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The year 2016 was a deadly and dangerous year for American police officers, yet there were no mass protests or marches or kneeling to bring attention to the tragedies faced by these fallen public servants and their families. The number of American police...

Recently, we denounced the actions and beliefs of Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, anti-Semites and the Ku Klux Klan. There is no place in our country for these hateful individuals and their organizations.

The repugnant rhetoric spewed by these...

In analyzing the lead paragraphs of numerous newspaper stories that covered the lawful shooting of Ezell Ford, it is apparent that exclusion of relevant facts from those lead paragraphs assisted in the creation of an inaccurate narrative of the events leading...

Command staff embraces political correctness, puts officers in harm’s way

When did some LAPD command staff stop being cops, instead becoming politicians worried about their next promotion rather than the safety of those under their command?

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We need your help to prevent a cop killer from walking free. Twice in two years, Voltaire Williams CDC# E17796, the convicted murderer of LAPD Detective Thomas Williams, has been up for parole. Both times, after organized efforts by the Los Angeles Police...

This November you have an opportunity to prevent another public safety disaster. You can vote NO on Proposition 57.

Proposition 57 falsely claims it will improve public safety. That’s simply untrue. Proposition 57 will allow violent convicted felons to...

Run away. If a police officer is confronted by a suspect with a weapon, those entrusted to set policies for the Police Department believe officers should run away. That’s the recent finding from the Los Angeles Police Commission which has turned Monday morning...

LAPPL Directors and Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate Mitchell Schwartz (center)

Today, the Los Angeles Police Protective League Board of Directors met with Mayoral Candidate Mitchell Schwartz to listen to his ideas about reducing crime, increasing the...

There’s no question about it. The death of a 14-year-old, for any reason, is a true tragedy on so many levels. But the early indications in this case are that the 14-year-old fired a handgun at LAPD officers and our officers must always put their safety and the...

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Police Protective League demanded that the multibillionaire owner of the Los Angeles Rams pay his bills for...

The adage goes, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” It’s wise advice that our governor should heed. This November, Governor Jerry Brown is asking California voters to dig ourselves deeper and deeper into a public safety crisis.

A pair of laws...

Voters have the opportunity to reform California’s death penalty, but it will take your action now. A broad coalition of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, crime victim advocates and community leaders have come together to fix our broken death penalty...

Apparently, Police Commission President Matt Johnson is unfamiliar with the adage “Don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Mr. Johnson’s misguided proposal to change the Los Angeles Police Department’s Use of Force Policy was...

Some misguided politicians and anti-cop activist groups are pushing a proposed new law, SB 1286, authored by State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), to strip away the privacy protections from California police officers, sheriffs’ and highway patrolmen, which...

Keeping our communities safe should be our top priority, and that must include the safety of Los Angeles police officers. Convicted cop murderer Raylene Brooks CDC #W40103 is once again up for parole and we need your help to keep this killer behind bars.

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There has been much speculation about the recent NBC4 Investigative story about the Metro Unit that aired this past Friday evening. The...

Convicted murderer Kien Vinh Ly CDCR# E57469, who killed Los Angeles County Marshal Henry Wong on September 2, 1988, is up for parole and we need your help to keep this killer behind bars. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Board of...

Impartial. Unbiased. Fair. Chief Charlie Beck clearly forgot the meaning of those words. Those words should guide every investigation conducted by a law enforcement agency or a District Attorney’s Office. Whether it’s an investigation of an officer-involved...

The citizens of Los Angeles expect a first-rate law enforcement Department, and to meet those justifiable expectations it is extremely important that the LAPD have up-to-date facilities for our officers. When they come to work, they come to protect the citizens...

The daily work of Los Angeles Police Department officers is among the most challenging and dangerous jobs in the nation. Those who choose to do this hazardous work do so because they feel called to protect their community and have faith that the world-class...

LAPD officers go above and beyond their daily duties to develop relationships with the community and make L.A. neighborhoods better and safer places to live. The inaugural short video in a series that highlights the work of these officers focuses on a new...

Quentin Tarantino says his recent anti-cop rant was misunderstood, but he stands by what he said. And he won’t take back his outrageous and dangerous slur against police officers as “murderers.”

According to the ...

The anti-police rhetoric perpetuated throughout society the past year has often bordered on hysteria. However, film director Quentin Tarantino took it to a new and completely unacceptable level this past weekend.

During an anti-police march in New York,...

We wrote in our previous blog post about the number of mentally ill individuals, many of them homeless, on Los Angeles streets and the impact on LAPD...

The recent debate over the implementation of body cameras for police officers has exposed some clear divisions over the intended use of the video footage. Is it to provide an additional perspective to document events relating to criminal activity by recording...

A strong precedent needs to be set for those who murder peace officers and create an imbalance in our society. The recent alarming attacks on law enforcement officers nationwide are a prime example of what happens when the consequences for murdering a peace...

In Part I of this blog, posted on July 24, 2015, we explained the importance of putting officer-involved shootings (OIS) in perspective. The media...

There are no words to describe the surprise and anger we felt last week when we learned that on Tuesday, August 4, Voltaire Williams CDC# E17796, just a year after being denied parole again, has been considered for parole by the CDCR, after his conviction in...

Following national coverage of officer-involved shootings (OIS) last summer, media coverage of all such shootings has expanded. Additional coverage will be generated in coming months by the Los Angeles Police Department’s determination as to whether several...

Over the last several weeks, there has been a great deal of public discussion about the Ezell Ford incident, with people offering their opinions on the officers’ actions and Ford’s background and behavior that evening. Opinions may differ, but all should be...

Earlier this week Los Angeles Police Protective League President Craig Lally criticized the Los Angeles Police Commission’s decision that the actions of one of the officers involved in the Ezell Ford case were not in policy. In making these comments, Lally said...

The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners’ act of finding one officer in the Ezell Ford shooting case “out of policy” for shooting Ford as he tried to take the officer’s gun is a bizarre, ill-considered decision that demonstrates the Commission’s complete...

Steve Soboroff at the Los Angeles Police Commission meeting on June 9, 2015.

Since August we, along with the entire Los Angeles community, have been following the investigation of the Ezell Ford officer-involved shooting and awaiting the determinations...

This week, the League and officers around the country came together to honor and remember our fallen officers for National Police Week. This meaningful week was established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, and has since occurred annually on the week...

Over the past few weeks, there have been a number of violent events and public demonstrations that have dominated news coverage in outlets across the nation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those communities as they look to rebuild. It should go without...

Recent Los Angeles Times articles have attacked L.A. police and fire departments for the high cost of workers’ compensation. These...

A driver involved in a hit-and-run crash in Koreatown is seen running away from the scene in this photo taken by a witness at the scene of the crash.

It is a grim fact, but...

In the immediate aftermath of the Los Angeles Police Department officer-involved shooting this past Sunday, March 1, 2015, the Los Angeles Times...

