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    LASD is Unable to Provide New Deputies to Contract Cities Like West Hollywood

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    At an Adjourned Regular West Hollywood City Council meeting on Monday, June 24, 2024, West Hollywood Mayor John Erickson and City Manager David Wilson revealed that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is currently short-staffed and is not able to provide the City of West Hollywood with new hires, as LASD is trying to increase its personnel should the city decide to add more deputies.

    Mayor Erickson asked Manager Wilson to clarify that the council is not currently able to hire 10 more deputies even if they wanted to because LASD does not have any to assign to the city.

    Manager Wilson agreed.

    “Continuing to invest in community safety when it becomes available is important,” said Mayor Erickson. “And the technology pieces will help. But understanding the budgetary process of how we even contract for services is really critical. I understand some community members want more, some want less, whatever it is, but even if we all said yes, let’s get more right now, we couldn’t even get that, correct?”

    Manager Wilson agreed and said that LASD is not currently on a hiring freeze, but based on the county’s position at the moment, LASD is not providing new deputies for any cities while they continue to try to fill the positions they currently have.

    Wilson added that they are not offering non-sworn positions as well, and providing a city staff liaison would not have access to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station in the same way sworn officers have access. He said that a non-sworn officer would not provide the needs the City of West Hollywood is looking for. However, he told Mayor Erickson that he would look into it.

    “Because of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department-wide personnel shortage, the Sheriff’s Department is not currently increasing personnel, both Sworn Deputies and Professional Staff, for any of our Contract Cities,” Captain Moulder of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station told WEHO TIMES. “The Sheriff’s Department is now endeavoring to hire sworn deputies and professional staff.”

    Captain Moulder added that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved eight Sheriff’s Academy Classes for this year, and an additional two if needed. “Once the Sheriff’s Department increases personnel numbers, the Sheriff’s Department can then fulfill any requests by Contract Cities to increase personnel in contracts,” he said.

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Enough!
    Enough!
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    16 days ago

    There’s a shortage because who would want this job? You risk your life every day going to work, your “leaders” don’t support you, the public is largely ungrateful. If we don’t turn this around we’re gonna be in deep doodoo. It’s already bad out there with criminals knowing that enforcement of laws is already weak but when they get wind that there’s not enough cops to go around things are really gonna start to unravel.

    Cy Husain
    Cy Husain
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    16 days ago

    A happy reality check for all the pro law enforcement misinformation posters: Despite “DEFUNDING claims, police funding including LASD’s budget has INCREASED in many US cities including Los Angeles❗ In-spite of being excessively & unconditionally funded LASD has NOT ONLY failed miserably in protecting the public, it’s endangered us by their White Supremacist LASD Criminal Gang Activity. It’s way past time to get an Armed Private Heavy Weight Security Force as the New Sheriff in town costing far less than the LASD losers.

    MilitechSec
    Reading Rainbow
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    Reply to  Cy Husain
    16 days ago

    that is correct, defunding was a disaster and cities that suffered through defund political hacks are now, thank goodness, back peddling and scrambling to find the money.

    Cy Husain
    Cy Husain
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    Reply to  Reading Rainbow
    15 days ago

    Actually law enforcement defunding is a MYTH, it NEVER happened❗ Spending on law enforcement & the military has held steady increasing over the years. The 25 largest cities saw their police budgets grow by a total of 5% from FY 2019 to FY 2022 with a 7% increase just from FY 2022 to FY 2023. Democrat-run cities spend more money on policing and have more police per capita than Republican-run cities.

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    17 days ago

    People don’t want to be cops because the job is dangerous as society declines. Also, there is a reason LAPD/Deputies are so hated in LA with the constant corruption/racism etc.

    ThomasS
    ThomasS
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    17 days ago

    Progressives don’t have mental capacity to understand cause and effect. Defund police is now worst reality in the US. Brought to us few years ago by masqueraded pro crime agendas and irresponsible anger.
    An example Chicago is 1500 police short cuz people do not want the job.
    Suffer now anti police progressives. They sure are back east.

    Weho artist
    Weho artist
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    Reply to  ThomasS
    16 days ago

    Or maybe police could stop looking the other way when literal GANGS operate in their ranks. Or they could stop killing people that are running away.

    Dan Harrington-Tyrell
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    17 days ago

    We defunded and now we want more. There is no more and when we get more we have to pay more for equipment such as vehicles. I do not think the city did a cost-benefit analysis before adopting a defund policy or future projections. It is unfortunate, and residents will always pay the price for mistakes.

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    17 days ago

    West Hollywood should partner with Beverly Hills for a joint police force.

    Reading Rainbow
    Reading Rainbow
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    Reply to  Kevin
    17 days ago

    BH wants nothing to do with WH.

    Cy Husain
    Cy Husain
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    Reply to  Reading Rainbow
    16 days ago

    No one with any self respect in the Great City of West Hollywood wants anything to do with beverly hells

    ThomasS
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    Reply to  Kevin
    17 days ago

    Totally agree! However the progrssives here might be squeamish at their professional no BS tactics to get the job done.

    Reading Rainbow
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    17 days ago

    Just one consequence of No-More-Cops hare-brain movement we have been suffering through the last 4 years.

    Someone also needs to tell the guy quoted in this story that nobody “wants less” cops. At least no one that’s not still living in 2020.

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