“Putting more officers on the street is my top priority, so we are going to push the envelope further.” The money for the new hires will come from the $127 million generated from monthly trash fees, which jumped from $11 to $18 last year and will go to $28 by 2010. No new taxes will be requested in the $6.7 billion spending plan, which is scheduled for release April 20, he said. Villaraigosa had hoped to hire 650 officers this year, but an aggressive recruitment effort will result in 750 new hires by June 30, he said. Hiring 780 more next year will bring the LAPD up to 9,780 officers by June 2008. “We did this despite the naysayers and the critics who said it couldn’t be done,” Villaraigosa said, adding that he believes the LAPD will have 10,000 officers – his long-stated goal – by 2009 and 10,349 cops the next year. “We will still be under-policed, but we will be putting more officers on the street,” Villaraigosa said. Bratton, the former chief of the Boston and New York police departments, has long complained that L.A. has fewer officers for its population than any other major city. The LAPD has never had more than 9,737 – a level it reached in 1997 – and now has 9,432. The LAPD’s hiring effort has been bolstered by a number of incentives, including $1,000 bonuses for those who refer recruits to the agency. The City Council is considering a program that would offer signing bonuses of $5,000 to recruits and up to $10,000 for experienced officers who transfer to the LAPD. In order to put more officers on patrol while recruits are being trained, Villaraigosa said, he hopes to increase the amount of money available to the LAPD for overtime. Budget director Sally Choi said details of the budget are still being finalized. The LAPD’s current budget is $1.3 billion – the most of any city department – with $76 million earmarked for overtime pay. Much of the overtime budget is now used to pay officers for court appearances and for special details. City Councilmen Dennis Zine, himself a retired LAPD sergeant, and Bill Rosendahl joined Villaraigosa at the news conference to support his plans. “This mayor has followed through on his word,” Rosendahl said. “I was worried last year when we imposed the trash fee on residents that the money would (not) be used as we said it would. This mayor made sure we used the money as we promised, for more police.” Zine said the mayor’s program reflects public demand. “I know this mayor won’t rest until we are the safest big city in the nation,” Zine said. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the LAPD topping its hiring goal for this year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday that he wants to hire 780 officers next year, giving the city 10,000 cops by 2009. Previewing the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, Villaraigosa predicted that the Los Angeles Police Department will gain about 300 officers, with the rest filling vacancies created by retirements or attrition. The officers will be used to staff new stations proposed for the northwest San Fernando Valley and Mid-City areas and to beef up patrols citywide. “Our Police Department has made remarkable progress over the past five years under the leadership of Chief Bill Bratton,” Villaraigosa said at a news conference at the LAPD’s training academy in Westchester. “Violent crime is down and Los Angeles residents are safer than they have been in 50 years. But we need to do more.
The body of a man in his 30s has been found near cliffs at Downings.The remains are believed to be that of the missing yachtsman Michael Green whose boat has been anchored in Sheephaven Bay for the past two weeks. Mulroy Coastguard discovered the body at approximately 5.40pm yesterday evening.The area was sealed of and the body was then handed over to Gardai.The Gardai subsequently removed the body to Letterkenny General Hospital where a post mortem is expected to be carried out.A spokesman for the Malin Head Coastguard confirmed the body has been positively identified as that of the missing man. Mr Green was from just outside Rathmullan but had spent some years living and working in England.An alert was sparked last week when the man’s yacht, Wood Magic, was boarded by Gardai after it had been anchored in Sheephaven Bay off Ards Friary for several days.It is not yet known how the man died. YACHT MAN’S BODY FOUND IN MULROY BAY was last modified: July 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)