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Sheriff Arteta Scales Down Task Force Commitment to Boost County Initiatives

In his first report to the county public safety committee on Jan. 19, new sheriff Paul Arteta said he wanted to pull back deputies on various task forces to beef up county operations. 
“So much worry about taking care of the business of other agencies, specifically the federal agencies,” he said. “We are bringing our people back, and we are going to take care of Orange County first.” 
So far, seven task force investigators have been called back to the office, including one deputy who had worked full-time on the Nonfatal Shooting Task Force in Newburgh for years. 
“We will still back them up and help them, but I cannot have my investigator there, taxing Orange County taxpayers for one place,” he said. “They need to hire their own.” …

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