COMPTON — The City Council has agreed to pay for a series of crime-fighting measures suggested by City Manager James Goins, including adding seven new police officers and installing police substations in three city parks.
Funds for the new officers, who will bring the force to 145, were contained in the $113,087,247 budget approved by the council Tuesday. Also included in the budget is nearly $1 million to build and equip police substations in West, Gonzales and a yet-to-be-built park in a new housing development named Sunny Cove.
Two years ago the city put substations in Leuders and Kelly parks. Police say the constant police presence ended gang activity in those parks.
The council also approved a Goins' suggestion to hire 12 new part-time recreation aides, which will allow the city to expand its after-school and weekend youth programs in an attempt to keep young people from drifting into gangs. Police have identified 35 gangs that operate in Compton.