LAPD reduces front desk hours at 4 stations to get more officers out on patrol

RESEDA, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- In an effort to get more officers out on the streets, the Los Angeles Police Department is reducing front desk hours at four of its divisions.

Devonshire, West Valley, Southeast and Southwest will have front desk services from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. starting Dec. 1. West Valley residents had mixed emotions about the new hours.

"That way we have more people and more patrols on the street instead of just being on the desk and just being there for their whole shift. It'll be better," Susan Ayala said.

All other stations will remain open 24 hours a day.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League said it's a good start to get more of its men and woman patrolling the streets.

"I'm sure that these divisions were chosen because they had slightly more officers that are working in that station. So they're able to close down that particular desk and there's less traffic for these particular officers any time after 11 o'clock," said Jerretta Sandoz, vice president of the L.A. police protective league.

Despite the desk hour change, officers will continue to handle calls for service 24 hours a day at all divisions. The move will help get at least 48 more officers out on patrol.
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