How much does West Hollywood spend on policing?
West Hollywood contracts with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to police the city. The policing budget is over $17 million for the current fiscal year. That’s about 15% of the City’s operating budget and the bulk of the money the City spends on public safety. The City believes that contracting with the Sheriff has been a lower-cost way to provide policing.
The budget includes $1.4 million for a team that works around the bars and clubs at night and $0.8 million for special events. The allocation for the City’s security ambassadors, who are not police officers, is separate.
Spending on policing over time
The chart below shows the amount spent on “Police & Protective Services” over time. Most of this money is for policing. The budget has grown 16% over five years. The trend in actual spending is less clear, because the full budget wasn’t spent in four recent years. You can see the numbers by hovering over or touching each column.
Spending on policing compared to other cities
An independent analyst, Michael Coleman, estimated police spending per resident for each California city, using data from the State. West Hollywood spent an estimated $433 per resident on policing in 2014. That was about the average for Los Angeles County, but lower than some nearby cities.
Based on his estimates, Beverly Hills spent at least twice as much per resident. Santa Monica and Culver City both spent roughly 70% more. The estimate for Los Angeles was also higher, though that number puzzles us. Burbank spent about the same amount per resident as West Hollywood, while Glendale and Pasadena spent about 15% less.
West Hollywood’s spending was significantly higher than the state average of $294. That put West Hollywood in the 90th percentile among California’s 482 cities and towns.
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