BHA Opposes Cuts To Policing
While the BHA recognizes and supports reasonable and progressive changes to policing, we don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Any reductions to the budget of LAPD should be logical and strategic and not result in the reduction in the safety of our neighborhood.
The Chief Legislative Analyst and the City Administrative Officer (CLA/CLO) recently identified 8 areas where the Los Angeles Police Department could make cuts to achieve up to $150 million in savings. They admitted in their memo these cuts would “negatively impact response times.”
It is not possible to make these cuts (Items B, E, F, G, H, J, K, L) and deny their negative impact on deployment and response times. Is that what a majority of your constituents want?
Please help us and Brentwood by urging your representatives to vote for public safety over political expediency.
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Details From CLA/CAO Memo:
Item B - This will prevent the Police Department from filling 94 sworn positions above the attrition of 495 officers.
Item E - May negatively impact deployment due to officers using banked overtime to take time off.
Item F - Reduces Transportation Equipment account funding for equipment, consisting of 11 Black and White patrol vehicles, 17 motorcycles, 64 dual purpose sedans, and ten specialized utility vehicles. • This will increase the fleet’s out-of-service rate from 11% to 20%. The out-of-service rate is the percentage of vehicles that are not available to be utilized by officers on patrol or performing other duties.
Item G - Not continuing this system will negatively impact response times due to existing systems not being designed for field reporting.
Item H - Not replacing antiquated workstations negatively impacts response times due to officers having to wait for operable systems.
Item J - Will reduce sworn deployment from 10,009 on July 1, 2020 to 9,757 on June 30, 2021, a reduction of 252 officers which may negatively impact response times due to the elimination of 35 Basic Car patrols.
Item K - May result in sworn officers being assigned to civilian duties
Item L - May negatively impact deployment due to officers using banked overtime to take time off