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    West Hollywood City Council to Approve Adding One Sheriff Deputy to LASD Contract

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    At regular West Hollywood council meeting scheduled for Monday, January 22, 2024, the council will consider the approval of Agenda Item 2.GG in the City Council Consent Calendar, which adds one sheriff deputy to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s contract effective February 1, 2024.

    In a recent semi-annual update to the City Council, the West Hollywood Community Safety Department outlined plans to enhance public safety through the addition of a new Deputy to address rising residential burglaries. The update, presented on December 4, 2023, included year-to-date data from January to October 2023.

    The proposal involves forming a Residential Burglary Suppression Patrol Team in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). The LASD Deputy, paired with another officer, will focus on combating residential burglaries, mail theft, and theft from unlocked vehicles and bicycles in subterranean parking garages.

    The Team, operating as a no-call unit, will employ various strategies, including proactive saturation patrols, foot and bike patrols, and plainclothes/undercover operations. The initiative is in response to the alarming increase in such crimes, as highlighted in the LASD crime data.

    To optimize the Team’s effectiveness, the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station will utilize data from a Crime Analyst, identifying peak days and times for patrols and undercover operations. Monthly reviews of statistics will be conducted to assess the impact on reducing residential burglaries, with flexibility to adapt the Team’s focus based on evolving crime trends.

    The plan also incorporates the Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment (S.A.R.A.) Model, a LASD approach commonly used in law enforcement to address various crime issues. The City and Sheriff’s Station will closely monitor the Team’s impact on reducing residential burglaries before expanding its scope to address other crime trends.

    The addition of this proactive team aims not only to prevent residential burglaries but also to enhance overall safety in West Hollywood. The LASD, with whom the city has had a contract since its incorporation in 1984, will provide the additional sworn personnel, bringing the total to 62 starting February 1, 2024.

    The City Council directed staff to return in January 2024 with a detailed plan on how the additional Deputy will be allocated, with a final decision on whether to approve the addition to be made at that time. The community eagerly awaits the implementation of these measures to bolster safety in West Hollywood.

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    Paulo Murillo
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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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    P S
    P S
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    5 months ago

    YES, of course the additional deputy should receive an unanimous approval from the council. In my neighborhood alone we have had 4 disturbing home invasions in the past month—including two robberies on Rangely, where two females were confronted and threatened in their own apartments.

    Don’t stop at a single deputy, keep them coming. This council’s decision to defund our West Hollywood Sheriff’s was naive and fool hearted.

    Paul
    Paul
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    5 months ago

    Please, sir. Can I have another?

    C'mon Sense
    C'mon Sense
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    5 months ago

    We wouldn’t have to add a sheriff if we didn’t take any away in the first place. This isn’t rocket science or brain surgery folks.

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    5 months ago

    Yes. Thank you. But really, only one? I’d like to ask Mayor John Erickson to walk down Santa Monica Blvd starting at Ramage Street to Nemo Street to Doheny by-his-self at 12:30am any night, Ya one deputy, I’ll take it. NOT ENOUGH THOUGH.

    Kiss it
    Kiss it
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    5 months ago

    I’m getting drunk

    Enough!
    Enough!
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    5 months ago

    APPROVE! ADD!

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