Inspector General Report Spurs Update To LAPD Website

January 27, 2015

The Los Angeles Police Department may have a history of posting quarterly discipline and annual use of force reports on its website but recent findings by the inspector general for the LASD found the practice is quite outdated.

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The LAPD hasn’t posted a single quarterly discipline report since 2012, he wrote, and the only annual use of force reports on the website date back to 2009 and 2010.  Many have alleged it’s hard for the department to claim transparency if this type of information isn’t accessible to the public.

A spokesperson for the LAPD says Read more »

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San Jose Jail Pushes For New, $70 Million Tower

January 26, 2015

Some Santa Clara County officials are pushing for  plan that, if approved, would build a 10-story $70 million jail tower expansion at the current West Hedding Street complex.

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Others say the project is just too expensive to consider, especially since staffing the new facility would cost about $11 million each year.

Those in favor say “aye”

It all comes down to bed space, according to those close to the project.  Santa Clara County Jails have been dealing with Read more »

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Red Tape Causes Indio Jail Construction To Fall Behind Schedule

January 23, 2015

Although many within the Riverside County Jails were hopeful to have an additional 1,600 beds available at the East County Detention Center much sooner than later, it’s now believed the new facility won’t be ready until the end of 2017.

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The delays have been at the state level, according to sources, and the complex-nature of the design required some additional internal changes.

Part of this relates to the project needing a final sign-off from the fire marshal’s office; unless that signature is received, the CA Department of Finance won’t Read more »

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Differing Views On LAPD Policing Strategies

January 22, 2015

The Los Angeles Police Department has gained a lot of ground since 1991, when videotape footage of the Rodney King beating were being broadcast on news stations throughout the US.

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Today, most people would say things have changed for the better.

Two brothers who were born and raised in the area have mixed views. The first said he was Read more »

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How To Make The Bail Bonds Process As Painless As Possible

January 21, 2015

Finding out that someone you care about has been arrested and taken to jail can be one of the most earth shattering experiences you’ll ever endure.

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Many people have never been in a position where they’ve needed to hire a bondsman before.  One recent client described it as feeling like he was a sudden, unwilling participant in a reality television show.

Yet if you take a few moments to breathe and gather your thoughts before you begin calling around to hire a bondsman, there are ways to make sure the process can be Read more »

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New Legislation Proposed To Close Prop. 47 Gun Theft Loophole

January 20, 2015

In Nov. 2014, California voters cast their ballots in favor of Proposition 47, a ballot initiative that reduced certain types of felony crimes to misdemeanor offenses.

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Part of that relates to changes in the grand theft law.  In the past, defendants were charged with felonious theft if they were accused of stealing an item valued at $450 or over; today that threshold has been raised to $950.

Fast forward to today, when any criminal who steals a firearm that’s valued at $950 or less will Read more »

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Honoring MLK

January 19, 2015

Celebrating the man

Each year, people from all over the United States remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a man who helped bring healing, hope and a vision of peace to Americans.

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The well-known pastor taught the value of compassion, humility, truth and courage, and the need for racial equality and justice.

His devotion to the civil rights movement helped shape the future of our nation, and his “I Have a Dream” speech continues to be among the Read more »

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Man Uses Pressure Washing Truck To Flee Santa Monica PD

January 16, 2015

It was the best of crimes, it was the worst of crimes…

A spokesperson for the Santa Monica Police Department has confirmed that a 67 year-old man who led officers on a car-chase through the city- in a stolen pressure washing vehicle of all things, has been arrested and taken into custody.

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Dispatch officials said the incident began when they receive a call about a vehicle theft.  The suspect hadn’t made off with your run-of-the-mill car, however, he made off with a Read more »

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Policing the San Diego Police Department

January 15, 2015

The San Diego Police Department has been plagued with scandal over the past several years.

Not only have there been numerous allegations of officer sexual misconduct, married SDPD officers recently pled guilty to selling illegal drugs.

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Grass roots groups throughout the city have started to organize protests; some are part of national groups that are calling for an end to racial profiling, others say they want to see an end to militarization of law enforcement agencies.  They say they’d like to see a Read more »

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Riverside Approves Spending To Hire Sheriffs; Reduce Jail Overcrowding

January 14, 2015

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors has approved a $28.32 million budget item for the current fiscal year; those funds will be used to fill 13 sheriff’s department positions and to fund programs geared toward reducing inmate overcrowding at the Riverside County detention centers, including the Robert Presley Jail.

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The sheriff’s department positions will include a correctional lieutenant, three jail assistants, two corrections agency sergeants and two corrections agency deputies.  Four deputy sheriffs and one unassigned sergeant will also be brought on.

The money to fund the new-hires and the recidivism reduction programs was Read more »

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