Yes, We Have Money For More Cops
An analysis of the city’s general fund revenues and expenditures over the past four fiscal years reveals several key findings, among them:
- The city’s general fund budget expanded by 14%, growing from $3.2 billion in FY 2001-02 to $3.7
billion in 04-05.
- At the same time the general fund budget grew by 14%, the Los Angeles Police Department expanded the number of deployed officers by less than 2%.
- The hiring of new officers accounts for only 3% of NEW general fund revenue since 2001-02. Fully 97% of new revenue was spent on other priorities.
- Seventy-five percent of all new revenue since 2001-02 was dedicated to salary increases.
- As of FY 2004-05, the city had spent less than 0.2% of its $5.4 billion budget on hiring more police officers.