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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


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


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.

LA police union urges parole denial for cop killer

Associated Press

The union for rank-and-file Los Angeles Police Department officers is urging a state parole board to deny a compassionate release request for the convicted killer of a police officer in the case chronicled in the book and movie "The Onion Field."

Studio City/NoHo adopts 'Hats Off' crime deterrent program


Police launch the "Hats Off" program in two valley communities. It basically means this: if you want to do business there, you'll want to tip back that "hoodie" or take off that hat or helmet.

Ill 'Onion Field' killer may get early release

Associated Press

The California parole board is considering a compassionate release request for the convicted killer of a police officer in the case chronicled in the book and movie "The Onion Field."

New California law broadly defines crimes

Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown and others who supported the dramatic shift in California's sentencing law that took effect this week have said it will send only those convicted of nonviolent or non-serious crimes to county jails instead of state prison, a change designed to save the state money and reduce inmate crowding.

LAPD to pull officers off patrol to deal with influx of offenders

LA Times blog

The Los Angeles Police Department plans to remove 150 officers from patrol or other assignments in order to deal with the state's prison realignment plan, a move that Chief Charlie Beck said will slow police response times to 911 calls.

More suspects sought in Koreatown shooting of two LAPD officers

LA Times blog

Police continued to search Monday for suspects in the shooting of two undercover LAPD officers in Koreatown.

California's counties brace for an influx of inmates

LA Times

A law transferring the state's responsibility for some felons and parolees to counties takes effect Saturday.

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