The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday approved a proposed $ 213 million budget increase for the police department next year, a plan that would increase police numbers.
The committee voted to approve LAPD leader Michel Moore’s request for a budget of $ 1.9 billion, which represents a 12% increase in general fund spending this year. More than half of the requested increase would cover police pay, related expenses and overtime, according to a Nov. 18 letter Moore sent to commissioners.
Moore wrote that he was seeking funds to add 94 positions to increase sworn staffing levels to 9,800 funded positions and to restore civilian positions lost through a recent City Separation Incentive Program .
Request for additional funding for LAPD resources comes after city council cut $ 150 million of the ministry in 2020, with the aim of putting this money in social services. The cuts followed massive protests against the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.
However, the council has supported a modest increase in the police budget this year.
The committee’s vote on Tuesday sends the budget proposal to Mayor Eric Garcetti for review. The mayor publishes a draft comprehensive expenditure plan in April, which is then taken up by the city council.
Craig Lally, president of the union representing police officers, said the commission’s support for more police officers was “a step in the right direction” amid rising criminal incidents, including gunshot deaths. ‘a man on Sunset Boulevard Tuesday morning.
“As the city grapples with an increase in gun crimes, homicides and deadly armed robberies, it is critical that the department recovers from ‘police funding’ cuts and that leaders of the city stop listening to the reckless ideas of anti-police groups, ”Lally said.
Callers phoned Tuesday’s meeting, with some supporting more police to tackle crime, while others said commissioners should redirect funds to social services.
Akili, an organizer of Black Lives Matter-LA, told the commissioners to “reimburse” the community.
“We have proven time and time again that when you invest in people, in their communities, you can reduce crime,” said Akili, who has a unique name. “Because we know what protects us, these are the resources, these are the resources. ”