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LAPD deploys fewer patrol officers than needed

LAPD police patrol car
LAPD police patrol car
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An internal report finds five Los Angeles Police Department stations consistently deployed fewer patrol officers than needed in high-crime areas.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday that the number of officers on the streets routinely fell below the number called for by the department's computer-generated deployment plan.

According to the report, Rampart Division failed to meet its staffing goal every day of the month-long period that was analyzed.

The patrol levels are set to ensure that officers can meet the department's requirement that they respond to emergency calls within seven minutes. Officials told the Times they did not have statistics on the divisions' response times immediately available.

The station with the strongest patrol record was Northeast Division, which appeared to deploy the targeted number of officers 90 percent of the time.