Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton says budget problems will prevent him from fulfulling a promise to reduce homicides in the city by 25% this year, says the Los Angeles Times. The City Council has blocked Bratton’s request for 320 new officers and nearly $5 million to reorganize his 9,200-member department. Bratton says he will make do with the status quo.
Bratton took over the New York Police Department in the early 1990s with bold predictions of crime reductions – goals that he exceeded – but waited for months to make similar forecasts in Los Angeles. In late April, anticipating approval of budget increases, Bratton said he had the tools and personnel in place to drive serious crime down by 10% by year’s end, in addition to cutting homicides by a quarter.