After a bruising, months-long battle waged in public over its budget, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department could see cuts to its funding amid the region’s dour economic outlook, county budget analysts and department employees say.
The Board of Supervisors is to finalize the county’s budget for the next fiscal year on June 29, two days before that year begins. The panel is expected to slash the department’s funding to around $3.3 billion – $200 million less than the year before.
That will mean fewer employees in uniform working for the department.
Conrad Meredith, the sheriff’s director of the Administrative Services Division, said more than 1,000 sworn positions will be “on the chopping block,” in addition to the loss of hundreds of civilian workers.