L.A. To Add 250 Cops; Tax Increase Vote Ahead


The Los Angeles City Council has approved adding 250 police officers to the understaffed police force, reports the Los Angeles Times. The council moved closer to putting a measure on the May ballot to increase the sales tax to pay for more police. The plan to begin hiring this summer marks the first time in years that a substantial number of officers would join the department. Los Angeles has historically been one of the nation’s most under-policed cities, with about 9,100 officers for 3.8 million residents. Chicago has 13,500 officers for 2.9 million residents.

A November ballot measure that would have boosted the sales tax by a half cent to pay for more police failed to get the necessary two-thirds vote. The council voted 10 to 5 to ask the city attorney to draft another ballot measure for the May 17 general election. Officials estimate the increase would raise $200 million a year and pay for about 1,200 officers. About 25 percent of the funding would be devoted to crime prevention and firefighters and paramedics.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-coptax27jan27,1,1785586.story?coll=la-headlines-california

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