L.A. sending more cops to Hollywood while WeHo cuts back on sheriff’s deputies


Hollywood will quickly see an elevated police presence after the Los Angeles City Council permitted funding Wednesday supposed to tackle a current enhance of crime within the space — a stark distinction with West Hollywood, whose City Council lately voted to cut back the variety of sheriff’s deputies on patrol over the following two years.

The council approved $216,000 from the workplace of Councilman Mitch O’Farrell — who launched the movement — to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division to add further officer shifts. O’Farrell represents the Hollywood space.

According to the councilman’s workplace, there was a 75% enhance in homicides and a 35.6% enhance in photographs fired to date this 12 months in contrast to final 12 months — while theft has gone up by 19.4% and theft has jumped by 24.7%.

“If you plan to come to Hollywood to commit crime, you are not welcome,” O’Farrell mentioned final week. “All Angelenos should feel safe where they live and work.”

The demand for public security has exceeded the obtainable assets in Hollywood, in accordance to the movement.

“Hollywood is as diverse, if not more, than any other part of the city itself, and having more resources concentrated in this area would be beneficial to ensuring public safety, particularly to the most vulnerable of society,” the movement says.

Blake Chow, deputy chief for the LAPD, mentioned in a press release final week that folks “need to feel safe when they’re in Hollywood.”

“We’re thankful to Council Member O’Farrell for these additional resources and look forward to quickly putting them to use to prevent, deter and address crime,” Chow mentioned.

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