Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said today that disciplinary proceedings have begun against five sworn department employees and one civilian employee for violating the city's vaccination mandate, which requires full vaccination by Dec. 18 and mandates testing at the employees' expense until then.

Moore said the employees were recommended for removal and will ``proceed to the civil service termination process,'' CNS/KFI reports.

Employees who are not yet vaccinated receive notices that they must sign, saying they will agree to either get vaccinated or file an exemption request, and submit to mandated testing in the meantime.

About 70% of the notices have been served, and the six LAPD employees currently in disciplinary proceedings refused to sign the agreement, Moore said.