L.A. panel votes to scrutinize officers’ finances

Police union files suit against the policy, which would require members of LAPD’s anti-gang and narcotics units to disclose personal information.
By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

10:51 AM PST, December 20, 2007

The Los Angeles Police Commission voted unanimously at a special meeting today to impose a controversial anti-corruption policy that will require hundreds of police officers serving in anti-gang and narcotics units to disclose personal financial information.

The decision deeply angered police union officials, who responded by filing a lawsuit seeking an injunction to bar the disclosures.

The approved policy calls for officers to disclose outside income, real estate, stocks and other assets, and debts. They also have to report the size of any bank accounts and disclose financial holdings they share with family members.

Earlier this week, dozens of officers threatened to seek transfers out of the specialized units or retire, rather then submit to the new policy.

The disclosure requirement, which is expected to cover about 600 officers, has proved to be one of the most problematic provisions of a federal consent decree to implement. The decree, agreed to by the city in the wake of a scandal in the late 1990s involving misconduct by anti-gang officers at the Rampart Division, mandates numerous reforms at the Los Angeles Police Department.

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