Replica handgun regulations have long been a topic of spirited debate across the country; however, recent events have once again brought this issue front and center in Los Angeles. In September, our lawmakers passed regulations (which went into effect in...

Public safety should always come first and that includes the safety of the peacekeepers of Los Angeles. On Friday, February 13, 2015, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) will consider the parole...

Countrywide protests serve as a reminder of the complexities law enforcement professionals face every day. Tragic events and demonstrations that can sometimes follow highlight the fact that there is a fine line between First Amendment rights to protest and...

Last night, many of the City’s most distinguished leaders gathered at the 13th annual Eagle and Badge “In the Line of Duty” Gala not only to...

Dark clouds are gathering over Los Angeles. Violent crime is up. Thousands of dangerous felons could soon flood the area after state voters passed Proposition 47 last week. LAPD officer morale is low and sinking even further due to the City’s woefully...

What if we told you that you had the opportunity to release thousands of dangerous inmates with serious criminal records back to your community? Would you do it? Would you risk the safety of your family and community by allowing felons back onto your streets?...

After all of the recent high profile cases where the initial reports of an incident did not tell the entire story, one would expect that politicians would not rush to judgment in a case that they know nothing about except for what they read in the...

“Watch out,” Mayor Garcetti said during a downtown news conference on Monday. “We’re going to make sure that we’re coming after you.”

Huh?!?

The mayor was reacting to an Los Angeles Times story reporting that the city spent $328 million...

As said in the book To Kill a Mockingbird, “The best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open.” And, all out in the open is precisely what happened following the detention of...

The Los Angeles Police Protective League provides the following as a public service for those whose understanding of the law regarding the necessity to provide identification to police comes from watching, or acting in, fictional police dramas. Instead, they...

Californians are facing one of our most serious public safety threats in recent memory. The threat is Prop 47 — a ballot initiative...

Repeated descriptions of a suspect as “unarmed” when shot by a police officer does not, contrary to the belief of the...

Over the last 72 hours, there have been a number of attempted murders of police officers in Los Angeles County, yet there has been no community or media outrage.

Two prime examples include an LAPD SWAT officer who was...

Ed Ring can’t be taken seriously, given the bile he regularly spews out, such as public employee unions “are the primary force behind the erosion of our...

The purpose of a City is to provide a variety of services to its residents, chief among them public safety. Services are provided by people, which is why the majority of costs in every city budget are the costs of employees. It is always interesting to hear...

When viewed by itself and without any context, this video looked troubling. It showed three Los Angeles Police Department officers wrestling with a young skateboarder while a fourth...

As police officers, we know before entering the Academy that the job comes with risks. We know it’s a dangerous job, and that every person we encounter on a routine traffic stop or a domestic violence response might have a gun that they’re prepared to use. We’...

The Los Angeles Police Protective League would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support as the LAPD mourns the loss of three police officers in the line of duty this year.

Last week, Officer Roberto Sanchez was killed by a hit-and-run...

Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer.

Los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer....

Public safety officials, including LAPD, LAFD and others converge in LAX during the aftermath of the November 1, 2013 shooting.

The following is an Op-Ed by LAPPL President Tyler Izen...

The stakes were high. California was under a court order to shed at least 7,000 more inmates, beginning in April, to relieve prison overcrowding. Gov. Brown appealed for more time to deal with the prison crisis.

Recently, a three-judge panel granted a...

(Mark Wilson / Getty Images / February 25, 2014)

The Los Angeles Times editorial board...

Advocates were wishing and hoping that California’s high recidivism rate – the percentage of inmates who...

If your automobile insurance suddenly costs more, it might have something to do with prison realignment. Here’s why:

A report this month from the nonpartisan...

The California Vehicle Code forbids the Los Angeles Police Department from establishing a policy whereby an officer must meet a ticket quota, and a “quota” is defined as “any requirement regarding the number of arrests made, or the number of citations issued...

LAPD Detective Thomas Williams

The Los Angeles Police Protective League...

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and...

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We are encouraged by a Court of Appeal decision this week reinstating the LAPPL’s lawsuit challenging the unfair policy of Chief Beck to issue “involuntary conditional Official Reprimands” to...

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and mayors from four other California cities announced a pension reform initiative on Tuesday that would amend the California Constitution. They are attempting to add the...

Since 2007, the Los Angeles Police Protective League has been involved in efforts to fairly implement cameras in all LAPD patrol cars because we believe this equipment will serve to protect police officers from frivolous and unwarranted complaints. Our position...

Governor Brown recently came to an agreement with legislative leaders that allows the state to comply with a federal court...

Inmates are watched by members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles. So far this year, the department has released more than 23,000 inmates before their...

When Los Angeles residents need a police officer, they expect and deserve an immediate response. But it is getting harder to...

The court has "a healthy amount of Western independence," said Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the Ninth Circuit. (Thor Swift for The New York Times)

Once again, we are not surprised...

In this 2004 photo, then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, center, poses with George Deukmejian, Gray Davis, Jerry Brown, and Pete Wilson, in Los Angeles. (Associated Press/ Rene Macura)

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A workplace mediation program – monitored outside of the LAPD – is an excellent idea, and the time to institute such a program has come. That...

Since our country’s founding, personal freedoms have been in constant battle with the protection of the greater good. That battle continues today in Los Angeles as...

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The mission of the Los Angeles Police Protective League is to vigilantly protect, promote and improve the working conditions...

LAPD SWAT teams search along Washington Boulevard in the Mid City area on June 25, 2013, for a suspect who shot at two detectives near the Wilshire LAPD station early that morning. Police closed 25 square...

Monday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the police practice of taking DNA samples from people who have been arrested but not convicted...

In recent weeks, the Los Angeles City Council has approved two critical projects that will help boost the economy in Southern California....

The playbook is familiar now—gin up a study on public pensions and government debt to be released to media outlets with a headline-grabbing number shrieking doom for public finances. The latest exhibit is a propaganda piece...

In addition to electing their mayor, city controller and city attorney for the next four years, Los Angeles voters will have the opportunity on May 21 to vote on...

Camarillo Springs fire

In 2011, we said that when we preach public safety first, we mean just that. When someone dials 9-1-1, the...

Abdul Arian, 19, appears to be pointing a gun at Los Angeles police officers before they shot him to death on the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills on April 11, 2012. (Image from KCBS/KCAL video)

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Another day, another prison realignment horror story.

Los Angeles Times' Paige St. John reported Thursday that the increase in fugitive...

“Safe neighborhoods are the foundation of a safe city.”

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke those words as he joined Chief Charlie Beck for...

Public employee critics, in their continuing attempt to place all blame for economic woes on public employees, have begun a new line of attack. This time they’re employing social media and shadowy websites to bolster their cause.

Here in California, they...

We are never shy about calling out the State Supreme Court when it hands down a ruling we think is detrimental to the rights of police officers...

