Thursday, May 30, 2024

LAPD Union Official Advises Cops to Escape from L.A.

'Go somewhere that respects the work you do and you don’t have to beg for a great contract...'

(Robert Jonathan, Headline USA) A top official in the Los Angeles police union has strongly hinted the organization’s membership should seek law enforcement employment elsewhere.

In a subsequently deleted Facebook post on her personal page, Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz, vice president of the L.A. Police Protective League, hardly minced words.

“Go somewhere that respects the work you do and you don’t have to beg for a great contract,” she wrote, according to the Los Angeles Times.

LAPD cops and the city are currently wrangling over a new contract to replace the previous one that expired on June 30.

“Go somewhere that has a city council or city manager that openly acknowledges the great work you do, go somewhere that doesn’t have Two or more City Council members who hate you (no exaggeration),” Sandoz continued.

She avoided mentioning the councilors’ names, but the Times did identify them, noting that the duo “regularly vote[d] against spending proposals at the LAPD.”

Sandoz also lamented a decision by poliece chief Michel Moore to ban the “thin blue line” flag.

Los Angeles is just one of many Democrat-run, crime-infested cities where lawlessness is through the roof and police morale has sunk through the floor.

Some beleaguered cities have now implemented forced overtime because there aren’t enough already overworked cops to adequately cover the shifts.

In some instances around the country, lawmen or women have taken off even before they became fully vested in the pension plan.

As far as Los Angeles, in particular, is concerned, the Times asserted that “LAPD is hemorrhaging officers.”

The force is currently short of about 1,000 officers in a roster that, as recently as 2019, numbered about 10,000.

Although Sandoz’s original post got scrubbed, she doesn’t seem to be backing down.

“My comments were part of a larger online thread about officers who stated they already decided to leave the LAPD, and I stand by every word I wrote to those who decided, or are strongly considering leaving the LAPD for another agency,” she explained.

She described the controversy over the post as “much ado about nothing.”

In a follow-up, Sandoz said she hoped the new LAPD agreement, whenever it’s inked, would encourage retention and that “criteria I advise officers to evaluate when they are choosing to work for another agency is, in many respects, the same criteria officers are using to determine if they are going to stay with the LAPD.”

Lowering minimum standards is one of the solutions proposed by newly elected Mayor Karen Bass to address the police manpower shortage.

Another union official described as “a recipe for disaster.”

Bass, formerly a far-left congresswoman, has also vowed to purge the LAPD of officers with mythical links to “right-wing domestic extremist organizations.”

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