L.A. CITY HALL: Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD, Los Angeles Police Protective League, overtime $$$?: "Garcetti budget would reduce police patrols in neighborhoods and increase response times, LAPD union warns"; also, "L.A. police officers union alleges mayor's budget 'shenanigans' would reduce officers on streets" ....
***Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD, Los Angeles Police Protective League, overtime $$$?
* Los Angeles Times: "Garcetti budget would reduce police patrols in neighborhoods and increase response times, LAPD union warns" - From the LAT:
The union that represents Los Angeles police officers launched a broadside against Mayor Eric Garcetti’s budget on Thursday, warning that the spending plan will divert funds away from neighborhood patrols and to the policing of Metro buses and trains.
Garcetti’s budget proposal for 2017-18 calls for $121 million for sworn-officer overtime, up from the $90 million planned in the current year. But about a third of the money would go to patrol the county’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which signed a contract with the Los Angeles Police Department earlier this year. In a letter to the City Council, the Los Angeles Police Protective League said the reduction in overtime hours for non-Metro duties would leave the LAPD with fewer officers to respond to neighborhood-level crime. Union leaders contend the shift would also increase police response times and leave some non-emergency calls unanswered altogether.
For months, the police union has been pressuring city leaders to take action with what league officials believe is one of the most pressing issues facing the city: how officers are deployed. The league contends there aren’t enough officers patrolling city streets, forcing cops to rush from call to call, causing response times to creep higher and limiting the quality of interactions they can have with residents.
Now, union leaders are threatening to sue over Garcetti’s spending plan, saying it violates the terms of the league’s contract, which guarantees a minimum $100 million of sworn overtime in the coming fiscal year. That overtime was supposed to go to city patrols, not Metro duties, league officials said.
City Administrative Officer Rich Llewellyn, the city’s top budget advisor, said the spending plan complies with the union contract. Meanwhile, Garcetti spokesman George Kivork defended the plan, saying ...............