why the change?The reader threatened to go out into the street and flag down an LAPD patrol car. That was enough to get three officers to his home in the next fifteen minutes. They were “professional and accommodating,” he wrote, but one officer told him “the entire west San Fernando Valley from the 405 freeway to Valley Circle, north of Roscoe to the upper rim of the Valley is patrolled by only five cars” that respond to this type of call. “The other LAPD officers we see are ‘traffic’ only,” he wrote.
The readers were angry. “Our tax dollars are being squandered,” wrote the Chatsworth crime victim. “Where is the money going?” asked the Van Nuys victim.
traffic only cops generate revenue for the city, unless it's a home invasion no one cares about you. you are on your own.But money is not the whole story here.
In 2014, voters passed Proposition 47, which reduced some felony theft and drug offenses to misdemeanors.
Police have “no motivation” to arrest thieves and burglars, because “nothing is being done to these people,” explained Marc Debbaudt, immediate past president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys. He said “there are no consequences” for those who commit property crimes.