Los Angeles Looks To Cut 6 Units From Sheriff’s Department

by AmericasKeepersAdmin on June 29, 2020

Just a month after Mayor Garcetti vowed to defund the police department, Los Angeles CEO Sachi Hamai has proposed a $145.4 million budget cut to the LAPD claiming the reason for the cut is a loss of revenue from sales tax.

The proposed budget cut for the LAPD would be eliminating six units including Gang Enforcement, Parks Bureau, Special Victims Unit, Community Partnership Bureau, Fraud and Cyber Crimes Bureau and Major Crimes Bureau.

The proposal would also reduce funding to the Mental Health Evaluation Team and Custody Operations.

“The budget cuts are targeted specifically to hurt public safety while sparing virtually every other function of county government from any reductions. These cuts come at a time when jails were de-populated of over five thousand inmates in order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that restrictions are lifting, violent crimes, such as murder, are on the rise across the County. Now is not the time to cut vital law enforcement services, that should be the last thing cut.”
– County Sheriff Alex Villanueva

LA County is claiming that a loss of revenue from sales tax is the reason for the cuts, but ironically the LAPD is the only agency to see such a drastic cut in funding.

“The CEO and the Board have embraced the ‘Defund the Police’ movement and are cynically hiding behind accounting maneuvers, knowing well that loss of revenue in sales tax can be made up by equitably distributing more stable revenue streams like property taxes. This is not acceptable and a willful abandonment of one of the top priorities of all local government, keeping people safe. Curiously, the bloated county bureaucracy remains virtually intact, which should always be the first to suffer reductions. The priorities of the Board of Supervisors are not the priorities of the good people of Los Angeles County.”
– County Sheriff Alex Villanueva

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