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October 29, 1991 | DEBORAH SCHOCH
A Los Angeles police captain who has earned praise for his community outreach techniques Monday was named the new chief of the troubled Torrance Police Department. Capt. Joseph C. De Ladurantey, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division, will assume his new post Dec. 1. He will take over a department that has been bruised by a series of multimillion-dollar lawsuits and by public criticism. De Ladurantey will replace 21-year chief Donald E.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1991 | DEBORAH SCHOCH
A Los Angeles police captain who has earned praise for his community outreach techniques Monday was named the new chief of the troubled Torrance Police Department. Capt. Joseph C. De Ladurantey, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor Division, will assume his new post Dec. 1. He will take over a department that has been bruised by a series of multimillion-dollar lawsuits and by public criticism. De Ladurantey will replace 21-year chief Donald E.
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May 14, 1993 | ANTHONY MILLICAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Torrance residents, left jittery by a series of high-profile killings, had cause to relax a bit this week with the capture of an Oregon man in a brutal home invasion and slaying of a local data processor. The arrest of Randy Eugene Garcia, 22, in Oregon seemed to allay some of the fear that has swept parts of Torrance since the killing of Joseph Raymond Finzel last weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1991
A 19-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department has been named to head its Harbor Division. Capt. Timothy King, 41, a Lomita resident, will succeed Capt. Joseph C. De Ladurantey, who was recently named Torrance police chief. King, who holds a bachelor's degree from Cal State Long Beach and a master's from Cal State Los Angeles, has been a Harbor Division patrol commander and chief investigator of the department's International Affairs Division.
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August 26, 1995
A Torrance police officer was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot an intoxicated and armed man in his home in December, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office has ruled. Officer James Barr "was reasonable and justified in shooting [Jose Richardo Campa-Frias]," Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti said in an Aug. 9 letter to Torrance Police Chief Joseph. C. De Ladurantey, despite lingering questions over whether police had identified themselves.
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December 20, 1991 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call it a little Christmas gift, compliments of the Torrance Police Department. In the spirit of the season, police say they may be a bit more lenient with drivers over the holiday period. For example, if a driver commits a minor traffic infraction, such as failing to come to a complete halt at a stop sign, he or she would still be waved over by police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1995
On Aug. 26 The Times published a brief synopsis of the Los Angeles County district attorney's investigation into the fatal shooting of an intoxicated and armed man by a Torrance police officer. The article did not do justice to the circumstances surrounding the incident, nor did it accurately reflect the overall tone of the district attorney's investigation. Permit me to clarify the items at issue. You accurately reported that we responded to several 911 calls regarding gunfire and a possible burglary in progress.
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June 24, 1993 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite painfully lean economic times, Torrance has decided to hire eight new police officers and a sergeant to boost security in the South Bay's largest city. City officials say the allocation, included in the 1993-94 city budget approved unanimously Tuesday by the City Council, reflects the importance Torrance places on public safety. "We're living in a more violent society. The need for security is more important than ever," Mayor Katy Geissert said.
OPINION
January 29, 1995
Re "U.S. Probes Allegations of Racism by Torrance Police," Jan. 16: We believe this justifiably requires a response. This article would lead readers to believe that the Torrance Police Department is out of control. It is not representative of the community service provided by the department. Responsible journalism dictates that we provide facts which substantiate that the Torrance Police Department is clearly "making a difference." A high level of service to the community is provided along with a degree of professionalism which is clearly not evidenced in this article.
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April 9, 1993 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Torrance police have offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot to death a Del Amo Fashion Center arcade employee during a robbery last month. Police also may step up patrols at the mall, but Chief Joseph C. De Ladurantey denied Wednesday that the possible move is in response to the March 7 murder of Michael Ellis, 21, a Long Beach resident.
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April 15, 1993 | ANTHONY MILLICAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An unemployed construction worker has filed complaints with the Torrance Police Department and the city, alleging that a police officer stole $1,400 from him when he was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness on April Fool's Day. Frank S. Boyer, 25, of Torrance, filed the complaints last week after police released him from custody. No charges were filed. Boyer said he had the money with him that day because he had just cashed state and federal income tax refund checks.
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