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Counter-terrorism becomes part of law enforcement

LA Times

Since Sept. 11, local policing has been reshaped — with officers studying Taliban tactics, traveling overseas and reaching out to Muslim communities in the U.S. Some wonder if it's working.

Memorial services announced for Los Angeles police veteran killed in motorcycle crash

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Services have been scheduled at a La Verne church for a 24-year Los Angeles police veteran and West Covina resident killed in a motorcycle crash while on his way to work last week.

Santa Rosa hit-and-run ignites debate over impounding vehicles

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

The decision by a Santa Rosa Police officer not to impound the car of the unlicensed driver accused five days later in a fatal hit-and-run crash has reignited a debate that is playing out in community groups as well as in the state legislature.

Cop killed in motorcycle accident on 101 Freeway was LAPD Foothill detective

Associated Press

Los Angeles police today were mourning the loss of an off-duty detective from Foothill Division who died in a motorcycle wreck near the Four-Level Interchange in downtown Los Angeles.

Suspicious packages swamp law enforcement

USA Today

An unrelenting stream of suspicious package reports — and the need to investigate all potential threats in the post-9/11 world — is stretching federal and local law enforcement agencies in New York and Washington.

D.A. predicts crime spike when state hands over prisoners

LA Times blog

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said a new state law to force counties, instead of the state, to jail non-violent felons is a “horribly flawed plan” that would increase crime on the streets.

New president takes over Police Commission

LA Daily News

Attorney Richard Drooyan was unanimously approved to serve a two-year term as head of the five-member Police Commission. Drooyan was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2010.

20 file for Hahn's L.A. City Council seat

Torrance Daily Breeze

In what could be a record number of candidates to line up for the 15th District, 20 people have formally filed to run for the open Harbor-to-Watts seat on the Los Angeles City Council.

Photo gallery: LAPD Memorial Motorcycle Ride to remember fallen officer Randal Simmons

LA Daily News

Fourth annnual LAPD West Valley Memorial Motorcycle Ride benefiting the Randal D. Simmons Outreach Foundation, Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation and the West Valley B.O.O.S.T.E.R.S.

Massive search follows police-involved gun battle in South L.A.

LA Times

What started as a routine pedestrian stop turned into an unprovoked attack and gun battle Thursday that left one police officer seriously injured and dozens of blocks of South Los Angeles locked down for hours as authorities launched a massive dragnet for two men.

12 to 15 shots fired at LAPD officers

LA Times blog

A Los Angeles police officer sustained at least three gunshot wounds Thursday afternoon when a suspect opened fire on him during a pedestrian stop in South L.A., officials said.

19 of 50 slain police killed in ambushes

USA Today

Nearly 40% of police officers fatally shot this year have been slain in ambush-style attacks or when they were surprised by suspects with firearms, according to a USA TODAY review of officer deaths.

Guest View: Public pensions are not to blame

Pasadena Star-News

In response to your recent editorial, "Dems stall state on pension reform" (Aug. 15), the condition of public pensions in California is not a crisis despite the best efforts of pension foes and editorialists to portray it as such.

Police: Online employment scam used to steal personal information


Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying suspects responsible for stealing personal information from unsuspecting job applicants in the Los Angeles area.

Law could lighten the sentences of California juvenile offenders serving life without parole

San Jose Mercury-News

California's practice of locking teenage offenders in prison for life without the possibility of parole would be upended under legislation just a few votes shy of reaching the governor's desk -- a change that would move the state closer to justice in conservative Texas and every other country in the world.

Soaring gold prices trigger jewelry robberies, police warnings

LA Times

That stunning rise in the price of gold is having a ripple effect: A rash of jewelry store robberies, street muggings and home burglaries.

Missouri Officer Killed Laying Spike Strips


A Caruthersville police officer was killed while attempting to lay spike strips during a pursuit early Tuesday morning, according to KFVS-TV.

In Los Angeles, a police force transformed

NY Times

It had all the makings of another turbulent moment for the Los Angeles Police Department, an agency once notorious for an “L.A. Confidential” style of heavy-handed policing, hostile relations with minorities and corruption.

L.A. NFL stadium agreement approved by City Council on 12-0 vote

LA Times blog

The plan to build a $1.2-billion NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles took a big leap forward Tuesday when the City Council approved the overall framework for financing the project.

Calif. says Facebook will remove inmates' pages

Associated Press

Facebook has agreed to work with law enforcement agencies nationwide to remove accounts set up by inmates or posted on their behalf, in part because prisoners are using the social networking site to stalk victims and direct criminal activity, California prison officials said Monday.

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