Lynwood : Latest Gang Deaths Prompt Request for More Deputies

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In the wake of two recent gang-related student deaths, the City Council has asked the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to assign more deputies to patrol parks and schools.

“I want to see our kids protected,” Mayor Robert Henning said.

A 16-year-old was shot and killed in a park next to Hosler Junior High School last week, and a 17-year-old was stabbed to death at Lynwood High School last month.

The request was made to the Sheriff’s Department, which provides law enforcement service in Lynwood, during a special council meeting Monday.


The council requested that at least two additional deputies and two patrol cars be added to the force. The department currently provides the city with more than 20 deputies.

Sheriff’s Capt. Bert Cueva said the additional service will cost Lynwood about $425,000 annually. The city of more than 60,000 pays approximately $3.5 million now.

The council is scheduled to vote on adding the deputies at its next meeting on May 7.