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New iWatch program urges citizens to be 'eyes and ears' against terror plots

www.foxnews.com

new program aimed at keeping Americans safe from terror attacks will rely on individual citizens to serve as "the eyes and ears" of their communities.

Pension pay to play casts shadow nationwide

Institutional Investor

U.S. public funds have long operated in a world of political patronage where the pressure to pay to play can be enormous. Regulators are looking to crack down on the practice, but can the proposed reforms really fix the underlying problems?

Ford may introduce Taurus patrol car after discontinuing Crown Vic In 2012

www.policemag.com

Several law enforcement agencies that annually purchase Ford Motor Co.'s Crown Victoria Police Interceptor have been told the automaker may introduce a police version of its Taurus sedan for use as a patrol vehicle in 2012, when the "Crown Vic" will no longer be produced, according to several reports.

LAPD cuts backlog of untested DNA cases in half

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles Police Department has cut in half a backlog of untested DNA evidence from rapes and sexual assaults, according to police figures.

Council committees recommend LAPD hiring freeze

LA Times

Members of the budget and public safety panels agree to discontinue a new recruit class and halt police recruiting efforts.

Chevrolet unveils 2011 Caprice patrol vehicle at IACP

www.policemag.com

General Motors executives announced they plan to begin production of a new full-size, rear-wheel drive Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle today at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Denver. The 2011 Caprice PPV will be available in two configurations: a 355-hp V8 that generates an estimated 384 lb-ft of torque and a tamer V6. An undercover version will also be available.

Top federal officials stress police cooperation

Associated Press

.S. Attorney Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Monday stressed the importance of cooperation between federal and local law enforcement agencies to stop terrorism.

Pasadena police chief resigns, heads to Washington D.C.

LA Times blog

Pasadena Police Chief Bernard Melekian, who has overseen the city's police department for 13 years, is retiring and will take a job with the U.S. Department of Justice. He will head the justice department's Community Oriented Policing Services program, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced today in Denver, where national police leaders are meeting.

LAPD files head for new quarters

Daily Breeze

When the Los Angeles police move out of their downtown headquarters, the challenges are different from when you move out of an old house or office building. For one thing, you probably don't worry that you'll lose homicide evidence and case records, allowing murderers to go free.

450 mayors petition Obama to adopt broad gun reform

Washington Post

A new report from a national coalition of mayors urges President Obama to adopt dozens of reforms to help curb gun violence, including steps to crack down on problems at gun shows and the creation of a federal interstate firearms trafficking unit.

L.A. County district attorney defends pursuit of Polanski case

LA Times

Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley says director Roman Polanski must be brought to justice and that his decades-old guilty plea to sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl should not be taken lightly.

Before the Station fire, a cost-cutting memo

LA Times

Three weeks ahead of the Station blaze, the Forest Service sought to limit the use of local firefighting resources.

Law enforcement officer fatalities fall sharply during third quarter of 2009

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

After jumping 20 percent in the first six months of 2009, the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty fell sharply during the third quarter of this year and is on pace to reach a five-decade low this year, according to preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Thousands of cellphones confiscated in state prisons

LA Times blog

State prison officials have confiscated 4,130 contraband cellphones this year, more than all those seized in the previous three years combined, according to an internal report released today.

LAPD officers continue to bargain over labor deal

CBS-2 News

The city of Los Angeles and its police officers are continuing to negotiate over a new labor agreement, but contract talks with city firefighters may have reached an impasse, officials said today.

Supreme Court decision may open up other gun laws to challenges

LA Times

By agreeing to hear a 2nd Amendment challenge to Chicago's handgun ban, the justices may open the door to similar lawsuits in cities and states nationwide.

Hollywood Burning

National Review Online

The Polanski affair reveals selective outrage among the film crowd.

iPhone apps helps track sex offenders, spot crime

CNN

Since the iPhone launched more than two years ago, a handful of crime-fighting tools have emerged among the thousands of innovative apps. They give ordinary citizens the capability to sleuth and guard themselves against crime. Users can conduct a background check during a dinner date or avoid walking through a high-crime area. The Offender Locator app has been downloaded more than a million times, breaking into the top 10 most popular apps list on iTunes when it made its debut in June.

Increase in domestic abuse tied to recession

Daily News

Since the recession began in December 2007, the number of families seeking help at the Valley Family Service Center has doubled. The number of serious domestic violence cases being prosecuted by the City Attorney's Office has jumped 10 percent.

New LAPD jail falls victim to budget shortfall

LA Times

The $74-million detention center is likely to be left empty due to cost of hiring additional staff while inmates are held in decrepit Parker Center facility.

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