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L.A. City Council Looks at a Hiring Freeze for Police

By Phil Willon

The Los Angeles City Council on Monday took its first crack at addressing a $110-million shortfall in this year's budget and signaled that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's pledge to hire more police officers may be at risk.

What I shared at LA Police Commission


At the behest of the LAPD, this morning at 5 A.M. we went out as a URM team and alerted folks sleeping on the street that the LAPD right was right behind us carrying out maximum enforcement of a code that prohibits sleeping on the streets after before 9:00 P.M and after 6:00 A.M. We also were able to invite them to our Thanksgiving Celebration tomorrow

Assaults on Police a Matter of Concern

Downtown News Editorial

The decrease in violent crime on Skid Row over the last two years as a result of the Safer Cities Initiative has been widely reported and applauded. But until recently, few realized that as crime has come down, the number of police officers attacked in the area has gone up dramatically.

LAPD Hollenbeck Division Appreciation Luncheon

On Wednesday November 5, 2008, in a show of appreciation, the Community Action Team from the Hollenbeck area hosted a luncheon for the Senior Lead Officers, Vice Officers and Narcotic Officers who serve that community.

California Sends Assistance to Fire Victims

Insurance Journal

California Commissioner Steve Poizner has deployed more than two dozen California Department of Insurance (CDI) fraud division investigators to assist local law enforcement at the Sayre Fire in Southern California.

Border Patrol agents arrest Mexican fugitive wanted in L.A. homicide


Border Patrol agents announced Monday that they apprehended a Mexican fugitive wanted in connection with a homicide in Los Angeles.

L.A., Glendale Seek Injunction Against Toonerville Gang

By Richard Winton

Lawyers for Los Angeles and Glendale have filed a civil lawsuit seeking a joint gang injunction to restrict the activities of Toonerville, a decades-old gang known for orchestrating killings and even a police ambush, officials said today.

LAPD's James McDonnell Receives Palatucci Courageous Leadership Award

The award, named for an Italian police chief who defied the Nazis and saved thousands of Jewish lives during the Holocaust, was presented to Chief McDonnell during the League's 2008 annual meeting in Los Angeles.

Sylmar fire: biggest arson investigation in Los Angeles history?

By Jill Stewart

With the Oakridge Park mobile home development in the San Fernando Valley looking as if it had been "hit by a nuclear bomb," and 600 of its 700 closely packed houses burned down to soft piles of ash, the Los Angeles Police Department declared the Sayre Fire a massive crime scene on Saturday.

Lock Up Your Home Before You Evacuate, Police Urge

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske

In Porter Ranch, a man accidentally left open the rear sliding-glass door of his house and forgot to activate the security alarm when he evacuated the area Saturday morning.

Under the Influence

The Allen incident was the second officer-involved shooting in Central Division this year. On July 31, at about 10:20 p.m., two officers shot and killed Jesse Moore, 56, who police described as a narcotics suspect, after he allegedly lunged at an officer with a knife.

Use of Force

Among the 39 assaults on officers this year, 33 resulted in officer injuries, most of which were minor, although two officers suffered broken bones.

Assaults on Skid Row Police Officers Triple In Two Years

By Ryan Vaillancourt

Assaults on Central Division police officers have more than tripled in the past two years. The rise, from 12 incidents in 2006 and 28 in 2007 to 39 so far this year, comes at the same time that violent crime in the neighborhood has dropped precipitously.

Police: Man Takes Baby on Drive-By Shooting


The suspect opened fire on three people around 3 p.m. Wednesday on Pinafore Street in South Los Angeles, said Capt. James Craig of the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD Detective and Counter Terrorism Bureau Honored by the International Association

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Parade Magazine announced today the LAPD's Counter Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau and Detective Lillie Franklin are among 10 recipients to receive honorable mention awards at a luncheon to be held at this year's IACP Conference.

Accidental Friendship


A celebrity premier screening will be held tonight for a Hallmark Channel movie based on the relationship between a homeless woman living on Skid Row and a Los Angeles police officer.

Driver with Toddler in Car is Arrested in Baldwin Village Drive-By

By Andrew Blankstein

A gunman, driving with a toddler in the back seat of his car, opened fire on three people in Baldwin Village this afternoon in what police described as a gang-related shooting.

Police Investigate Three Separate Westside Home Robberies

By Ruben Vives

Police are investigating three separate home invasion robberies on the Westside, including one in which the victims were tied up with duct tape while others were held hostage.

Teen Guilty of First-Degree Murder of Police Officer

By Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Taeotui also was found guilty of shooting at Bessant and another officer "for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a criminal street gang" and using a semi-automatic rifle during in the shooting, according to court documents.

Man Killed by Hit-and-Run Near Home

By Leo Stallworth

The victim was killed just steps from his home. Authorities say 42-year-old Rigoberto Pivaral was left lying in the street for hours until his sister wandered out of their home and found his body.

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