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Compton City Council votes to create new police department

A split Compton City Council voted Tuesday night to reestablish the city’s police department, a decade after the force was disbanded amid high crime rates and political infighting between police commanders and city leaders.

Compton Mayor Eric J. Perrodin cast the deciding vote in the 3-2 decision to end the city’s contractual relationship with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

"I don't know if everybody heard me," Perrodin said as he voted over heckles from the audience. "Aye!"

City officials said that reinstalling their own police force in place of the sprawling Sheriff's Department would return a sense of local pride absent since the local department was shuttered.

Opponents said the resolution has been rushed by the city’s elected officials. Some residents have expressed concerns that a local police force would be hard-pressed to match the services provided by the Sheriff's Department, which includes access to homicide and narcotics units and a fleet of helicopters.

In its final years, the old Compton Police Department was perceived by some critics as powerless to stop violence. Under the Sheriff's Department, violent crime, though still high, has decreased. There were 55 murders in 1999 compared with 37 last year, records show.

City officials said the process to form a new department would take about a year.

-- Robert Faturechi from Compton City Hall

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This will be interesting...The old Department was nothing more than gang members in uniform...I willing to bet that arrests will go way down, and crime will surge...We'll See...

It's a great move on the part of Compton to revive its defunct police force. The services provided by the sheriff are cookie-cutter and a complex city such as Compton needs a specialized force that will concentrate on the area. Good move, Mayor Perrodin!

Wow! Compton must think their economy is bulletproof. When everyone else is laying off or not hiring public safety, Compton is going to stand-up it's own police department. This just stinks of CORRUPTED city government. The same money could be better used to provide education, recreation, and business opportunities for the citizens of Compton. Yet this city counsel decided to waste millions on services already provided by the largest police agency in most of the civilized world. Compton PD was corrupt and inadequate. The Sheriff's department has kept Compton in check because they don't bend to the city counsel. I can't see that being the case with a private PD. Corrupt Compton government round 2.

Oh oh, let us hope this will not create the kind of problems that surfaced in Compton and caused the city to seek a contract with LA County in the first place.
I believe it should be mandatory for an Oversight Commission be appointed for several years, to make sure the City's problems in the past are not a factor of importance. I would recommend the Commission be appointed by either the State or Federal authorities, preferably from the Judicial branches.

This is an unwise decision due primarily because of the resources LASD is able to offer. If the city counsel wasn't pleased with the service given to them by the county they should pay more to get what they want from them. Having their own dept will cost them more in the long run and get them less.

I give the city/new dept another 10 years before LASD is contracted with again...

i don't know if any agency can police this wild west town, but if they can stop the helicopters from flying over my house at 2,3,4 o;clock in the in the morning I am all for it. The L.A. county sheriff may have more resources, but they aren't very nice to people, they think all citizens are criminals, and that's a shame!!

"Creating A New Compton" is the rallying cry and this should be a part of it. Good Luck

I don’t think this a good idea. In 1982, I was visiting from out-of-state. I stopped at a store in Compton. When I came out of the store, I was carjacked. The suspects also took my wallet. I thought I was in an unincorporated area, so I called the LA County Sheriff. LACSD responded immediately. I learned then that I was in the area served by the Compton Police Department. I then called Compton PD. They responded four hours later. What made matters worse for me is that the officers had an attitude with me while they were taking the report.

How can I apply to be a police officer for the new Compton Police Department?

I feel sorry for the tax paying, law-abiding citizens in the City of Compton. The School Police will be providing law enforcement services. Think about that one for a minute.. I will buy stock in ammunition, body bags and weapons since sales will inevitabley surge in Compton. Looks like the power hungry Mayor got his way. No other law enforcement agency in this country has the gang intelligence the Sheriffs Department has. I bet the gangsters can't wait for the Sheriffs to leave. I know lots of businesses who will leave with them.

Compton was out of control when it had its PD, and will be out of control once again. Compton has changed over the years, and not for the better either. When you have lived in the area since 1947 you know how Compton has changed. Your taxes will go up, and the services will go down. The three that voted for this will get money in return, and that is the big picture. Your PD will be like Maywood, and you will have people that could not make it anywhere else. These people will have been fired or asked to leave.


Pomona spends 11 million on their police department... when it would only cost around 5.6 to have the Sheriff's take it over.

It's nice to see that Compton has that extra money to spend when in fact, crime has gone down and Compton isn't as ghetto as it once was.

Compton will be even more corrupt now. Good job! Don't get rid of the Sheriff's, get rid of the city council!


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