Maywood to disband Police Department
Officials say the city lost its insurance partly because of too many claims against its troubled force, which also patrols Cudahy.
June 17, 2010|By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
Barely a year after promising to reform its chronically troubled police force, the city of Maywood announced Wednesday that it would disband the 60-member department effective June 30.
City officials said the closure was caused by the city's loss of insurance. Earlier this month, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority notified Maywood that it was terminating general liability and workers' compensation coverage because the city posed too high a risk. An excessive number of claims filed against the Police Department, and the city's failure to hire a permanent city manager, were among the highest risk factors, according to the agency.