Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that aims to curb organized retail theft across the state on Wednesday, July 21, during a visit to Long Beach where he also met with local mayors and police chiefs.
The signing of Assembly Bill 331, which bolsters the California Highway Patrol’s property-crimes task force, is among several recent efforts to address an uptick in crime across California, Newsom said during a press conference on Long Beach’s Retro Row, a small business district on Fourth Street.
The bill, which passed 68-0 in the state’s Assembly and 39-0 in the Senate, gives the CHP more leeway in forming such task forces.
“(There) are organized (criminal) efforts, and we want to go after those rings, ” Newsom said of retail theft. “We want to go after those organized teams of folks that are connected not just within communities, but across the state.”
The CHP’s top cop agreed.
Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News
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