LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Violent crime dropped 13.8 percent in Los Angeles County last year, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The department, which plans to hold a press conference Wednesday, also reports that homicides are down 46 percent from five years ago.

Officials say the deputy reserve program is partly responsible for the new statistics.

“They play a major role in the department,” Los Angles County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Nicole Mashida told CBS2. “We have 844 reserves as of last year. They put in 175,000 hours, and they’re working for $1 a year. They have full-time jobs, a lot of them, and then they come out on top of their full-time jobs and they become part of the department.”

The department will recognize individual stations, such as Lancaster, where, for the first time in a decade, there were no gang-related murders in 2011.

Comments (8)
  1. MD says:

    Don’t believe everything you read. No gang-related murders in Lancaster last year? Okie dokie.

  2. Robert S. says:

    All the major crimes are “Moving north and east. Hello Arizona!

  3. madd says:

    And yet Lancaster and Palmdale have the highest dui related arrests and fatal crashes…..maybe the gangsters were to drunk to kill each other last year.

  4. Vigilante Justices says:

    LA County Sheriffs Department is runned by a bunch of racist crips. It is either White Cops discriminating minorities, Black Cops discriminating Hispanics, or Hispanics discriminating Asians. A bunch of hypocrates utilizing bias and stereotype to keep order. What a joke…

  5. Andrew J. says:

    The pessimism is bad enough, but the grammar make the comments un-f’n-readable. Scary.

  6. More half truths says:

    This is only do to the fact that immigrants are too afraid of ICE to call the cops.