LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell discusses the MTA security plan

The old cliché goes: ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth.’ But does that saying apply to law enforcement?

Today, the people who oversee transit system in LA County are voting on whether to expand protection of their passengers by dividing responsibility among multiple agencies.

L.A. County Sheriff, Jim McDonnell sees a lot of problems with the new plan. He joined us Thursday morning with his concerns.

Metro riders complaints:

  • Rarely sees deputies
  • 29% former riders don't feel safe
  • 1 in 14 passengers groped

Under new contracts:

  • Law enforcement personnel increase on buses from 6 to 34
  • Multiple agency patrols
  • $80-100 million in cost savings.

Red flags raised:

  • Multiple police jurisdictions
  • No one in charge
  • Cost response time
  • Create confusion

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