feel that it's safe. It should start with police officers," Guerra added. "If they're not willing to invest, why should they be on the force?"


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LEONARD MCCARTHY @ 6/9/2014 5:47 PM

As a retired 32+ year law enforcement veteran I have heard this rhetoric before. Two issues are what difference does it matter if a public safety member lives outside of the jurisdiction they work 1) Because they can find more affordable housing 2) There are not enough qualified persons that live within the particular area.

Also, why is a "professor" even being quoted about something he cannot change and does not make him an authority on the subject.

Jack Betz @ 6/9/2014 7:28 PM

Low income neighborhoods that have the most calls for the police do not have alot of police living in them. The police are just, when ou get down to it, the clean up crew. If you want your city or whatever clean and safe, you don't go to the goverment or anyone else to do it, you take care of it yourself.

Greg @ 6/10/2014 4:06 AM

Maybe someone should remind professor Guerra his people are the main cause for LA being a cesspool. What a typical idiot.

Garbage men don't have to live at the dump. Who would know better where they don't want to live than "public safety officers"?

Ed @ 6/10/2014 6:48 AM

I work in a busy city with plenty to keep me as a cop engaged. I live in a smaller town a half hour away that has lower property taxes, much less crime, and much better public schools.

westcoastleo @ 6/10/2014 2:31 PM

Guerra added. "If they're not willing to invest, why should they be on the force?"
Really Mr. Guerra? Who gives you the right to fire someone or not hire someone who lives in the city? Maybe they know how the department works and would rather live in a different venue. Maybe they don't wanna live in the same area or district that they work in for safety reasons. And true to you Greg I agree with you ...

Cliff Shepard @ 6/10/2014 6:21 PM

I lived in the City of Los Angeles in 1975, when I was hired by the City. I looked for housing that I could afford. There was a recession going on, and homes were difficult to find, especially one that I could qualify for. I had finished my military service about 6 months earlier, so had the ability to use VA. The only home we could find in our price range was 30 miles away from the Civic Center. We were able to get that home. I worked for the police department for 37 years. I cared about LAPD's reputation, my reputation and the quality of the work I performed. I found that to be true for a majority of the officers. This issue has been brought up since before I joined. Ed Davis, the Chief of Police in the 70's, wanted the ability to hire the best qualified people for the job. A proposition was put to the citizens of Los Angeles back then, to allow people who lived outside of the City limits, to be hired. The citizens passed it, agreeing with Davis. So, Mr Guerra, were do you reside ?

Ima Leprechaun @ 6/16/2014 7:28 PM

The City I worked in was a very wealthy bedroom community. The residents paid more in property taxes per month than I made in five years of full time employment. There was no way I could afford to live in my City. Thankfully we were allowed to live within a 20 mile radius of City Hall. Under State Law however our Chief was required to live within the City's boundary.

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