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Police force to maintain size

October 24, 2009|Maeve Reston

The City Council agreed Friday to keep the Los Angeles police force at 9,963 officers this year, but said it would assess the city's ability to maintain that size on a monthly basis.

With the council trying to close a $405-million shortfall this year, council President Eric Garcetti said the city would proceed with new Police Academy classes only "as we can afford them."

Each month, the LAPD, city personnel officials and top budget analysts will be required to submit reports to the council detailing attrition rates, retirements and the number of new recruits scheduled to enter the academy.

-- Maeve Reston

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