Crime & Justice

LA Sheriff says he's on track to more than double the number of new recruits

Rookie sheriff's deputies must first work as guards at one of the county's jails.
Rookie sheriff's deputies must first work as guards at one of the county's jails.
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This story aired on Feb. 27, 2019.

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says the department is on track to more than double the number of new recruits this year. That would make a big dent in the agency's severe deputy shortage.