Volunteers Survey Willowbrook Residents in Effort to Improve Law Enforcement Relations

Sheriff's Deputy David Brewer conducts a survey in Willowbrook on Sept. 17, 2016. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Sheriff's Deputy David Brewer conducts a survey in Willowbrook on Sept. 17, 2016. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The knocks started just after 9 a.m. in Willowbrook. Sheriff’s deputies moved down the streets of a rough neighborhood known as Corner Pocket, tapping on gates with flashlights and calling through open windows.

Is something wrong, asked residents, some still in pajamas. Are you looking for someone?

Nope, deputies told them, holding out clipboards and pens. We just want your opinion.

In an effort to gather information about crimes and improve trust in law enforcement, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department dispatched more than a hundred deputies and volunteers to Willowbrook on Saturday to survey residents about safety and policing. Deputies set out to knock on 1,200 doors in the area, long known for gang activity, and collect as many as 600 written surveys.

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