Live: Student Shot 5 Classmates, 2 Fatally, and Himself at Saugus High School on His 16th Birthday, LASD Says

Workers’ Unease Over Increased Homeless Population Prompts LAPD to Shift Patrols to Civic Center

The LAPD has increased patrols each morning and afternoon in the Civic Center area after government employees raised concerns about safety entering and leaving work.(Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The LAPD has increased patrols each morning and afternoon in the Civic Center area after government employees raised concerns about safety entering and leaving work.(Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

As the homelessness crisis grows in downtown Los Angeles, government employees have told authorities they don’t feel safe entering and leaving buildings and retail shops in the Civic Center area, officials said.

Now, the Los Angeles Police Department has shifted assignments for some officers each morning and late afternoon for several hours to the 20-square block area to ease concerns about the increased homeless population near office buildings and the L.A. Mall.

“We are currently looking at ensuring that we have dedicated patrols,” Police Chief Michel Moore told The Times. “It is in response to concerns and perception that their safety is increasingly in peril. We want to provide a visible form of our presence.”

The Civic Center is packed with government buildings, monuments, green space and homeless encampments.

Read the full story on LATimes.com

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.