Audit Finds Funding for Civilian Restoration in LAPD
Posted by Councilmember Englander on April 24, 2016 at 9:24 PM
This Tuesday, I joined Controller Ron Galperin to announce the completion of a citywide audit and the unveiling of a plan to hire civilian personnel to fill more than 400 jobs within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
LAPD is the third largest police department in the nation and is responsible for the safety and security of the City of Los Angeles. The LAPD receives the largest appropriation ($1.4 billion) of any department supported by the City’s General Fund, and the department spends the majority of its funding on sworn police officers. LAPD sworn officers are critical in making Los Angeles one of the safest and most prosperous cities in the world. While many positions in LAPD require the skills, training, and experience of sworn officers, other positions can be performed instead by civilians.
Hiring civilian personnel selectively to augment sworn officers can help all law enforcement agencies, including LAPD, to maximize the number of sworn personnel available to be deployed for critical public safety duties, including patrols and investigation. This process, known as civilian restoration, is a best practice in law enforcement and can also improve a law enforcement agency’s service, and reduce costs.
The audit found that 621 positions in the LAPD could be done at a lower cost by civilian workers. By employing civilians in the 458 positions, the City will save approximately $53.6 million a year, just under 4 percent of the Department’s $1.4 billion budget. The jobs include managing social media accounts, maintaining equipment rooms and tracking documents.
With the recent implementation of AB 109 and Prop 47 and the growing burden of realignment and reclassification, it is imperative that we expand the resources of the Department at the local level. Civilian restoration will allow the Department to move officers off desks and back into black and whites - into the field where they are needed most. I want to thank Controller Ron Galperin and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for their unwavering commitment to protecting our communities.
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-Mitchell Englander, Chair of Public Safety Committee
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