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Serious Crime in Long Beach

August 17, 1986

Regarding your report that serious crime in Long Beach is up 5.9% (Southeast/Long Beach sections, Aug. 7), I suspect that if the Long Beach Police Department spent more of its huge budget in fighting crimes involving victims and less on enforcing victimless-crime laws there would be some decrease in this percentage.

It is obvious to me that their priorities should be reviewed.

Another suggestion would be to make the Long Beach police more accountable to the democratically elected City Council and less to the city manager.

--PRESCOTT FOSTER

Long Beach

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