LOS ANGELES (AP) — A homicide detective says the FBI and Los Angeles police have teamed up to solve 27 killings in the past three months.

LAPD homicide Detective Sal LaBarbera tells the Los Angeles Times it’s an unheard-of pace.

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Under the program that began July 1, the FBI provided six agents, equipment, crime lab help and money to pay the overtime for dozens of LAPD detectives.

The cash-strapped city has been forcing investigators to take time off when they build up too many work hours.

LaBarbera says the agencies collaborated on 78 killings and made arrests in Arizona, Minnesota and Nevada. One solved case was two decades old.

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