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State of City: Garcetti focuses on public safety; wants Uber, Lyft at airport
State of City: Garcetti focuses on public safety; wants Uber, Lyft at airport

The Los Angeles Police Department will reassign hundreds of officers to new roles in mobile crime-fighting and community policing, a broad reorganization effort aimed at suppressing a surge in violent crime, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced during his 2015 State of the City speech Tuesday night. The changes will shift 200 officers from elsewhere in the department to the Metropolitan Division, an elite unit that deploys its members across the city based on crime patterns. An additional 40 officers will be reassigned to create a new community policing division, Garcetti said. The mayor said the reorganization comes in response to sharp rises in violent crimes and property crimes this year. Last...

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