Sunday, May 19, 2024

L.A. Mayor Wants to Improve LAPD With Lower Recruiting Standards, Targeting Right-Wing Officers

In the name of social justice, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass is promising to lower the bar for police recruits of color to make it easier for them to qualify for training. And in the name of woke righteousness, she plans find, target and get rid of police officers she believes are associated with “right-wing domestic extremist organizations.”

Bass described her list of new public safety goals last week as her effort to eliminate “obstacles” keeping the City of Angels from a greater level of public safety and diversity within the Los Angeles Police Department.

As such, Bass is looking to remove “obstacles” for police recruits who fail to initially qualify for training according to a summary of her public safety goals obtained by Fox News Digital.

Bass told the Los Angeles Times that she is prioritizing “crime reduction, personnel reform, alternative response and community policing.” She also seeks to hire additional homicide detectives and also work to solve ongoing staffing shortages in the police department.

Bass’ summary of police reform goals includes a number of provisions along with dates by which the LAPD must report back its progress towards meeting those provisions — one of which stipulates a deputy mayor will work in with a “third party” to “evaluate the personnel process and identify obstacles to entry for recruits who fail to qualify for training.”

According to the new recruitment provision, a recommendation to remove any obstacles from a an aspiring recruits path into then police academy will be considered within the context of “ethnic groups disproportionately left out of new officer training.”

Police union leaders are deeply concerned about the new recruit assessment guidelines

“We think that particular provision or that goal or that idea is dangerous,” Tom Saggau, spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), told Fox News Digital.

“If you have police officers that can’t make minimum qualifications or attained minimum standards, for instance, there are recruits that have been in the academy that just can’t score the minimum requirements for a physical fitness test,” he continued. “One hundred is the maximum score, 50 is acceptable. There are folks that are scoring under 10. That’s just dangerous.”

Saggau said Bass wants to lower standards within the police department even as it’s been shown that new hires who do not initially qualify during training are shown not to “possess the mental fitness or the physical fitness ability to be a police officer.”

“Lowering standards is a dangerous precedent,” he said. “That’s just a recipe for disaster”

Another provision clears the way for the LAPD to use data supplied by the Justice Department to “identify, discipline, and/or terminate” officers linked to “right-wing domestic extremist organizations.”

“We [LAPPL] think it ought to be right-wing, left-wing, foreign and domestic,” Saggau said. “We think that there are more organizations that members of law enforcement should not be associated with, other than the narrow group that was listed in that document.”

Bass also wants to see updated training measures to comply with the “heightened standard on use of deadly force required,” an expansion of the department’s Mental Evaluation Unit and System-wide Mental Assessment Team and implementation of strategies to reduce instances officer-involved shootings.

“Mayor Bass sees the dire need for more officers,” Saggau said. “The question is, how do you get there?”

Saggau said the police union is “totally committed and completely supportive of civilianizing positions where police officers should be doing police work and civilians should be doing civilian work.”