Zanto Peabody, Times Staff Writer March 19, 2001, Monday, Valley Edition Copyright 2001 / Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times March 19, 2001, Monday, Valley Edition
(LOS ANGELES) -- Saying police officers should live in the communities they serve, mayoral candidate Rep. Xavier Becerra called Sunday for offering housing and utility assistance to officers who live in Los Angeles.
"Part of the solution is more community policing--the community knowing police and police knowing the community," Becerra (D-Los Angeles) said at a campaign appearance at Ritchie Valens Park in Pacoima. "We want the next generation of police on the Eastside to be from the Eastside. We want police from the Westside to be from the Westside. We don't want somebody punching the clock in Pacoima at 8 in the morning, punching out at 6 and going home to Rancho Cucamonga."