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Bratton's plan to change policing system for location films shoots bad for everyone

Daily News Editorial

The Motion Picture Officers have waged a long and difficult campaign to retain their right to continue the 50-year-tradition of working in the motion picture, television and commercial production industry. They have done so in the face of bewildering opposition from those currently in command of the LAPD.

Public opinion of LAPD on the rise, according to poll

ABC News

A new Los Angeles Times poll shows registered voters believe the LAPD's performance has improved since 2005.

LAPD names its first Islamic chaplain

LA Times

Sheik Qazi Asad prays five times each day. The Pakistani-born immigrant, who is now a U.S. citizen, first got involved with law enforcement after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, working with the Sheriff’s Department. Police leaders hope that the new chaplain, who has a history of building bridges between Muslims and law enforcement, can help officers understand his community better.

New politics blog


Well, let's call it partly politics and partly law enforcement, with some union advocacy for seasoning. It's the new blog of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

Michigan State Police Reject Furlough, 100 Officers Laid Off


About 100 Michigan State Police troopers will be laid off Sunday after a last-ditch effort to avoid the job loss failed.

Budget cuts hurt public safety in the Golden State

Daily News Opinion

In an effort to help fill a $24 billion deficit, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed releasing some low-level offenders early and shifting more prisoners to already overcrowded county jails, which will lead to the early release of some of those prisoners.

Plan to modify L.A. gang injunctions splits lawmakers along party lines

LA Times

Senate OKs easing restrictions on gang members who steer clear of crime for 5 years. The bill goes to the Assembly.

Proposed cuts would allow a Madoff to avoid prison in California, Cooley says

LA Times blog

Los Angeles County’s top prosecutor has warned that a budget proposal by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would so weaken court sentencing guidelines that if a swindler such as Bernard Madoff were to be brought to justice in California he would not face state prison time.

Bratton says LAPD is improved, wants consent decree lifted


A judge will decide next week whether to lift a federal monitor’s oversight of the Los Angeles Police Department. The consent decree that put the monitor in place came after the Rampart Scandal 10 years ago.

LAPD takes over Michael Jackson death investigation

Australian Associated Press

Los Angeles robbery and homicide division have taken over the investigation into Michael Jackson's death. The King of Pop has died at the age of fifty in a Los Angeles Hospital after an apparent heart attack.

L.A. mayor and council weighing retirement option for reducing city's workforce

Hoping to avoid layoffs and furloughs, a new plan would cut pay raises for two years to employees and offer retirement to some. By David Zahniser

LA Sketchbook: LA back in LAPD

Steve Greenberg was inspired by today's Los Angeles Times Poll story showing higher approval ratings for the LAPD.

Poll finds approval for LAPD

The Associated Press

The poll of 1,500 registered voters found almost eight in 10 said they either "strongly approve" or "somewhat approve" of the Police Department's performance. The endorsement comes after several years of decreasing crime rates, a more diverse police force and improved community outreach under Chief William Bratton.

Citywide survey of Los Angeles

LA Times

Voter approval of the Los Angeles Police Department is stronger than at any point in the last two decades, and the department has closed much of the gap between the views of whites and those of blacks and Latinos, according to The Times Poll of 1,500 registered voters in Los Angeles.

LAPD gains new approval from the public

LA Times

The strong endorsement of the department, expressed in a June poll, cuts across racial and ethnic lines. Other aspects of life in the city do not fare so well.

Illegal L.A. marijuana dispensaries lose exemption loophole

LA Times

The City Council eliminates a provision in the 2007 moratorium that allowed outlets with pending applications to stay open. The city will continue to work toward a permanent ordinance.

Lift the LAPD consent decree

LA Times

The department has all but completed the necessary reforms and demonstrated it is ready to 'protect and to serve' all the people of Los Angeles.

Court upholds LAPD ban on asking immigration status

Daily News

An appeals court Wednesday upheld the Los Angeles Police Department’s Special Order 40, a policy governing how officers interact with immigrants.

Lakers parade to be funded by donations

City News Service

Preparations for a parade and rally celebrating the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA championship will continue today, while the mayor solicits private donations and the City Council debates on how to pay for the event.

Executives donate money for Lakers parade

LA Times

Businessmen promise funds after criticism that city can't afford its share of $2-million celebration of NBA championship.

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