The Los Angeles Police Department is having such a difficult time attracting recruits that leaders plan to seek help from the business community.
Specifically, L.A.’s landlords will be asked to voluntarily subsidize apartments for police recruits for two years. That way, those incoming officers can afford to live in the city as they go through their six-month training and then get rooted in their career.
“A housing initiative is what we’re forming,” Police Chief Michel Moore said.
A second part of the plan calls for seeking donations from the business community, individuals, foundations and others. The money would go into a kind of housing trust which would help pay rent for incoming cops.
The initiative is still taking shape, and details are not worked out.
Steve Soboroff, a longtime business and civic leader who has been a police commissioner for nine years, came up with the idea for the subsidized housing plan. “I like to take complicated problems and make them simple. And this is one that jumped at me.”
The central problem is that the police department is seeing the roster of sworn officers dwindle alarmingly. In the last fiscal year, the department lost 633 officers but was able to hire only 75, Moore said. The department stood at 10,100 officers before the coronavirus pandemic but is down to 9,400 now.
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