Crime & Justice

Pomona City Council ends talks about disbanding police force

The Pomona City Council has ended talk of disbanding its nearly century-old police force, it was reported today.

The council could have placed it on the November ballot, leaving voters to decide whether to contract the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for law enforcement in their city.

In the wake of Monday council night's decision not to continue discussion about alternative policing, that option won't be on the ballot, and any future studies into the matter will be terminated, officials said.

Sgt. Rob Baker, who serves as president of the Pomona Police Officers' Association celebrated the council's decision, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"Pomona PD gets to enjoy its 100th year next year," he said. "I'm happy for the citizens of Pomona."

The Sheriff's Department recently finished a preliminary study on the cost of taking over policing in Pomona. About half of the city's $90 million operating budget currently goes to the local force.