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April 10, 1994 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is a thankless and often perilous job, one that Arnold Garcia performed without the benefit of a gun, baton, chemical spray or personal alarm. For nearly two decades, he worked the graveyard shift at the Dorothy F. Kirby Center in the City of Commerce, supervising the locked cottages that house some of Los Angeles County's most youthful and troubled offenders. Like all of the Probation Department's 3,000 employees, he got by with only two weapons--muscle and guile.
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March 17, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six Los Angeles County probation officers will be allowed to carry handguns on duty under a pilot program approved Tuesday, but their union's leaders say it is not enough to ensure officers' safety. The program represents a dramatic break from tradition in the nation's largest probation department, which has for years refused to give guns to its officers despite their claims that their safety is increasingly jeopardized as they join interagency task forces cracking down on gang members.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1991
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which was criticized after a social worker was fatally stabbed two years ago, has conditionally endorsed an Assembly bill designed to increase protection for mental health workers. The bill, written by Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica), would require California's seven largest counties to submit security plans to the state but does not mandate special measures.
NEWS
April 10, 1994 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is a thankless and often perilous job, one that Arnold Garcia performed without the benefit of a gun, baton, chemical spray or personal alarm. For nearly two decades, he worked the graveyard shift at the Dorothy F. Kirby Center in the City of Commerce, supervising the locked cottages that house some of Los Angeles County's most youthful and troubled offenders. Like all of the Probation Department's 3,000 employees, he got by with only two weapons--muscle and guile.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1999 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six Los Angeles County probation officers will be allowed to carry handguns on duty under a pilot program approved Tuesday, but their union's leaders say it is not enough to ensure officers' safety. The program represents a dramatic break from tradition in the nation's largest probation department, which has for years refused to give guns to its officers despite their claims that their safety is increasingly jeopardized as they join interagency task forces cracking down on gang members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1991
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which was criticized after a social worker was fatally stabbed two years ago, has conditionally endorsed an Assembly bill designed to increase protection for mental health workers. The bill, written by Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica), would require California's seven largest counties to submit security plans to the state but does not mandate special measures.
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