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LAPD force grows to record levels

Bratton The timing might be suspicious, but that didn't stop LAPD Chief William J. Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from picking the day before the election to announce strides in hiring of LAPD officers.

Bratton and the mayor have made boosting the police force to 10,000 a big goal -- and the LAPD says it has hit 9,895 -- a new record. It's unclear when the LAPD hit the milestone, but it's clear Villaraigosa would like to use the news as part of his bid for second term.

It also remains unclear whether the hiring spree will continue, given the bad economic situation and swelling city budget deficit, which could reach $1 billion. Mayor Richard Riordan tried for 10,000 officers but never made the goal.

The city is paying for the extra officers with money from the trash tax. The enlarged force comes at a time when crime has been dropping significantly across the city.

The Sheriff's Department now has 9,700 deputies but is hoping to have 10,000 by year's end, according to spokesman Steve Whitmore.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton

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The timing "might" be suspicious?? My goodness, if anyone in LA reelects this ilk, we deserve what will happen! Positively revolting.

Unfortunately the gang population has also grown
to a recored level!!!!!!!

That's so much political propaganda!!!!! Where are these cops? and for that matter the chief and mayor don't even let the police do their jobs, like Special Order 40 and no helmets to quell riot crowds. How sick is that?

Re: Steve Rodriguez

Crime is at historic lows, with murders down to 1967 levels! that's a tremendous achievement. Yes, 1 murder is one to many, but keep it in perspective. In the USA, Los Angeles is one of the safest cities. Crime has gone down 7 years in a row. Good Job Bratton and Antonio.


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