Doing More with Less: Policing the City of Los Angeles During a Recession

The City of Los Angeles currently faces a nearly $200 million dollar budget shortfall (Zahniser & Reston, 2010). The mayor has asked all city departments to review their operating budgets and make cutbacks to address and rectify the dire financial situation. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), with its nearly 10,000 officers, has not been spared from financial cutbacks. Being asked to do more with less has become a recurring theme within the department.
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