“New Day at LAPD”-Mayor

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Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn says he will seek cutbacks on many city services–but not the Los Angeles Police Department. In his state of the city address yesterday, Hahn said he wanted to expand the LAPD by 320 officers and make Los Angeles the safest of the nation’s big cities, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Times says the department’s dwindling ranks mirror a rising homicide rate from 1998 through 2002. “It is a new day at LAPD,” Hahn said at the Elysian Park Police Academy, which was chosen to symbolize his push to “return our neighborhoods to law-abiding citizens.” The mayor said an LAPD that was “in trouble” when he took office now is rebounding under new chief William J. Bratton. Morale is improved, fewer officers are quitting, and residents are coming to trust a department that was tainted by the Rampart scandal, the mayor said.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-hahn18apr18,1,5295689.story?coll=la%2Dhome%2Dleftrail

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