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Homicides fall in large American cities

USA Today

When Washington debates whether America is safe, the focus now is usually on the increasing threat of terrorism — not violent crime.

Keeping L.A. safe

LA Times Op-Ed

The City Council and the Board of Supervisors need to find the money to keep an adequate number of law enforcement officers on the streets for an adequate number of hours, or the gains of recent years won't be maintained.

Reward offered in South LA Christmas murder

ABC7

New developments in the investigation of a Christmas shooting that killed a South Los Angeles mother as her daughter watched. There's now a reward in the case.

A true city of angels?

LA Times Editorial

For the first time since the late 1960s, Los Angeles appears on course to finish the year with fewer than 300 murders. And the crime statistics suggest further progress is possible.

Killing of veteran officer in Massachusetts leaves colleagues stunned

Boston Globe

After 34 years on the police force, John Maguire had finally put in his retirement papers.

Line-of-duty deaths rise 37% this year

USA Today

The number of law officers killed in the line of duty across the United States jumped 37% this year, reversing two consecutive years of steep declines, according to a report released Monday by a national police advocacy group.

Don't fire guns to celebrate New Year's, warn deputies and officers

LA Daily News

With a handful of reports of celebratory gunfire around the city in the first few minutes of Christmas Day, Los Angeles police and sheriff's deputies today are warning people about shooting into the air to ring in the new year.

Killing in L.A. drops to 1967 levels

LA Times

Homicides decline despite the faltering economy. The absence of a major drug epidemic may be a key reason.

Van Nuys homicide victim was resident of Lancaster, authorities say

LA Daily News

A man fatally shot while driving in Van Nuys was identified Saturday as 29-year-old Lancaster resident.

Burglary team stripping vacant L.A. buildings bare

LA Times

One alleged member is arrested at a 1928 Art Deco tower where the thieves had spent days ripping out copper wiring from walls, stripping transformers of wire and stealing pipe and sprinkler heads.

State DMV weeks behind in issuing driver's licenses

Pasadena Star-News

A delay in production for the new California driver licenses and identification cards has doubled the turnaround time to receive the new cards, an official said.

Video footage of medical marijuana dispensary robbery released by LAPD

LA Times blog

Los Angeles police released security video footage Thursday of three men who shot and wounded two employees during a robbery earlier this month at a Northridge marijuana dispensary.

City must rethink policies instead of cutting LAPD

LA Daily News Op-Ed

In recent weeks, the Los Angeles Police Protective League has been calling on city leaders to revisit policy decisions that are forcing Police Chief Charlie Beck to staff critical administrative jobs with sworn police officers and, in two months, will have him put nearly 90 of them to work as jailers.

Sheriff tells Compton it can't afford its own police; official bristles at interference

LA Times blog

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca made a public appeal to the Compton City Council on Tuesday to delay its planned resurrection of the Compton Police Department, saying the city can't afford the move.

Police looking for kidnap suspect

Downtown News

Authorities Release Composite Sketch of Attempted Kidnapper

The party's over

NBC4

The party's over. Cops from LAPD's Hollywood Vice have been cracking down on those mega stretch limos and hummers that cruise the clubs packed with booze and partiers.

$4.06 Million in counterfeit movies, music seized in L.A.

The Hollywood Reporter

An anti-piracy task force called Operation Chimney Sweep involving L.A. police and sheriffs arrested 10 people and seized $4.06 million worth of counterfeit movies, music and apparel, L.A. city controller Wendy Greuel announced Wednesday during a news conference.

Agent's death a reminder of U.S.-Mexican border violence

USA Today

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot and killed along the Southwestern border last week, marking the second time in as many years that an agent was gunned down along the border with Mexico.

Car cameras to record state roadways

California Watch

Cameras proliferate this data-driven age, replacing hazy recollections with clear digital images.

Long Beach 'donning and doffing' suit settled

Long Beach Press-Telegram

LONG BEACH: Police sought pay for time to put on uniforms.

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