05/04/2007

L.A. sheriff urged to staff cars with 2 deputies

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.

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