LAPD to discipline unvaccinated officers – NBC Los Angeles

The LAPD said Tuesday that 1,357 of its employees, most of them police officers, have failed to respond to orders to report their vaccination status to the city.

Chief Michel Moore said these officers will be served with disciplinary notices this week.

“We will begin the notification or notification process with each of these employees involved, which will be done in person by each of the commanding officers,” Moore said.

Discipline may include suspensions or terminations.

The city’s mandatory vaccination program went into effect on October 19th. Employees should state their vaccination status and prove that they had received a Covid-19 vaccination or begin the process of requesting a medical or religious exemption.

“It is my hope and my conviction that the remaining few who have not applied for their exemptions and have not declared their vaccination status will do so,” Moore said, adding that he hoped to avoid ‘staff actions’ against them.

Data released by the mayor’s office last week showed that more than 2,100 LAPD officers had indicated they planned to seek an exemption from the vaccine mandate. The City Council approved an enforcement framework that could lead to the dismissal of unvaccinated employees who have not been granted a dispensation after 18 December.

The 1,357 included employees who had either responded to the city’s order to report their vaccination status, who refused to share their information, and employees who failed to respond completely.

The union that represents most officers, the LA Police Protective League, said last month that it successfully negotiated non-disciplinary redundancies for officers who refuse to receive Covid-19 vaccination, which would mean officers could be re-employed , if they are vaccinated or the city’s requirements change.

Chief Moore said the staff who did not respond were assigned a variety of roles, including 41 assigned to the security services department, 40 working at West Valley station in Reseda, and 34 working at Northeast Station in Atwater Village.

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