Headlines & News Releases
In a post from January 14, I wrote about LAPD officers being ordered not to wear their helmets and face shields while facing pro-Palestinian demonstrators at the Federal Building in West Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine is seeking a full accounting of a Jan. 10 incident in which an LAPD officer not wearing his riot helmet was hit in the head with the wooden end of a sign during a protest over the Israeli invasion of Gaza.
For nearly a year, the union representing officers has sparred with the Los Angeles Police Department over the department's refusal to set limits on its practice of collecting DNA samples from officers involved in shootings and other incidents involving serious force. Although rarely done, officers can be required to submit a saliva swab as part of the investigations the department conducts into such incidents.
Los Angeles Times
Driving a company car home each night with free gas and maintenance has long been a cushy perk for hundreds of Los Angeles municipal employees. But in these difficult economic times, when the city is facing a $433-million deficit, some officials are questioning whether the expense -- in the tens of millions of dollars -- is justifiable.
Los Angeles Times
When local protests broke out this month over the Israeli invasion of Gaza, Los Angeles Police Department officials decided that officers at the scene should not immediately wear their riot helmets out of concerns the gear might escalate passions among the demonstrators.
But the decision has now generated controversy after a protester hit an officer with the wood post of a protest sign during a march in Westwood.
In this video, you can see a group of officers surrounded by protesters angered over the arrest of one of their comrades who had hung a banner from a traffic signal. You can also see one of those officers being struck with a protest sign. (I don’t know if this was the same officer who was later treated at Cedars Sinai Hospital after being struck in the head with a sign.)
We are pleased to announce that your Los Angeles Police Historical Society (LAPHS) has hired retired Lieutenant Mike DeCoudres as our Associate Executive Director.
Mike served with the Department from June 1972 to July 2008 when he retired as the LT II, OIC, Surveillance Support Section, Major Crimes Division. Mike also held assignments as the Bomb Squad OIC and the OIC of Backgrounds.
Even with a sluggish economy and the prospects of a more than $400 million shortfall, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa vowed Monday to oppose any reductions in the Los Angeles Police Department budget this year after seven straight years of reduced crime rates.
Daily News Wire Services
Crime in the city of Los Angeles continued to hit historic lows in 2008, a trend which Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and law enforcement officials today credited to more police officers and interagency relationships.
By Sue Doyle, Staff Writer
Violence against Los Angeles Police Department officials in 2008 involved the slaying of SWAT Officer Randal Simmons in a Winnetka shootout, 168 assaults with deadly weapons and 358 attacks from punching and shoving to kicking.
By Brandon Lowrey, Staff Writer
The Los Angeles police officers union on Wednesday asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to spare law enforcement in the latest round of state budget cuts, saying crime could increase as the recession makes people desperate.
By Rick Orlov, Columnist
Like the state of California, the city of Los Angeles is involved in a seemingly endless game of budget balancing as it looks once again at what appears to be a built-in shortfall. Last week, the City Council cut $74 million from its $7.2 billion budget and was warned it will probably return from its Christmas holiday with the need to make additional cuts next month.
The annual toy giveaway is hosted by the Hollenbeck Police Business Council in conjunction with the L.A. Inner-City Games, the Hollenbeck Youth Center, the Los Angeles Police Department Hollenbeck Division and the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation.
Police Chief William Bratton announced that overall gang crime will finish down for the year. He added there is going to be an announcement regarding a major gang initiative at the end of January. Chief Bratton also said the Department is the most diverse it has ever been with 10% black, 46% Hispanic, 5% Asian and 39% white officers on the force.
By Sylvie Belmond firstname.lastname@example.org
Grossman is training Dino to locate human remains and notify his human friend when suspicious scents are discovered. The puppy is doing quite well, having found all three human bone fragments hidden by Grossman at the base of tree trunks during a brief demo training session at Tierra Rejada Park last Friday.
Los Angeles City is facing major financial challenges over the next few years that will affect many facets of each of our lives. Mayor Villaraigosa and other City leaders are asking for your input on the performance and necessity of the services provided by the City and to help them place priorities on the levels to maintain.
By Katharine A. Diaz
Anette J. Jacobs, director of Kid Watch, said, “It was great to see through their art that the students understand the consequences of graffiti on individuals and on public property. I think what stands out the most to me is that the students are aware of the Kid Watch Program looking out for them and that our safety partners are really on our side in the community.”
Sue Pascoe, Staff Writer
City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and L.A. Police Chief William Bratton hosted a town hall meeting attended by more than 300 people last Thursday to address concerns about the loss of police officers from the West and Pacific Police Divisions due to the opening of two new police stations.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS (CNS) - A California Highway Patrol officer was fatally
struck by a vehicle as he directed traffic at the scene of a previous accident on the rain-slick Pomona (60) Freeway in Hacienda Heights early today, authorities said. The fatal crash, reported at 4:20 a.m., happened west of Azusa Avenue, said CHP Officer T. Liu.
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