One-person patrols are less effective, advocates say. Baca believes added vehicles thwart crime.
By Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy David Rodriguez peered suspiciously at half a dozen suspected gang members loitering at Compton's Kelly Park. He thought they probably had drugs or weapons.
He slowed his patrol car to a crawl on Pauline Street but drove past the park. Like most deputies in Compton, Rodriguez works alone. And he learned early on that there are situations to avoid without a partner.