LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles Police Department will tomorrow consider a proposed budget increase of $ 213 million, or 12.11%, for fiscal year 2022-23, but the city council and mayor have final approval.
The increase would take the department’s operating budget from $ 1.761 billion to $ 1.974 billion.
In a letter to the commission, Police Chief Michel Moore said the extra funding would allow the department to restore staffing levels to 9,800 sworn officers, up from the current 9,473.
LAPD assistant chief Beatrice Girmala told the commission last week that the department is under-distributed to what it is currently funded for by 181 officers.
In its proposal to the Commission, the department said the increased funding would go to mandatory salaries and expenses, replacement of vehicles and existing electric car leases, continued funding of existing technology projects and contractual obligations and other requests.
“ The primary objective of the Ministry’s budget proposal is to have the staff, both sworn and civilian, the equipment and technology needed to achieve the core functions of making the city safe and secure, protecting people and property and maintaining peace in society. , ” Moore said in a letter to the commission.
Moore also noted an increase in violent crime, particularly shootings and murders, which the city – and other cities across the United States – have experienced since the pandemic began in 2020.
Meanwhile, the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, Los Angeles Community Action Network and other organizations spoke out against any increase in funding for the LAPD during a news conference outside the department’s headquarters Monday morning.
“ The answer to all social problems remains more police. Instead of housing, we get more police. Instead of services, we get more police. Instead of a Marshall Plan to get full resources for our communities, we get more police. “Instead of a plan to deal with the housing crisis, we continue to see millions of dollars go to an already inflated police budget,” said Pete White, executive director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network.
The groups noted in 2020 a widespread demand for George Floyd’s assassination of a Minneapolis police officer about a drop in police funding, a rethinking of public safety and greater investment in communities.
“ Thousands of people took to the streets last year, not to demand more funds from the police, but less. People took to the streets demanding ‘defound the police, repay the communities, dispose of, invest’ ” said Greg ” Baba ” Akili from Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles.
The LAPD received the largest funding of any department in the city’s current budget for fiscal year 2021-22, which included a 3% increase from the time the Los Angeles City Council cut $ 150 million from the department’s budget in July 2020.
The city council must approve a budget by 1 June 2022 to enter into force on 1 July 2022.