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Dec 30, 2009

White House prepares for immigration overhaul battle

Los Angeles Times

With the healthcare battle still unfinished, the Obama administration has been laying plans to take up an issue that could prove even more divisive -- a major overhaul of the nation's immigration system.

Dec 30, 2009

Badge deflects bullet, saves Tenn. cop shot during traffic stop

Police Link

New, heavier badges used by the Oakland, Tenn., police this year may have saved one officer's life. Officer Joshua Smith's new badge was hit during gunfire exchange at a traffic stop on Thursday, keeping the bullet from striking his body.

Dec 30, 2009

L.A. gangs seek profit in peace

Wall Street Journal

Gangs that were once bloody rivals now are cooperating to wring profits from the sale of illegal drugs and weapons, law-enforcement officials and gang experts say.

Dec 30, 2009

New Year's Eve revelers warned that shooting a gun in celebration is a felony

Los Angeles Times

New Year's Eve revelers are reminded that firing a gun in celebration is a felony, Los Angeles officials warned. Last year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department saw a 19% increase in the number of reports of shots fired during the New Year's festivities, while the LAPD reported a 10% jump. LAPD Asst. Chief Michel Moore said last year's uptick is a warning that the community needs to do more to stem the problem.

Dec 30, 2009

Police union urges LAPD to rescind policy requiring certain officers to disclose finances

LA Weekly

Following reports that the Los Angeles Police Department's gang units are losing officers as a result of financial-disclosure rules, the union representing rank-and-file cops is urging the department to rescind the requirements. The board of the union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, urges the department to "rescind the ill-advised policy that has created a serious public safety problem."

Dec 30, 2009

California to seek review of decision overturning body-armor law

Los Angeles Times

State Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown has come out against a recent appellate court judgment overturning a law that bars violent felons from possessing body armor. His office will petition the state Supreme Court next month to review the decision, his office said.

Dec 29, 2009

Taser ruling sets standards for police, claims

San Francisco Chronicle

Police need reasons to believe a suspect is dangerous before firing a Taser and can't use their stun gun simply because the person is disobeying orders or acting erratically, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Monday.

Dec 28, 2009

LAPD gang units feel the pinch of financial disclosure rule

LA Times

Many rank-and-file cops see the requirement -- a result of the department's consent decree -- as an insult. It could erode the strength of the units.

Dec 27, 2009

City's '09 was time to hold the line

Daily News

For the second year in a row - and likely continuing for the foreseeable future - Los Angeles city leaders have had to live with diminished expectations.

Dec 26, 2009

Officer shootings in Wash. may lead to new laws

Seattlepi.com

The murders of five police officers and this week's shooting of two more have lawmakers thinking about more than a looming budget deficit as they prepare to return to the state capital in January.

Dec 25, 2009

Villaraigosa retools his second-term message to focus on jobs

LA Times

L.A.'s unemployment is 13.4%, meaning 259,000 people are out of work. In response, the mayor plans to target three sectors for job growth: biotechnology, clean technology companies and entertainment.

Dec 24, 2009

L.A. police chief protests felons buying body armor

Daily News

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck has sent an open letter to California's attorney general urging him to appeal a recent court ruling that overturned a ban on felons wearing or owning body armor.

Dec 23, 2009

Designated driver options for the holidays

Daily Breeze

There are a variety of choices available this holiday season, to help people avoid getting into the car if they've had a little too much to drink. Here are some of the services.

Dec 23, 2009

Schwarzenegger to seek federal help for California budget

LA Times

Facing another huge deficit, the governor wants $8 billion or threatens massive cuts in social services. He also plans to renew push for offshore oil drilling.

Dec 22, 2009

Annual crime continues drop

LA Downtown News

Central Division posted another drop in Downtown crime this week, dragging the overall crime level down 10% compared to last year.

Dec 22, 2009

LAPD plans to run its youth program without Boy Scouts

Daily Breeze

The Los Angeles Police Department's Explorers youth program will end its nearly 50-year relationship with the Boys Scouts of America, pledging not to tolerate discrimination.

Dec 22, 2009

Gascon calls for appeal of body armor decision

San Francisco Examiner Opinion

Police Chief George Gascon sent letters Tuesday to Attorney General Jerry Brown and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu asking for help in overturning a court decision that would allow convicted felons to buy body armor.

Dec 22, 2009

LAPD putting cops on the streets

Daily News

Streamlining the upper management of the Los Angeles Police Department, Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday he plans to take 130 officers off desk duty and return them to the streets.

Dec 21, 2009

Police chief extends 3-12 work week

Santa Monica Daily Press

Santa Monica Police Chief Tim Jackman has extended for one month a pilot program in which rank-and-file officers work three, 12.5-hour days instead of the traditional 10 hour, four days a week schedule, a move that is expected to raise morale while putting more officers on the streets at times when they are needed most.

Dec 21, 2009

Two officers shot in Pierce County; suspect killed

Seattle Times

Two Pierce County sheriff's deputies were seriously wounded late Monday after they were "ambushed" while responding to a domestic-violence call, according to the Sheriff's Department. The shooting suspect was shot and killed in the Monday night shootout, sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.

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