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Oakland Police Department shrinking fast

San Francisco Chronicle

Sound the alarm - Oakland's Police Department is shrinking so fast that it doesn't have enough officers to cover some patrols and many of its investigative units have been stripped to the bone.

Councilman Tony Cardenas seeks new anti-crime strategy

LA Daily News

Prompted by constituent complaints, City Councilman Tony Cardenas has demanded that Los Angeles police craft a new plan to quash pockets of crime in his northeast San Fernando Valley district.

LAPD stamps 'Closed' on nearly 100 cold cases

National Public Radio

On the night of Feb. 24, 1986, John Ruetten came home to discover his 29-year-old bride dead.

Skid Row Injunction Moves Forward

LA Downtown News

Judge Orders LAPD to Enforce Drug Dealer Crackdown

LAPD civilian workers may face layoffs

City News Service

Facing an $87.84 million deficit over the remainder of the fiscal year, the city's top budget analyst today recommended eliminating 225 civilian positions in the Los Angeles Police Department and moving firefighters out of Haz-Mat squads.

Daily News editorial: The police union's call for a summit should be heard and expanded upon

LA Daily News Editorial

THE union representing police officers in the Los Angeles Police Department is absolutely right that the department's resources and growth plan need a re-examination.

Slain Riverside officer beaten on head with metal bar before being shot, court records say

LA Times blog

A Riverside police officer slain last month after pulling over a trucker was hit several times in the head with a metal bar before being shot, according to new court records.

LAPD: Time For Overtime?

NBC

Stop hiring new officers and give the current ones overtime pay. That's the position of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. President Paul Weber joins Fred Roggin to discuss whether overtime pay in lieu of new officers fulfills the department's duty to protect and to serve.

Where are the police we paid for?

LA Times Op-Ed

Increased garbage fees were supposed to put more hundreds more officers on the street. But that hasn't happened.

Marine who shot at CHP officers gets 14 years

San Diego Union-Tribune

A Miramar-based Marine who shot at California Highway Patrol officers during a short pursuit in East County last year was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison.

LA police union's call for hiring freeze draws praise, fire

SCPR

The chairman of the Los Angeles City Council’s Public Safety Committee praised the police union Wednesday for urging a freeze on hiring new L.A.P.D. officers - even as Police Chief Charlie Beck denounced it.

LAPD staffing debate being re-examined

LA Daily News

Reviving the debate over the size of the LAPD, the head of the police officers' union called Wednesday for a summit on the future of the agency and how it should cope with the ongoing budget crisis.

Multiple murder suspect had benefited from three-strikes leniency

LA Times

After several nonviolent third strikes, John Wesley Ewell didn't get life in prison as he could have. Now, he's accused of killing four people in the South Bay.

Police union wants L.A. to restore overtime instead of hiring more cops

LA Times

Chief Beck opposes the idea, saying it's not in the public's interest.

Drug use found in 33% of killed drivers

USA Today

Bruce Holloway was turning into his driveway in Mount Juliet, Tenn., in April 2009, when he was struck and killed by Brian Duffey.

More evidence that inmates should serve their entire sentences

Desert Sun

On Nov. 7, Riverside Police Department officer Ryan Bonaminio, 27, was shot to death after pursuing a suspect in a hit-and-run accident who fled on foot into Fairmount Park. Rubidoux parolee Earl Ellis Green, 44, was arrested two days later on suspicion of murder.

Colton cops cite safety in PR blitz

San Bernardino Sun

The city's police union launched a public information campaign Monday, aimed at notifying the public about 16 officers who may soon be laid off and the impact such cuts could have on the community.

Driver cams: Safety tool or the road to loss of privacy

Sacramento Bee

Smile at the windshield – and say cheese?

Gang related? Maybe ZIP code matters

LA Daily News

Councilman Tony Cardenas, despite misgivings by those in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office, has taken the lead in the City Council on developing anti-gang programs.

Wait times drop for cellphone 911 calls in California

LA Times

After years of call centers not being able to keep up with emergency calls from wireless phones, the number of such calls not getting through fell to just 5% so far this year.

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