A report released by the inspector general for the Los Angeles Police Commission on Friday charges that some command officials inflated patrol numbers by adding in “ghost cars” that never left the station.
The report says that in five of the 21 LAPD patrol divisions, officers were sometimes reported out on the street when they were actually working at their desks. The report’s bottom line is that there weren’t as many officers or police cars patrolling the streets of Los Angeles as the LAPD’s internal reports said there were.
“I think it’s been going on for years,” Mark Croni, a director with the LA Police Protective League who was a motorcycle patrol officer in the LAPD for 20 years, told KCAL9’s Dave Bryan. “I think it has been pervasive throughout the city.”
Croni believes there was pressure on command officers to meet the required patrol numbers on paper, whether they were real or not.
“If I’m a captain or above, I want to make those that are above my position happy, so I want everybody to believe that my division is doing what it should be doing,” Croni said.
The Inspector General’s report concludes this about reporting inaccurate LAPD patrol deployment number: “The OIG found that it occurred during multiple shifts at different times of the day, involved officers of differing ranks and was carried out differently depending on who was involved and where they were assigned.”