Responding to a spike in violent crime, Mayor Eric Garcetti plans to double the size of the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Metropolitan Division and create a new community-policing division within the department, he announced in his State of the City speech Tuesday night.
Garcetti will also announce potentially controversial plans in the digital sector: Applying hotel taxes to the popular vacation-rental website Airbnb and allowing the ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft to pick up customers at the L.A. airport. The companies are currently strictly limited in the service they provide at the airport.
The addition of 200 new officers to the Metropolitan Division — an at-large force of police officers including the SWAT team, K-9 unit and mounted cops — comes in response to statistics that show a steep increase in rates of serious crime.
Last month, the department reported a 27% rise in violent crime and 12% increase in property crime compared to the same period last year.
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