Los Angeles to Send 112 Officers to D.C. for Inaugural
D.C. police say they'll need assistance handling the crowds of more than 1 million expected for the inaugural. One batch of helpers is on the way, courtesy of Los Angeles County.
District officials had requested 500 officers from Los Angeles, but L.A. officials balked, saying it would be too costly. Sending 347 officers would cost $1.6 million, about $1 million of which would have to be paid by Los Angeles tax payers. But the city has finally agreed to send 112 officers, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Times reports:
After a week of controversy over the potential cost to taxpayers, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to send 112 sheriff's deputies -- a fraction of the personnel initially proposed -- across the country next month to aid in the presidential inauguration.
The narrow approval, although for far fewer than the 500 deputies first requested by Sheriff Lee Baca on behalf of the Washington, D.C., police, will still make the L.A. County department one of the largest contingents helping with crowd control and other duties at what are expected to be high-turnout festivities surrounding President-elect Barack Obama's swearing in.
Supervisors Mike Antonovich, Don Knabe and Zev Yaroslavsky had complained that the trip would deprive county residents of law enforcement protection and cause unnecessary expense to local taxpayers.
The District has asked for 4,000 officers from 96 jurisdictions.
David A Nakamura
December 17, 2008; 11:21 AM ET
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