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Kern County Sheriff Shuts Down Gang Unit: ‘This Is Probably Just The Beginning Of More Cuts’

Kern County’s sheriff announced Wednesday the department’s gang unit is shutting down, and one of the driving factors is limited funds. “We’re running out of people and we’re unable to recruit and retain more than we’re losing,” Sheriff Donny Youngblood says. “So we’re getting smaller and smaller and this is probably just the beginning of more cuts to come.” There are three deputy sheriffs, one senior deputy and one sergeant currently assigned to the gang unit, and according to Youngblood that just doesn’t cut it. “That’s not a task force,” he says. “You’re ineffective, so we’re going to assign them to task forces that have more people and have other agencies involved so we can at least address some of these issues.” It’s not that there won’t be any deputies actively looking into gang activity, he says. The department just won’t have a specialized unit anymore. Two out of the three deputies in the gang unit are being reassigned to the FBI violent task force but are still working on
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