Gloria Romero

Gloria Romero

The victims of Christopher Dorner...

In just a few days, you will be asked to make an historic vote, not only for the next mayor of Los Angeles, but also for Prop A, which will give the next mayor and the City the resources it desperately needs to keep our neighborhoods safe. Police officers and...

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Lt. Al Stewart

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The past week has been emotionally wrenching for all Southern California law enforcement personnel. While we responded to the inhumane and morally indefensible violence caused by disgraced former officer Christopher Dorner, we joined with the entire community...

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) passed by Congress back in 1986 requires police to obtain a subpoena issued without a judge’s approval to read remotely...

A wave of new bills was introduced as California lawmakers reconvened at the State Capitol on Jan. 7 to start their legislative year. A number of them are of particular interest to law enforcement and deserve a close watch.

We applaud Senator Ted W. Lieu...

A friend of law enforcement in the California Legislature, Senator Ted Lieu, turned to Twitter to call attention to a California Senate policy long in need of change. We are glad he did.

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The new year is shaping up to be a momentous one in our city’s history with public safety on the line.

For only the third time in 75 years, no incumbent will be on the ballot for mayor in 2013. In addition to electing a successor to Mayor Antonio...

We’ve been warning for a long time that suspended or revoked and unlicensed drivers were a public safety menace. That’s why we...

Jose Luis Saenz was taken into custody Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.

Jose Luis Saenz...

Officer Lawrence DePrimo bought new boots for a homeless man he encountered in Times Square. (Photo: Jennifer Foster)...
Eli Broad and Richard Riordan

Eli Broad and Richard Riordan

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Richard Riordan

Richard Riordan

Former Mayor Richard...

As you may have read in recent news stories, former Mayor Richard Riordan has taken the first steps toward eliminating the...

Image: WCBS 880

(Image: WCBS 880)

Bath salts were a “...

On the heels of a $3.2 million judgment against LAPD for tasing and shooting Valerie Allen, a bipolar woman who attacked officers with a sharpened...

What’s one thing that law enforcement and at least some of California’s 725 death row inmates agree on? The answer is we both oppose Prop. 34 on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Really – read on.

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EDWARD BYRNE Rookie slain in 1988.

We know you are busy, but what we are asking will only take a few minutes and can make a huge...

Over the past few days, media coverage of police chasing dangerous felons in the southland have put thousands of people, including dozens of police officers, in extreme danger. Police chases and the aftermath are certainly newsworthy, but the recent live...

October 1 will mark the first anniversary of the prison realignment legislation signed into law by Governor Brown. With nearly a year’s worth of data, it is not too early to assess whether the law, heralded by prisoner-release advocates, in fact reduced the...

Police officers, firefighters and the rest of California’s middle class will be silenced if big corporations have their way this November.

Prop 32 is NOT...

The following article by Jack Dunphy was originally posted on PJMedia.com on August 27, 2012, and is reposted here with his permission....

A former Los Angeles police chief once observed, “Police work is not always pretty. But in my 36 years of law enforcement, I've learned not to make a judgment until I have all the facts.”

Chief Bratton’s comments echo our views regarding the recent...

Photo by Lawrence K. Ho (Los Angeles Times)

Last week, the jury in a federal civil rights case came to a swift and correct decision on who was responsible for the death of Manuel Jamines; it was 37-year-old Manuel Jamines.

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We’ve used this space on at least three occasions in the past two years to warn of the dangers of pushing Americans out of traditional defined pensions and into 401k plans. Our point has been that reliable and secure retirement incomes cannot be provided by...

We would like to believe that it is a genuine commitment to putting public safety first that has given L.A. a national ranking it can be proud of. In calling Los Angeles the “safest big city in America,”...

It comes as something of a relief that recent trends in law enforcement fatalities were reversed nationwide in the first half of 2012, even as we continue to mourn the 53 officers who died in the line of duty.

The...

Dramatically overstated “unfunded liabilities” of public pension systems are a cornerstone of the arguments used by public-pension opponents. They deliberately and drastically lower the amounts of money public pensions can expect to receive from their...

On Oct. 15, 2008, a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier flagged down two police officers working the Olympic Area transition team. The mail carrier had been hit in the head by Romeo...

It was a big week for the U.S. Supreme Court. Last Monday, the Court threw out key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants, struck down automatic life sentences without parole for juveniles convicted of murder and on Thursday upheld most of...

One would expect a news story questioning the integrity of hard working LAPD detectives to be backed by thorough reporting and years of experience investigating shootings and murders. But none of these things are evident in “...

State Senate Governance and Finance Committee Chair Lois Wolk

State Senate Governance...

When the L.A. Kings took a 3-0 lead in the first period of the sixth game of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the New Jersey Devils, the LAPD issued a citywide tactical alert from an abundance of caution. You knew then the Kings were on their way to win their...

One of the low points in the history of victims’ rights was the Rose Bird Supreme Court. Relying on the doctrine of “independent state ground,” the court issued scores of headshaking decisions consistently in favor of criminals. These rulings hampered evidence...

“We’ve given police a simple, common-sense rule to deal with vehicles that are left unattended because the driver has been placed...

AB 109, the state’s new prison realignment law, will go down as one of the worst pieces of legislation ever enacted in California. As the list of its failures continues to grow, the only possible explanation is that either the bill’s supporters actually believe...

The 20th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots has been welcomed by countless news stories and retrospectives on this important event in our city’s history. But many of these retrospectives have included analyses that overstate the riots’ role in the...

To say that Los Angeles Police Commissioner Alan J. Skobin will be missed is an understatement. As many of you may know, the...

You’d think the same state legislators who backed the release of thousands of parolees from state prisons into local communities would at least ensure that local police could know the identity of these convicted criminals. But in its haste to enact prison...

It’s shaping up to be another tough year for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. After being reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 19 out of the 26 cases it reviewed in 2011, the trend appears to continue in 2012 to the benefit of police.

Last month,...

When most people think about the L.A. City Council, they think of its regular meetings at City Hall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. (televised on L.A. CityView 35). What many don’t realize...

Once again, a driver with a suspended driver's license, whose vehicle was returned to her by the California Highway Patrol, continued to drive and subsequently killed...

The Los Angeles Police Protective League’s objections to the latest proposed changes to the LAPD 30-day hold policy are twofold: the Chief’s proposal does not conform to state law and...

Once again, a ballot initiative purporting to curb the influence of unions and corporations on elected officials has qualified for California’s November ballot. The initiative, pitched by proponents as the “Stop Special Interest Money Now Act,” would ban...

It turns out that its pension funds performed well enough last year to save the City $90 million in anticipated contributions.

The cries of alarm...

Photo: CBS News

It’s no secret that GPS tracking devices have been hot sellers of late to law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. Local, state and federal officials...

