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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...

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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...

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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 “...

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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...

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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)...

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...


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When LAPD officer responded to a call...

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)

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