AirTalk for December 28, 2009

LAPD gang unit policy: increases transparency or encourages attrition?

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The Harley Davidson motorcycle of the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) stands beside the Yamahas of the French police at the Davis training Center in Granada Hills, north of Los Angeles, CA, 10 January 2007.

LAPD officers in gang units must disclose their financial assets, along with accounts, real estate and stocks jointly held with a spouse or business partner. Under the consent decree, the financial disclosure rule was intended to prevent bribery. Problems with attrition, however, have some reconsidering the rule. Does financial disclosure reduce police corruption? Or, is the department's ability to combat gangs compromised?


Joel Rubin, reporter, Los Angeles Times

Paul Weber, President, Los Angeles Police Protective League

Michael Moore, Assistant Chief, Director of Office of Special Operations, Los Angeles Police Department

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