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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.

LAPD renews call for help in Grim Sleeper case

LA Times blog

Top Los Angeles police officials Wednesday evening renewed their call for help from the public to identify possible victims of alleged serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr.

Report shows economy has significant impact on public safety

National League of Cities

The U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office released a study this week that reveals the economic state of cities has eroded the manpower of police forces and their ability to respond to public safety concerns.

Reform could transfer hundreds of inmates out of isolation units

California Watch

Hundreds of California prisoners locked in stark segregation units could be transferred to regular prison cells under new policies being developed by state corrections officials.

Most nonviolent offenders turned over to Sacramento County committed serious crimes

Sacramento Bee

The majority of criminal offenders sent to Sacramento County under a new law have serious criminal backgrounds – in contrast to how the law was promoted, county officials say.

405 Freeway Closure Starts Tuesday Night

NBC LA

Bridge work and the replacement of overhead freeway signs will close a six-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway beginning Tuesday night.

Los Angeles jails see surge in inmates

Associated Press

Authorities are keeping a wary eye on swelling inmate populations as hundreds of extra criminals are sent to Los Angeles County jails under a broad shakeup of California's corrections institutions.

Economic woes take toll on U.S. police departments

USA Today

WASHINGTON – By year's end, nearly 12,000 police officers will have lost their jobs, and 30,000 positions in county and municipal departments will go unfilled, both direct consequences of a faltering economy that has forced deep cuts in local government budgets.

Boston Police website hacked

WHDH-TV

A Boston Police Department website was hacked. At least 2,000 names and passwords have been posted online.

Anonymous' latest 'Occupy Wall Street' move: a huge leak of police data

All Voices

The loosely knit hacker group Anonymous has been aligned with the "Occupy Wall Street" movement from the very start.

California's 'realignment' toward higher crime

POLICE Magazine

Due to overcrowded county jails, state inmates will likely end up on the streets where patrol deputies and officers must deal with them.

Former LAPD spokeswoman named head of media relations at LAX

Torrance Daily Breeze

Mary Grady, a former television reporter who served a decade as an LAPD spokeswoman, has been named director of public and media relations at Los Angeles International Airport.

Villegas, a 22-year LAPD veteran, to become Valley's top cop

LA Daily News

The former second-in-command of LAPD's Valley Bureau is returning to his old turf, this time to assume the top post.

'Onion Field' murderer's final parole bid is denied

LA Times

Board turns down compassionate release for Gregory Powell, 78, whose 1963 kidnapping and murder of an LAPD officer shocked the city. Powell is dying of prostate cancer and has six months or less to live.

Police cite privacy concerns over their own DNA

Associated Press

When police in southern Louisiana were investigating the deaths of eight women in 2009, the sophistication of the crimes set off rumors that the serial killer was a police officer _ speculation that became so pervasive that officials ordered DNA testing of law enforcement personnel to rule it out.

More states crack down on texting while driving laws

USA Today

Thirty-four states plus the District of Columbia have text-messaging bans. In 31 states and D.C., it is a primary offense, meaning drivers can be pulled over specifically for texting.

Pa. Police Officer Fatally Shot, Suspect Dead

Officer.com

A man who fatally shot a western Pennsylvania police officer before the man himself died at the scene was a fugitive who had threatened police since he was charged in another shooting earlier this month, a prosecutor and police said.

Police urge residents to use more caution to reduce property crimes, traffic accidents

Sherman Oaks Patch

Speaking at a meeting of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council on Monday night, two Los Angeles police captains said the LAPD needs the public's cooperation to combat property crimes and traffic accidents in the area.

LAPD, FBI solved 50 homicides over the summer

Southern California Public Radio

Los Angeles Police announced the results of a joint operation with the FBI to crack unsolved murder cases on Tuesday.

LAPD's Foothill station celebrates 50 years of service

LA Daily News

Things were a lot different when LAPD opened its Foothill Division headquarters in Pacoima in 1961.

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