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CARSON : Crime Program to Stay Under County Control

March 17, 1994|MARY GUTHRIE

City Council members rejected a proposal to move supervision of the city's crime prevention program from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to City Hall after citizens blasted the idea at Tuesday's council meeting.

A staff report recommended cutting city costs by about $52,000 by eliminating one of two sheriff's deputies who run the Community Watch program and hiring a civilian, who would work out of the city's Public Safety Department, at a salary of $34,160.

Resident James W. Gaines spoke against the change. He said the extra training sheriff's deputies receive and their knowledge of criminal behavior could not be replaced by a civilian worker.

"You don't throw away a wheel that's already invented," Gaines said.

The Council voted 4 to 0 to maintain the deputy's position. Councilwoman Sylvia L. Muise-Perez was absent.

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