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LAPD wins GSN’s 2011 award for “Most Notable Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism or Crime Prevention Program”

Government Security News Magazine

The Los Angeles Police Department’s cutting-edge Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau (CTSOB), led by Deputy Chief Michael Downing, was recognized at Government Security News’ November 14 awards dinner as the “Most Notable Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism or Crime Prevention Program,” a category that included five other finalists from federal, state and local government agencies.

L.A.'s triumph over crime

LA Times Editorial

As families gather across Los Angeles and beyond, many will celebrate the holiday weekend with a joy they owe in part to this city's historic triumph against crime.

'Find My Phone' iPhone app leads police to armed robbery suspect

LA Times blog

A parolee has been charged with robbery after LAPD officers investigating an armed holdup used the iPhone “Find My Phone” application to locate the suspect, who was still carrying the stolen device.

Inmates harass victims via Facebook

Associated Press

Lisa Gesik hesitates to log into her Facebook account nowadays because of unwanted "friend" requests, not from long-ago classmates but from the ex-husband now in prison for kidnapping her and her daughter.

Villaraigosa Comments on Car Seizures [Video]


The change in question is a draft proposal, according to a deputy mayor.

Prison plan sways prosecutors in filing charges

San Francisco Chronicle

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley's office handles about one-third of California's felony convictions, making this single county critical to the success of Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to reduce prison overcrowding by sentencing nonviolent felony offenders to county jails.

An enduring tribute for Officer No. 37029

LA Times

For a policeman lost in the line of duty there is blue steel, a badge number and a thousand goodbyes.

Prisoner with violent record headed to L.A. area hospital

LA Times blog

State officials have decided to release a prisoner with a history of violent crimes to a local hospital over the objections of Los Angeles County supervisors.

Los Angeles gets more wireless surveillance cameras

Government Technology

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) completed this month an installation of 23 wireless surveillance cameras in high-crime areas.

County Hears Update on New Parolee Program


State prisoners being paroled to Los Angeles County have more serious mental illnesses than anticipated, and about half of those in need of attention are refusing treatment, county officials told the Board of Supervisors today.

2 Inmates With Ties To LA Area Escape From Northern CA Prison

CBS Los Angeles

Two minimum security inmates with ties to the Los Angeles area have escaped from a Northern California prison.

Rough start for parolee transfers

LA Daily News

The first month of Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment plan has been problematic in Los Angeles County, where understaffing forced probation officers to double their caseloads and sheriff's deputies were not given authority to arrest no-show parolees until just a few days ago.

CHP officer shot, suspected gunman killed near Sacramento

Associated Press

A California Highway Patrol officer was shot twice and wounded Sunday on a highway south of Sacramento, and moments later local police shot and killed the suspected gunman as he sat in his overturned car with two dogs, authorities said.

L.A. County jails may be out of room next month

LA Times

The state law that shifts prisoners to local authorities means the Sheriff's Department may release thousands of inmates awaiting trial. A new way of identifying the least risky ones is in the works, Baca says.

Ohio voters reject public-union limits

Wall Street Journal

Voters on Tuesday defeated by a wide margin a law that would have restricted the powers of unions representing teachers, police officers and other public-sector workers.

Buscaino tops 15th District race, will face Furutani in runoff

Torrance Daily Breeze

In one of the most closely watched Harbor Area political contests in years, Los Angeles police Officer Joe Buscaino and Assemblyman Warren Furutani emerged as the top vote-getters Tuesday in a crowded field to fill Janice Hahn's vacant Los Angeles City Council seat.

Bullet proof vest maker pays $1 million penalty for selling defective products

Government Security News

A maker of bulletproof vests that contained Zylon agreed to pay $1 million in fines for knowingly selling products it knew severely degraded over time, said the U.S. Department of Justice on Nov. 7

Supreme Court to weigh juveniles' life sentences without parole

LA Times

In two cases involving 14-year-olds convicted in homicides, the justices could further bolster the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

D.A.: Conrad Murray unlikely to serve 'appropriate' sentence

LA Times blog

It is unlikely that Dr. Conrad Murray will serve a lengthy stint behind bars, L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said Monday after the physician’s conviction in the death of Michael Jackson.

Convicted LA serial killer found guilty of 3 more 'Southside Slayer' murders in 1980s, 1990s

Associated Press

A man convicted of four “Southside Slayer” serial killings was found guilty Thursday of strangling three more victims in a series of attacks stretching over a decade.

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