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June 5, 2020

LAPD Statement on Commitment to Community and Potential Budget Cuts

This Department remains committed to 21st Century Policing principles that build trust and bolsters accountability and transparency. Last night, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Commission President Eileen Decker made a series of announcements to further support the historic strides in our commitment to community engagement, meaningful partnerships, and constitutional policing. The Department looks forward to learning more about the details of the further reforms envisioned in the coming days to fulfill the commission’s vision for the future. Included within identified initiatives was the $100 to $150 million cut to the Department’s Budget. The size of this budget reduction is significant, requiring a top-to-bottom assessment including how we go about our most basic operations. The Department has begun the comprehensive review to identify potential costs savings and service reductions to meet this goal.

Chief Moore stated, “The reforms announced tonight are consistent with my commitment to a Department that builds trust by recognizing the legacy of historical wrongs and acts to tear down any vestiges of racial injustice. Regarding the identified budgetary cut, I look forward to better understanding what steps can be taken to meet this ambitious goal. I remain steadfast in my belief that the continued funding of essential functions of our Department equates to public safety. I will work closely with the Mayor, the City Council, the Commission, and all our city’s leaders to lift up our common values while serving the people of Los Angeles.”