After Defunding The Police Last Summer LA Will Now Increase Metro PD Funding To Combat Rising Violent Crime Rates

 March 30, 2021

Major cities throughout the country have seen massive spikes in crime since they have pulled funding from their police departments. Unfortunately, these cities are finding out the hard way that fewer police officers do not equal less crime.

Quick Turn Around

In Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority chose to increase the funding for their law enforcement contracts. This funding will add $36 million from this month through the end of the year to the LSPD, LA County Sheriffs, and the Long Beach Police Department.

This increase in funding is in direct response to the rise in crime that has been seen across the city.

According to CBSLA, LA Metro CEO Phillip Washington said, "Our hope is that the public and the board understand that we’re trying as a staff to get to a good balance here in terms of policing on our system, trying to get to a happy medium here understanding both perspectives."

While the vote adds much-needed funding to the police departments, it still falls short of the $111 million originally put forth. The board hopes to find alternatives to law enforcement and use the extra money on those initiatives.

Finding a Balance

Meanwhile, the departments will have to balance lowering the crime rates on a tight budget. Amid anti-police sentiment, Metro Board CEO Washington says he is also aware of the public's perspective and the balance that needs to be achieved.

"I do understand both perspectives, from a lived experience as an African American male, I understand completely what we are saying about policing, but also as someone who reviews every incident report on the system, I do believe we need some level of security on the system."

LA Metro CEO Phillip Washington

LAPD turns it attention to managing the sharp increase in their overall crime stats.

LA Crime Statistics

During the summer of 2020, LAPD's budget was cut by $150 million, taking 231 officers off the streets. The result was a 35% increase in crime over the past year.

In particular, gun crimes have gone up. In January of 2021, there were 39 homicides in LA, increasing by 34% over the past year.

Defunding is Not the Answer

Cities with traditionally high crime rates are realizing that defunding their police officers was not the answer to their problems. In fact, it just created more.

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19 comments on “After Defunding The Police Last Summer LA Will Now Increase Metro PD Funding To Combat Rising Violent Crime Rates”

  1. It never was the answer. Now the cryers against the police want their help, but I bet they wont hesitate talk crap about them at the same time. It’s not the weapon. It’s the people. Anything or anyone can be a weapon. Just look at the SWAMP! They’re a weapon of its own against the American’s and America!!

  2. I could have told them it was a bad idea. Just like the new gun steel from law abiding citizens, that also is a bad idea because all that will is leave the law abiding citizens unable to defend themselves. Do the stupid people in office actually think the crooks are going to hand over their guns. We have to o support our police, not run them out. I’m actually surprised if we can keep them. They are abused, killed and injured and disrespected and if they take action they get in trouble. Cities get sued by crooks if they are injured during an arrest, it is so stupid when the crooks have more rights then the victims

    1. I guess california is still stupid, look at newson, can you imagine they thought crime would go down. They want to take guns from people who don't run around like criminals, but the criminals get to keep theirs. Some people have no brains, a lot are in washington dc.


  3. Los Angeles is a typical Demorat city dumb as dirt, Every day I think GOD that he let me born in another state. It is coming and very soon that a family will have to let one member set up all night to protect the rest so they can sleep. This is as sure as there is a GOD in heaven.

  4. Did they actually think with no police they would just go away? You left yourself wide open for trouble. You have no one to blame but yourselves. I hope you learned a powerful lesson but being democrats I doubt it. You got just what you ask for..

  5. People with working brains and common sense KNEW this defunding nonsense! I'm amazed, again....A-mazed!!!!!!!, that anyone would have thought it had a sliver of a chance to be successful! All's I'll say is ..."I could have told you so and there are people dead because you idiots live in an alternate universe...out of story books! The killings by bad degenerates won't stop by removing law enforcement! DUH! reread that last sentence! It turned into open season for low-lifes! That's what they do...Kill, Steal, Rape, etc etc etc!!! I feel safer knowing there are people who will try to stop the nasty jerks from their lawlessness! We need to have stricter penalties on those "no-reason-to-live" ick people! They shouldn't be allowed to breathe our air!

  6. Crime has risen? That’s a No Brainer! Oh! Homicide with guns is up 35 percent? So much for Gun Control! California has the most Draconian Gun Laws in the US! Right up there with NY. So tell me... where are all the law abiding citizens shooting up the place??? I’ll wait for an answer.

  7. Defunding any organization can in no way expected that organization to function more effectively!
    The math and reality project a totally different outcome from what these non realistic dreamers achieve.
    You just can not get more by having less of anything.

  8. calf the loser state that the dems ran into the ground most of the GOOD people are leaving that nasty state

  9. Perhaps when the CRIMINALs knocks on Phillip's door & he finds she ,he or it (the social worker )according to the "woke" went home @ 5 & no one is coming to help he will wish he could call the police to help !!! Just look what defunding got u !!!!! More trouble & more stupidity !!!!!!

  10. All these RADICAL LIBERAL cities have big stupid ideas about getting rid of the police . They all have HIGH crime rates to begin with , so it shows that these nitwits don't have a clue . Start enforcing the gun laws that are already on the books and start locking these degenerates up for a long time .

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