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Deaths of Lakewood (Wash.) officers sparks new police training initiative

Seattle Times

The tragedy of last year's murders of four Lakewood police officers is being cited by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in announcing a new Department of Justice initiative aimed at helping police survive violent encounters.

Investigators try to make sense of shooting

KTBS Shreveport

Authorities investigating Sunday's fatal shooting of Shreveport police Sgt. Tim Prunty believe they know what happened that night.

Man sentenced to 12-year prison term for running down undercover officer

KPCC

A man who rammed his car into a Los Angeles Police Department narcotics officer nearly three years ago and seriously injured the officer was sentenced today to 12 years in state prison.

Staff Sergeant Joshua J. Cullins, RIP

Patterico's Pontifications

Joshua Cullins, an LAPD officer assigned to Central Division, was killed last week in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, where he was serving as a staff sergeant in the Marine reserves.

Body of LAPD officer killed in Afghanistan to return to LA

KPCC

The body of a 28-year-old Los Angeles police officer and Marine reservist killed while serving in Afghanistan will be returned to Los Angeles this week, police officials said today.

Mentally ill prisoners get a second chance

LA Times

Mental health courts are operating in 29 California counties, helping offenders and reducing crime in their communities.

Immigrant vets face deportation despite service

Associated Press

When Rohan Coombs joined the Marine Corps, he never thought one day he would be locked up in an immigration detention center and facing deportation from the country he had vowed to defend.

Plainclothes sheriff's deputies patrol the city's transit system

LA Daily News

On many of Los Angeles' busiest boulevards, luxury cars carry the pretty and the famous to homes high in the Hollywood Hills.

Government job cuts ravage California

LA Times

State, county and city agencies, beset by plunging revenues, make their biggest payroll cuts in decades, and more layoffs are ahead, analysts forecast.

LAPD commander says Watts Towers may be the only viable place for a Watts skate park

LA Times blog

Capt. Phillip Tingirides of the Los Angeles Police Department says he understands why people who cherish the Watts Towers as a work of art, as a landmark and as one of the few attractions that can pull tourists into Watts are unhappy with a proposal to install a $350,000 skateboarding park in the towers’ shadow.

For this LAPD officer, a different type of quick draw

LA Times

For nearly two decades, Daniel Calderon has created expressionistic paintings of the lawbreakers and street scenes he encounters on his Newton Division beat. Now he's focused on his most challenging subjects: his fellow officers.

Retired LAPD cop knows the force inside and out

LA Times

Connie Gordon joined the LAPD when black officers were a rare thing. He helped it change but knows as a civilian that it hasn't changed enough.

L.A. braces for more Obama gridlock

LA Times

The president will be at USC on Friday in support of U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's reelection bid. As during his visit in August, traffic is expected to be gnarly.

The aftershocks of crime

The Economist

An idea borrowed from seismology may help to predict criminal activity

Traffic plan for Friday presidential visit released

City News Service

Portions of some streets near USC will be closed to traffic Friday because of President Barack Obama's visit, but police said Wednesday they were attempting to avoid the congestion that accompanied Obama's last visit.

61 gang members, associates indicted on federal drug, weapons charges

LA Times blog

Federal and local law enforcement officials announced Thursday that they had arrested and indicted dozens of gang members or their associates suspected of distributing weapons as well as large quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine and methamphetamine.

Jump in traffic tickets raises questions

Daily Journal

Abubaker Bahrun had just finished loading his hotel shuttle van with luggage when he drove to a different hotel just a few dozen yards away on Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Hollywood.

Eastside honors first Latino LAPD Commanding Officer

Bell Gardens Sun

High-ranking police and government officials joined the Boyle Heights community last Saturday in celebrating the official renaming of the Los Angeles Police Department’s new police station in Boyle Heights as the “Rudy De Leon Hollenbeck Police Station”.

Flags at half staff for LAPD Marine and police chief's mom

LA Wave Newspapers

City flags flew at half-staff Thursday to honor a Los Angeles police officer killed while serving in Afghanistan, and also to honor the late mother of police Chief Charlie Beck.

LAPD mulls possible use of Korea's top breed dog in its force

Arirang Korean TV

The LAPD is considering using a Korean breed of dog, the Jindo, in its K-9 units.

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