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Thefts of cellphones jump in downtown L.A.

LA Times

'A crook can snatch an iPhone, replace the SIM card with one from a pay-as-you-go phone and have a brand-new, latest-generation phone for himself,' Police Lt. Paul Vernon says.

Modesto cop killing highlights spike in violence against police

Christian Science Monitor

The number of cops killed on the beat had been declining since the 1970s and was bound to end, say experts. But the killing of cops in Modesto, Calif., and Greenland, N.H., Thursday could point to other trends.

Dodgers beef up security for Opening Day

si.com

Police reported a dip in the number of arrests and public drinking citations at the opening day game at Dodger Stadium, where there was a heavy police presence one year after a Giants fan was beaten into a coma in the parking lot.

LAPD computer program prevents crime by predicting it

CBS News

The Los Angeles Police Department has gone on an offensive to prevent crime.

Feuer Honors Slain LAPD Officer with Highway Memorial

Studio City Patch

The Assembly Transportation Committee has approved Assembly Constitutional Resolution 100, which includes a provision by Assembly Member Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) that honors LAPD officer Ian Campbell, the victim of the 1963 Onion Field murder.

Increased police presence on tap at Dodger’s opening day

LA Times blog

Los Angeles police officers will deploy in larger than normal numbers for Tuesday’s opening day at Dodger Stadium, with a focus on fans who have arrive early to drink in the team’s parking lot.

Even as violent crime falls, killing of officers rises

NY Times

As violent crime has decreased across the country, a disturbing trend has emerged: rising numbers of police officers are being killed.

20 years after riots, hope and despair in South L.A.

LA Times

The LAPD's better relationship with the community, plummeting crime and less graffiti are improvements. But frustration, isolation and the lack of enough jobs still plague the area.

LAPD Chief says violent crime down, warns of Twitter parties

KPCC

After touting a drop in crime at his monthly media availability, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck addressed what may be a new phenomenon - parties inside empty homes promoted on Twitter and Facebook.

Task force targets home burglars

NBC4

Police think early inmate release programs are contributing to the problem.

Plan for supervision of released prisoners off to a rough start

LA Times

About 6,000 prisoners were shifted to L.A. County supervision under a realignment law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last April. Many of the ex-criminals are not showing up for counseling appointments, some care centers are not being paid and bureaucrats are scrambling to correct foul-ups.

LAPD, CHP Crack Down on Distracted Driving

NBC4

Talking or texting, even eating or putting on makeup while driving can cost you

LAPD chief's controversial impound policy to start in 3 weeks

LA Daily News

Despite some opposition and questions about legality, a policy initiated by Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck that allows some unlicensed drivers to avoid a 30-day impound of their cars is expected to roll out in three weeks.

MVCPC To Celebrate Officers Of The Quarter

Van Nuys News Press

The Mid-Valley Community Police Council (MVCPC) will celebrate and recognize the “Officers of the Quarter” on Tuesday, April 3 at 7:30 a.m.

Skid row street population surges back in Los Angeles

LA Times

As evening falls, a dazed woman with a gangrenous thumb spreads a blanket over a row of plastic crates to make a bed on the urine-soaked sidewalk.

LAPD Bolsters Anti-Bullying Campaign

NBC4

An LAPD volunteer saw a need for better education about bullying in Los Angeles schools, where "nobody was talking about it."

LAPD evaluates driver training with patrol-car choice

Police Magazine

A new patrol car may bring changes to the training of agency recruits.

LAPD officer to fight Folsom prison guard for state boxing championship

LA Daily News

It took a few stumbles -- a childhood arrest, teen fatherhood -- for Juan Bustamante to develop the discipline and mettle to get where he is today: one fight away from being declared one of the toughest cops in California.

LAPD, community vow to stop prostitution on Lankershim Boulevard

LA Daily News

Vowing to permanently wipe out prostitution along Lankershim Boulevard in Sun Valley, community leaders and police announced Wednesday new crime-fighting tactics for the commercial corridor that has been a magnet for sex workers.

Rise in Burglaries May Be Tied to Inmate Early Release

NBC4

While it is too early in year to get stats on the people committing these crimes, the Los Angeles Police Department has noted a trend.

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