LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Changes could be in the works regarding how the Sheriff’s Department patrols some areas of Los Angeles County.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports a new review shows a lack of deputies in communities where officials say they’re critically needed.

Staff from LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina’s office found the number of Sheriff’s patrol cars in East Los Angeles, South El Monte, and other unincorporated areas were less than the total number the Department agreed to provided, according to The Los Angeles Times.

In response to the findings, the Board of Supervisors conditionally agreed to spend more than $12 million to boost patrols in unincorporated areas, provided that Sheriff’s officials adjust their scheduling to balance out the number of deputies deployed on weekends, The Times reported.

Under the plan, nearly 70 deputies would be added to the affected areas, with more than 50 more positions possibly coming next year, according to The Times.

At least some El Monte residents seemed to notice a lack of deputies in the neighborhood.

“Where you would see them on occasion during the daytime, the nighttime you hardly see any or first thing in the morning,” said one man.

Another study of deputy response times for both routine and emergency calls had deteroriated in some unincorporated parts of the county between 2010 and 2013, The Times reported.


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