What do you call a federal court that changes facts to fit its argument and issues rulings so far outside established law that it’s routinely chastised and reversed – often unanimously and without a hearing – by a higher court? You might call that court lawless...

We congratulate LAPD Officer Joe Buscaino, who today was declared the winner in the election to fill the 15th District L.A. City...

SB1399 was aimed at saving California millions of dollars in prison health care expenses by allowing the parole of medically incapacitated inmates. It’s unfortunate and outrageous that this law is being used by cop killers like Gerald Youngberg to seek parole...

For over a year, we’ve been calling attention to the disturbing disconnect between declining crime statistics and rising assaults on police officers. Now comes news that these assaults are up dramatically for the first week of 2012. Twelve serious assaults...

State leaders might have seen an ideal budget fix in their new law allowing felons with prison terms of six years or less to be housed in local jails and then supervised by local law enforcement agencies, but the last 48 hours have already given us two examples...

Anyone hoping we would see a downturn in assaults on police officers – in Los Angeles and nationwide – has to be deeply disappointed by statistics released last week by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

Chief Beck reported to the Police Commission that assaults...

The City’s approach to its current budget problems is hiring just enough replacements for LAPD officers lost through retirements and attrition. This approach, however, has been accompanied by an abandonment of the middle management positions needed for the...

On October 1, 2011, protesters encamped on City Hall’s front lawn and declared themselves part of the national Occupy movement protesting income inequality and corporate greed. City leaders promptly welcomed the Occupy L.A. protesters with open arms, with the...

More officers and better policing. That’s what a Los Angeles Times editorial stated recently as key reasons why L.A. is a much safer city...

Most people I speak with are unaware of the prison realignment plans being implemented by the state of California that disregard the safety of Californians and warrant a prompt reevaluation.

In addition to cuts to local public safety, the state intends...

Surprise, surprise. Some of the so-called “low-risk, nonviolent” inmates being sent to county jails are turning out to be far more dangerous than touted by advocates of prison realignment.

What went wrong? For starters, only the inmate’s most recent...

“I have a running joke,” attorney Gregory Smith told LA Daily News reporter C.J. Lin. “If I sue a supervisor, they’re going to get promoted within the next six months.” Smith should know. He’s filed dozens of lawsuits on behalf of LAPD officers against the...


(Steve McCrank - Torrance Daily Breeze)

We are...

The members of the Los Angeles Police Protective League are extremely gratified that the California Board of Parole Hearings recommended against granting a compassionate release...

He had a long criminal history that included assaults, firearms possession and making criminal threats; but under the state’s...

Ian Campbell

Los Angeles Police Officer Ian Campbell was killed by Powell...

The news out of City Hall is bleak. Budget officials there are now reporting that Los Angeles' financial prospects are worse than expected, with a projected shortfall growing to $200 million next year.

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Armando Jimenez, 13, and his sister, Ashley Jimenez, 7, stop to look at the memorial site for 4-year-old Christopher "Buddy" Rowe. (Christopher Chung / PD)

In April we warned of...

For several months we’ve been calling attention to the shocking disconnect between declining crime statistics and increasing assaults on police officers. The problem is growing more acute. The most recent statistics released show that violent attacks on LAPD...

The City has a serious liability problem and urgently needs better risk management. In the last fiscal year alone, it has...

For law-abiding citizens, these are tough economic times. But for convicted killers serving time in California prisons, it’s a time for...

A recent legislative hearing in Sacramento focused on the death penalty and its implementation costs. Ventura County Star writer Timm Herdt reports...

Many Californians remember with distaste the corrupt Texas energy company Enron, which in 2000 masterminded California energy shortages and blackouts, and shut down pipelines to manipulate the energy market. Now, a former Enron trader who reaped hundreds of...

A lot has changed in our country since the morning of September 11, 2001; the most noticeable being tightened security at American airports and borders, and a decade of military action in Afghanistan and Iraq. Through all of it, members of the LAPD family have...

We’ve recently learned of plans under consideration that disregard the safety of Californians to such a degree that not only is greater attention warranted, but a prompt explanation is necessary.

The...

Crime fighting takes many forms. Patrolling neighborhoods to deter criminal activity and making arrests when crimes do occur are a big part of the job. But increasingly, efforts are underway through community-based policing programs to reach inner-city kids in...

Computers are a marvelous thing. They store information, churn data and generally make us all more productive. Often, though, there’s a need for human judgment and common sense to interpret a computer’s output.

A case in point is the California...

As we followed news reports in the first half of 2011, we suspected that law enforcement fatalities were up sharply. Sadly, statistics released this week by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund...

Lehnen

Zackariah Lehnen, a 31-year-old transient, has been charged with two counts of murder...

Officer Brian Hayes, 35, of the Anaheim Police Department.

Officer Brian...

An L.A. Times news story today backed up our most recent...

In a predictable but no less galling move, death penalty opponents are seizing on the current state fiscal crisis as the latest reason to end the death penalty...

Many people around the state have been concerned because their vehicle registration tags expire in July and they haven’t received their registration renewal notices from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

If you’re one of those motorists, you don’t have...

In a disturbing disconnect, violent crime in Los Angeles is down 10.3 percent and property crime has declined by 7.9 percent, but it’s becoming more dangerous to be a police officer in this city.

Chief Beck reported this week that assaults on police...

LAPD officers are trained to expect the unexpected. A dramatic case in point: Hollywood Area Officers Michael Kim and Jimmy Lam were working traffic control after a Monday morning hit-and-run traffic collision near Santa Monica Boulevard and Western Avenue....

The consequences of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s release of dangerous inmates are an ongoing problem we’ve...

If you’ve been driving a hybrid vehicle and are lucky enough to have a yellow decal that gives you the privilege of driving in carpool lanes without the required number of occupants, your days are numbered.

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LAPD Detective Thomas Townsend summed up his frustration and outrage with two questions:

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It seems like a triple witching hour for public safety in California. Instead of fixing the serious problems at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the state is giving up and dumping the parole supervision crisis on local...

We have long warned that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) troubling non-revocable parole program for “low risk offenders” would be a disaster. Law enforcement’s input was arrogantly ignored by CDCR, and tragically, we were...

Coming on the heels of the City Council’s decision to further cut police resources in Los Angeles, Monday’s Supreme Court...

While it’s hardly surprising to hear politicians say one thing but do another, it’s unsettling to see these contradictions happen with public safety.

Some elected officials in Los Angeles may claim that public safety is a top priority, but their actions...

City Hall’s struggle to come up with responsible budget solutions became even clearer on Tuesday when the Budget and Finance Committee proposed six furlough days for police officers beginning in January.

Committee members were apparently cool to Mayor...

When we preach public safety first, we mean just that. When someone dials 9-1-1, the caller is typically in urgent need of help from police, firefighters or paramedics, if not all three. Our city’s residents expect and deserve a timely public safety...

