Police Commission supports $ 213 million increase in LAPD budget

The Los Angeles Police Board on Tuesday approved a $ 213 million budget increase for the police department next year, a plan that would increase police numbers.

The committee voted to approve LAPD leader Michel Moore’s request for a budget of $ 1.9 billion, which represents a 12% increase in general fund spending this year. More than half of the increase would cover police pay, related expenses and overtime, according to a letter Moore sent to commissioners last week.

Moore wrote that he was seeking funds to add 94 positions to increase the sworn strength to 9,800 and restore civilian positions lost under a recent city separation incentive program.

Homicides this year are up 14% from last year and 45% from 2019, according to LAPD statistics. The city is also seeing an increase in violent thefts, spurred by the availability of handguns, Moore told reporters at an afternoon briefing.

“The number of handguns that are on the streets today – it would probably take at least a decade or more to go back to find that level,” Moore said.

The LAPD’s proposed budget also includes $ 313,000 for staff to support the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Moore said it was not yet clear whether the city would seek reimbursement from the Games Planning Committee or from state or federal resources.

Request for additional funding for LAPD resources comes after city council cut $ 150 million of the ministry in 2020, with the aim of putting this money in social services. The cuts followed massive protests against the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.

However, the council has supported a modest increase in the police budget this year.

The committee’s vote on Tuesday sent the budget proposal to Mayor Eric Garcetti for consideration. The mayor publishes a draft comprehensive expenditure plan in April, which is then taken up by the city council.

Craig Lally, president of the union representing police officers, said the commission’s support for more police officers is a “step in the right direction” amid the upsurge in criminal incidents, including the shooting death of a man on the road. Sunset Boulevard Tuesday morning.

“As the city grapples with an increase in gun crimes, homicides and deadly armed robberies, it is critical that the department recovers from ‘police funding’ cuts and that leaders in town stop listening to the reckless ideas of anti-police groups, ”Lally said.

Police Commission Chairman William Briggs, speaking at Tuesday’s meeting, cited recent corporate thefts and predicted more such crimes over the holidays.

“I too hear every member of the community talking about ‘funding the police’, ‘we don’t want the police,’ Briggs said. ‘My question is, do you like crime? Seriously, I don’t think so. not that a civic-minded person wants to see another assaulted, shot, robbed.

Speakers phoned Tuesday’s meeting, with some supporting more police to tackle crime, while others said commissioners should redirect funds.

Campaigners want the LAPD budget to be reallocated to help pay social service providers and mental health clinicians to help people with mental illness, homelessness or substance abuse.

Akili, an organizer of Black Lives Matter-LA, told the commissioners to “reimburse” the community.

“We have proven time and time again that when you invest in people, in their communities, you can reduce crime,” said Akili, who has a unique name. “Because we know what protects us, these are the resources, these are the resources. ”

Garcetti, when asked about the LAPD’s budget proposal on Tuesday, said the city “needs to invest money in fighting crime that works and in programs that work.” He also said he supported hiring “not to drop any further, which is a real concern.”

The mayor spent the morning highlighting a program that sends out outreach workers rather than law enforcement to answer 911 calls related to homeless people.

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