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L.A. council seeks gang prevention

first_imgThere are an estimated 40,000 gang members within the city and 90,000 countywide. In the discussion, two council members, Bernard Parks and Jan Perry, revived their concerns over the three-day, 12-hour work schedule approved for more officers. The two said they want a report on what it would take to change the work schedule only at police stations within their districts – drawing a loud protest from Councilman Jack Weiss. Weiss said he would fight any effort to change the 3-12 plan because of the support it has from police officers. “Eliminating the 3-12 schedule is exactly the wrong thing to do when we are adding 1,000 new officers to LAPD, when we are working every day to find new recruits and be competitive with other police departments in the area,” Weiss said. Parks, who fought the change in work schedule when he was police chief, said he is concerned it has reduced the number of officers on patrol, resulted in higher overtime costs and jeopardized some communities by the need to shift officers to other parts of the city to respond to calls. Paysinger noted it is part of the contract negotiated with the Los Angeles Police Protective League and could not be changed by city officials. “We are not sure why council members Parks and Perry want to tamper with a system that is working well,” said Tim Sands, president of the league. “Returning to a less-flexible schedule will not reduce overtime, will not reduce crime and will push experienced officers to request changes in assignments to other divisions.” Parks also said he believes city government needs to look beyond the LAPD to solve its crime problems. Library programs and Department of Recreation and Parks activities, for example, can play roles in keeping young people from joining gangs, Parks said. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo outlined his office’s efforts to crack down on gangs with injunctions as well as to work with young people before they become gang members. Deputy city attorneys are assigned to schools and to an active program through the courts to identify young people susceptible to joining gangs. rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCouncilman Tony C rdenas, who chairs the council’s ad hoc committee on gangs, said he will prepare recommendations for next year’s budget. “We made a promise to the taxpayers that we will have accountability at every level,” C rdenas said. “We need to develop programs that convince young people to do more than say no to drugs. They need to say no to gangs.” Officials agreed they need to do more with prevention programs, particularly to promote a better relationship with Los Angeles Unified School District leaders to use after-school programs to keep young people from joining gangs. Paysinger said the LAPD has promoted closer relations with other agencies, particularly the county Probation Department, to work with gang members and offer alternatives to gangs. At the same time, the LAPD has stepped up its enforcement efforts this year, with top-10 lists of the worst gangs and the worst gang members, and gang crimes, particularly gang homicides, have been reduced, Paysinger said. Told by a police official that residents are “hungry to be free from the scourge of generations of gang violence,” the Los Angeles City Council explored ways Wednesday to keep young people from joining gangs and to find a path for members to leave and rejoin society. In a rare meeting dedicated to a single topic, the council said public safety is a top priority and largely depends on suppressing gangs and keeping young people from joining them. The council heard Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger of the Los Angeles Police Department declare the public hungry to be free of gangs. “All of us have gotten that call where we hear some young person has been shot to death by an errant bullet or stabbed, and we feel helpless,” Council President Eric Garcetti said. “We console families. We pay for funerals. We go to candlelight vigils. “We spend our days talking to family members and mothers, trying to console them. We speak to those who are too afraid to speak out themselves, who sit in shuttered rooms because they are too afraid to go out.” last_img read more

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UK’s National Health Service Plans To Recruit Over 600 Nurses From Philippines, India

first_imgStaffing crisis at United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) does not seem to be getting over soon. Now, the NHS is planning to recruit more than 600 nurses from the Philippines and India to plug the shortage of staff in Northern Ireland, according to an announcement made on Jan. 15.A shortage of medical staff is being felt all over Europe. Across the United Kingdom, there is a reported shortage of 40,000 nurses. In Northern Ireland, the shortfall is said to be 1,500. In view of current crisis, Charlotte McArdle, Northern Ireland’s chief nursing officer, was quoted in media reports as saying that a decision has been taken to launch an overseas recruitment program.“Through that program we are hoping to recruit 622 nurses, mainly from the Philippines, with some from India, by 2020. We have a history with the Philippines, and to a lesser extent India, from the last shortage around 2000,” she said, the Tribune reported.“We are running with just under 10 per cent vacancy levels. In the context of Northern Ireland we have probably in the region of between 15,000 and 17,000 posts and about 1,500 vacancies,” she added. “That is significant, but in the context of what is happening around us, it certainly isn’t as bad as what would be happening in England or the Republic of Ireland and it is probably on a par with Scotland and Wales. This year is going to be difficult in terms of nurse recruitment.”McArdle emphasized that getting nurses in from overseas was only an temporary measure to wade through the difficult years. “The answer for us is to grow our own workforce,” she said. “We can’t be reliant on other places to do that for us. The overseas program is an interim step to help balance things while we get to the other side.”The NHS crisis was pushed to the forefront with Brexit, as almost 10,000 nurses quit after the referendum.This winter, a flu outbreak and amid shortage of staff is making things worse, and hospitals in the United Kingdom have announced “black alerts,” a sign that they were unable to deliver comprehensive care.With non-urgent surgeries postponed and patients having to wait more than 12 hours in emergency wards before being attended to, undergraduate medical students are being asked to volunteer to help through the crisis, the Guardian reported. Medical schools are asking fourth- and fifth-year students for urgent assistance at nearby hospitals and GP surgeries, it added. Related ItemsEmploymentMedicineUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

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