By Rebecca Kimitch
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
EL MONTE, Calif. — It has been more than a year since major cuts were made to the El Monte Police Department, yet crime so far this year is down 6 percent compared to last year.
But that statistic could be misleading, according to some inside the department. They say a backlog of cases has been piling up on detectives' desks for months, criminals are going unarrested, and officers are responding more slowly to non-emergencies. And it's all because of the cuts.
Southern Calif. police grapple with budget cuts