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California can reduce dangerous encounters and improve the safety of our neighborhoods by taking a more holistic approach to crime reduction. (Bay Area News Group File Photo)

We should stop pretending that there’s one single solution to reduce police use of force incidents

A safe and respectful encounter. Every single time. California public safety officers have this goal in mind whenever they interact with a...

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The Los Angeles Police Department saw a 25% reduction in officer-involved shootings last year, compared to the previous year, according to a report presented to the Board of Police Commissioners Tuesday.

The 2018 Use of Force Year-End Review Report found...

Listen in as LAPPL Director Robert Harris discusses with Dr. Drew and Leeann Tweeden on how to make interactions between police officers and the community safer, and why AB 392 is the wrong solution to address this issue.

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Solidarity.

It was a force for good over the weekend as LA fire and police officers, along with members of the public, gathered at Fire Station 89 in North Hollywood, where they shaved their heads to support kids who’ve lost their own hair from cancer...

More organized retail crooks are flying into California to hit high-end stores, police say.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- California is always a top destination for tourists.

But now another group is flocking to the Golden State and they're not bringing their hard-earned money - they're taking ours.

Organized retail crime is big business for...

LAPD respond to a crime scene near Hawkins High School. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Jaleyah Collier had just said goodbye to Kevin Cleveland outside a doughnut shop a few blocks from Hawkins High School on a spring afternoon in 2017. Get home safe, she told him before walking away.

Minutes later someone drove into an alley nearby, got...

A Northern California sheriff's department has released graphic video of a deputy fatally shooting an armed suspect.

Napa County Undersheriff Jon Crawford said Wednesday that the video was...

A coroner's van leaves the Renaissance gated community, where Los Angeles police are investigating a triple homicide. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Police on Tuesday publicly identified three men who were shot to death recently in the Renaissance gated community on the border of Porter Ranch and Chatsworth.

Gary Davidson, 39, a renter in the house where the shooting erupted; Benny Lopez, 46, of...

Photo credit: Los Angeles Police Department

A rare English bulldog puppy is on its way home thanks to cooperation between police officers in Illinois and the Los Angeles Police Department.

The blue merle English bulldog puppy was taken from a pet store in Naperville, Ill. on Dec. 18. It was 10...

An LA city hall worker has been infected with typhus in an outbreak that has been plaguing downtown Los Angeles for months.

Typhus is typically spread by fleas that have been infected by rats, cats and opossums.

Fox 11 obtained a video from the...

In this Sept. 28, 2017, photo, Stephen Schofield looks on as police officials encourage him to get a Hepatitis A vaccination near where is living along the San Diego River in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Whether it is a pedestrian investigation on a busy street, taking the report of a crime or placing a person in custody, police officers have physical contact with people throughout their busy work day. With that contact, comes the risk of being exposed to...

Robert Harris, a member of the Los Angeles Police Protective League board of directors, discusses with POLICE contributing web editor Doug Wyllie the fact that too often police are the first to be called to all manner of matters, when other city services are...

Police investigate the scene where several Houston Police officers were shot in Houston on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. At least five Houston officers were injured in a shooting Monday in an incident involving a suspect and taken to a hospital, police said. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON — Veteran narcotics officers broke down the door of a suspected drug den in southeast Houston Monday afternoon, armed with a warrant and hoping to arrest heroin dealers operating out of the Pecan Park home.

They were met by a hail of gunfire,...

The most recent flawed, skewed, and nonsensical Los Angeles Times “analysis” of the LAPD’s Metropolitan Division demonstrates the implicit bias some possess against reporting facts, put in the appropriate context, about Los Angeles police officers and...

Los Angeles City Council Member Nury Martinez and Volunteer Community Patrol Officer Oscar Rodas head out on patrol from the LAPD Mission Division. Martinez was on hand to kick off the program Thursday which puts volunteers on the streets to help increase public safety and assist police officers. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

A recently launched volunteer patrol team is supporting the efforts of the Los Angeles Police Department’s crime-fighting efforts in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

The Volunteer Community Patrol team will be on hand to help where needed in the...

The exterior of downtown Los Angeles' Union Station.

A man was being held on suspicion of attempted murder after an early morning rampage at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, in which two LAPD cars were damaged, an MTA vehicle was stolen and crashed, and a security guard was struck in the head.

The...

Nidani Batako thought he would die on the streets. In three days he will get on a plane and return to his native Togo -- thanks to two caring police officers and "NCIS" star Maria Bello. Adrianna Weingold reports.

