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The next chief: merit, not race

LA Times Opinion

For the first time in years, racial politics need not play a big role in choosing who will lead the LAPD.

LAPD officers ratify new two-year contract, union says

LA Times

Officers in the Los Angeles Police Department have voted to ratify a new two-year contract, the police union said today.

LAPPL President Paul Weber: Next chief needs to be 'people person'

LA Weekly

Los Angeles Daily News reporter Rick Orlov wrote yesterday that the Los Angeles Police Commission is now searching "in earnest" for LAPD chief Bill Bratton's replacement.

The next LAPD chief's policing paradox

LA Times Opinion

Whoever takes over the department inherits an improved force -- but also much higher expectations from the public.

Search for new LAPD chief under way

Daily News

The search for a successor to Police Chief Bill Bratton begins in earnest this week, with the Los Angeles Police Commission conducting interviews for those making the first cut from the city Personnel Department.

Problems with early prison release

Denver Post editorial

The first wave of prisoners released early under Gov. Bill Ritter's plan to save the state millions has exposed the limited potential of this program, as well as its risks.

The LAPD's come a long way

LA Times Opinion

Thanks to Bratton, today's LAPD is a far better force. But there's room for specific improvements.

Chief Bratton's too-brash exit

LA Times Opinion

The chief leaves behind a better LAPD, but L.A. could do without his parting commentary.

Gun stores preparing for ammo restrictions

The San Bernardino Sun

Walk into Cold War Shooters gun shop in Highland, and you can pick up a box of .22 caliber rounds, walk to the checkout counter, pay and leave. That transaction will be decidedly different in 2011, when a new state law governing handgun ammunition sales takes effect.

As rehab programs are cut, prisons do less to keep inmates from returning

LA Times

State to eliminate 40% of funding designed to turn prisoners' lives around. Opponents say streets will be less safe as a result.

The "L.A. Not So Confidential" Scandal


Union members slam LAPD for leaving confidential info in parking garage.

Union criticizes LAPD for lax security in storing confidential records

LA Times blog

Union officials criticized Los Angeles Police Department officials today for two recent incidents in which confidential paperwork pertaining to criminal investigations or personnel was found unsecured at police stations.

Eight arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and human smuggling

LA Times

The ring, with ties to the Drew Street clique of the Avenues gang, is alleged to have smuggled more than 200 illegal immigrants into the United States a year.

Los Angeles budget crisis' main event: gridlock?

LA Times

With funds for traffic officers for big events at major venues way down, fans may find themselves stuck in their cars far longer than in the past.

LAPD'S dead, remembered in a new space that needs a new name

LA Times Opinion

The new LAPD headquarters won't be dedicated until later this month -- more about the name of the building in a bit -- but when it is, the first official shift to show up for work will see some sadly familiar names.

Secret criminal billionaires: Big-rig cargo thefts worth $$$ are hitting L.A.'s port

LA Weekly

Huge big-rigs are quietly vanishing from the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach regularly, their cargo whisked away by sophisticated crime teams using regional leaders, fencers, "lumpers" and drivers who hijack the entire big-rig container, each stuffed with goods worth between $12,000 -- in, say, Fruit of the Loom Underwear -- to as much as $3 million -- in, say, iPhones. That's per big-rig container.

Long knives slice up Bratton

LA Weekly

It’s a mark of the disarray and crisis within Los Angeles City Hall that Police Chief William Bratton, one of the most famous cops in the world, riding high on an era of low crime and sometimes absurdly over-praised accomplishments, is leaving town on October 31 on an exceedingly sour note, publicly attacking members of the City Council as they attack him back.

Some furlough days actually cost California money

LA Times

A shortage of staff to cover 24-hour shifts at prisons means workers are going in on furlough days and being paid in IOUs that will eventually cost the state -- and its taxpayers -- much more.

The assassination of Deputy Abel Escalante

LA Weekly

Before dawn four weeks ago, some 1,300 cops and federal agents fanned across the badlands of Los Angeles in a massive crackdown on the Avenues gang, inviting along a few reporters to observe them as they quietly approached 42 run-down hovels and crowded apartment buildings, arresting some of the city’s most violent men and women.

Microsoft to offer digital forensic technology to law enforcement

Government Technology

On Oct. 13, hosting a cyber-crime prevention gathering called the Digital Crimes Consortium at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters, Microsoft announced it was teaming with the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to make the center the nation's first distributor of a Microsoft-developed program called Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor (COFEE).

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