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City of Bell approves to merge police force

June 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The city of Bell has approved a plan to merge its police department with the neighboring city of Maywood.The vote set off a series of protests. Bell police oppose the move because they say about half the force will lose their jobs under the proposal.

Many residents say they don't want to be responsible for other towns, and have accused the council of ignoring constituents. Supporters say the merger will put more officers on the street and make both cities safer.

The Maywood police department recently lost its insurance coverage because of the city's failure to hire a permanent city manager, and because of recent officer-involved shootings.

Maywood officials say a merger with Bell may help Maywood regain its liability insurance.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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