The murder rate in Los Angeles is alleged to be up 25% and the LAPD responds by reducing the size of its Homicide Division.
Months after the news broke that the LAPD was to get their budget cut by up to $150 million, we’re now able to get a better idea of what the cut in funding is going to affect more specifically within the department.
Reportedly several units – including robbery and homicide – are going to be among sects impacted within the LAPD.
The Los Angeles Police Department is set to stop responding to traffic collisions and downsize its robbery and homicide division as part of a series of moves aimed to address new budgetary challenges https://t.co/Dr5wq9LrFU
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) November 7, 2020
Back in June of this year, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on the controversial decision reached by the Los Angeles City Council that aimed at cutting the LAPD budget by up to $150 million.
The move was of course carried out in an effort to appease the protestors clamoring about defunding the police.
So, while little can be done to rectify the act of somewhat defunding the LAPD, there were looming questions about what this defunding would actually look like.
Reports indicate that the LAPD will be engaging in a “broad reorganization aimed at preserving patrol and community engagement functions.” One aspect in this reorganizing is that officers will no longer be responding to minor traffic collisions.
In the event that someone is the victim of a misdemeanor hit-and-run, victims will be encouraged to instead file a police report online.
Also, station desks will no longer be staffed on the weekends and the Metropolitan Division, air support, robbery, homicide, gang and narcotics units are going to have some sort of cuts.
BLM takeover complete here.
Murder rate is up 25% in LA, so naturally @LAPD is defunding itself.
After all, the best way to stop murder is to stop arresting murderers!https://t.co/LANJXQZdwi
— Peachy Keenan Does Not Concede ⚔️ 🇱🇷 (@KeenanPeachy) November 8, 2020
The LAPD are also expected to cut 350 sworn officers from the force by April of 2022, which those positions cut aren’t going to stem from people being fired outright.
Instead, the LAPD will simply close out a position once someone leaves the force ort retires – essentially just not rehiring for the void left when someone leaves the LAPD.
Generally speaking, it’s appears the reduction in force is trying to be accomplished in a manner that makes the best out of a bad situation.
Other initiatives stressed in the defunding endeavor is a greater focus on officers being on patrol more than anything – thus having the opportunity to maintain visibility within the communities officers serve.
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