Law Enforcement “Increasingly Concerned” Over Police Tracker App

Written by Bail Expert on January 28, 2015 – 5:23 am -

Police and sheriff’s departments throughout the US say they’re growing increasingly concerned that one of Google Inc.’s mobile traffic apps, saying it doubles as a stalking app for those who want to hurt law enforcement members.

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The app is called Waze, and at first glance it’s a way for users to merge social networking with GPS navigation.  People can use it to check for traffic alerts, find out where construction zones are and can also report where police have been spotted.

Waze doesn’t tell users if police are visible or not, or if Read more »

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Inspector General Report Spurs Update To LAPD Website

Written by Bail Expert on January 27, 2015 – 5:26 am -

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of force reports on its website but recent findings by the inspector general for the LASD found the practice is quite outdated.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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Differing Views On LAPD Policing Strategies

Written by Bail Expert on January 22, 2015 – 5:17 am -

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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LAPD Finds Way To Start Winning Against Gangs

Written by Bail Expert on January 12, 2015 – 5:57 am -

The Los Angeles Police Department has admitted that while their battle against gang activity is ongoing they have found ways to taper the most critical issues, and they’re calling that a win.

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Gang violence throughout the city’s streets has hit a 30 year-low and some say the difference is like “night and day” compared to where things used to be.

The turnaround, they said, may be largely due to Read more »

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Animal Rescue Now A Top Priority For The LAPD

Written by Bail Expert on December 22, 2013 – 5:36 am -

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department have long worked to protect and serve residents of the city, but they’ve recently expanded those efforts to include their fuzzy, four-legged companions.

The LAPD envisions the City of Angels as becoming more compassionate, and in order to achieve that, they are making sure that all those who live within its borders, including pets, are kept safe from harm.

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In the past 12 months, officers have saved an abused donkey, rescued a kitten that was running through traffic and even helped Read more »

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Inmate Realignment Expected To Cost The LAPD $18 Million

Written by Bail Expert on August 21, 2013 – 5:56 am -

California’s controversial inmate realignment program, which is transferring non-violent, non-serious, non-sexual offenders from state prisoners to the county level, is projected to cost the LAPD about $18 million dollars in the upcoming fiscal year.

Sources within the department say this is due to their needing to shift people from patrol duties and reassigning them to keep an eye on ex-convicts.  More than 160 officers have be reassigned since the realignment was implemented in Oct. 2011.

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Prior to that, state parole officers were responsible for monitoring ex-convicts who had been released from prison.  Now, that responsibility has fallen to the local level.  The City’s Public Safety Committee estimates that $18 million will be needed to Read more »

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LAPD Reports Drop In Crime

Written by Bail Expert on April 9, 2013 – 6:59 am -

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department has reported the city has experienced a marked drop in crime.  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said statistics like these are why the next mayor and freshman class of the city council need to keep LAPD hiring and retention a top priority.

There are two main contenders in the current mayoral race.  Neither candidate has presented a clear plan as to how to keep departmental staffing at current levels.  Villaraigosa has long supported hiring efforts that keep the force at 10,000 officers.  Others have said they’d like to do even better than that, and have said adding 2,000 more could be beneficial.

The current mayor believes that Los Angeles is among the nation’s most under-policed large-sized cities.  Keeping the LAPD fully staffed needs to be a priority in order to involve a spike in crime.

Chief Charlie Beck has confirmed that crime rates have fallen across all categories since Read more »

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Suspected Kidnapper Named By LAPD

Written by Bail Expert on April 2, 2013 – 7:29 am -

Members of the  Los Angeles Police Department have named a 30-year old as the suspected kidnapper of a 10 year-old girl.  The victim was abducted about a week ago and was found in Woodland Hills shortly thereafter.

The suspect is believed to be Tobias Summers.   Summers was named as a person of interest by LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese during a press conference last weekend.  Police officials say the suspect is a long-time criminal with a record that dates back nearly 11 years.  Jail officials have confirmed that his most recent sentence was ended early due to overcrowded conditions brought on by the state’s prisoner realignment.    He is described as being approximately 6 feet tall.  A recent photo shows he has blonde hair and blue eyes.    Police have said he is not a convicted sex offender.

LAPD officials are asking Read more »

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LAPD To Begin Accepting Police Reports Online

Written by Bail Expert on March 23, 2013 – 7:59 am -

The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously approved a measure that will require the LAPD begin accepting online police reports.  In order to implement the order the department will need to develop a system which will enable residents to report minor incidents via the Internet.

It has long been said the LAPD needs to modernize their website.  At the current time it offers an abundance of information such as crime mapping, how to submit anonymous tips and other points relating to safety.  The one thing it reportedly lacks is the ability to fill out online incident reports. Proponents of the plan point out that changing that will potentially save millions of dollars.  The single largest administrative task for department members involves taking calls from residents who need to file reports.  This could potentially mean the LAPD may be able to better allocate internal resources to other important tasks.  It will also streamline the process for the public.

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LAPD Adds Tractor To Its Fleet

Written by Bail Expert on February 1, 2013 – 5:03 am -

The Los Angeles Police Department has said they will use a recent $30,000 donation to add a tractor to its vehicle fleet.  The tractor will be an odd addition to the department’s current vehicular inventory which includes patrol cars, boats, helicopters, mobile command trucks and motorcycles.

Some might consider the addition of a piece of farm equipment to be an unusual selection for the LAPD.  A spokesperson for the department points out the tractor will not be used to patrol city streets.  It will instead be utilized to maintain topsoil on the two acre area in which LAPD Mounted Platoon horses are trained.

At the current time the department has about 30 horses that reside in an area just east of Griffith Park and Interstate 5.

Lt. Tony Lomedico said the tractor is needed to Read more »

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