New Policy Requires LAPD Officers Who Shoot Someone to Wait at Least 14 Days Before Returning to Field

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A shrine to Jesse Romero is seen at his home in Boyle Heights. Romero, 14, was fatally shot in 2016 by an L.A. police officer who had shot a man to death 12 days earlier. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

A shrine to Jesse Romero is seen at his home in Boyle Heights. Romero, 14, was fatally shot in 2016 by an L.A. police officer who had shot a man to death 12 days earlier. (Credit: Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles police officers who shoot someone will have to wait at least two weeks before returning to the field under a policy approved Tuesday by the five-member civilian panel that oversees the department.

Until now, officers could resume their regular duties with the police chief’s approval after a briefing that is done within 72 hours of a shooting. Time away from the field typically ranged from one to two weeks.

The new policy adopted unanimously by the Police Commission also strengthens training and psychological counseling requirements. It applies to officers who injure or kill someone in a shooting.

The expanded wait brings L.A. more in line with cities such as San Francisco, Chicago and New York, said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C.

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