Los Angeles police officers won’t be able to work overtime during major or after-hours security events at places like Dodgers Stadium or Staples Center unless they get their coronavirus vaccine. or, if a location permits, get a negative test, LAPD leaders said on Friday. .
The move came in response to policies imposed by AEG – the operator of LA Live and Staples Center, among other sites – as well as a new LA County rule for events of more than 10,000 people. The restrictions will put additional pressure on LAPD agents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and come amid growing frustration that the department’s vaccination rate is far behind the general public, raising concerns as to the risk to community members who interact with agents.
Although the city of LA has required employees to be fully immunized or receive a religious or medical exemption by early October, this week only 54% of the estimated 13,000 LAPD employees received any of the vaccines. COVID-19.
More … than 2,600 LAPD employees have indicated that they plan to seek religious exemptions, as more than 360 are considering requesting a vaccine exclusion for medical reasons.
An LAPD supervisor, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the measure, presented the new restrictions on overtime eligibility as a way to slam opponents of the vaccine into their wallets .
“You’re going to see an increase in vaccinations from now on. This is overtime money for many officers, ”the supervisor told The Times.
In a note to officers, Cmdr. T. Scott Harrelson said those who cannot provide proof of vaccination, or a negative test within 48 hours, would not be allowed to work or be entitled to overtime payment.
Harrelson wrote that the new policy was adopted by the LAPD due to vaccination protocols slated to go into effect next week at sites operated by AEG, including the Staples Center, LA Live, Microsoft Theater and the Los Angeles Convention. Center.
The memo also noted that an LA County rule that goes into effect Oct. 1 requires anyone attending or working at a so-called “mega event,” which has 10,000 people or more, to be fully immunized. Sites subject to this more stringent vaccine requirement included the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Dodgers Stadium, and the Banc of California Stadium.
Officers were also warned that the LAPD would not provide coronavirus tests “for the sole purpose of working overtime.”
“The employee will be responsible for obtaining a Covid test themselves for this purpose,” the memo reads.
Ten LAPD employees have died from COVID-19 and thousands have been infected. Moore told the Police Commission on Tuesday that there had been 66 new infections in the department in the past two weeks, with more than 140 home workers recovering and four hospitalized.
A group of LAPD employees have filed a federal complaint challenging the vaccination mandate, arguing that it violates their constitutional rights to privacy and due process. Among those who lodged a complaint are employees “who could not claim medical or religious exemption”, as well as those who claim to have natural antibodies to contract the coronavirus, according to the legal complaint filed on Saturday in the court of US District of Los Angeles.
Monday, LA City Atty. Mike Feuer called the trial a “far more political statement than a solid legal argument” and said he was convinced he would fail to overturn the city’s demand.