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May 6, 2009

L.A. Council Initiates Layoff Process for 400 City Workers

LA Times Blog

Faced with a looming $530-million budget gap, the Los Angeles City Council voted today to initiate the layoff process for up to 400 city workers and eliminate 1,200 vacant positions.

May 6, 2009

LAPD Panel OKs Medal for Killed, Seriously Injured Officers

LA TImes Blog

The Los Angeles Police Commission voted today to establish a medal for officers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.

May 6, 2009

L.A. Police Union Protests Computer-Based Parolee Assessment

LA Times

In a letter to Gov. Schwarzenegger, the Police Protective League expresses concern over planned expansion of the tool, which would result in less monitoring of lower-risk offenders by parole agents.

May 5, 2009

Police Officers Slam Computer Program that Determines Parolee Risk

LA Times Blog

The union representing 9,800 Los Angeles police officers is accusing state corrections officials of compromising public safety by using computer-based risk assessments to reduce the number of parolees -- and by extension, the state prison population.

May 4, 2009

Purple Heart Award

City News Service

Los Angeles police officers who are killed or seriously injured in the line of duty could receive a Purple Heart from the Los Angeles Police Department under a proposal that will be considered Tuesday by the Police Commission.

May 2, 2009

City, County, Schools Face Deeper Cuts

Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles city, county and school officials Wednesday began bracing for – and plotting to fight – yet another round of budget cuts after California voters rejected a package of budget-reform ballot measures in Tuesday's election.

May 1, 2009

55 Stockton Cops to Get Layoff Notices

Stockton Record

STOCKTON - City Hall will issue layoff notices today to about 55 police officers and 35 civilian employees to shed costs, officials said Thursday, after Stockton and its police union ended labor talks without a deal.

Apr 30, 2009

Swine Flu: 21 Things Law Enforcement Needs to Know


At the time of this writing, only the potential for a pandemic has been mentioned, and summer approaches; not your “usual” cold and flu season. One school of thought is that we will see a relatively minor wave of flu cases which will diminish toward the end of the summer. However, when fall starts and schools are back in session and traditional cold and flu season begins, it’s possible we’ll see a more massive wave of infection and reach true pandemic status.

Apr 30, 2009

LAPD Ties 72-Year-Old Man to Two Waves of Serial Killings

LA Times

DNA leads detectives to John Thomas Jr., 72. He is held in two slayings, but police suspect he may have killed up to 30 elderly Westside and Claremont women a decade apart.

Apr 30, 2009

Bratton: L.A. Is as Safe as 1956

LA Weekly

Bratton’s insistence that L.A. is as safe as 53 years ago — a time when young L.A. children trick-or-treated without an adult, hitch-hiking was seen as a fun way to get to Santa Monica Beach, and Nickerson Gardens was a new, clean and friendly place to grow up — stretches the bounds of reality.

Apr 27, 2009

City Budget

City News Service

Police and fire services would diminish under a furlough plan designed to save the city money, the Los Angeles City Council's Budget and Finance Committee was told today as deliberations began on the city's proposed $7.04 billion budget.

Apr 27, 2009

Only LAPD Would be Spared from Cuts

Daily News

The LAPD would be allowed to grow to 10,000 officers this year but every other agency would have to freeze hiring while a two-tiered system for pensions and other new-worker benefits is studied, a city panel was told Monday.

Apr 27, 2009

America's Law Enforcement Now Facing Greater Threats

Daily News Editorial

This March marked a dubious milestone for American law enforcement. With four officers killed by a gunman in Oakland, it was the first month since Operation Iraqi Freedom began that the number of police officers murdered on American streets equaled the number of U.S. military personnel killed by hostile fire in Iraq.

Apr 25, 2009

Officers Given Discretion to Use Lights, Sirens in Emergency

City News Service

Los Angeles police officers will have more discretion over when to activate the lights and sirens on their patrol cars under a policy approved today by the City Council.

Apr 25, 2009

An Outpouring Over Boy's Story

Los Angeles Times

Times' readers write in about Micah Blackwell, who LAPD officers have helped raise and whose mother is ill. They offer money, outings, even a home for Micah and his brother.

Apr 22, 2009

Villaraigosa’s Budget Pitch

Los Angeles Times Opinion

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed $7.05 billion budget relies heavily on his ability to win concessions from employee unions find new ways to raise additional revenue. The mayor visited with Times editors and reporters on April 21 to make his case; below is a partial transcript.

Apr 22, 2009

L.A.'s budget by guesswork

Los Angeles Times Editorial

Avoiding layoffs is a nice goal, but shouldn't L.A.'s mayor first know how big a workforce the city needs?

Apr 22, 2009

The new target blue


It has been a tough few weeks for law enforcement. My heart goes out to my brothers and sisters in blue, their families and loved ones from those agencies that have lost officers in the line of duty, as well as those officers/agencies who have faced homicidal suspects in mass killing incidents.

Apr 22, 2009

Third suspect arrested in L.A. deputy's murder

LA Times blog

A third suspect has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the shooting of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Juan Abel Escalante outside his parents' Cypress Park home, and investigators are searching for a fourth man wanted for the slaying.

Apr 22, 2009

Arrest Warrant Issued for Fourth Man in Deputy's Slaying

City News Service

An arrest warrant was issued for a fourth suspect in the slaying of Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Juan Escalante, who was killed in front of his parents' home last summer, authorities said today.

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