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OT cuts force shuffle of LAPD officers

February 18, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Due to budget cutbacks, nearly 200 more LAPD officers will be shifting positions.Chief Charlie Beck says cutting overtime means another 180 specialized officers will have to go back out on patrol duty.

Beck said Wednesday that he has already moved about 178 officers from the metro, gang and narcotics units.

He says he needed to cut the specialized units because for every hour that an officer draws overtime the department must give that same officer 1.5 hours off.

The city is facing a $212 million budget shortfall.