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Bomb-sniffing dogs, plainclothes officers out in force around L.A.

LA Times

Los Angeles law enforcement authorities were focusing extra patrols Monday on local airports, mosques and synagogues as a precaution after Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces Sunday.

Local police on alert for possible reprisals

LA Times

Although there have been no specific threats, the LAPD, Sheriff's Department and other agencies tighten security at public venues as a precaution and urge people to watch for suspicious activity.

LAPD increases patrols of religious institutions, 'high profile' terrorist targets

LA Times blog

Local authorities are increasing patrols at religious institutions and other potential terrorist targets in the wake of the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Cellphone crackdown: Hang up and drive, cops say

LA Daily News

In any other month, some officers might have turned a blind eye to Osvaldo DeAguiar as he chatted on his cellphone while driving his Volvo down Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.

City police across U.S. learn sad lessons from shootings of officers

The Oregonian

Police commanders from Lakewood, Wash.; Oakland, Calif.; and Seattle attending a national conference in Seattle on Thursday described the huge emotional toll on their departments after officers were slain in the line of duty.

LAPD beefs up patrols on Venice boardwalk after violence

LA Times

Los Angeles police said Wednesday that they had stepped up patrols in the Venice Beach area after a series of attacks including a shooting during a "flash mob" gathering and a stabbing on the beach this past weekend of a man in a drum circle.

BB-gun bill advances in reaction to LAPD shooting

LA Times blog

In response to the police shooting of a Los Angeles teenager, state lawmakers on Tuesday backed a requirement that BB and pellet guns be made entirely with bright colors so that officers do not mistake them for deadly firearms.

Dodgers pick LAPD veteran Rich Wemmer as security chief

LA Times

The hiring must be approved by Major League Baseball. The Dodgers chose Wemmer after being turned down by numerous other former LAPD staffers, according to law enforcement officials.

Jet fuel poured from bullet hole while LAPD helicopter made emergency landing, authorities say

LA Times

The pilot 'heard a loud thump outside the aircraft and took evasive action,' says the chief pilot for the police Air Support Division. 'He knew the fuel tank had been hit — he could smell the fuel and some of it got on the windshield.'

LAPD installs 9 surveillance cameras in North Hills

CBS2

The Los Angeles Police Department is unveiling new surveillance cameras in the North Hills area.

Calif bill bumps fines for drivers' cell phone use

Associated Press

The California state Senate has approved a bill that would increase fines for texting or using a handheld cell phone while driving.

LAPD to use Currie electric bikes

Bicycle Retailer

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Bicycle Coordination Unit has said that initial testing and evaluation of IZIP Express Police bicycles have been completed with favorable results.

Dogfighting phone app called 'cruel,' 'sickening' by LAPD union chief

LA Times blog

The head of the Los Angeles police union said Monday that a dogfighting game application for cellphones should be yanked from the market because it glorifies illegal activity and promotes "cruel and immoral" behavior.

Man booked on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly firing at police helicopter

LA Times

The LAPD copter was fired on after the pilot responded to a report of gunshots in Van Nuys, a detective says. Danny Lopez, 18, is arrested after family members tackle him. A tipster's report of a second gunman sets off a search, but no suspect is found.

Cop shot in Sylmar standoff heads home

LA Daliy News

After nearly three weeks in the hospital, an LAPD officer who was shot in the face in Sylmar was released in time to spend Easter at home with his family.

Sylmar cop killed in solo-crash on 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks

LA Daily News

An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was thrown out of his pickup truck in an early-morning crash on the Ventura (101) Freeway on Saturday and died two hours later at a Westwood hospital.

Woman walking on Melrose violently stabbed

ABC7

A woman who was walking home from work on Hollywood's Melrose Avenue was violently stabbed on Tuesday night. Police need the public's help to find the suspect.

'A senseless tragedy': Chief discusses Kalamazoo officer's shooting death

Kalamazoo Gazette

As he struggled several times to gain his composure Tuesday, Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley spoke the words no police official in this county has had to utter for more than 140 years — one of his officers was killed in the line of duty.

Future of red-light camera rests with City Council

LA Daily News

The Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday continued to defend its use of the controversial and costly red-light traffic camera program, but with time running out on the contract, the Police Commission punted the issue to the City Council.

Sephora offering reward leading to arrest in connection with $2M of stolen cosmetics

LA Daily News

Sephora is offering a reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever stole about $2 million worth of the company's products, which were taken from a cargo container in Utah and turned up at various cosmetics stores in the Los Angeles area.

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