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A Los Angeles police officer stands guard outside Parker Center headquarters for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), as a suspicious package is removed from the street in front of the 911 Metro Dispatch Center on October 8, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
Is the city's fiscal crisis keeping the Los Angeles Police Department from solving crimes? With a depleted budget, the LAPD has stopped paying its officers for overtime wages, instead making them take time off when they accrue large amounts of overtime hours. The department's homicide detectives are among the first to be sidelined, due to the long work schedules of the job. In one case, a homicide detective was forced to take six weeks off of work. How are LAPD officers adjusting to this policy, and how is it affecting efforts to solve murders and fight crime?
Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer covering LAPD
David Doan, Chief of Detectives for the LAPD
Paul Weber, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League
Bernard Parks, City Councilman for LA’s 8th district and former LAPD Police Chief