LAPD's success tied to finance; budget could affect police efforts

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By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Even as they touted another year of falling crime rates in Los Angeles and expressed confidence that 2009 could bring further declines, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William J. Bratton said Monday that the LAPD's success in the upcoming year is tied to the city's financial picture.

Bratton, who has never been shy about promising drops in crime, stopped short of his tradition of setting a crime reduction target for the year, saying only that he was "very comfortable" that crime would continue to fall in 2009. His comments came at a year-in-review news conference held with the mayor and other law enforcement officials.

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