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Los Angeles Approves Police Pay Raise Amid Staffing Shortage

Los Angeles Approves Police Pay Raise Amid Staffing Shortage

Police recruits attend their graduation ceremony at LAPD Headquarters in Los Angeles on July 8, 2016. (Frederic Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

City News Service

City News Service

8/2/2023

Updated: 8/2/2023

LOS ANGELES—A tentative agreement was announced Aug. 1 between the city and the union representing Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers, sergeants, detectives, and lieutenants, with the mayor’s office insisting the deal would improve recruitment and retention efforts through increased starting salaries and incentives.
“My number-one job is to keep Angelenos safe,” Mayor Karen Bass said in a statement announcing the agreement. “Like many major cities across America, our police department is enduring a hiring and retention crisis so we are taking critical action. In April, I proposed a budget to address concerns within the Los Angeles Police Department and to provide investments to hire more police officers, expedite the hiring process, and improve retention. Today’s contract is consistent with those goals.”
According to the mayor’s office, staffing at LAPD has declined by more than 1,000 officers since the beginning of 2020, and the agency is expected to lose hundreds more in the coming year due to retirements and resignations.
Furthermore, since 2017, LAPD has lost more than 430 officers in their first year and a half of duty, and a significant number leave for other agencies before serving for 10 years, according to the mayor’s office.
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass (L) speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles on May 31, 2023. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass (L) speaks at a news conference in Los Angeles on May 31, 2023. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

According to Ms. Bass’s office, the proposed contract would increase the starting base salary by 11 percent, with 3 percent increase in base salary annually each year of the contract. The proposal also includes “retention pay incentives” aimed at keeping officers in the LAPD “for the long term.”
The contract also improves health, life, and dental insurance benefits, according to the mayor’s office.
The contract is subject to approval by union members.
Officials from the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), the union representing LAPD officers, said negotiations were respectful, as both parties recognized the importance of retention and recruitment of officers.
“We believe this tentative agreement will put the LAPD on the right path toward retaining our experienced officers and supervisors and recruiting qualified cadets to enter our academy,” Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz, vice president of the LAPPL, said in a statement. “Our rank-and-file deserve these increases and improvements as we work toward restoring staffing after losing over 1,000 officers.”
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