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Mar 8, 2011

FBI unveils faster fingerprint ID technology

Government Technology

The FBI’s new technology platform for storing and identifying fingerprints is now operational, the bureau announced Tuesday, March 8.

Mar 8, 2011

LAPD bomb squad officers to train in Israel

Jewish Journal

Four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) bomb squad technicians are visiting Israel to train with their counterparts in the Israeli National Police Bomb Squad.

Mar 8, 2011

Crime alerts for Pico-Robertson, Windsor Square and eight other L.A. neighborhoods

LA Times blog

Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 10 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

Mar 8, 2011

LAPD warns restaurant owners about phony health inspectors

LA Times blog

Authorities in Los Angeles said Tuesday that scam artists pretending to be health inspectors have been targeting area restaurants seeking to get private information.

Mar 8, 2011

LAPD's budget plan includes millions more in salaries, OT

LA Daily News

While most city agencies are facing another year of cost-cutting, the LAPD would get an additional $56 million for fiscal 2011-12 under a preliminary budget approved Tuesday by the civilian Police Commission.

Mar 8, 2011

LAPD seeks information in deadly Watts shooting

LA Times blog

Los Angeles police were seeking the public's help Monday after a shooting in Watts left one man dead and a woman critically wounded.

Mar 7, 2011

Financially strapped Colton will lay off police officers

LA Times blog

Facing a $5.5-million budget shortfall, the Inland Empire city of Colton will lay off eight police officers by the end of April and has continued to negotiate for concessions from unions representing the city’s firefighters, police dispatchers and utility workers.

Mar 7, 2011

63% under 30 admit driving while on phone

Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Consumer Reports magazine have released a poll that illustrates how widespread distracted driving is among young people and a plan to help fight it.

Mar 7, 2011

LAPD helicopter makes unexpected landing

ABC7

An LAPD helicopter made an unexpected landing on Monday at the Chatsworth reservoir.

Mar 7, 2011

After firefighters agree to slash pay and benefits, other San Jose unions seem more willing to talk cuts

San Jose Mercury News

San Jose's pending deal with the firefighters union to slash pay and benefits to help close a huge budget gap marks the most dramatic thaw in labor relations since Mayor Chuck Reed took office in 2007 railing about runaway employee costs.

Mar 6, 2011

Why employee pensions aren't bankrupting states

Sacramento Bee

From state legislatures to Congress to tea party rallies, a vocal backlash is rising against what are perceived as too-generous retirement benefits for state and local government workers. However, that widespread perception doesn't match reality.

Mar 5, 2011

Top 10 Reasons Organized Labor Hates Bernard Parks

LA Weekly

More than 2000 people rallied outside L.A. City Hall last weekend to support public employees who are under fire in Wisconsin. Afterward, L.A. Councilman Bernard Parks issued a statement of support, in which he tried to dispel "the common misperception out there that I am anti-union."

Mar 4, 2011

Quit Googling yourself and drive: About 20% of drivers using Web behind the wheel, study says

LA Times blog

Forget texting and driving or talking on the phone and driving: Those extremely dangerous habits are old hat. The new worry, says a survey released by State Farm this week, is what the insurance company cleverly calls "webbing while driving."

Mar 3, 2011

LAPD seeks felony charges against school police officer who faked shooting

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Police Department detectives have submitted to prosecutors their investigation into a school police officer whose shooting hoax set off a massive manhunt, Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday.

Mar 3, 2011

LAPD database will soon put all of L.A.'s tags in one place

LAist

Taggers who leave their marks on public property will soon find their handiwork showing up in a new kind of gallery.

Mar 3, 2011

Video shows thieves making off with $3 million in jewels from downtown L.A. store

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles Police Department released images of two masked thieves who bored a tunnel into a downtown Los Angeles jewelry store and made off with an estimated $3 million in jewelry.

Mar 3, 2011

LA police chief says King beating won't repeat

Associated Press

Twenty years after the videotaped Rodney King beating exposed racial wounds and ignited passions that eventually sparked a devastating riot, Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday he's confident a similar police beating couldn't happen again.

Mar 3, 2011

Twenty years after the beating of Rodney King, the LAPD is a changed operation

LA Times

In the wake of the videotaped police attack on motorist Rodney King, the department has learned to embrace video scrutiny.

Mar 2, 2011

LA police chief supports ban on big ammo magazines

Associated Press

The city's police chief on Wednesday endorsed a proposed ban on the sale of the types of high-capacity ammunition magazines that have been repeatedly used in mass shootings.

Mar 2, 2011

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa calls for rollback in pension benefits and increase in retirement age for civilian workers

LA Times blog

Looking to shave retirement costs in the middle of a budget crisis, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called Wednesday for a rollback in pension benefits and an increase in the retirement age for civilian city workers.

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