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Los Angeles (AP)
A major expansion of the Los Angeles Police Department is in jeopardy after a City Council panel approved a hiring freeze for police and firefighters. The full council will consider the proposal next week after the city's budget and finance committee voted on the freeze Wednesday in hopes of offsetting a $529 million budget gap.
In an interview with KNX-AM (1070) radio this morning, Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton called out City Council members Bernard C. Parks, Greig Smith and Bill Rosendahl by name, saying their vote last night to freeze police hiring as a budget-cutting measure was “shortsighted and dangerous.”
By Rick Orlov Staff Writer
In a rare showdown, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa blasted City Council members who want to scale back on the LAPD expansion and specifically called out Westchester-area Councilman Bill Rosendahl for switching positions to oppose his budget.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday criticized three City Council members who voted to cut police hiring, accusing them of "devastating public safety" while preserving pet projects in their council districts.
Facing the worst financial crisis in Los Angeles history, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a new plea on Wednesday for city unions to return to the bargaining table or face the prospects of thousands of layoffs, along with unpaid furloughs for all civilian workers.
In light of L.A.'s $529-million budget deficit, the mayor seeks the authority to layoff and furlough thousands of city workers. The council is to consider the matter later this week.
President Barack Obama says police officers deserve respect and support because as the economy worsens, crime rises.
President Obama's proposed reduction of death benefits is “meaningless” and will not reduce the amount paid to survivors who lose their loved ones in the line of duty, according to a leading grief-support agency for law enforcement families.
Imperial Valley News
California has the best and most dedicated police officers in the nation working to protect us. The extraordinary bravery and teamwork shown by these LAPD officers is one of many reasons why they are so deserving of this prestigious award.
President Obama on Tuesday honored 33 U.S. law enforcement officers who risked their lives – from capturing terrorists to rescuing hostages held at gunpoint – to protect and save others.
Daily News Wire Services
Fifteen Los Angeles police officers involved in the standoff that ended Feb. 7, 2008, with the shooting death of a colleague were honored at the White House on Tuesday.
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The last captured member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, the radical 1970s-era group notorious for bank robberies, killings and the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst, was released from a California prison Sunday morning.
Gregory G. Petersen, Chief Trial Counsel for the Petersen Law Firm, A Law Corporation, today announced that the United States District Court for the Central District of California ruled that the Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) must pay for the time spent by officers at the beginning and end of their shifts while donning and doffing their equipment, uniforms and safety gear.
LA Daily News
In a decision that could cost Los Angeles millions of dollars in back pay and higher salaries, a federal judge has ruled that LAPD officers should be paid for the time it takes them to put on and take off their uniforms and safety equipment.
U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess said in ruling issued this week that time spent dressing for duty is a vital part of the job because uniforms legitimize an officer's authority, increase the officer's safety and help deter crime.
LA Daily News
Police Chief Bill Bratton renewed his endorsement of Councilman Jack Weiss for city attorney on Friday, but said he expected he would be able to work equally well if Carmen Trutanich wins out in the May 19 election.
City News Service
The union representing Los Angeles city police officers today fought a proposed federal cut in benefits for the families of officers killed in the line of duty.
Freshly pressed uniforms, boots with a mirror-like shine, and badges that resemble the crown jewels was the theme this morning as LAPD's Hollywood Division held its annual Formal Command Inspection.
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