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L.A. Police Department's system promotes training for command-level officers

Emergency Management

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) deployed the first Hydra simulation system — named after the seven-headed beast from Greek lore — in the United States to promote critical incident training for command-level officers.

LAPD honors pioneering female officer Alice Stebbins Wells

Police Magazine

On the centennial of her hiring as one of the nation's first working policewomen, Alice Stebbins Wells received a tribute from the Los Angeles Police Department.

FBI releases 2009 crime statistics

FBI Press Release

According to the figures released today by the FBI, the estimated number of violent crimes in the nation declined in 2009 for the third consecutive year.

Louisiana police officer killed in ambush

Officer.com

A Rayville (La.) police officer was shot and killed on Sept. 11 while responding to a burglary-in-progress call at a home, according to The News Star.

LAPD Union Not Happy With Chief Beck For Releasing Names Of Officers Involved In Deadly Westlake Confrontation

LA Weekly blog

While praising him for defending a controversial officer-involved shooting, the union that represents Los Angeles police over the weekend criticized Chief Charlie Beck for releasing the names of officers involved in the early September clash that set off three nights of unrest in the Westlake district last week.

Prosecutors expected to charge more than a dozen protesters in Westlake unrest

LA Times blog

L.A. city prosecutors said they expect to charge more than a dozen people in the series of street protests that occurred in the Westlake district last week after a police shooting of a Guatemalan immigrant.

Ex-officers and judges support legal pot in California

Associated Press

A group of former law enforcement officials on Monday endorsed a November ballot measure that would legalize marijuana in California, saying it would unclog court dockets and allow police to focus on more serious crime.

A cooler disposition around MacArthur Park

LA Times

A week after the shooting death of Guatemalan day laborer Manuel Jamines, the park again is full — not with protesters, but with revelers preparing for Mexico Independence Day on Thursday.

Grim expectations for report on poverty in United States

Washington Post

The number of people in the United States who are living in poverty is on track for a record increase on President Obama's watch, with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that led to the national war on poverty.

Illegal immigration drops

San Bernadino Sun

Studies cite fewer jobs due to bad U.S. economy

LAPD veteran lands job as chief

Ventura County Star

Port Hueneme has hired a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who blew the whistle on her boss and then honed her crime-fighting skills with the U.S. Department of Justice in Indonesia and Pakistan.

Man shot by LAPD officer in Westlake apparently went by several names

LA Times

Relatives identify the Guatemalan day laborer as Manuel Jamines. But coroner's officials find a fingerprint match with the name Manuel Ramirez and immigration papers calling him Gregorio Luis Perez.

Reflecting on 100 years of women serving in the LAPD

LA Daily News

The petite preacher from Kansas raised her right hand to solemnly swear the unimaginable: an oath to become a Los Angeles police officer.

Chief Beck reorganizes department, promotes officers

KPCC

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced a reorganization of the department today, and promoted several officers, including the first black woman to be given the rank of commander.

Chief Beck's challenge

LA Times Editorial

Every LAPD chief, it seems, is tested by crisis. The shooting death of a day laborer is shaping up to be that test for new LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

Traffic deaths at lowest in 60 years

USA Today

Traffic deaths in the USA are at a 60-year low despite a slight uptick in miles driven, and the chances of dying on the road are the lowest ever, the Department of Transportation says.

15 arrested in San Gabriel Valley gang sweep

LA Times blog

Fifteen people were arrested in a San Gabriel Valley sweep Thursday conducted to find parole violators tied to a gang believed responsible for shooting and wounding an L.A. County sheriff's deputy.

Calm marks fourth night of protests over LAPD shooting

LA Times blog

Dozens of people marched in the Westlake district Thursday during a fourth night of protests over the death of a Guatemalan immigrant who was shot to death after LAPD officers said he threatened them with a knife.

Villaraigosa defends police action in Westlake, says officers 'acted with bravery'

LA Times blog

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday offered a vigorous defense of the officers who were involved in Sunday’s fatal police shooting of a man holding a knife, saying they were heroes who "acted with bravery."

Another law enforcement nod for Cooley

Capitol Weekly

This week’s endorsement of Republican Steve Cooley by the California State Law Enforcement Association will not make or break the attorney general’s race.

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