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L.A. Police

October 04, 1998

You can add hundreds, even thousands, of police officers to the LAPD (Sept. 25). Unless you make L.A. an "armed camp," a substantial force increase will have little long-term effect on crime.

Where are you going to get all the courtrooms, judges and attorneys to handle the arrest and prosecution load wrought by this enlarged police force? As it is now, the court system is bucking the LAPD and L.A. Sheriff's Department arrest volume.

And all the police in the world won't do any good if the others are not "proactive" and just sit in their cars answering radio call after radio call, after the fact. Morale in the LAPD is so low and discipline so strict that officers are no longer proactive.

It's not the number of officers that matters: it's the quality of work they do. Ask any officer.

ALAN W. WEINBERG

Woodland Hills

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