L.A. Mayor Candidates Feud Over Police Work Week

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As Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks attacked Mayor James Hahn’s record on crime, the mayor accused Parks of having failed as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Times reports. Hahn, who ousted Parks from the city’s top crime-fighting job 2 1/2 years ago, said Parks’ “tenure as police chief was a failure.” The mayor cited an extensive exodus of police officers and the fact that the city’s crime rate increased during Parks’ reign.

Yesterday, Parks criticized the Police Department’s work schedule, in which many officers are allowed to work three 12-hour days. “As long as officers work three days a week, the community works five and criminals work seven, the city of Los Angeles will have a crime problem,” Parks said. The criticism of the work week drew immediate response from Hahn and the police union, which made the shorter work schedule a major reason for endorsing Hahn. Hahn said he implemented the flexible work schedule because he believed it would help reduce crime. “We’re not going to return to the failed policies of the past,” the mayor said. “We’re going to keep going with what works. We believe in community policing. He doesn’t.”

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-parks9sep09,1,2581190.story?coll=la-headlines-california

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