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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

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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...

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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...

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