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Jul 25, 2010

Steve Cooley: How familial DNA has become a key to building criminal cases

LA Daily News

TREMENDOUS advances in the use of DNA evidence as a crime-solving tool have increased public safety over the past two decades by taking serial rapists and murderers off the streets.

Jul 25, 2010

Crime rises sharply at California state parks

Fresno Bee

Holiday visitors seeking a quiet day off beside the water at Folsom State Recreation Area on July 5 instead had front-row seats to a police pursuit as park rangers chased an assault suspect through throngs of picnickers.

Jul 24, 2010

Detained immigrants can now be located online

LA Times

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement launches a search service for relatives and attorneys trying to find people in a nationwide maze of prisons and jails.

Jul 24, 2010

Google misses deadline for L.A. city e-mail system

LA Times

It agreed to implement its 'cloud' model by June 30 but has not satisfied the Police Department's data security requirements.

Jul 24, 2010

Police and community work together to arrest a murder suspect in South L.A.

LA Times

A sting operation is a textbook example of what can happen when officers and residents trust one another.

Jul 23, 2010

Sheriffs becoming popular with budget-crunched cities

California Watch

During normal times, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department hears from two to three small towns a year wondering how much taxpayer money they’d save by hiring deputies to replace their own police officers.

Jul 23, 2010

Troops shadow cops to learn tactics

North County Times

Marines will put knowledge to use in streets of Afghanistan.

Jul 22, 2010

Cell phone ban for federal prisoners approved by House

Daily Tech

Will prevent prisoners from partaking in criminal business.

Jul 22, 2010

Vallejo requires officers to double up on patrol

Vallejo Times-Herald

Half as many police cars as usual will be patrolling Vallejo streets beginning Saturday, police said Wednesday.

Jul 22, 2010

Report indicates drop in California hate crimes

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

A report issued by California Attorney General Jerry Brown Thursday shows hate crimes in California dropped by more than 20 percent in 2009, highlighting a trend that was reflected in the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said.

Jul 22, 2010

Three sentenced to jail in Lakers celebration attacks

LA Times blog

Three men accused of tangling with police during celebrations after the Lakers' NBA title win and victory parade have received jail sentences of several months, the L.A. city attorney's office said Thursday.

Jul 22, 2010

LAPD arrests 'Most Wanted' murder suspect

KTLA

The suspect is accused of killing a Georgia man in 2007.

Jul 22, 2010

Field Poll finds 70% support death penalty

San Francisco Chronicle

Californians maintain their solid support for the death penalty as a punishment for serious crimes, but are divided on whether they would impose a death sentence or life without parole for first-degree murder

Jul 22, 2010

Study: California leads U.S. in drive-by shootings

California Watch

California led the nation in drive-by shootings during a six-month period in 2008 with 148 reported shootings that killed 40 and injured 129

Jul 21, 2010

Federal immigration detainees to be housed at two Orange County jails

LA Times

County supervisors approve a plan that will bring the Sheriff's Department more than $30 million a year. A maximum of 838 detainees will be held at jails near Irvine and in Orange.

Jul 21, 2010

LA Weekly staffer to be honored at City Hall for coverage of serial murder investigation

LA Weekly blog

LA Weekly staff writer Christine Pelisek was scheduled to be honored Wednesday for her work in keeping the Grim Sleeper serial murder case on the minds of police and the public and for unearthing details of the case that had gone undiscovered.

Jul 21, 2010

California's local governments expecting dip in property taxes

Sacramento Bee blog

Local assessors and the state Board of Equalization are still compiling final data, but it appears that local governments will see another decline in property tax revenues this year.

Jul 21, 2010

Baltimore police face officer shortage

Baltimore Sun

More than expected left department during pension fight

Jul 20, 2010

Calif. inmate surrenders after mistaken release

Associated Press

A California prison inmate who was released by mistake in an identity mix-up is back in custody.

Jul 20, 2010

Study: US police fatalities increase 43 percent

Associated Press

A nonprofit group in Washington says the number of police officers who have died in the line of duty is up 43 percent so far this year.

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