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Footage from the LAPD's Unmanned Aerial System

The Los Angeles Police Department used a drone for the first time during a standoff last week between SWAT officers and a robbery suspect in Koreatown.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday the drone was used to give officers a view inside a second-story...

Thirty-six LAPD officer suicides were reported between 1998 and 2017. More than 600 officers responded to an NBC4 I-Team survey exploring some of the reasons behind the statistics

David Swailes was a 10-year Los Angeles Police Department veteran who was married to his high school sweetheart. A father of four boys, he was making plans for a family trip to Disneyland.

His wife of 14 years had noticed something was horribly wrong in...

The Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, left, singer Rihanna and the Rams' Robert Woods have been targeted in burglaries that prosecutors say were committed by 13 South L.A. gang members. (John Minchillo / Associated Press; Angela Weiss / AFP/Getty Images; Associated Press)

The burglary crew scoured celebrities’ social media posts and noted when they’d be away from home.

In the last 13 months, they targeted the likes of the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, singer Rihanna, “This Is Us” producer Daniel Fogelman and the Rams’ Robert...

LAPD Michel Moore congratulates Suzanna Kazarian while awarding her the Preservation of Life medal, recognizing officers who avoid the use of deadly force. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

It seemed like a routine 911 call, asking for help with an argument between neighbors.

As Los Angeles Police Officers Suzanna Kazarian and John Acosta stood in the driveway talking to one of the neighbors, a man approached from behind them.

He...

In the largest 9/11 remembrance ceremony of the West Coast on Tuesday, Los Angeles first responders remembered those who died during the terror attacks 17 years ago.

ELYSIAN PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- In the largest 9/11 remembrance ceremony of the West Coast on Tuesday, Los Angeles first responders remembered those who died during the terror attacks 17 years ago.

The annual LAFD 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony took place...

LAKE BALBOA — A roll-over collision in Lake Balboa Monday night involving two vehicles, one of them a Los Angeles Police Department cruiser, left seven people injured, including two officers.

A civilian SUV overturned in the crash, which was reported...

A motorist plowed a car into a stopped police car in South Los Angeles Sunday, injuring two patrol officers, and the driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

The officers had stopped their patrol car for a routine traffic stop on Gage Avenue...

A female LAPD officer was shot on July 28, 2018, during a North Hills traffic stop. (Credit: Loudlabs)

A female Los Angeles Police Officer remains hospitalized Saturday after being shot in the leg in North Hills during an evening traffic stop, police said.

At around 10:15 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Plummer Street and Noble Avenue, the female...

A Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body cameras during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The public release of video capturing critical police incidents before the investigations are completed could have unintended consequences that slant what must be an impartial investigation. Released video could taint juries, influence witnesses and negatively...

LAPD Sgt. Ben Herrera shows a picture of him with his 15-year-old daughter Gracie during a benefit BBQ to raise money for her medical bills on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at LAPD Devonshire Station. Gracie Herrera, 15, has been in the hospital since March recovering from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

It was more than hot temperatures that were sizzling in Devonshire Park at lunch time on Wednesday.

Officers and cadets from LAPD’s Devonshire Division were serving up grilled hamburgers and hotdogs at a fundraiser for a fellow sergeant’s 15-year-old...

Four Los Angeles Police Department officers were heroes after rescuing a man from a fast moving blaze at a cluttered one-story home in Sylmar on Tuesday night.

The rescued man went to the hospital in critical condition, while the quartet of LAPD officers...

Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Lindo Giacopuzzi poses in uniform during his career. Giacopuzzi, the last surviving member of the famed "Gangster Squad", died Sunday, July 8, 2018.

Retired Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Lindo Giacopuzzi, the last surviving member of the LAPD's "Gangster Squad," died peacefully in his Tarzana home Sunday. Giacopuzzi was 102.

Relatives celebrated his historic connection to LAPD lore and his big...

New LAPD Chief Michel Moore gets pinned by his wife, Cindy, during his swearing-in ceremony Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in the LA City Council Chambers as councilmembers Nury Martinez, Herb Wesson and Mitch Englander and Mayor Eric Garcetti look on. (Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)

Michel Moore, who has held a variety of high-level positions during his nearly four-decade tenure at the Los Angeles Police Department, was confirmed and sworn in Wednesday as the agency’s 57th chief.

The council voted unanimously to confirm Moore, 57,...

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