Advisory Vote on Reestablishing the Compton Police Department, Measure D, March 2004
The question on the ballot was, "We the qualified electorate of the City of Compton support the reestablishment of the Compton Police Department."
Eric Perrodin, the Mayor of Compton, supported putting Measure D on the ballot in 2004.
Compton Police Department
In the late 1990s, the Compton City Council voted to disband the Compton Police Department and to instead obtain policing services for the City through a contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The annual contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for these policing services cost about $18.5 million for 2008-2009, which pays for 77 sheriff's deputies.
In 2009, Mayor Perrodin said that he is dissatisfied with the level of service provided by the sheriff's department. “I do not believe that the Sheriff’s Department, because of its size is the best law enforcement agency for the citizens of Compton. … There has not been a two-way street. The Sheriff’s Department tends to tell you and dictate to you how things are going to be. They are non-responsive to not only my needs but to the needs of the citizens of Compton."
The CPD that was disbanded in the 1990s was characterized by "a soaring crime rate and mounds of corruption."