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Sep 15, 2010

Court backs DNA testing as condition of federal bail

Sacramento Bee

In the first decision of its kind in the nation, a split appellate court has ruled in a Sacramento case that DNA testing is a legitimate condition of release on bail for a federal defendant charged with a felony but not yet convicted.

Sep 15, 2010

Prison officials dispute study on sexual violence behind bars

California Watch blog

State prison officials are disputing findings from a new federal study that identified two California prisons as having some of the highest rates of sexual violence in the nation.

Sep 15, 2010

Database will let law enforcement agencies share up-to-date crime data

LA Times

From computers in their cars, Southern California officers will also be able to access social services and community leaders.

Sep 14, 2010

CalPERS must release documents detailing $100 million investment loss

Contra Costa Times

A judge on Tuesday ordered the mammoth pension fund for state government workers, CalPERS, to release documents detailing how it lost $100 million in a failed East Palo Alto real estate development.

Sep 14, 2010

Fewer local officers become immigration agents

USA Today

A federal program that deputizes local police officers to act as immigration agents has seen a sharp drop in interest from law enforcement agencies.

Sep 14, 2010

Even with fewer thefts, California cities among worst for stolen cars

California Watch

California cities remain a haven for car thieves – just less so than in years past.

Sep 14, 2010

LA police chief vows to speed up investigation

Associated Press

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck promises to accelerate the department's investigation into the fatal police shooting of a Guatemalan immigrant.

Sep 14, 2010

Parolee wanted in murder of Valley Village bride-to-be

KTLA

Chere Osmanhodzic was set to be married this month.

Sep 14, 2010

L.A. Police Department's system promotes training for command-level officers

Emergency Management

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) deployed the first Hydra simulation system — named after the seven-headed beast from Greek lore — in the United States to promote critical incident training for command-level officers.

Sep 14, 2010

LAPD honors pioneering female officer Alice Stebbins Wells

Police Magazine

On the centennial of her hiring as one of the nation's first working policewomen, Alice Stebbins Wells received a tribute from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Sep 13, 2010

FBI releases 2009 crime statistics

FBI Press Release

According to the figures released today by the FBI, the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation declined in 2009 for the third consecutive year.

Sep 13, 2010

Louisiana police officer killed in ambush

Officer.com

A Rayville (La.) police officer was shot and killed on Sept. 11 while responding to a burglary-in-progress call at a home, according to The News Star.

Sep 13, 2010

LAPD Union Not Happy With Chief Beck For Releasing Names Of Officers Involved In Deadly Westlake Confrontation

LA Weekly blog

While praising him for defending a controversial officer-involved shooting, the union that represents Los Angeles police over the weekend criticized Chief Charlie Beck for releasing the names of officers involved in the early September clash that set off three nights of unrest in the Westlake district last week.

Sep 13, 2010

Prosecutors expected to charge more than a dozen protesters in Westlake unrest

LA Times blog

L.A. city prosecutors said they expect to charge more than a dozen people in the series of street protests that occurred in the Westlake district last week after a police shooting of a Guatemalan immigrant.

Sep 13, 2010

Ex-officers and judges support legal pot in California

Associated Press

A group of former law enforcement officials on Monday endorsed a November ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in California, saying it would unclog court dockets and allow police to focus on more serious crime.

Sep 13, 2010

A cooler disposition around MacArthur Park

LA Times

A week after the shooting death of Guatemalan day laborer Manuel Jamines, the park again is full — not with protesters, but with revelers preparing for Mexico Independence Day on Thursday.

Sep 12, 2010

Grim expectations for report on poverty in United States

Washington Post

The number of people in the United States who are living in poverty is on track for a record increase on President Obama's watch, with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that led to the national war on poverty.

Sep 12, 2010

Illegal immigration drops

San Bernadino Sun

Studies cite fewer jobs due to bad U.S. economy

Sep 11, 2010

LAPD veteran lands job as chief

Ventura County Star

Port Hueneme has hired a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who blew the whistle on her boss and then honed her crime-fighting skills with the U.S. Department of Justice in Indonesia and Pakistan.

Sep 11, 2010

Man shot by LAPD officer in Westlake apparently went by several names

LA Times

Relatives identify the Guatemalan day laborer as Manuel Jamines. But coroner's officials find a fingerprint match with the name Manuel Ramirez and immigration papers calling him Gregorio Luis Perez.

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