Sheriff, chief support L.A. anti-gang initiative

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Article Last Updated: 09/16/2008 11:46:28 PM PDT

Calling gang slayings an epidemic, the top Los Angeles law enforcement officers came out Tuesday in support of a parcel tax on the Nov. 4 ballot to raise $30 million a year to pay for programs to keep kids out of gangs.

Sheriff Lee Baca and LAPD Chief Bill Bratton said Measure A, which needs a two-thirds vote and would impose a $36-a-year fee on every real estate parcel in the city, would provide the money to support an adequate gang-prevention program.

“Three or four years ago, you wouldn’t have seen us standing here supporting money for anything other than law enforcement,” Bratton said. “But, we realize we cannot arrest our way out of this problem.”

Baca added the money spent will result in savings. “Every time there is a gang murder, it costs us $1 million,” Baca said. “If this reduces 10 percent of the murders, we will have saved money.”

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