A hacker contacted the Los Angeles Information Technology Agency last week and claiming to have stolen personal information of 2,500 members of the LAPD and 17,500 applicants to the police force.

"Out of an abundance of caution we're applying extra layers of security around our personnel system and enhancing defenses," L.A. General Manager Ted Ross told NBCLA.

The agency received a message from the self-proclaimed hacker who offered to provide evidence that the names, partial Social Security numbers, birthdates, email addresses and passwords.

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