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LAPD Hiring Freeze Proposal Rejected

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The plan to freeze police hiring, which would deplete the force as officers retired, was rejected by the L.A. City Council yesterday and sent to committee for further study, according to the LA Times. That move, however, comes as job cuts continu across the city, including civilian positions within the police department. "The impacts are very real, as officers are forced to stay at home because of overtime concerns and fill in for furloughed civilians or vacant civilian jobs," said Paul Weber of the L.A. Police Protective League, the union that represents more officers. “I never thought I would be in a position where we’re choosing between libraries and parks staying open, and a well-staffed Police Department. I don’t really like making those choices.” said Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who voted to reject the freeze.