Thanks, DOJ. Your attempt to reduce corruption has forced honest cops to leave their beats.
About half of the LAPD officers in the Northeast Division's gang unit have joined patrol duty after refusing to comply with a federal anti-corruption regulation to reveal details about their personal finances.
"Some of the officers have gone back to patrol, some are trickling back to patrol, some still have a decision to make and some will stay," said Rick Ortiz, supervisor of detectives in the gang unit of the LAPD Northeast Division.
The deadline for gang unit officers to disclose their personal financial information is March 31, in keeping with a policy that the Department of Justice instituted in the late 1990s to snag corrupt officers working in units that frequently handle cash or drugs.
Basically, these gang units patrol injunction areas and watch for gang members. [continue reading]