Crime & Justice

Southern California town Maywood disbands police force after 86 years

The Maywood Police Department has disbanded after 86 years serving the tiny Los Angeles County town.

The department and most of the city's services were eliminated Thursday as nearly 100 city employees were let go to deal with a budget gap.

Officers were emotional as they left their patrol cars for the last time and handed in their badges.

The Sheriff's Department took over law enforcement and the city contracted with neighboring Bell to handle services such as finance, records management and parks and recreation.

The city's $10-million budget has a $450,000 deficit. The city also couldn't get insurance because it has a history of lawsuits, many involving the police.

The city of 45,000 is in an industrial area southeast of Los Angeles.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.