Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles Police Department’
Many within the city of Los Angeles barely bat an eye when they hear an LAPD helicopter flying throughout their neighborhoods; some are being used to track down criminal suspects while others are being adapted for more creative missions.
The Los Angeles Police Department has long been using statistics and technology to help determine where the city’s crime hot-spots might be; helicopter pilots are now being directed to start to fly over those areas when they’re not working on other things.
If a police presence is visible in the air, they said, criminals may think twice about performing illegal acts.
Big brother is watching
Others say they feel this type of random surveillance intrudes Read more »
It’s no great secret that street racing has taken countless lives throughout the years, not only of participating drivers, but of numerous unsuspecting citizens who find themselves in the wrong place at the right time.
And that’s exactly what happened to one woman’s father and elderly grandmother as they were on their way home one fateful night. Two street racers blew through a stop sign, she said, and slammed full speed into the side of their vehicle.
Her father sustained serious injuries but her grandmother didn’t make it.
The iconic former LAPD headquarters has been nominated by the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission to receive an official historic landmark designation.
The building was first constructed in 1955 but was shuttered in October 2009. Since that time, the Bureau of Engineering has been considering several different plans for the structure including partial demolition, total demolition and rehabilitation, which would allow the former HQ to be transformed into city office space.
The city has confirmed they are Read more »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
In the past 12 months, officers have saved an abused donkey, rescued a kitten that was running through traffic and even helped Read more »
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.
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 »
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 »