L.A. County Sheriff Villanueva’s Moves Draw Concern From Some Cities That Pay for Patrols

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva appears in an undated photo. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva appears in an undated photo. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva runs the nation’s largest jail system and patrols 4,000 square miles of the country’s most populous county.

He’s also head of the police force for dozens of individual cities throughout the county that contract with his agency for law enforcement services. The cities collectively paid $310 million to the Sheriff’s Department this past year and have long been seen as a key source of political power.

But as Villanueva faces a crisis over his decision to hire back troubled deputies and his challenging of some policing reforms, he is getting pushback from some city leaders.

They are worried their liability costs could swell under Villanueva, who has criticized previous jail violence reforms and has reinstated deputies who were fired for unreasonable force, dishonesty and domestic violence.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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