160 LAPD employees could be laid off

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Some 160 Los Angeles Police Department employees could be laid off by January 1 under a cost-cutting plan announced by Chief Charlie Beck.

In a memo posted on the department’s internal website on Thursday, the chief said the layoffs would include one police administrator, a nutritionist, 10 secretaries, 81 senior clerk typists and 66 clerk typists.

City News Service reports the positions were selected when the layoffs were first proposed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the spring and might be modified under current plans.

Beck said he is committed to keeping staff informed and ordered the LAPD Office of Administrative Services to update employees weekly until there is a resolution.

The LAPD has lost 628 civilian employees to budget cuts and early retirement offers since 2009, according to the department.

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