Mark Warm, a spokesman for the Pomona Police Department.
"With the unfortunate tragedy of Officer Steiner, we were able to obtain additional resources, i.e., the CHP
last year," Warm
said."We only had one homicide during the time they were assisting us."
The additional CHP officers allowed the understaffed police department to spend time proactively working on the streets, which helped prevent a series of crimes, Warm
Now, the department is back to being understaffed, he
said, with one officer for every 875 residents.By comparison, Los Angeles has one officer for every 400 residents.What's more, Pomona has about four times the population of Claremont, but a police force only twice the size of that city's, Lewis said.
But Lewis and others are looking to future legislation and federal funding to add more officers, Warm
Even without the CHP's help, or the swarm of officers on May 3, the police department made strides over the past year, turning a two-man gang unit into two teams with two sergeants and 10 officers.The officers were moved from patrol cars into the gang unit.No additional officers were hired by the department because the city's budget is strapped, Warm
said people in the community are starting to respond positively to the department.