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LAPD Support Staff Slated for Layoffs

160 positions are currently targeted.

Close to 160 Los Angeles Police Department employees could be laid off by Jan. 1 under a cost-cutting plan endorsed by city leaders this week, according to a memo that Chief Charlie Beck posted on the department's internal website.

Beck said the layoffs would involve one police administrator III, a nutritionist, 10 secretaries, 81 senior clerk typists and 66 clerk typists.

LAPD Communications could not provide information about how many of those positions are in the Rampart and Northeast divisions, which protect Echo Park, Silver Lake and Los Feliz.

Captain William Murphy of Northeast Division said more information will be available in three to four weeks.

The positions were selected when the layoffs were first proposed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the spring and might be modified under current plans, Beck said.

The chief's memo was in response to warnings this week from Villaraigosa and City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana for the City Council to act quickly to finalize more than 200 layoffs citywide or risk widening an already significant budget deficit -- $16.6 million less than half way through the fiscal year.

"I know this is a very stressful time for all and I want to avoid rumors and miscommunication which can only increase the stress level,'' he wrote, adding that city workers to be laid off would be notified by the city's Personnel Department by Dec. 14.

LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said the cuts would ``absolutely'' slow down some police work. Commanding officers who lose a secretary will have to perform much of the tedious work of keeping their calendars, managing a barrage of correspondence and other office duties themselves, instead of doing the work of managing public safety, he said.

Beck said he is committed to keeping staff informed and ordered the LAPD Office of Administrative Services to update employees weekly until there is a resolution.

In 2010, the union representing nearly 10,000 Los Angeles police officers estimated that every 100 sworn officers that are pulled off regular duties to do desk work means 30 fewer police cars citywide.

Most of the clerk typists targeted for layoffs manage and retrieve records for detectives' investigations and for city attorneys, as well as requests from the public. Smith said the department might have to shut down certain records sections periodically because of a lack of staff to cover the shifts.

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concerned citizen October 26, 2012 at 02:59 AM
This is ridiculous! Laying off support staff of LAPD, after LA has had a hiring freeze for years, so existing staff has already been cut to the bone. Trying to balance the budget on the backs of the lower paid staff. Where is the cut to the mayor's bloated staff of more than 200? Where are the cuts to non-essential services and to higher paid employees making over $100,000 per year? How is the City laying off civilian workers at a time when DWP staff is being paid 30 to 40% more for the same classifications as City workers? Where are the cancellations of unnecessary purchasing contracts? When is the corruption at City Hall going to stop? When are the unpaid taxes going to be collected? The City has money, they just need an honest mayor and honest budget officer!
ninachka October 26, 2012 at 06:02 PM
This is B.S. big time. I was a records supervisor at Hollywood Div. when I retired in 2007. The records sections are run by 1 Superversior and is supposed to have a Sr. clerk typist as a supervisor for each watch and atlease 2 clerk typists per watch. When I left, it was already at a bare minimum and everyone worked their tails off. I keep in touch with current employees and there is even less office staff. If staff is cut any more, there will affect the citizens. They are the support staff that get the officers back out in the field as soon as possible. Also, the employees of the Records and Identification Division are almost all Sr. Clerk and Clerk typists. They handle all the bookings for the whole city of L.A. do support work for detectives in keeping track of Sex Registrants plus keep track of all records for the department. This divison has already been cut down to the bare minimum. I could say so much more about LAPD's support staff. I remember Chief Gates once said that we were the back bone of the Department. This back bone needs major surgery. Get rid of Villairagosa, he is the cancer of the City of Los Angeles. I am so lucky I retired when I did....
venice beach rider October 28, 2012 at 07:14 AM
You guys make huge stress free money. Im jealous

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