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Oct 13, 2009

Microsoft to offer digital forensic technology to law enforcement

Government Technology

On Oct. 13, hosting a cyber-crime prevention gathering called the Digital Crimes Consortium at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters, Microsoft announced it was teaming with the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to make the center the nation's first distributor of a Microsoft-developed program called Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE).

Oct 13, 2009

Recognition for the good guys

Daily News Opinion

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department recently took top honors for their street safety strategy programs from the National Law Enforcement Challenge.

Oct 13, 2009

Schwarzenegger signs ammo-regulation bill

San Francisco Chronicle

People buying ammunition in California will soon have to be thumbprinted and dealers will have to keep records of sales, under legislation that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law.

Oct 13, 2009

Proposed LAPD pact could shave $100 million

Daily News

Tackling one of the city's major budget issues, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday proposed a two-year police contract that could save up to $100 million next year by slashing overtime and bonuses.

Oct 13, 2009

Accord will keep LAPD staffing at current levels, Villaraigosa says

LA Times

Council president Eric Garcetti says at least eight members favor hiring enough officers to replace those who leave.

Oct 13, 2009

City officials and police union reach deal to avoid LAPD furloughs, but details are sketchy

LA Times

Los Angeles negotiators have reached a tentative two-year contract agreement with the city police union that apparently will avert the need for officer furloughs and shave $50 million to $100 million from L.A.’s $405-million budget shortfall.

Oct 12, 2009

Governor signs bills to crack down on drunk drivers

Daily News

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday signed into law two bills authored by Southland lawmakers that crack down on drunken drivers.

Oct 12, 2009

Bill enables state to reduce inmate population

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Prisons will be reduced by about 20,000 inmates over the next two years now that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill under pressure from federal courts to reduce prison overcrowding.

Oct 11, 2009

City is serious about budget woes, really

Daily News

For many of the neighborhood council leaders who gathered at City Hall this weekend, it must have seemed like deja vu all over again. Led by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and hammered at by other city officials, the message was: "This time, we're serious," about the city's budget problems.

Oct 11, 2009

Public will feel the pain of city's cuts

Daily News

BUDGET: Early retirements and furloughs will mean less service.

Oct 8, 2009

Inmates' lawyers call for Schwarzenegger to be held in contempt for state prison plan

Mercury News

Lawyers for California's prison inmates on Thursday demanded Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger be held in contempt by a federal court for his "bald defiance" of an August order to slash more than 40,000 inmates from the state's clogged prison system.

Oct 8, 2009

Bratton: "It's time for an insider"

Daily News

POLICE: Outgoing chief says LAPD should hire replacement from within.

Oct 8, 2009

Bratton says budget woes may endanger police hiring

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton signaled today that he might not prevail in his fight against a proposal to stop hiring new police officers because of the city's budget crisis.

Oct 7, 2009

FBI snags 100 people in global identity-theft scheme

LA Times

More than 50 people have been indicted in Southern California, Las Vegas and Charlotte, N.C., in connection with a "phishing" scheme to steal bank account information from thousands of victims in the United States, an FBI spokeswoman said.

Oct 7, 2009

New iWatch program urges citizens to be 'eyes and ears' against terror plots

www.foxnews.com

new program aimed at keeping Americans safe from terror attacks will rely on individual citizens to serve as "the eyes and ears" of their communities.

Oct 6, 2009

Pension pay to play casts shadow nationwide

Institutional Investor

U.S. public funds have long operated in a world of political patronage where the pressure to pay to play can be enormous. Regulators are looking to crack down on the practice, but can the proposed reforms really fix the underlying problems?

Oct 6, 2009

Ford may introduce Taurus patrol car after discontinuing Crown Vic In 2012

www.policemag.com

Several law enforcement agencies that annually purchase Ford Motor Co.'s Crown Victoria Police Interceptor have been told the automaker may introduce a police version of its Taurus sedan for use as a patrol vehicle in 2012, when the "Crown Vic" will no longer be produced, according to several reports.

Oct 6, 2009

LAPD cuts backlog of untested DNA cases in half

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles Police Department has cut in half a backlog of untested DNA evidence from rapes and sexual assaults, according to police figures.

Oct 6, 2009

Council committees recommend LAPD hiring freeze

LA Times

Members of the budget and public safety panels agree to discontinue a new recruit class and halt police recruiting efforts.

Oct 5, 2009

Chevrolet unveils 2011 Caprice patrol vehicle at IACP

www.policemag.com

General Motors executives announced they plan to begin production of a new full-size, rear-wheel drive Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle today at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Denver. The 2011 Caprice PPV will be available in two configurations: a 355-hp V8 that generates an estimated 384 lb-ft of torque and a tamer V6. An undercover version will also be available.

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