LA County deputy shootings sink to lowest number seen in decades, agency says. This could be why

Los Angeles Daily News quoted Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about the recent reports that the average number of deputy-involved shootings by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department dropped significantly in the last year.

Erroll Southers, director of USC’s Safe Communities Institute, said he too is optimistic that law enforcement agencies’ emphasis on conflict resolution, mediation, dealing with special populations — including the mentally ill —  are factors in the decrease.

But he noted that crime ebbs and flows and sometimes departments are unfairly criticized for increases that are not necessarily under their control.

“While we are pleased about this outcome, we shouldn’t jump to a conclusion should this trend change next year in the reverse,” he said.

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