The following article by John Tennant, SJPOA General Counsel, was originally posted on the San Jose Police Officers' Association website on March 29, 2011 and is reposted here with permission from the Association.

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On the very day Osama bin Laden was killed in a precision Navy Seals operation, law enforcement agencies throughout the nation were recalling how one year earlier, panic was spread by the discovery of a bomb-laden SUV planted in the heart of Times Square by a...

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When the media started calling on Tuesday for the League’s comment on a new Android video game app, we took one look at the content and decided to take the gloves off. The game in question was the sickening “Dog Wars,” which lets players raise and train their...

In a widely-read Daily News editorial last December, League Director John Mumma wrote, “the City must rethink policies instead of cutting LAPD.” The piece had been prompted by the City’...

The California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility (CFFR), headed by Marcia Fritz, is a group that’s heading the effort to dismantle pension benefits for public employees. CFFR attempts to cast itself simply as a group of concerned Californians tackling an...

LAPD officers are sworn to always uphold the law. But a recent change to the Department’s impound policy disregards the well defined vehicle code, threatening the safety of drivers and possibly exposing the City to legal liabilities at a time when it’s...

As we pray for LAPD Officer Steven Jenkins’ complete and speedy recovery, the attempt to murder him reminds us of the inherent danger of domestic violence calls.

Officer Jenkins, a 22-year Department veteran, remains hospitalized in critical but stable...

The following editorial, submitted by Lt. Shannon Paulson, Central Area, will appear in the April Thin Blue Line. It is being posted on the League Blog with her permission.

I monitored with interest the recent exchange of comments on the LAPPL...

Traditional pension plans have been a proven retirement vehicle for many decades. While ambitious politicians can blithely proclaim that the era of defined benefit plans is over, as we mentioned in...

When people threaten police officers with a deadly weapon, they alone are responsible for the consequences of these...

With all the talk about public pensions and their liabilities, the imminent arrival a real crisis has gone dramatically underreported. It’ll soon become clear that 401(k) plans – into which millions of Americans workers were forced – have failed to meet their...

In response to Mayor Villaraigosa’s public request that the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension (LAFPP) Commissioners reject a proposed increase to retiree healthcare subsidies, the following commentary was presented to the LAFPP Board of Commissioners, on...

Last week we ran into criticism for posting about the Wisconsin fight over collective bargaining rights and urging members to support unionized workers there. The inclusion of links to the websites of organizations who are at the forefront of this fight, but...

Perhaps worried that a campaign mailer might strike a chord with voters, Councilmember Bernard C. Parks recently blustered and scrambled to distance himself from his poor record on public safety.

The mailer called out Parks for consistently voting...


UPDATE 2/25/11 at 1630:

Our intention in the blog below was not to ask members or retirees to align themselves with a group or organization whose overall philosophy they disagree with. The...

We’re revisiting the topic to remind you once again: use caution online and in the social media world.

The reality is, when you create a personal presence in cyberspace, you must always assume that nothing you do will be private, no matter what privacy...

Our congratulations go out to Assemblymember Ted Lieu and former Assemblymember Sharon Runner on their election this week to the California State Senate. Both endorsed by the League, Lieu and Runner secured solid victories and under new election rules, will be...

In a city with serious financial shortfalls, there’s no doubt that tough decisions have to be made. That’s what the Los Angeles City Council members have been elected to do - make those tough decisions in the best interest of the people they serve. But they...

In four weeks, the Solano State Prison parole board will meet to decide on Voltaire Williams’ request for parole.

Back in 1989, Williams was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiracy in the brutal 1985 ambush and assassination of LAPD...

Some self-styled experts are suggesting the replacement of public pensions with 401(k)-style retirement plans as one solution to municipal and state budget shortfalls. But recent facts and figures show why this is a non-starter.

A...

Protecting public safety is just one of the many ways LAPD officers serve the community. Last year, officers held their 10th annual “Angels Community Book...

Jack Humphreville, the self-proclaimed LA Watchdog, does not like our December 22 blog, “Pension holidays aren’t just ‘ancient history.’” In his latest ...

Like most of our fellow Angelenos, we’ve been sitting on the sidelines over the years watching and listening to proposals for developing a world-class football stadium and bringing an NFL franchise back to Los Angeles.

And now, we’ve finally seen a plan...

We were as surprised and outraged as everyone else by the revelation that the Los Angeles School Police Department officer’s story of being shot by an...

As City leaders consider the consequences of Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, it behooves them to remember that government’s top obligation is public safety; their actions should reflect that.

Recent gains in public safety have not been accidental...

Why do otherwise reasonable individuals – despite evidence to the contrary before them – become reflexively critical of police, jumping to the twisted conclusion that an officer’s life faces less danger from an unarmed suspect than when the officer is staring...

Why do otherwise reasonable individuals – despite evidence to the contrary before them – become reflexively critical of police, jumping to the twisted conclusion that an officer’s life faces less danger from an unarmed suspect than when the officer is staring...

NPR reporter Mandalit del Barco’s recent story, “Finance Probe Raises Ire Among Some LAPD Officers” is wrong when it comes to the Rafael...

In the wake of the Reginald Doucet Jr. shooting, some community members have asked how it is legal for a police officer to use deadly force against an unarmed man.

Police officers have a difficult job that becomes even harder when a suspect resists...

It's with heavy hearts that we grieve the loss of Captain Bill Eaton, who recently passed away after a grueling battle with cancer.

Over his near 22-year career in LAPD, Captain Eaton was respected for his talents, ethics and leadership. He was a mentor...


Deputy Mohammed Ahmed

On Tuesday night, Los Angeles County...

The Los Angeles Police Protective League has started airing a “Public Safety First” radio campaign on ESPN radio in Los Angeles. The messages, covering a broad range of law enforcement related topics, will air throughout the day and during Lakers games.

...

As millions of Californians hit the roads during the holiday travel season, some of them will be driving while drunk. So it’s only logical that seasonal spikes in drunk driving be met with stepped up DUI enforcement. But now, some community groups are...

The League’s Board of Directors wishes you and your families the very best during this holiday season and throughout the coming New Year. We hope that you can find time to set aside the demands of your busy lives and share in the joy of the season with your...

A “pension holiday” is when a public employer does not make payments into a pension fund because it believes there are enough earnings in the pension system to pay the employer’s annual required contribution.

CBS’ 60 Minutes is one of the highest rated...

In the course of conducting our business and advocating for our members on many fronts, we can sometimes be remiss in not taking the opportunity to thank the dedicated attorneys who work day in and day out to defend the men and women of the LAPD. We’d like to...

While at times the League and City leaders may not see eye to eye on issues of staffing and budget balancing, the residents of Los Angeles can always rest assured that public safety, entrusted to our world-class police force, never takes a back seat to...

