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Los Angeles to D.C.: It's Too Costly to Send Our Police for Inaugural

District government leaders say they're counting on an additional 4,000 police officers from across the country to help patrol the streets during inauguration week. But where will they come from? Not Los Angeles...unless the District is willing to pay more than $1 million to help ship the 340 officers requested, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The refusal could take on new urgency with Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Bob Bennett warning yesterday that the District's emergency law allowing bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. from Jan. 17-21 could jeopardize security by straining law enforcement resources.

The Times writes:

Police in Washington have asked for more than 340 L.A. County sheriff's deputies to make the trip East to assist them during next month's inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.
The plan to send deputies has irritated Los Angeles County supervisors, who have questioned why the police in D.C. haven't turned to departments closer to home. They are also raising concerns about exactly how much of the out-of-pocket expenses and salary will be reimbursed. A report presented today at the Board of Supervisors meeting estimated that only about $630,000 of the cost would be recouped.
"The L.A. County taxpayers never voted on donating $1 million in police to the president-elect’s inauguration,” said Joel Bellman, spokesman for Supervisor Zev Yarovslavsky.
Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said today that although D.C. police have requested hundreds of deputies, they so far have offered to pay for only 40.

Meanwhile, Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher takes Feinstein and Bennett to task for their meddling in city affairs.

By David A Nakamura  |  December 10, 2008; 9:20 AM ET  | Category:  Security
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