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The police union warns members that submitting genetic evidence could lead to invasions of privacy. Department officials say the practice is needed to investigate serious use-of-force cases.

Since its arrival as a crime-fighting tool,...

An audit finds that the city's fleet vehicles cost tens of millions of dollars and that their use is not always justified and poorly monitored.

Driving a company car home each night with free gas and maintenance has long been a cushy perk for hundreds of...

When local protests broke out this month over the Israeli invasion of Gaza, Los Angeles Police Department officials decided that officers at the scene should not immediately wear their riot helmets out of concerns the gear might escalate passions among the...

By Jack Dunphy
Patterico

I was fortunate not to be among the LAPD officers dispatched to the Federal Building in West L.A. on Saturday, where they confronted a boisterous but mostly peaceful group of pro-Palestinian demonstrators. The senior...

We are pleased to announce that your Los Angeles Police Historical Society (LAPHS) has hired retired Lieutenant Mike DeCoudres as our Associate Executive Director. Mike served with the Department from June 1972 to July 2008 when he retired as the LT II, OIC,...

Even with a sluggish economy and the prospects of a more than $400 million shortfall, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa vowed Monday to oppose any reductions in the Los Angeles Police Department budget this year after seven straight years of reduced crime rates.

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Crime in the city of Los Angeles continued to hit historic lows in 2008, a trend which Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and law enforcement officials today credited to more police officers and interagency relationships.

There were 381 murders in 2008, 15 fewer...

Los Angeles police were targeted in 527 attacks this year, a 17 percent drop from 2007, officials said Monday.

Violence against Los Angeles Police Department officials in 2008 involved the slaying of SWAT Officer Randal Simmons in a Winnetka shootout,...

The Los Angeles police officers union on Wednesday asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to spare law enforcement in the latest round of state budget cuts, saying crime could increase as the recession makes people desperate.

"We understand that the state...

Like the state of California, the city of Los Angeles is involved in a seemingly endless game of budget balancing as it looks once again at what appears to be a built-in shortfall. Last week, the City Council cut $74 million from its $7.2 billion budget and was...


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Hernandez, founder and president of the...

• Police Chief William Bratton announced that overall gang crime will finish down for the year. He added there is going to be an announcement regarding a major gang initiative at the end of January. Chief Bratton also said the Department is the most diverse...


WENDY PIERRO/Acorn Newspapers ON THE TRAIL-Fausto, a 7-year-old bloodhound,...

Los Angeles City is facing major financial challenges over the next few years that will affect many facets of each of our lives. Mayor Villaraigosa and other City leaders are asking for your input on the performance and necessity of the services provided by the...


Two LAPD officers hold up posters from the annual anti-graffiti contest.
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City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and L.A. Police Chief William Bratton hosted a town hall meeting attended by more than 300 people last Thursday to address concerns about the loss of police officers from the West and Pacific Police Divisions due to the opening of...

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CARLOS ALVAREZ, Legal Assistant
GORDON TURNER, Deputy City Attorney
WALTER MOORE, Lawyer
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HACIENDA HEIGHTS (CNS) - A California Highway Patrol officer was fatallystruck by a vehicle as he directed traffic at the scene of a previous accident on the rain-slick Pomona (60) Freeway in Hacienda Heights early today, authorities said. The fatal crash,...

HACIENDA HEIGHTS -- A 29 year old California Highway Patrol officer was struck and killed as he directed traffic early Monday morning on the rain-slick Pomona (60...

LOS ANGELES - A prosecutor has sued the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, alleging that the bargaining representative for the county's deputy prosecutors illegally changed its bylaws and canceled October elections.

Peter A. Burke, assistant head...

Targeting L.A.'s 18th Street gangNew laws and a lawsuit give Los Angeles prosecutors have new tools to go after the gang and its ill-gotten gains.

Part of Los Angeles is run, according to allegations in a lawsuit filed Monday, by a man...

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - For the first time in 25 years, the city of Los Angeles might lay off workers for budgetary reasons. Raising the fee to spay or neuter pets, adding fewer left-turn arrows on city streets and selling under-used fire stations and libraries...

In another grim economic warning Friday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said an additional $30 million in cuts will be needed this month to balance the city's projected $7.2 billion budget this year.

In a lengthy memo to the City Council outlining the second...

Villaraigosa is negotiating voluntary retirement plan with L.A. employee unionsThe mayor says he has told the personnel department to come up with a plan for layoffs in case the city and the unions cannot reach a deal.

Hoping to avert...

Two gang members have been arrested in the shooting death of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Juan Abel Escalante, who was gunned down outside his parents' Cypress Park home in August as he prepared to go to work, law enforcement officials announced this...

Simi Valley cops get 7 percent pay hike
Raise to cost city extra $1.35 million

Simi Valley police officers will see a 7.05 percent raise in total pay in their December paychecks as part of a contract negotiated four years ago, the city announced...

An angry and defiant City Controller Laura Chick, rebuffed by the City Council in her request for $100,000 to hire a private attorney, said Wednesday she will not back down from her legal fight with City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo.

While the council voted...

Crime in the city of Los Angeles has declined about 3 percent and gang-related crime has dropped 11 percent compared to this time last year, police Chief William Bratton said today.

As of Dec. 6, homicides were down 8.7 percent, rapes down 14 percent,...


Feb. 15, 2008: Fellow officers carry the casket of Randal Simmons of the Los...

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles police today released a photo and composite drawing of a suspect believed responsible for sexual assaults on two victims, including a 13-year-old girl, in building stairwells. The first attack occurred about 10 a.m. on Nov. 7....

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