Contract Cities Express Concern Over New LASD Leadership
Controversial decisions by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva are now catching the attention of cities that contract with the LASD for policing services.
The California Contract Cities Association penned a letter to the sheriff last month outlining some of these concerns. The letter questions Villanueva’s reinstatement of fired deputies and his deteriorating relationship with the Board of Supervisors.
“There is significant risk associated with reinstating deputies who have a history of excessive force or other misconduct and were previously dismissed in accordance with long-established Department policy, particularly if those deputies are ever assigned to a contract city,” the letter states. “This poses an increased risk and potential for costly and undesired liability should any reinstated deputy be involved in any future incidents which lead to litigation. One of our primary obligations to our residents and business owners is to ensure our communities are served by peace officers of the highest quality and performance.”
On the increasing tensions between Villanueva and county leaders, the CCCA fears it “could result in fewer resources to keep our cities safe and our deputies well equipped and trained."
Forty-two cities currently rely on the LASD for law enforcement services.
Read the entire letter from the CCCA here.