The L.A. Rams owner Stan Kroenke agreed to pay for Los Angeles police officers to serve as security at football games, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Kroenke and the Rams will pay police costs for the rest of the season and preseason games that have already been played. Firefighters and trash collectors will also get paid for their services at football games.
This announcement from Mayor Eric Garcetti came after the union representing LAPD officers called attention to the Rams’ use of city resources. Union officials said that police officers were removed from neighborhood patrols and detective work to provide security at Rams games.
The previous arrangement mirrored the USC Trojans agreement which paid for security officers inside the stadium, while the city paid for officers outside.
Now, the Rams will pay overtime to off-duty officers as security guards. Meanwhile, the city will work on the USC deal long-term, Garcetti said.
In other game day news, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform 30 minutes before the Rams kickoff their home-opener on Sunday.
The Sept. 18 regular season debut versus the Seattle Seahawks will be the Rams’ first regular season game in Southern California in 22 years.
Last week, L.A. opened the season with a 0-28 road scrape by the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.
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