The Los Angeles Police Commission yesterday received and approved a report from Police Chief Charlie Beck detailing the reasons why the LAPD will continue to back the Photo...

The following commentary was presented by Directors Tyler Izen and Kristi Sandoval to the Police Commission on behalf of the Los Angeles Police Protective League:

The LAPPL is concerned about the tone of the Inspector General's report, comments by...

The following editorial was published in the Los Angeles Times on December 2, 2010.

When the city council voted to raise...

As police officers, we’ve known for a while now that some of the best places to catch criminals bragging about their illegal activities are social media networks like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube. There have been hundreds of cases across the country...


Winnfred Wright

A new report out of Marin County Wednesday has us...

A recent Los Angeles Times front page story detailed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) warning to the LAPD over racial profiling and highlighted the reasons...

Another sunny day in Los Angeles, another multimillion dollar jury award to a former LAPD officer treated unfairly. This, of course, does not happen every day, but it does happen all too often for a city that is in such dire budget straits that it forces...

As we mourn the shooting death of Riverside Police Officer Ryan P. Bonaminio, we are grateful an arrest has been made by police and FBI agents. The suspect, 44-year-old Earl Ellis Green of Rubidoux, was arrested at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at a Riverside Target store...

In 2002, Los Angeles voters approved Proposition Q, a citywide public safety bond measure to fund the construction of 11 new police facilities and the renovation of 12 police stations. One of the facilities, constructed at a cost of $74 million, is the five-...

On February 1, 2010, “My Last Word on Financial Disclosure” was posted on our blog. While the politics, mismanagement and ill-prepared and executed consent decree...

The 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment was scheduled to complete its mission in the field of Afghanistan’s war-torn Helmand...

The audits coming from the office of City Controller Wendy Greuel these days paint a dismal picture of the city government’s ability to manage its finances. While this would be unacceptable in the best of economic times, it is particularly galling and painful...

Apparently, Jerry Brown isn’t the only one who doesn’t understand why he did not get the endorsement of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

In the taped message he inadvertently left on a Protective League answering machine, Brown aides referred to...

It is counterintuitive that in this challenged economy, applications to join the LAPD as police officers are down by 30 percent.

As reported in the LA Weekly...

“Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.”

The Los Angeles Times would do well to consider that famous quotation of former United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart in reviewing the...

When the Chief of Police reacts to public pressure, you can hope for the best but sometimes end up dealing with the fallout.  Tuesday’s press conference and Department press release was a case-in-point.

We were pleased, of course, that Chief Beck...

If an intoxicated man is reckless enough to threaten innocent people with a knife, causing one resident to flag down passing officers for help, it should come as no surprise that he may do something as irrational as turn on the uniformed bicycle officers with...

This November, California voters will face Proposition 23, a ballot initiative that would temporarily suspend California's global warming plan, including curbing gas emission mandates in an effort to improve the state's jobless rate. Although AB 32 was intended...

It's understandable if LAPD officers citywide are humming, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." That's because at the Eagle & Badge Gala on Saturday, August 21, LA Dodgers owner Frank McCourt promised complimentary game tickets for LAPD officers and their...

He was serving his country as a Marine reservist in Afghanistan when the 15-pound roadside bomb Marine Staff Sgt. and LAPD officer Joshua Cullins was disarming exploded. Joshua suffered a concussion in the blast and when the alarming news reached LAPD’s Central...

When the LAPD requested a state check of familial DNA in the “Grim Sleeper” case, it was fortunate that the match occurred in California. If the suspect’s son had been arrested and jailed in, say, Nevada - or any of the many other states that currently don’t...

We are pleased to see the City offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the remaining suspects in the execution-style murder of a clerk at an Echo Park medical marijuana shop. Raymond Lemone Easter, 27, is accused of...

A recent Los Angeles Times headline summed up a decade that all of us in law enforcement hope will never be repeated, when they wrote, “It was a terrifying time.” On Wednesday’s front-page...

The LAPPL is pleased to see the LAPD going all out to support the 27th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 3. A variety of special community events, such as block parties, cookouts and peace marches, are among the 44 events planned across the city....

LAPD, once again, is setting the standard – this time for community outreach to youths through its...

It began as a “routine” traffic stop on Interstate 580 in the Bay Area. On Saturday night two CHP officers spotted a white 2006 Toyota Tundra speeding and weaving across lane markers. As one of the officers approached the vehicle, the driver opened fire. A call...

"This will change the way policing is done in the United States.”

That’s how Chief Beck characterized the arrest of Grim Sleeper suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr., on 10 counts of murder and other charges in killings in Los Angeles between 1985 and 2007. It...

Official FBI mid-year statistics are yet to be released, but it is clear that law enforcement officer deaths in the United States are up sharply compared with the same period last year. The Officer Down...

In Los Angeles, as the summer approaches and the temperature rises, we can expect to see crime rates rise, as well. Homicide is already up (although the current...

The recent stories about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's acceptance of free tickets to entertainment and sporting events, which are now the subject of several investigations, avoids a very important subject that should be discussed: the need for the City of Los...

Grieving with our CHP colleagues

The entire law enforcement community is reeling from the line of duty deaths of five California Highway Patrol officers in the last two months. The toll makes 2010 the deadliest year for the CHP in more...

Apparently, symbolism instead of public safety is going to be the guiding principle for the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department.

In an attempt to pressure the state of Arizona, the City of Los Angeles voted to boycott business with...

L.A. Fire Chief Millage Peaks offered a sobering statistic Monday as he joined Chief Beck and Mayor Villaraigosa in launching a campaign to stop the dangerous practice of texting while driving: The LAFD responds to 100 traffic accidents a day and 28 percent are...

(Photo: www.usmc.mil)

Every day, peace officers put on their uniforms and go to work to safeguard America's communities and uphold the freedoms we...

Several members of the LAPPL Board were proud to attend last Thursday’s 49th Annual Medal of Valor awards ceremony, when the LAPD presented its highest and most prestigious award to 17 of its finest at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. As has been...

Much of the debate currently raging over Arizona’s new law, which directs law enforcement officers to investigate the immigration status of people who have been legally stopped, misses the point.

Opponents fear the law will become an excuse to terrorize...

We don’t wish to be alarmists, and we hope our concerns turn out to be unfounded as the year progresses, but it is a bit unsettling today to find Los Angeles on a short list of cities reporting increases in murders so far this year. The other major cities...

We applaud the election of Alan J. Skobin as vice president of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners. Skobin, who is now in his second term, was first appointed by Mayor James Hahn in 2003 and reappointed in 2005 by Mayor Villaraigosa. He has brought...

When the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced in May of 2009 that the state would be relying on a computer program called the Parole Violation Decision Making Instrument (PVDMI) to decide which parole violators would be returned to...

(Photo: Reuters)

Within hours of the car bomb incident in Times Square, LAPD held a news conference to assure the public that the Department is prepared to react in the event of a...

