Santa Paula Police Loan Beverly Hills SWAT Staff for Election
The Santa Paula Police Department is providing personnel and equipment assistance in Beverly Hills ahead of potential “civil unrest” associated with Election Day.
Santa Paula is loaning 10 members of his special weapons and tactics team, two sergeants and an armored tactical vehicle “to help them with the possibility of civil unrest in their city,” said acting Santa Paula police chief , Ish Cordero.
“They contacted us,” Cordero said. “They wanted members of our SWAT team and our rescue vehicle.”
The acting chief said they had reached an agreement to provide the services. The Santa Paula team arrived on Saturday morning and will be deployed to Los Angeles until Nov. 7, according to Cordero.
Santa Paula also provided Beverly Hills with two days of similar support in June, when protests against George Floyd’s murder turned into civil unrest.
Rodeo Drive closed
“This is a partnership,” Cordero said. “All costs incurred will be paid by the City of Beverly Hills. There is no profit for Santa Paula.”
Authorities closed Rodeo Drive to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for 48 hours until Wednesday.
Lt. Max Subin, spokesperson for the Beverly Hills Police Department, said the city’s police force was supplemented by the Santa Paula team, as well as 80 armed security guards.
“The city wanted to be as prepared as possible,” Subin said. “They have been a huge resource for us.
Cordero added that he was confident in his department’s plans for election day in Santa Paula, but that the team could be recalled if necessary.
“I felt we can help them without depleting all my resources in my department,” Cordero said. “If something happens and we have to bring our officers back, we’ll bring them back from Beverly Hills.” “
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