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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.

Sheriff's, Probation departments brace for shift of inmates, increased caseloads

LA Daily News

Probation officials shifted caseloads on Thursday while the sheriff's department finalized security plans as Los Angeles County braced for this weekend's overhaul of California's correctional system.

Two-thirds of Californians support death penalty, poll finds

LA Times blog

About two-thirds of Californians support the death penalty, according to Field Poll survey results released Thursday.

Legal opinion puts L.A. City Hall's budget cuts in jeopardy

LA Times blog

Los Angeles City Hall's recently heralded plan to right its finances -– and rein in soaring retirement outlays for cops and firefighters -– has been thrown into jeopardy.

County preps for parolee transfer

LA Daily News

Gov. Jerry Brown met privately Monday with Los Angeles County supervisors in an effort to ease their concerns about the thousands of state prisoners and parolees poised to flood local jails beginning Saturday.

FBI-LAPD anti-gang task force closes 11 more murder investigations

LA Times blog

The joint FBI-LAPD operation that is trying to cut the backlog of unsolved gang-related killings in South Los Angeles totals 43 homicide arrests in nearly three months, with 11 of those cases closed in the last day, officials said Thursday.

Jerry Brown plans initiative to guarantee law enforcement funds

Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown said this morning he will put on the November 2012 ballot a constitutional guarantee of funding for law enforcement realignment, the shift of certain offenders from state prisons to local control.

U.S. crime rates fell again in 2010, FBI reports

LA Times

Violent crime in 2010 dropped 6% from the year before, the FBI reported Monday, the fourth consecutive year of such declines.

Calif. police catch parolee suspected in rampage

Associated Press

Police on Sunday night captured a parolee who is the prime suspect in a violent crime spree that included the kidnapping and killing of a woman and the shooting of a man at a gas station, authorities said.

Early release of felons will challenge public safety

Long Beach Press-Telegram

At a recent Long Beach City Council meeting numerous speakers argued in support of restoring public safety funds cut by the city. One theme persisted: We need more police officers, not fewer, to prepare for the release of thousands of felons by the state.

82 Officers Receive LAPD’s Purple Heart Award


Eighty-two officers were honored Thursday at an inaugural Purple Heart ceremony held to recognize officers for acts of bravery resulting in injury or death in the past 90 years.

L.A. council rejects reviving red-light-camera program

LA Daily News

L.A.'s red light cameras were shuttered for good on Tuesday, as the City Council rejected a proposal to bring them back at four intersections for monitoring new safety measures.

2 LAPD officers pull woman from burning motor home

LA Times blog

Two Los Angeles Police Department officers suffered smoke inhalation Wednesday when they rescued a woman from a burning motor home in the Sun Valley area, officials said.

Family, friends mourn loss of West Covina native, a Los Angeles police officer

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Friends and family members on Tuesday remembered Jesus "Jesse" Ravega as a humble man of God, a strong family man and a passionate worker who was ready to risk his life every day as a Los Angeles police officer.

Prison officials are set to let some female inmates out early

LA Times

Women who have children and are convicted of 'non-serious, non-sexual' crimes could start going home as early as next week as the state seeks to relieve overcrowding.

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