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Mayor Villaraigosa, Chief Beck trumpet drop in crime, seek funding to hire to attrition in next budget

Southern California Public Radio

The City of Los Angeles recorded the lowest number of homicides in more than 40 years - 297 murders occurred last year.

Massachusetts House leader promises 'thorough review' of GOP plan to ban parole for some violent criminals

The Boston Globe

Outraged House Republicans, criticizing the state Parole Board's decision to free a serial armed robber who shot and killed a Woburn police officer last week, demanded action today on a bill to crack down on repeat violent offenders.

Court: No warrant needed to search cell phone

MSNBC

The next time you're in California, you might not want to bring your cell phone with you.

LAPD Unlikely To Cut Jobs Amid Budget Crisis

CBS Local

Chief, mayor tout 40-year-low murder rate.

Los Angeles mayor rules out possibility of reducing police force

Xinhuanet

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday he did not favor the idea of reducing the city's police department.

$50K rewards offered for 3 South LA killings

KABC-7

A recent string of murders in South Los Angeles prompted the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday to unanimously approve three separate $50,000 rewards.

LAPD arrests man in standoff after woman is slain in Hollywood

LA Times blog

A man was in custody after holding Los Angeles police at bay for several hours Tuesday after a woman was fatally shot in a Hollywood apartment complex

Fewer murders, fewer solved

KFI AM 640

While the City of Los Angeles ended 2010 with the fewest murders on record in decades, officials admitted Tuesday the percentage of solved cases had also shrunk, perhaps as a result of overtime caps that have sharply restricted the availability of detectives.

Jam prisoners' cellphone calls? New federal report explores possibilities

LA Times blog

The Obama administration doesn't want dangerous prison inmates, such as convicted mass murderer Charles Manson to make calls or send text messages from contraband cellphones because of the possibility that they could direct new crimes.

No seat belts in 42% of fatal police car crashes

USA Today

At least 42% of police officers killed in vehicle crashes over the past three decades were not wearing seat belts or other safety restraints, according to a federal review.

For public safety, 2011 a year of big decisions

California Watch

California is carrying the weight of decades-old public safety woes into the new year.

Deputy, suspect dead in Ohio trailer park standoff

Associated Press

It began with a sheriff's deputy investigating a report of gunfire at a trailer park. By the time it was over, the deputy and the suspected shooter were dead, and a police officer was wounded in a gunbattle with the suspect.

Crackdown on mobile signs hits the Valley

LA Daily News

Officers towed more than a dozen so-called mobile billboards parked in the West San Fernando Valley on Sunday in an unprecedented crackdown against a controversial industry officials are trying to get off city streets.

L.A. Fire Department plans further reductions in fire staffing

LA Times

To help erase a $30-million budget shortfall, it will decrease by seven the number of fire companies that are on duty across the city each day on a rotating basis.

New Louisville video campaign shows dangers of police work

Kentucky Courier-Journal

The camera moves forward giving you the view of a police officer approaching a van on a dark street as the voiceover describes the potential dangers the officer may face.

Mourning and Outrage

Lowell (Mass.) Sun

Middlesex DA: No notification that Woburn officer's killer was up for parole

Price of a traffic ticket going up $4

LA Times

Fee is being added to help pay for air transportation of critically ill patients and is the latest increase imposed on drivers.

'Crash taxes' are growing in popularity among cash-strapped California cities

LA Times

Drivers who cause accidents in at least 50 cities can be billed for the police and firefighters who show up. Critics are upset that cities are charging for what used to be a basic service.

Killed in the line of duty

Washington Post Editorial

THEIR AVERAGE AGE was 41, their average length of service was nearly 12 years and, on average, each left behind two children.

Downtown crime drops 2.8% for the year

LA Downtown News

Crime Rate Falls Again, Down 11% From 2008

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