LBPD Mgm't Updates Public Safety Committee On Crime Stats and LBPD Staffing Levels, Says Need For Replenishment Police Academy Class "Is Compelling" If Funding Resources Can Be Identified, PD Working w/ Mgr. On Plan For Council In A Couple of Months
|(June 14, 2012) -- The City Council's Public Safety Committee (Garcia, Schipske, Johnson) received a report LBPD management that cited crime statistics, police staffing disclosed plans to field-test a gunfire location system and indicated that (as in prior years) city management will propose FY13 funding for a replenishment police academy class.
A decision on whether actually to fund a FY13 police academy class depends on a September budget vote by a City Council majority. For the past three budget years, city management has included funding for a police academy class in its proposed budgets, but the Council [with management and Mayoral support] has instead allocated the sum to pay current officers [avoiding layoffs but effectively letting current levels attrit with retirements]. The net effect has erased 168 sworn officer positions, a 17% reduction over three budget years.
As part of a Power Point presentation at the Committee's June 12 meeting, LBPD Administration Bureau Chief Braden Phillips cited the following crime statistics as of May 31, 2012 (showing changes from 2011 data).
[LBReport.com editor's note: The following are citywide totals without geographical breakouts. Some geographic information has previously been provided at public meetings by some LBPD Division Commanders, reported as we learn it by LBReport.com]:
Administration Bureau Chief Phillips' Power Point presentation indicated that LBPD's current Council-budgeted sworn staffing (budgeted full time equivalents) is 852 sworn officers, noting that this includes a sum budgeted for 17 police academy recruits who didn't materialize because the Council diverted police academy funding for FY12 (as it has done for three successive budget years) to pay current officers, which invited attrition. Put another way, the actual Council budgeted officer level for FY12 (Sept. 11 Council budget vote) was 835 (852 - 17 = 835).
From that level, the attrition impact since Oct. 1, 2011 has been the loss of 30 officers, 7 Sergeants, 5 Lieutenants and 2 Commanders (a total of 44 sworn positions).
In terms of actual sworn staffing as of June 1, 2012, a Power Point slide indicates that from the Council-budgeted level of 835 officers, LBPD currently has 815 actual sworn officers assigned.
In Council colloquy prompted by a podium inquiry by LBReport.com, LBPD management acknowledged that roughly 60 (to be precise, 59) sworn officers are contracted to and thus paid by the Port of LB, LB Airport, LB Transit, LBCC, LBUSD and L.A. County (Carmelitos).
LBReport.com editor's note: Contracted officers handle policing duties at their contracted sites, aren't available for routine citywide deployment and aren't funded by the Council-controlled General Fund. The contracted officers haven't (to our knowledge) been cut although 168 budgeted sworn General Fund officer positions have been eliminated by Council-approved budget cuts through attrition.
Administration Bureau Chief Phillips said that in first third of FY12, LBPD lost 44 sworn officers due to attrition "that is roughly equivalent to the average number we lose in the typical year in which we do not have a recruit academy. There are no longer any retirement incentives available so we are expecting attrition during the balance of this fiscal year to taper off."
Administration Bureau Chief Phillips said the following about a FY13 (Oct. 1, 2012-Sept. 30, 2013) replenishment police academy class:
...[W]e hired our last class of recruits in the fall of 2008. All of the 168 positions we've eliminated over the past four years have been through attrition. Because of the financial situation and the need for proportional share reductions, it's been imprudent to consider hiring new recruits when their positions would be the first to be reduced to meet future budget reduction targets, which continue to seem likely.
City management has included funding for a replenishment police academy class in its annually proposed budgets, but for the past three budget years Council majorities have voted [with management and Mayoral support] to allocate that sum to pay current officers.
In its upcoming September 2012 budget vote, a Council majority will decide whether to fund a replenishment academy in FY13 AND fund current officers (if future layoffs are to be avoided).
[LBReport.com editor's note: Our understanding of the record is as follows:
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