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Lack of LAPD civilian staff keeping officers off streets, officials say
Lack of LAPD civilian staff keeping officers off streets, officials say

Los Angeles city officials say they want to hire more civilian staff for the Los Angeles Police Department and are worried that a shortage is cutting into the time officers spend patrolling the streets. The number of LAPD civilian staff -- who fill positions such as secretaries, typists, analysts and technicians -- has dropped by more than 600 since fiscal year 2007 to 2,691. That means police officers are spending their time trying to fill these gaps, or that necessary work is left undone, said LAPD Asst. Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur at a meeting of the City Council's Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. "We need our civilian workforce back up to snuff," she said....

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