Los Angeles Police Protective League: Chief Beck Disbands Parole Compliance Unit In Knee-Jerk Reaction To Patrol Staffing Crisis

PCU tracked felons and was responsible for hundreds of arrests per month

29 Jan, 2016, 18:11 ET from Los Angeles Police Protective League

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, Police Chief Charlie Beck irresponsibly disbanded the Parole Compliance Unit (PCU), a unit responsible for locating and arresting parole violators, confiscating weapons, and monitoring repeat offenders. The PCU was established as a result of AB109 and the unit makes hundreds of arrests per month. 

"Instead of a credible plan to boost patrol staffing, Chief Beck is robbing Peter to pay Paul," said Lou Turriaga, Director, Los Angeles Police Protective League.  "Who will now track and monitor the thousands of offenders conditionally released from our state prisons and local jails?  This knee- jerk reaction was not very well thought out, the residents of Los Angeles need a workable patrol staffing plan not another publicity stunt."

The Chief's actions follow the Los Angeles Police Protective League publically disclosing that the West Los Angeles Division only deployed 2 patrol cars on January 27 and 3 patrol cars on January 28 to respond to emergency 911 calls for an area covering over 65 square miles, 748 street miles with a population of 228,000 from 5:30 AM to 10:00 AM.

The dangerously low patrol staffing levels come amidst a citywide rise in crime, which has seen Violent Crime rise 20.2%, Property Crime rise 10.7%, Robbery rise 12.5%, and Auto Theft rise 17.1% from 2014 to 2015.  The LAPPL will discuss Chief Beck's elimination of the PCU and the negative implications for the residents of Los Angeles.

What:             

Media Availability with LAPPL Directors



Who:              

Los Angeles Police Protective League



When:            

Friday, January 29, 2016.  Please call to schedule.



Where:          

Los Angeles Police Protective League


1308 West Eighth Street, 1st Floor


Los Angeles, CA 90017


(Parking behind LAPPL office with access from Witmer Street)

About the LAPPLFormed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found on the Web at www.LAPD.com.

 

SOURCE Los Angeles Police Protective League



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