Five hours into a meeting on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed budget Monday, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to preserve the mayor's plan for hiring enough police officers to replace those who resign or retire.
On a 13-0 vote, the council agreed to keep the Los Angeles Police Department at 9,963 sworn officers, the same amount budgeted last year. Those officers will be hired at the same time that the city is shedding thousands of civilian employees to help balance the budget.
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