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Keeping the Holidays Safe

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Thousands are expected to head to malls and stores across California Friday for Black Friday amid increased efforts statewide by the California Highway Patrol to tackle organized retail theft.

The California Highway Patrol Organized Retail Crime Task Force is increasing its presence at shopping centers throughout the state and working with local law enforcement agencies to make arrests and heighten visibility.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 331 by Assemblyman Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr., D-Los Angeles, July 21 to extend and expand the task force. Its regional teams collaborate with local law enforcement agencies and retailers to proactively address organized retail theft.