Today, an LA Times editorial endorsed District Attorney Steve Cooley for the Republican nomination for attorney general because they “have come to admire and respect him.” This is one of those refreshing days when the Los Angeles Police Protective League...

As the City Council carefully examines the budget for the next fiscal year, now more than ever, the LAPD needs to watch where every...

It has been said that “a lie gets half way around the world before the truth gets its pants on.” If that’s the case, Hollywood is once again about to circle the globe with the LAPD’s reputation.

We read today that there are plans to make a television...

Share your remembrances of Chief Gates

Former LAPD Chief Daryl F. Gates
...

2009 NCVRW Candlelight Observance attendees observe a moment of silence.

All of us in law enforcement know too well the tremendous difficulties crime victims and their families face as they...

In the 1970s, the term “hollow military” was used to describe the state of the U.S. Armed Forces. It remained formidable on paper, but in actuality was underfunded and overstretched.

“Hollow police force” may soon describe the Los Angeles Police...

LAPD Motor Officer Joshua Sewell cut his vacation short to volunteer at the recent Los Angeles Marathon. It’s a good thing he did. Just ask 21-year-old Jay Yim, who is listed in good condition at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and expected to make a full...

Cottle

R.J. Cottle and "Tank", Christmas Day

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LAPD Motor Officer Joshua Sewell cut his vacation short to volunteer at the recent Los Angeles Marathon. It’s a good thing he did. Just ask 21-year-old Jay Yim, who is listed in good condition at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and expected to make a full...

While we have never been shy about speaking out against decisions of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that we don’t agree with, we...

Normally, we wouldn’t take note of an East Coast governor flying across the country to raise money in California, but we think it’s important to call attention to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who is visiting Los Angeles for fundraising events tonight and...

(Photo: Angelo P./Vallejo Independent Bulletin)

Vallejo is a city of 116,760 residents in the San Francisco Bay Area. About two years ago, the city opted to declare bankruptcy,...

We are greatly encouraged that the California Supreme Court has agreed to review the Second District Court of Appeals’ outrageous decision to overturn the 10-year-old law barring those convicted of certain violent felonies from possessing body armor. As we said...

Over the last few days, a number of politicians have proposed the elimination of defined benefit pensions for new government employees and have forced them into 401K-style retirement plans. In addition, these politicians have proposed increasing all current...

In December, a California appellate court ruled that the 10-year-old law banning possession of body armor by anyone with a violent felony...

The city budget crisis is commanding a lot of attention in the media, as well it should. Countless news stories, commentaries and editorials have been written and broadcast locally and even nationally. One of the...


Officer Daniel Pratt
EOW: September 3, 1988

On the night of Sept....

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced plans to use deputies to track parolees released from state prisons.

While we thank Sheriff Lee Baca, we agree with Supervisor Michael Antonovich who said that Los Angeles County will be “...

macdonnell

Long Beach officials made an excellent decision when they chose Jim McDonnell as their city’s 25th Chief of Police. This is...

Last week, all of us in the law enforcement profession cheered when it was revealed in court that a videotape, presented as evidence by a gang member through his attorney, was fabricated to smear the good names of two honest police officers. The bogus tape...

Nearly 6,000 inmates are predicted to head to LA County under the state's early release program, which began on January 25. (Photo: National Geographic Channel)

Only one week into California’s inmate early release program, our greatest...

Financial Disclosure Form

The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) fought vigorously to prevent the onerous financial disclosure requirements...

The City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee is beginning a series of Monday-night meetings this week to discuss the city budget and what its priorities should be. The first meeting is tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Van Nuys City Hall.

Ironically, today is...

There’s another parole hearing coming up next week that has our full attention.


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Officer James Pagliotti
EOW: June 22, 1987

On June 22, 1987,...

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco wasted little time before giving us its first curious – if not outrageous – decision of 2010.

After closing out 2009 with its controversial Taser decision (see our blog post of December 30 below),...

For our final blog posting of 2009, we would be remiss if we did not recognize and congratulate the members of the LAPPL for their significant contributions in the reduction in L.A. crime rates. Thanks to their dedication and professionalism, LA is a safer city...

Stun guns like this Taser X26 are supported by law enforcement. (Photo: Herb Swanson / AP)

On the heels of an...


On February 28, 1997, Emil Matasareanu (left) and Larry Phillips Jr. (right) robbed...

California is being especially hard hit by cuts to an important federal program that reimburses state and local governments for the cost of jailing criminal illegal immigrants. The annual appropriations bill recently agreed to by the U.S. House and...


(Photo: LA Times)

When LAPD officer responded to a call in...

Officers move into position to stand watch at the caskets of four slain Lakewood police officers before the December 8th memorial service at the Tacoma Dome. (Photo: Seattle Times)

...

The four slain officers, from left: Greg Richards, Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and...

Chief Beck recently presented the first LAPD Purple Heart, launching an important new tradition for the Department.

The Purple Heart was presented to Margie Gillen, the widow of Commander Paul Gillen, who was killed in a 1974 Department helicopter crash...

The state has submitted a new plan to reduce the prison population in an effort to satisfy a judicial panel even as it attempts to block the panel’s decision by appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The latest plan will require the three federal judges...

One of the pitfalls of breaking news on the Internet and 24/7 news channels is that media organizations feel pressured to post or broadcast stories very quickly – sometimes before thorough fact checking and reflective editing. In the highly competitive Los...

Beck

We are pleased to see Chief Beck’s confirmation process going smoothly at City Hall. We expect a unanimous confirmation vote by the Council on...

We are pleased that Chief-selectee Charlie Beck has not wasted any time in articulating that he is his own person – and not a clone of...

Charles Beck

This is a significant day in the history of our city and our department.

On behalf of the 9,900 dedicated men and women...

When Chief Bratton boards a New York-bound plane at LAX on Sunday morning to begin his new career as a private security consultant, he leaves behind three men who are on the short list of finalists being considered as his replacement.

By then, Mayor...

As the Police Commission continues to interview candidates for Chief of Police, speculation swirls over who will replace Chief William Bratton.

The League is confident it can work with all the candidates. The process continues until the...

The Los Angeles Times newsroom has been hit hard with layoffs. That may explain why the editorial writers are apparently clueless about a 2006 court decision favoring LAPPL’s strong stand in support of police officer privacy. (Copley Press v....

We were still reeling from the discovery of highly sensitive records carelessly stored in a back hallway at the Northeast Police Station when we learned of an even more serious breach at the Southwest Division.

Incredibly, the material “stored” in...

Most recent example of unsecured document storage. This photo is from LAPD's Northeast Station.

A very disturbing photo was recently sent to the LAPPL showing stacks of document boxes in the...

Bratton

Months ago, we congratulated Bill Bratton on his six-year run as chief of police and wished him well. We hate to rain on his parade as...

