Community based policing is coming back to Los Angeles. We must continue this trend and expand on it as this is the best way for the police and the community to work in harmony. Police morale is at an all time low. 300 officers resigned from the LAPD for various reasons. The Los Angeles Sheriffs Department (which is approximately the same size as the LAPD) has a vacancy rate of 3% whereas the LAPD has a vacancy rate of 9.1% or 849 unfilled positions.
When elected, I will work to:
Increase the amount of police persons on foot and on bikes, patrolling in the neighborhood and getting to know neighbors.
Continue the process that began October 24, 2000 to reinstate Senior Lead Officers and assist as a liaison between the Senior Lead Officers and Neighborhood Councils and block captains so each neighborhood will have direct contact with someone they know at the LAPD.
Research which tax incentives can be offered in order to encourage police officers to live in the same area in which they work.
Create a compressed work week currently favored by police officers that will make it easier for officers to have less stress in their lives. The survey taken last summer by Pricewaterhouse Coopers as part of the Rampart Independent Review Panel Report said this was the number one suggestion of female officers and third overall among respondents for how to improve morale among the rank-and-file. This is also preferred by young officers and potential recruits. (Wachs Motion, 2001)
Create civilian review boards similar to San Francisco to help eliminate lawsuits against the LAPD which are costing taxpayers millions of dollars that could be used to hire and train more police officers.