When the LAPD's union asks for support, a political chess move would be to our advantage, especially when their livelihood is at stake. With the elections coming up in 2012 and Mitch McConnell and the Republican's goals is to make President Obama at one-term president a must at the expense which includes sacrificing our safety for a permanent Republican government, we could truly use the madness as Occupiers to our advantage and the opportunity to do so can garner support from the men and women from the LAPD.
The following is from the Los Angeles Police Protective League's blog.
Fully funding the LAPD would save more lives
By LAPPL Board of Directors on 12/06/2011 @ 09:46 AM
More officers and better policing. That’s what a Los Angeles Times editorial stated recently as key reasons why L.A. is a much safer city today.
The editorial, “L.A.'s triumph over crime,” makes the irrefutable case for full funding of public safety. This article should be reviewed by every elected official at City Hall whenever budget priorities are being set.
Recalling the bad old days when L.A. recorded 1,000 murders a year, the Times stated that 800 families this Thanksgiving weekend enjoyed a holiday that would have been barren had they lost a loved one to a murder – “a social victory for which every resident of this city should be appreciative.”
Beyond saving lives, fighting crime with a fully-funded police department is the best investment the city government can make. As the editorial pointed out, for every crime there is a cost — property that is lost, medical bills to pay, workdays missed and the more difficult-to-measure effects of psychological damage to survivors. Using a methodology developed by researchers at Iowa State University, the Times calculates a savings of $1.36 billion annually for Los Angeles by eliminating 800 murders a year since the early 1990s.
While we give our thanks to the Times’ editorial board for reminding everyone of the importance of keeping public safety as our city’s No. 1 priority, we can’t help but wonder how many more people would be alive for the holidays if the city fully funded the LAPD. The Department estimates its budget is currently underfunded by $50 million and its cash overtime budget by $100 million.
We urge the residents of Los Angeles to join us and take the Public Safety First Pledge and oppose any reductions in the number of LAPD officers protecting our neighborhoods.
There is a call for support and with their demands and our mantra of: You deserve a raise, can work hand-in-hand to get out message out. We may not get City Hall back, especially after they contaminated Solidarity Park with poison, but we can at least allow the officers to know we do care for them and that we will do everything within our power to support them. Even when it's going to City Hall and voicing out support.