LAPD really need a bigger budget for officers?
Old Shell Game of:
LAPD Needing a Larger Budgeted Amount for More Sworn Officer Positions
When LAPD talks
about the crime wave that is hitting the City of Los Angeles (besides
requesting the public / community's involvement) the LAPD thinks
it could be made more effectively by increasing the budget for a
greater allotment of sworn police officers.
Interesting, as LAPD is now a few thousand officers short of the
allotment that LAPD is currently budgeted for. But wait ... with
budgeting for an even larger number of unfilled positions LAPD could
more effectively combat crime?
While it possibly sounds great on the face of it, lets get realistic.
If LAPD reaches its current sworn allotment, might that be enough
manpower? And if yes, then why give LAPD more when we do not know
what its current allotment can do?
The LAPD a few years back stated it costs one hundred thousand dollars
($100,000.00) to recruit, hire, and train a new police officer.
Then, it takes several more months of experience before POST (California's
Police Officers Standards and Training) will certify the individual
as a peace officer.
So while it sounds good to throw more money into the LAPD budget
for a larger allotment of sworn officers to combat the rising crime
problem, what with the recruitment, hiring, training, certification
(say 18 months), that larger allotment will not show any return
in the possibility of lowering crime for at least 18 months!
OK then ... what can be done IMMEDIATELY by LAPD to combat the rise
1) End the freeze on vacant civilian positions in the LAPD.
The mayor's freeze of October 2001, has created a vast amount of
civilian vacancies within the LAPD. As most of the 'paper shuffling
routine' is essential to the daily activities of LAPD, with many
sworn personnel (not just officers, but also sergeants and lieutenants)
being kept out of the field Monday through Friday to keep the paper
2) Immediately transfer all sworn personnel in the station doing
civilian work back into the field.
A reasonable 'guestimate' of clearing all the sworn officers out
of 'Inside' civilian positions and back into the streets, would
be a 10% increase in the field staffing of the Monday through Fridays
time periods these officers are currently working inside the station.
3) Evaluate all 'Inside Positions' currently filled with sworn
personnel, for the capability of replacement with civilian employees.
Just how many of the 'inside' positions that are currently
budgeted for sworn police officers to fill, could actually be accomplished
with a civilian employee? Remember, it does not take one hundred
thousand dollars to recruit, hire, train, and certify a civilian
employee! And, civilian employees do not earn the same wage scale,
nor are they given a premium benefit package (which costs the City
more) as do the sworn officers.
Accordingly, all talks of increasing the LAPD allotment for more
sworn personnel should be skeptically viewed as only 'Talking the
Talk' (Political Lip Service), and not 'Walking the Walk' (making
the changes for the best usage of the sworn officers already with-in
This writer could go on to give many, many specific instances witnessed
of the above, but the intent of the writer is not to further embarrass
the LAPD >
Former LAPD Crime Analyst