March 31, 2006
To Protect and to Serve, But Somewhere Else
Recruits who train at the Los Angeles Police Department's police academy are required to sign contracts that require them to repay all or part of their $60,000 training costs if they leave the department before five years are up. Turns out some leave anyway -- and now the City is going after them. It's suing 53 former officers for $1.6 million in breach of contract.
The office of City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo (left) says it will work with the officers to arrange a payback that doesn't bankrupt them, but the officers' lawyer says it's a breach of the Fair Labor Standards Act to get money back from former employees. (Photo: Delgadillo City Attorney Website).
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