[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]
Okay, I don’t really hate to say it. In fact, I found a great deal of vindication in this morning’s Los Angeles Times story on the dwindling ranks of LAPD gang officers. I’ve written often, both here and elsewhere (see here and here, for example), on what the results would be if the city pressed ahead with demanding extensive financial disclosure from officers assigned to anti-gang units. As the L.A. Times confirms today, some gang units in the city have seen their rosters trimmed by a third or even more as officers move on to other assignments but are not replaced as prospective members are deterred from applying due to what they view as unreasonable conditions for doing so. Crime remains low by historical standards, but if these gang units are allowed to continue shrinking, a rise in crime is all but unavoidable.