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L.A. is owed more than a half billion


Los Angeles has been dealing with a severe budget crisis this past year, forcing elected officials to make draconian cuts to the workforce and services.

Police training halts as agencies face budget cuts

USA Today

Even as hundreds of police officers across the country are losing their jobs, law enforcement officials say there is another disturbing casualty of the financial downturn: basic training.

Parolee who ambushed Philly officer could face death

Police Magazine

Jury selection was scheduled to begin today in the trial of the parolee who ambushed and killed Philadelphia Police Officer John Pawlowski in early 2009, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

LAPD's True Blue Gala at L.A. Live

Downtown News

The Los Angeles Police Foundation will pull out all the stops this Saturday, Oct. 9, for its True Blue Gala benefiting the LAPD on the Event Deck at L.A. Live.

LAPD moves closer to predictive policing

Police One

Police in LA hope to pick up on criminal behavior patterns before they take hold.

Valley Village slaying victim's family is hopeful the suspect will be found

LA Times

Cheree Osmanhodzic was stabbed to death and her home set on fire July 24. On Sunday, a billboard with a photo of the suspect, Omar Armando Loera, was unveiled at Lankershim and Chandler boulevards.

Dad to ask other victims of pimp to come forward

Associated Press

The father of a 14-year-old girl who was kidnapped and forced into prostitution will hold a news conference to ask for other possible victims of a suspected pimp to come forward.

Facing legalization measure, Schwarzenegger decriminalizes pot

Contra Costa Times

In November, Californians will have an opportunity to make marijuana legal. But a new state law is already doing everything but legalize it -- making possession of less than an ounce of pot no more serious than driving faster than the speed limit.

Paparazzi face jail for chasing celebrities under new law signed by Schwarzenegger

LA Times blog

Despite strong opposition from news organizations, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill cracking down on photographers who drive recklessly in pursuit of celebrities or block sidewalks and create the sense of "false imprisonment" for Hollywood glitterati.

Governor signs bills aimed at improving child-abuse investigations

LA Times blog

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a trio of bills to improve the quality of child-abuse investigations and increase support for foster children when they turn 18 years old.

Cheaper fines for rolling turn on red? No way, governor says

San Jose Mercury News

Drivers hoping to chop hundreds of dollars off future fines for a "California stop" have received a reality check from the governor.

Chief Beck's promise

LA Times opinion

Since Sunday, Sept. 5, when Rampart-area bicycle officers were involved in a shooting that claimed the life of Manuel Jaminez, there have been many inaccurate reports of what occurred.

NYPD prepares for guerilla-style terror attack

CBS News

Since 9/11, the NYPD Has Posted Officers Overseas to Learn from Terrorist Attacks Like the One in Mumbai.

Defendant in 'Hillside Burglaries' sentenced to 17 years in prison

LA Times blog

A leader of the so-called "Hillside Burglars," believed reponsible for more than 150 break-ins targeting some of Los Angeles' wealthiest neighborhoods, was sentenced to 17 years in state prison, authorities said Thursday.

LAPD shows off counterterrorism technology


The Los Angeles Police Department unveiled new counterterrorism equipment Thursday amid recent terrorist threats against cities in Europe.

Times launching database that maps, analyzes crime reports across L.A. County

LA Times

For car thieves working the streets of Los Angeles County, few stretches of pavement are more attractive than the two blocks of Alondra Boulevard that run from the 605 Freeway to Studebaker Road. At least 20 vehicles were stolen there in a recent six-month period.

FBI and LAPD join forces to solve more than two dozen homicide cases

LA Times blog

For months now, the budget crisis in Los Angeles has hamstrung and frustrated the city’s homicide detectives. With no money to pay them for the long hours of overtime they typically work, LAPD officials saw no choice but to force the detectives to take time off from the job.

45% of red-light camera tickets in L.A. go unpaid

LA Times blog

Some 45% of Los Angeles’ red-light camera tickets are currently unpaid, partly because holds are not placed on driver's licenses and vehicle registrations for unsettled photo enforcement infractions, Los Angeles officials said Wednesday.

Governor OKs medical parole for incapacitated inmates

LA Times

Schwarzenegger signs 21 bills, including one allowing the state to parole comatose and physically incapacitated inmates and another restricting motorcycle modifications. He vetoes 14 bills.

Schwarzenegger awards state's highest honor for police valor

Sacramento Bee blog

Ten California peace officers today were awarded the Medal of Valor, their profession's highest award for heroism, for acts last year that ranged from pulling motorists out of burning vehicles to rescuing a judge who had been stabbed.

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