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LAPD Chief to Return 130 Desk Officers to Streets

LAPD Chief to Return 130 Desk Officers to Streets

Daily Breeze via YellowBrix

December 23, 2009

Streamlining the upper management of the Los Angeles Police Department, Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday he plans to take 130 officers off desk duty and return them to the streets.

“This will be the first wave of officers as we move forward,” Beck said, outlining the organizational changes he is making during his first months as chief. "This will be extremely important as the bank of overtime for officers grows and we are forced to shrink the force to deal with compensation.

“I think it’s important to recognize, especially in lean fiscal times, that we have to put our high-dollar positions where they serve the public.”

The LAPD, like other municipal agencies, is being forced to make cuts to close the city’s multimillion-dollar budget deficit. Its strategy includes reducing overtime and forcing officers to take compensatory time off.

Officials with the Police Protective League, which represents the department’s sworn officers, said they had no comment on the reorganization.

Beck said the city’s finances and the LAPD budget will play a major role in his decisions. He has promoted Gerald Chaleff, who had been overseeing the now-lifted consent decree, to work directly for him on financial issues.

“It is very important to me this next year and the year following that we deal with budget issues,” Beck said. “We need to change the way we track our budget to make sure every dime we get from the city is spent effectively and in the best possible manner.”

Increasing the number of officers in the field will also fulfill a pledge he made to provide area captains with the necessary resources to more effectively police their jurisdictions.

Also, Beck said he has reduced the number of divisions that report directly to him from eight to six.

“The goals are simple,” Beck said. “We are consolidating like resources and moving autonomy – the ability to make decisions and resources – to the basic 21 service levels in the city.”

Beck is creating an Office of Special Operations under Deputy Chief Michel Moore. His command includes the detective bureau, counterterrorism, criminal intelligence and special operations.

More changes will be coming, Beck said, as Moore and other top commanders make recommendations to further improve the department’s response to crime.

Police Commission President John Mack praised the proposed changes.

“It seems to me to be a thoughtful and rational way to reorganize the department,” Mack said. “As we move forward, we have to be mindful of the budgetary constraints we face.”

Beck said some of the change represents “the ebb and flow of the LAPD” as the department deals with crime and other demands.

Also on Tuesday, the commission received a report showing hiring trends over past five years based on gender and race.

As expected, it showed increases in the number of women and minorities moving up through the ranks, although it has yet to show a major shift in the top command levels.

Chaleff said this was expected because of the amount of time it takes to work for the department before advancing to the ranks of lieutenant, captain and commander. Hiring of women officers has leveled off at about 18 percent, but accounts for a large number of those being promoted.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    As bill murry said, and thats the fat, jack. Time to shape up and get bacl to real Leo work boys.

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sounds good, but what happened to the previous chief?

  • Pic_at_tonys_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Vacation time is over LOL

  • John_groh_max50


    over 4 years ago


    All agencies have them. Desk jockies who would rather have a daywork inside job then work shift work out in the cold and wet. Sounds like the Chief is doing the right thing. Put the people where they are needed. You can always hire civilians to do desk duty. Pretty work Chief.

  • Patch_max50


    over 4 years ago


    what happened to the old chief?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I agree, this is overdue and should probably be done at many departments across the nation.

  • 1231676-travel_picture-arizona_state_flag_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Time to dust off the rust and time to come out and have fun doing real police safe to all those going out to the streets.

  • Steve_mcqueen_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Desk Jockeys on the Streets ? Without proper re-training they are nothing but sitting ducks , especially if they are "LONG TIMERS BEHIND THE DESKS". No matter what rank they are , they need to be treated as "Rookies and UNDER THE CONTROL OF A FTO" for survival. It may insult them . but it will keep them alive !!!!!!!!!

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sounds like a long overdue plan.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    More officers on the streets is always a good thing. So far, it sounds like Chief Beck is headed in the right direction ....

  • Logo2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    how long have these officers been on desk duty? is there any kind of refresher these officers are going to go though before you throw them back out on the street. It might end up like having a handful of rookies on the street. I hope it works out well for them...

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    What Officer wants to be behind a desk anyway?

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago



  • Funny_pictures_56616_max50


    over 4 years ago


    If your full duty......than full duty you should be. It's better than lay offs.

  • Gcpoms_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Lets hope they leave someone at the scheduling and payroll desk. Ooooops, hope I didn't give Charlie any ideas. No payroll clerks, no payroll... no ovetime paid.

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