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October 23, 1988 | STEPHANIE O'NEILL, Times Staff Writer
For two years, Sgt. Mike Messina drove one of the hottest police cars anywhere. After his Brea Police Department seized a new red Corvette from a Colombian cocaine trafficker in 1984, Messina used it to cruise Southern California while posing as a high-rolling drug dealer. The car helped Messina and a partner make dozens of drug busts as far away as Santa Barbara, resulting in substantial seizures of cash and property. "Everybody thought it was a cool car," Messina said. "It was great for me."
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October 20, 1999 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bruce Shepherd patrols the streets of West Covina on Mondays with an eye for the suspicious, the illegal, the alarming and the just-not-right. Wednesdays, his wife, Julie, takes the proverbial baton. If they're lucky, they may help save a life or catch a felon. If they're unlucky, they drive to Los Angeles' Twin Towers Jail to pick up urine samples. The Shepherds, 69 and 66 respectively, are part of West Covina's Seniors Helping Our Police--or SHOP--program.
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April 4, 1997 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAF WRITER
Hollywood has run out of film. So has Rampart, West Valley and Southwest. After a splashy preview last June, the Los Angeles Police Department's fleet of Polaroid cameras has become a victim of its own success. The state-of-the-art cameras, originally bought to assist in domestic abuse cases, are so popular the LAPD has run out of the costly color film.
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September 11, 1999 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he attempts to make good on his lengthy list of campaign promises, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is spending money at a rate that could put his department $21 million in the hole by the end of the fiscal year, county and department officials said Friday. Baca--who is asking the Board of Supervisors for additional funds--has been warned by county fiscal experts to either curtail his spending within 30 days or face a departmentwide hiring freeze.
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January 7, 1992 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you get stopped at a Los Angeles County sheriff's sobriety checkpoint, chances are it will be because Jan Nichols is still grieving for her daughter. Nichols was a department store manager "living a nice, quiet life" in 1981 when a drag-racing drunk driver smashed into a carload of Bellflower High cheerleaders, fatally injuring 16-year-old Regina, an honors student who dreamed of going to law school and becoming a judge.
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September 11, 1999 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he attempts to make good on his lengthy list of campaign promises, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is spending money at a rate that could put his department $21 million in the hole by the end of the fiscal year, county and department officials said Friday. Baca--who is asking the Board of Supervisors for additional funds--has been warned by county fiscal experts to either curtail his spending within 30 days or face a departmentwide hiring freeze.
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April 4, 1997
Hollywood has run out of film. So has Rampart, West Valley and Southwest. After a splashy premiere last June, the Los Angeles Police Department's Polaroid cameras have become a victim of their own success. The cameras, bought to assist in domestic abuse cases, are so popular that the LAPD has run out of the costly color film.
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April 17, 1997 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Richard Riordan--overwhelmingly supported by San Fernando Valley voters in his April 8 reelection bid--will propose an annual budget Friday that would give the Valley a new firehouse and police station. The fire station, representing the only new one in the city, would house 12 new firefighters and two paramedics in Panorama City, where the Fire Department response time has been slow because existing personnel can't keep up with the number of calls.
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January 24, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
The city is seeking applicants for a new committee that will help decide how to spend state and federal funding on local police efforts. Upcoming tasks for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Committee include advising the City Council how to distribute $97,491 in federal funds and $237,582 in state monies. The council makes all final decisions on how to spend the money.
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February 16, 1996 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County Marshal Michael S. Carona is challenging Sheriff Brad Gates to a political shootout over the county's distribution of millions of dollars in tax funds earmarked for law enforcement. Carona, who generally keeps a low profile, is asking the county to give his agency $2.2 million of the more than $149 million expected to be channeled into the county next year under Proposition 172, a sales tax that raises money for law enforcement.
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March 31, 1998 | JIM NEWTON and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Four years after launching the largest police buildup in Los Angeles history, the Riordan administration is confronted with a fast-approaching cutback in the federal money that paid for hundreds of new officers. The mayor's staff, however, has shrugged off warnings about the scheduled cutoff, unnerving other city leaders.
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November 5, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
Flush with nearly $300,000 from a state grant to improve law enforcement, the Police Department will hire several specialists, including a full-time gunsmith. The windfall comes from the Legislature's Citizens' Option for Public Safety programs, which are giving $100 million to police and sheriff's departments across the state. The law mandates that the funds be used to supplement front-line law enforcement, according to department officials.
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October 25, 1997 | FRANK MESSINA
State police grant funds will be used to hire another motorcycle officer under a proposal approved unanimously this week by the City Council. The city will receive $129,000 this year from the Citizens Option for Public Safety program, which goes to police agencies across California. Sheriff's Lt. Joe Davis, who is in charge of Laguna Niguel police services, recommended the city add a motorcycle officer at a cost of $113,000 to enhance traffic enforcement.
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September 7, 1997 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Within the cramped, dingy walls of one of the Los Angeles Police Department's oldest stations, police work of tomorrow is being tested today. Officers tap into seemingly limitless confidential databases worldwide to help pinpoint a suspect's whereabouts. They snap high-tech digital cameras to create all-points bulletins minutes after a crime. No longer do they toil for hours writing or typing reports--instead, they dictate them instantaneously into powerful computers.
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July 31, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson's new state budget plan would reduce funding to Orange County law enforcement agencies and jeopardize a critically needed dredging of Upper Newport Bay, county officials said Wednesday. County government alone would lose more than $9 million under the governor's budget, including $2.4 million that the Probation Department uses to help operate its three camps for juvenile delinquents. The Sheriff's Department and district attorney's office together would lose about $2.5 million.
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July 16, 1997 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Abandoning their hands-off attitude toward spending practices at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, county supervisors on Tuesday ordered tough new safeguards to rein in fiscal abuses at the department in the wake of a searing county audit.
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April 16, 1996 | JEAN MERL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan this week will unveil a proposal to add $57 million to the Police Department's budget, including $3 million for the embattled crime lab, a top aide said. In addition, the mayor plans to bring up proposals to improve neighborhoods. These and other matters were scheduled to be included in Riordan's state of the city speech today and his 1996-97 budget proposal, to be released Friday. This year's state of the city speech--to be delivered at 9 a.m.
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March 27, 1996 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County supervisors voted narrowly Tuesday to continue giving the Sheriff's Department the lion's share of millions raised each year from a special sales tax for law enforcement. The 3-2 vote made the policy permanent, despite objections from Supervisor Marian Bergeson who argued that future boards will not have the flexibility to use the funds where they are needed.
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July 9, 1997 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The county's top fiscal watchdog issued a scathing critique of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, saying it routinely ignores controls on personnel costs and overtime, fails to seek competitive bids for contracts and services and misleads the Board of Supervisors and other officials.
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April 17, 1997 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Richard Riordan--overwhelmingly supported by San Fernando Valley voters in his April 8 reelection bid--will propose an annual budget Friday that would give the Valley a new firehouse and police station. The fire station, representing the only new one in the city, would house 12 new firefighters and two paramedics in Panorama City, where the Fire Department response time has been slow because existing personnel can't keep up with the number of calls.
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