Report: L.A. officers should hit streets, citizens can do desk jobs

By Joel Rubin
The Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — More than 400 Los Angeles police officers now assigned to administrative tasks and other desk-bound jobs should be returned to patrolling the streets in order to bolster the city''s meager police force, according to a report released Monday by City Controller Laura Chick.

The 203-page study comes as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William J. Bratton continue their aggressive push to hire 1,000 officers by 2010 despite a severe budget shortfall facing the city.

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