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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.
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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.
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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.
One of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's appointees to a city pension board resigned today, one month after receiving a letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission asking him to identify income he had received from companies doing business with his agency.
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is asking Congress to slash almost in half a 43-year-old Justice Department program that provides death, disability and education benefits to the families of slain police and public safety officers. President Obama's 2010 budget reduces funding for the Public Safety Officers' Death Benefits Program from $110 million this year to $60 million for next year's budget.
By DEVLIN BARRETT
The president's proposed budget calls for cutting the Public Safety Officers' Death Benefits Program from $110 million to $60 million. Justice Department budget documents say the reduction is being made because "claims are anticipated to decrease" because the number of officers killed in the line of duty has been decreasing.
By ALICE WALTON
Citing a continuing decline in violent crime, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa rejects calls to slow the pace of hiring new police officers because of a multimillion-dollar deficit and potential layoffs.
The race for Los Angeles city attorney is turning out to be one of the most negative political campaigns in recent memory. City Councilman Jack Weiss and criminal defense attorney Carmen Trutanich have launched blistering attacks on each other in what many expect to be a close vote. The election for the non-partisan but powerful post is less than two weeks away. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
(AP) — LOS ANGELES
In a 39-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess found that the several minutes it takes an officer to dress for duty is an important part of the job because "police uniforms convey and legitimize officers' authority, increase officer safety, and help deter crime," and fall under the compensation rules of the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act.
By Joel Rubin
Who knew the badge, the holster and the iconic dark blue threads worn by Los Angeles police officers could make punching the clock so complicated?
A federal judge ruled this week that Los Angeles Police Department officers should be paid for the time it takes them to put on and take off their uniforms and safety equipment, a decision that could cost the city millions of dollars in back pay and higher salaries.
Yesterday, at the Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Dispatch Center in downtown, Chief Bill Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa were buddying up again, with City Council President Eric Garcetti and City Attorney candidate and Councilman Jack Weiss along for the ride.
Police report the number of homicides dropped almost 34 percent since this time last year.
L.A. has had the biggest drop in crime of any major U.S. city. Overall violent crime, including rape, robbery and assault, is down almost 5.5 percent.
LA Times Blog
A federal judge has ruled that Los Angeles police officers should be paid for the time it takes them to put on and take off their uniforms and safety equipment, a ruling that could potentially cost the LAPD millions of dollars in back pay and higher salaries.
A Schwarzenegger administration proposal would drain funds from cities and counties to help plug a huge budget hole. Skeptics say it's a ploy to scare voters into approving Propositions 1A-1F.
On Tuesday law-enforcement agencies from across Fresno County came together to honor all California peace officers who have lost their lives while serving their communities.
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Faced with a looming $530-million budget gap, the Los Angeles City Council voted today to initiate the layoff process for up to 400 city workers and eliminate 1,200 vacant positions.
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The Los Angeles Police Commission voted today to establish a medal for officers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.
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