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LAPD often deploys fewer patrol officers than needed, review finds
LAPD often deploys fewer patrol officers than needed, review finds

The number of police officers patrolling some of Los Angeles' most crime-ridden areas routinely falls short of the Police Department's staffing needs, according to an internal report reviewed by The Times. The confidential report on the five stations in LAPD's Central Bureau, which includes the Rampart, Hollenbeck and Newton divisions, found there were often fewer officers patrolling streets than the number called for by the department's computer-generated deployment plan. Rampart Division, for example, failed to meet its staffing goal every day of the month-long period that was analyzed, according to the report. The patrol levels are set to ensure that officers can...

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