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Metro approves a $797-million security plan that reduces the power of the Sheriff's Department

Metro approves a $797-million security plan that reduces the power of the Sheriff's Department

For more than a decade, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been solely responsible for patrolling Metro’s vast transit network, from subway stations in downtown L.A. to solitary bus stops near San Gabriel Valley strip malls. 

That will change this summer under a $797-million security plan approved Thursday to shift law enforcement duties for more than half the public transit system to the Los Angeles and Long Beach police departments.

The unanimous decision by the Metro board marks a new chapter in a years-long debate over how...

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