Council to vote on new patrol

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first_img City officials believe they will be able to attract candidates to fill those slots because they will be higher-paying jobs than they were with the county. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The City Council will vote on the additional patrol at its meeting at 7 p.m. today in council chambers, 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B. Last fall, the city added a similar patrol. In the first year of operation, that unit was credited with making 363 arrests, including arrests of three murder suspects and 12 arrests of people suspected of assaults with a deadly weapon. In September, the City Council approved converting four community service officer positions from the sheriff’s contract into city jobs. The goal is to free up deputies from routine chores so they can concentrate on investigating crimes and arresting suspects. The community service officers handle tasks such as taking reports on minor, nonemergency crimes; taking fingerprints; answering phones; issuing parking citations; and directing traffic at crash sites or special events. For the past four years, the city has contracted with the Sheriff’s Department for the four officers, but for each of the past two years the county has not been able to fill two of the slots. PALMDALE – Palmdale is looking to add a two-deputy, 40-hour patrol team to its sheriff’s contract. The two-deputy team is what deputies refer to as a “bomber” car, a unit that can patrol without being diverted to routine calls. The team can be used to focus on particular high-crime areas or to look for particular crimes. “It’s a preventative type measure rather than going after crime after it’s been done,” said Councilman Mike Dispenza. The addition of the unit is expected to cost the city $153,000 for the remainder of this fiscal year, which runs to June 30. last_img read more