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City Will Use Funding to Add Patrols

September 26, 1996|HOPE HAMASHIGE

Hoping to reduce the city's crime rate, the City Council this week approved spending $75,130 to pay for increased sheriff's patrols.

The money, which came from a state grant, will be used to pay for 1,800 hours of overtime this year for deputies who patrol Stanton.

The grant will also cover the increased cost of bookings that are likely to occur from more arrests.

"The crime rate in the city is down, but why not make it go down more since the money has been made available to us?" said Councilman David John Shawver.

Shawver originally favored using the money to purchase a police motorcycle to police traffic along Beach Boulevard, he said.

Other council members, however, said they preferred to put all the funds into stepped-up patrols rather than paying to train a motorcycle officer.

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