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LAPD furloughs possible due to budget cuts

Los Angeles city leaders trying to figure out how to close a $41 million gap in the LAPD budget have tough decisions ahead.

June 10, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles city leaders trying to figure out how to close a $41 million gap in the LAPD budget have tough decisions ahead.

L.A.'s chief administrative officer has laid out three options: freezing medical subsidies for retired officers, furloughs for serving officers or halting the hiring of new officers.

The City Council slashed $80 million in overtime pay and told LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to find another $41 million in savings as it struggles to balance the city budget.

The L.A. Police Protective League, which represents officers, blasted city officials, saying local leaders created a public safety crisis by finalizing a city budget that left the LAPD with a deficit.

A new deal has not been reached between the LAPD and the police union. Beck warned that unless contract negotiators can reach a new deal on overtime rules, he may need to reassign officers and investigators from specialized units to regular patrol duty.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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