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LAPD Chief Bratton postpones uniform change for retired cops working movie sets

The Los Angeles City Council put off a decision today on a proposal by Councilman Greig Smith intended to resolve a dispute over the uniforms worn by retired officers when they secure and direct traffic on film sets.

Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton has favored new guidelines under which those former officers would have to give up their blue uniforms, similar to those worn by current LAPD officers, because of concerns about the department’s image and liability.

Beginning in September, the department planned to require the retired officers to wear a white shirt, black pants and yellow reflective vests, which prompted complaints from the retired officers and some film crew members who said the officers would project a less authoritative image in those outfits.

Assistant Chief Earl C. Paysinger told the council today that, in the interest of “a broader accord” between the parties involved, Bratton has agreed to postpone the uniform change and new regulations for film sets to allow more time to work toward an agreement.

“We have every belief and expectation that these discussions will yield positive results that will meet the needs of the city, our department and the entertainment industry,” Paysinger said.

Paysinger said Bratton does not support relinquishing his authority over film sets.

At Smith’s suggestion, the council agreed to send the proposal to the council’s Public Safety Committee to work out a compromise.

-- Maeve Reston at L.A. City Hall

 
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Chief Bratton had demeaned, insulted, and demoralized the good intentions of honorable and deticated retirees of the LAPD. We have all proudly spent 25, 30, 35+ years in this uniform serving the citizens of Los Angeles and continue to do so(free of charge or reservation) if need be at these movie locations. This system has worked well for over 50 years and is not broken. Chief Bratton has only been in this uniform for 7 years, so far, and I challenge his allegience to the well being of this city. During his opposition to the retirees working as they have for years, many mistruths have been spoken to the media, city council members, and citizens. If I were to have done this while being active, I would have been held accountable for false and misleading statements(lying and denying). It's a shame that he doesn't have to play by the same rules as he demands from his rank and file.

Chief, your integrity is on the line here and it's not doing well. Be very careful what you decide to do, because it will not only affect us retirees, it will destroy the financial well being of this city that I love and have served faithfully.


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