If you’ve ever watched Blazing Saddles, chances are you’ll recognize that line. This isn’t exactly what the Los Angeles Police Protective League is saying, but it’s pretty close. For those who aren’t aware, the Police Protective League is the union for LAPD officers. Which means that one of the things they advocate for is more officers and more overtime for existing officers. Which doesn’t mean they aren’t correct, but it’s a factor to be considered when you’re evaluating the following.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Officers with the LAPD tell CBS2 that in the event of an emergency, you might have a long wait.
It’s a story that is Only On 2.
CBS2’s Randy Paige reports that many officers believe there aren’t enough of them to go around — especially in an emergency.
“The citizens need to know they need to be able to protect themselves because if they call 911, we can’t guarantee we’re going to get there in time to help you,” says Police Protective League President Jamie McBride.
The LAPD spokesman didn’t respond on camera, but did release the following statement.
Neiman went on to say crime fighting units including the Metro division domestic violence division, community based policing, all have increased personnel backing up patrol units trying to stop crime before they result in a 911 call.
Which reminds me of another scene from Blazing Saddles where Taggart, ahem, congratulates Hedley Lamarr on his ability to use words.
The LAPD spokesman uses a lot of words to talk around the issue of the number of patrol units. Metro Division is an elite unit of the LAPD. It includes among other things, SWAT, Canine, Mounted and other specialized units. They are troubleshooters, not regular patrol units. Nor are the other units regular patrol units. Which means that they don’t patrol and generally don’t answer radio calls. Those are the bread and butter of all police departments.
The lack of officers is not a comforting thought for West LA resident David Doucette, father of two small boys.
“I want to make sure if I call they’re going to show up not 45 minutes later but within 10 minutes,” Doucette said.
10 minutes is a long time if you are the victim of a crime. 45 minutes, in an urban area, is a lifetime. Or more.
Of course Los Angeles City freely gives out Carry a Concealed Weapon (CCW) permits freely, right?
You can read the 16 page instruction/application document at this link.
So, how many permits does the City of Los Angeles is to civilians? The only statistic I could find was from Calguns.com for 2013.
The city also issued 20 permits to reserve police officers.
Los Angeles County issued 127 permits to civilians.
Some cities within the county didn’t issue any.
Judges seem to have a much easier time getting permits.
It could be worse, and is. San Francisco police issued 1 permit. As did the county sheriff.
I haven’t done the calculations, but I have to wonder if the odds of winning Power Ball aren’t better than that?
Which brings us back to the title of this post.