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Oct 21, 2009

Insiders still favored for LAPD chief, sources say

LA Times

Four people are considered front-runners, but interviews with the Police Commission and with the mayor could prove crucial, observers say.

Oct 21, 2009

The next chief: merit, not race

LA Times Opinion

For the first time in years, racial politics need not play a big role in choosing who will lead the LAPD.

Oct 21, 2009

LAPD officers ratify new two-year contract, union says

LA Times

Officers in the Los Angeles Police Department have voted to ratify a new two-year contract, the police union said today.

Oct 20, 2009

LAPPL President Paul Weber: Next chief needs to be 'people person'

LA Weekly

Los Angeles Daily News reporter Rick Orlov wrote yesterday that the Los Angeles Police Commission is now searching "in earnest" for LAPD chief Bill Bratton's replacement.

Oct 19, 2009

The next LAPD chief's policing paradox

LA Times Opinion

Whoever takes over the department inherits an improved force -- but also much higher expectations from the public.

Oct 19, 2009

Search for new LAPD chief under way

Daily News

The search for a successor to Police Chief Bill Bratton begins in earnest this week, with the Los Angeles Police Commission conducting interviews for those making the first cut from the city Personnel Department.

Oct 18, 2009

Problems with early prison release

Denver Post editorial

The first wave of prisoners released early under Gov. Bill Ritter's plan to save the state millions has exposed the limited potential of this program, as well as its risks.

Oct 18, 2009

The LAPD's come a long way

LA Times Opinion

Thanks to Bratton, today's LAPD is a far better force. But there's room for specific improvements.

Oct 17, 2009

Chief Bratton's too-brash exit

LA Times Opinion

The chief leaves behind a better LAPD, but L.A. could do without his parting commentary.

Oct 17, 2009

Gun stores preparing for ammo restrictions

The San Bernardino Sun

Walk into Cold War Shooters gun shop in Highland, and you can pick up a box of .22 caliber rounds, walk to the checkout counter, pay and leave. That transaction will be decidedly different in 2011, when a new state law governing handgun ammunition sales takes effect.

Oct 17, 2009

As rehab programs are cut, prisons do less to keep inmates from returning

LA Times

State to eliminate 40% of funding designed to turn prisoners' lives around. Opponents say streets will be less safe as a result.

Oct 16, 2009

The "L.A. Not So Confidential" Scandal

NBC-4

Union members slam LAPD for leaving confidential info in parking garage.

Oct 15, 2009

Union criticizes LAPD for lax security in storing confidential records

LA Times blog

Union officials criticized Los Angeles Police Department officials today for two recent incidents in which confidential paperwork pertaining to criminal investigations or personnel was found unsecured at police stations.

Oct 15, 2009

Eight arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and human smuggling

LA Times

The ring, with ties to the Drew Street clique of the Avenues gang, is alleged to have smuggled more than 200 illegal immigrants into the United States a year.

Oct 15, 2009

Los Angeles budget crisis' main event: gridlock?

LA Times

With funds for traffic officers for big events at major venues way down, fans may find themselves stuck in their cars far longer than in the past.

Oct 15, 2009

LAPD'S dead, remembered in a new space that needs a new name

LA Times Opinion

The new LAPD headquarters won't be dedicated until later this month -- more about the name of the building in a bit -- but when it is, the first official shift to show up for work will see some sadly familiar names.

Oct 14, 2009

Secret criminal billionaires: Big-rig cargo thefts worth $$$ are hitting L.A.'s port

LA Weekly

Huge big-rigs are quietly vanishing from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach regularly, their cargo whisked away by sophisticated crime teams using regional leaders, fencers, "lumpers" and drivers who hijack the entire big-rig container, each stuffed with goods worth between $12,000 -- in, say, Fruit of the Loom Underwear -- to as much as $3 million -- in, say, iPhones. That's per big-rig container.

Oct 14, 2009

Long knives slice up Bratton

LA Weekly

It’s a mark of the disarray and crisis within Los Angeles City Hall that Police Chief William Bratton, one of the most famous cops in the world, riding high on an era of low crime and sometimes absurdly over-praised accomplishments, is leaving town on October 31 on an exceedingly sour note, publicly attacking members of the City Council as they attack him back.

Oct 14, 2009

Some furlough days actually cost California money

LA Times

A shortage of staff to cover 24-hour shifts at prisons means workers are going in on furlough days and being paid in IOUs that will eventually cost the state -- and its taxpayers -- much more.

Oct 14, 2009

The assassination of Deputy Abel Escalante

LA Weekly

Before dawn four weeks ago, some 1,300 cops and federal agents fanned across the badlands of Los Angeles in a massive crackdown on the Avenues gang, inviting along a few reporters to observe them as they quietly approached 42 run-down hovels and crowded apartment buildings, arresting some of the city’s most violent men and women.

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