After the mayor ordered him to cut Los Angeles Police Department expenses, Police Chief William Bratton has identified dozens of desk jobs in which civilians might be able to take over for police officers in order to put more officers on the street, says the Los Angeles Times. Bratton defended another practice that the mayor listed among his concerns, allowing hundreds of command staff members and others on the force to drive city cars home at night. Bratton said the department had saved more than $11.8 million so far.
Having a civilian do a desk job currently done by a police officer saves about 20 percent in salary and benefits and frees the officer for duty on the street, where the police force is short. Regarding employees taking home city cars, Bratton said that 135 home-garaged vehicles are assigned to command officers and staff, with an average annual operating cost for each of $4,140.