TAXES

Attention all League members and, for that matter, everyone earning wages in California: A tax change passed by lawmakers in July as part of...

After being charged with conspiracy and perjury for allegedly lying under oath during a drug possession trial in 2008, three LAPD officers have agreed to appear later this week for arraignment.

It happens rarely, but is always painful when a police...

Polanski

The LAPPL Board, which represents 9,900 officers who have dedicated their careers to law enforcement, is grateful to District Attorney...

While reviewing today’s news stories, we were surprised to see a Daily News article in which several city officials commented that the contract negotiations are very close to being completed. City Council President Eric Garcetti was quoted as saying, “I am...

Last Friday was supposed to be a hard deadline for the City Council to resolve the City budget crisis. It was also supposed to be a hard deadline for Governor Schwarzenegger to submit a definitive plan to federal judges to reduce state prison overcrowding. No...

Police officers from the 77th Street Division look over a crime scene after a shooting near the corner of Western Avenue and Century Boulevard, near the two gangs' territories. (Michael Robinson Chavez /...

In response to a Los Angeles Times Editorial on September 15, 2009 regarding the furlough of police officers (read below), LAPPL President Paul M. Weber has submitted the following response to the LA Times:

September 15, 2009

...

On Friday, the League issued an important alert to its membership due to fast-moving developments relating to the MOU negotiations and the city budget crisis.

Triggering the Membership Alert was action by the City Executive Employee Relations Committee (...

On Friday, Sept. 11, most of us will pause and reflect in our own ways on the 8th anniversary of 9/11. None of us will ever forget where we were and what we were doing when we first became aware that our nation was under attack on American soil.

At 8:46...

REUTERS/Kimberly White

On Monday, California lawmakers debated a very controversial prison reform plan proposed by the Governor that would have cut $1.2 billion in prison funding and...

There’s encouraging news today from our legislative team in Sacramento.

When the California Assembly takes up the prison bill again next Monday, it won’t include a proposal for a sentencing commission sought by Senate Democrats and Governor...

While California legislators keep trying to find a consensus on a controversial proposal that could release inmates from state prisons, the LAPPL continues to take the lead in pressing lawmakers to find other ways to achieve $1.2 billion in savings without...

LAPD Chief William J. Bratton listens as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa discusses Bratton's resignation. At right is John Mack, head of the Police Commission. (Brian Vanderbrug / Los Angeles Times / August 5,...

“Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to see is real. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.”

So began every episode of the highly popular, class TV police drama “Dragnet,” which premiered in 1952 and ran until 1970. The show is...

If we needed another example of how slow and antiquated the City of Los Angeles’ computer system is, we got it shortly after Michael Jackson died....

A three-judge federal panel* announced a decision on Tuesday imposing a cap on the prison population that will force the state to release nearly 43,000 prisoners over the next two years.

The specter of 27,000 prisoners being released early for budget...

On Monday, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu dismissed a lawsuit filed by the mother of a toddler accidentally killed during a 2005 SWAT standoff with the child’s father. While no one disputes that the situation was a horrible tragedy, the ruling...

The LAPD is going all out to support the 26th Annual National Night Out (NNO) program with the wholehearted support of the LAPPL.  A total of 47...

Below is a story from the July 30th edition of the Fresno Bee. The story highlights the latest failure of the Parole Violation Decision Making Instruments (PVDMI) currently being implemented by the Schwarzenegger’s Department of Corrections. The PVDMI system is...

REUTERS/Jeff ToppingMuslims and members of Interfaith Groups gather for a congregational prayer service and rally in a park opposite US Airways headquarters in Tempe, Ariz., on Dec. 1, 2006, following the...

This is an unfortunate and horribly tragic example of why the LAPPL has vehemently opposed the early release of prisoners and minimizing the...

When Sgt. Crowley of the Cambridge Police Department responded to the broadcast of a “possible break-in in progress,” I’m sure he was simply trying to do his job – protect and serve his community, as all of us in law enforcement sign up to do. Assigned to an...

Donning and doffing cases are one of the hottest topics between public agenciesand public safety labor organizations. In law enforcement, donning refers to thetime it takes a police officer to put on his uniform and safety equipment. Doffingis the time required...

For the past 2 ½ months, the League has been warning of the dire consequences of early releases of inmates from state prisons. There have been multiple membership alerts, press releases and other communications. We have implored lawmakers to look elsewhere for...

Crime down

The substantial benefits of a robust police department can be clearly seen in the mid-year crime statistics released today.

...

crash

For the second straight year, traffic incidents in the U.S. make up a clear majority of officer deaths. It’s a solemn reminder of how...

stree

All of us in law enforcement understand why police work is inherently stressful. The constant risk of confrontations with suspects and...

In his second inaugural speech last week, Mayor Villaraigosa outlined his five goals for Los Angeles:

  • Job creation;
  • Put L.A. on a path to permanently break our dependence on coal;
  • Build a sustainable future;
  • Keep L.A. on track...
  • One of the bills pending in Sacramento to address the state’s $24 billion budget deficit begs close attention by those of us in law enforcement and public safety. ABX3 10, which would reduce the amount of general fund money directed towards public safety by $...

    Happy 4th of July

    As our nation prepares to celebrate our 233rd Independence Day, we pause to reflect on the origin of the holiday, and the liberty that it symbolizes.

    ...

    The LAPPL is relieved at the outcome of the recent Board of Rights hearings, and that no officers will be unjustly fired for their actions at the May Day 2007 MacArthur Park gathering.

    In the wake of the May Day events, we immediately said there should...

    jail release

    Gov. Schwarzenegger got an interesting offer Monday from Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. But the California budget crisis may...

    From the moment the 9-1-1 call came in at 12:21 p.m. on Thursday, LAPD officers have been front and center in the breaking news story of Michael Jackson’s death. LAPD officers have received continuous and worldwide positive attention in their response and on-...

    We don’t always see eye-to-eye with the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board, but this week we wholeheartedly agree with a Times Editorial applauding Mayor Villaraigosa’s decision to stick with Los Angeles and forego a run for governor.

    The League...

    Voter approval of LAPD is stronger than at any point in the last two decades, according to a Los Angeles Times poll of 1,500 registered voters in Los Angeles.

    ...

    The League this month conducted its own survey as part of our Public Safety First campaign. Launched June 6, the campaign began with an initial email sent to 400,000 registered voters. Voters who responded to our first email were invited to participate in our...

    If you haven’t already done so, please go to the League’s website and sign the online petition...

    The League’s political savvy and clout got put to a test this week when the Lakers won their 15th NBA championship. Your board became concerned when we heard talk at City Hall that the city foot the bill for city services relating to a parade and rally. As the...

    Automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents and officers being struck by other vehicles all represent significant dangers for peace...

    Welcome to the official blog of the LAPPL. Your League Directors will be posting various items here and invite everyone to join the discussion (think of this as a never-...

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