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Sep 11, 2010

Reflecting on 100 years of women serving in the LAPD

LA Daily News

The petite preacher from Kansas raised her right hand to solemnly swear the unimaginable: an oath to become a Los Angeles police officer.

Sep 10, 2010

Chief Beck reorganizes department, promotes officers

KPCC

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced a reorganization of the department today, and promoted several officers, including the first black woman to be given the rank of commander.

Sep 10, 2010

Chief Beck's challenge

LA Times Editorial

Every LAPD chief, it seems, is tested by crisis. The shooting death of a day laborer is shaping up to be that test for new LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

Sep 9, 2010

Traffic deaths at lowest in 60 years

USA Today

Traffic deaths in the USA are at a 60-year low despite a slight uptick in miles driven, and the chances of dying on the road are the lowest ever, the Department of Transportation says.

Sep 9, 2010

15 arrested in San Gabriel Valley gang sweep

LA Times blog

Fifteen people were arrested in a San Gabriel Valley sweep Thursday conducted to find parole violators tied to a gang believed responsible for shooting and wounding an L.A. County sheriff's deputy.

Sep 9, 2010

Calm marks fourth night of protests over LAPD shooting

LA Times blog

Dozens of people marched in the Westlake district Thursday during a fourth night of protests over the death of a Guatemalan immigrant who was shot to death after LAPD officers said he threatened them with a knife.

Sep 9, 2010

Villaraigosa defends police action in Westlake, says officers 'acted with bravery'

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday offered a vigorous defense of the officers who were involved in Sunday’s fatal police shooting of a man holding a knife, saying they were heroes who "acted with bravery."

Sep 9, 2010

Another law enforcement nod for Cooley

Capitol Weekly

This week’s endorsement of Republican Steve Cooley by the California State Law Enforcement Association will not make or break the attorney general’s race.

Sep 8, 2010

California Supreme Court appears to be leaning toward support of governor's furlough program

LA Times blog

The California Supreme Court appeared likely Wednesday to uphold Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough of state employees to reduce spending during the state's fiscal crisis.

Sep 8, 2010

CalPERS has 'significant concerns' about borrowing idea

Sacramento Bee blog

California Public Employees' Retirement System CEO Anne Stausboll sent letters to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders last week expressing the pension system's "significant concerns" about any attempt by the state to borrow $2 billion from the pension system to help solve the state's deficit.

Sep 8, 2010

Minority Report-style 'predictive policing' arrives at the LAPD

Pajamas Media

Has the future of police work arrived?

Sep 8, 2010

CHP reports double-digit drop in vehicle thefts in 2009

LA Times blog

Vehicle thefts in the Golden State dropped 15% from 2008 to 2009 in what the California Highway Patrol called the largest year-over-year decrease in decades.

Sep 8, 2010

33 charged with blocking L.A. city streets during immigration protests

LA Times

The charges include unlawful assembly, resisting arrest, delaying or obstructing an officer and blocking a sidewalk or street.

Sep 8, 2010

Protesters heckle LAPD chief at meeting in Westlake

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck was heckled Wednesday night as he addressed an angry crowd that had gathered at a Westlake school for a community meeting in the aftermath of a deadly police shooting.

Sep 8, 2010

Protesters, LAPD clash as chief defends shooting

LA Times

Police disperse crowd near Westlake site where officer shot a day laborer to death. At least 22 people are arrested.

Sep 7, 2010

LAPD sends more officers home as it copes with overtime cutbacks

KPCC

The LAPD’s sending a growing numbers of officers home as it continues to contend with cutbacks in overtime hours.

Sep 7, 2010

Death penalty remains big issue in California

Stateline.org

California’s next attorney general will have a full plate.

Sep 7, 2010

State law enforcement union backs Whitman

Capitol Weekly

A 7,000-member union that represents state investigators, law enforcement personnel, 911 dispatchers and others on Tuesday endorsed Republican Meg Whitman for governor, calling Democratic contender Jerry Brown “erratic” on key issues.

Sep 7, 2010

Long Beach could lose 20 police officers in budget cuts

LA Times blog

At least 15 to 20 police officers who patrol the streets of Long Beach could be laid off if negotiations between the city and the police union continue at a stalemate, city officials said Tuesday.

Sep 7, 2010

L.A. Police Union Blames Agitators, Leftists For Anti-LAPD Protest In Westlake Following Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting There

LA Weekly blog

The union that represents Los Angeles police on Tuesday blamed extreme agitators and even communists for the unrest that plagued the Westlake neighborhood following an officer's shooting of a man with a knife over the Labor Day weekend.

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