The City of Los Angeles recently decided to downsize its police department’s elite homicide unit. But that’s not all, as the overstretched LAPD shall no longer respond to traffic collisions.
What could go wrong?
The Daily Caller’s Marlo Safi has more:
Due to budgetary challenges, more than 200 LAPD officers will be moved back to patrol under a “broad reorganization aimed at preserving patrol and community engagement functions,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Under the plan, anyone with minor injuries from car accidents and hit-and-run crashes will need to file a report online.
The LAPD will soon downsize its specialized units and stop responding in person to traffic collisions and other minor incidents as part of a broad reorganization aimed at preserving patrol and community engagement amid a $150 million budget cut.https://t.co/DER7bhWJvK
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 8, 2020
In June, following protests and riots that erupted across the country over the death of George Floyd, the Los Angeles City Council moved toward defunding the LAPD, voting to cut the department’s budget by up to $150 million, according to CBS.
The plan also cuts 350 sworn positions and will reduce the LAPD ranks down to 9,700 by April. Currently, the department has 10,100 sworn officers, according to the LA Times.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore told the LA Times that the department would also cut its air support, robbery, homicide, and gang and narcotics units in response to the City Council decision to slash the budget. Civilian employees will also be lost.