LAPD enacts COVID-19 overtime policies for officers

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The Los Angeles Police Department is changing its policies on overtime and off-duty security jobs due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The new policy comes as L.A. County is seeing an encouraging downward trend in coronavirus hospitalizations.

On Friday, the LAPD announced that officers will be not be allowed to work overtime at major events or off-duty security at large venues unless they get the COVID-19 vaccine or, if a venue allows it, provide proof of a negative test, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The move came in response to a new L.A. County health order that will require all attendees and workers at outdoor mega events with crowds of more than 10,000 to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative coronavirus test, as well as policies imposed by AEG, the operator of iconic venues in Southern California, including L.A. Live and Staples Center, among other sites.

The L.A. County Department of Public Health on Saturday reported 2,130 new infections and 29 new deaths related to COVID-19 complications, bringing the county’s cumulative totals to 1,442,808 cases and 25,828 fatalities since the pandemic began. 

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients in the county continued to fall Saturday, dropping from 1,125 on Friday to 1,070, according to the latest state figures.

Erin Myers reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Sept. 19, 2021.

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