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A classy Los Angeles County neighborhood has voted to reduce legislation enforcement funding regardless of escalating crime and public backlash. 

The finances for the following two fiscal years will go away West Hollywood with up to 5 fewer Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol, WeHoville reported. 

The finances was authorized by a slender three-2 vote with Mayor Lauren Meister dissenting in addition to Councilman John Erickson.

“I’m not going to vote for the budget if we cut the sheriff’s (funds),” Meister mentioned, in accordance to the information outlet. “First of all, nobody has the gun problem that we have in this country. You can’t expect us to have a public safety team where most of the people aren’t armed in order to defend our citizens.”


A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrol automotive exterior the West Hollywood station. On Monday, metropolis officers voted to reduce funding for the sheriff’s division. 
(Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

Over the previous few months, residents and enterprise homeowners have voiced opposition to chopping the police finances amid a crime wave throughout the county. 

Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne amended the budgets to re-allocate funds for sheriff’s deputies to the Block by Block program, which staffs unarmed safety ambassadors who present the town with supplemental legislation enforcement providers. 

“What we know now is our residents want foot patrols. We need to be fiscally responsible And we have all talked for two years,” she mentioned. “Reimagining policing means reallocating funding. You can’t just say it without actually doing it. Period.”

Erickson mentioned he worries concerning the trajectory of the plan that was authorized and the timeline with which it may be applied. 

“Community safety is our number one concern,” he advised Fox News. “When I’ve heard from countless residents about how they want to feel safer, that involves comprehensive planning and something that is not just drawn out over a decision.”

Deputies will probably be eliminated within the coming months. Fox News has reached out to the council and the sheriff’s division. Crime in West Hollywood has been an ongoing concern for a lot of. In March, media studies mentioned crime skyrocketed 137%. 

That included homicide, rape, housebreaking, aggravated assault, arson, and human trafficking.