The Los Angeles Police Commission wants officers who frequently handle drugs, cash, and other contraband to submit detailed reports about their income and debts, says the Los Angeles Times. The proposal has drawn fierce opposition from the rank and file. The proposal is intended to help supervisors monitor for signs that an officer is involved in illegal conduct. The five-member civilian panel is scheduled to vote on the plan tomorrow.
The disclosure requirement, which would cover about 600 officers working mostly in anti-gang and narcotics units, has proved to be one of the most problematic provisions of a federal consent decree to implement. The decree, agreed to by the city in the wake of a scandal in the late 1990s involving misconduct by anti-gang officers at the Rampart Division, mandates reforms at the L.A. Police Department. While federal agencies require similar disclosures for some agents, Los Angeles police union officials were unaware of any other police department in the U.S. with a policy similar to the one being considered by the commission.