Date of Completion


Degree Type

Honors Thesis


English (ENGL)

First Advisor

Tara Pixley


This is a news article written about how the nationwide police shortage following the murder of George Floyd has affected the City of Los Angeles. According to a poll done by Suffolk University and the LA Times, about one third of Angelinos believe that the police are performing poorly. However, those who are younger than 35 are more than twice likely to believe that police are performing poorly. Through this article, I will explore the changes that the LAPD is making in order to keep up with a changing social climate and an upcoming workforce that is not interested in being police officers. It will also explore how the history of the LAPD has led us to this moment in history. It will attempt to make a connection between the drop off of LAPD officers and young Angelinos perception of how they want to be policed.