Say goodbye to Parker Center and say hello to the new and expansive (and expensive) Metropolitan Detention Center. This is not to be confused with the other Metropolitan Detention Center that is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Is is possible that someone at LAPD could have come up with a different name for their new 84 million dollar jail facility that sat vacant for the last two years?
The jail is finally opened and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is already having to defend his actions to pull some 90 patrol officers off of their field assignments to help run the jail. LAPD also closed the old Parker Center and four other small jail facilities in order to staff the new jail. By closing the other jails, this probably means that LAPD officers will be forced to drive their arrestees farther and spend more time outside their beats in order to bring people to and return from the new downtown jail.