Policing priorities

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The LAPD has radio problems. Cops can’t reliably get in touch with their superiors or backup. There are signal dead spots throughout the city. The units the department currently uses have been out of production since 2002, making them hard to replace or repair. You’d think that with all the recent attention paid to emergency preparedness, this is a problem the city’s leaders would waste no time addressing. Think again. Although the Los Angeles Police Department has sought the funds for new radios, city administrators have denied the request. The reason: $43 million price tag. While that figure does seem awfully high for a force of roughly 9,000 officers, it’s not much more than the extra $37 million that city leaders now concede they’ll need to construct a new LAPD headquarters, at a total cost of $340 million. And no one seems to suggest that City Hall won’t be able to come up with the dough for its fancy new building. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Apparently city leaders are more committed to keeping top cops comfortable in their headquarters than patrol cops safe on the streets.last_img