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March 9, 1986
I read with surprise Chauncey Alexander's letter (March 2) about my remarks in Huntington Beach two weeks ago. He suggests my topic, Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird, was inappropriate. I was asked to talk about law enforcement issues, and if he does not think the election of the chief justice is a law enforcement issue, we are certainly reading different newspapers. There is an unfortunate tendency evident among Rose Bird's defenders: name calling. So far, her supporters have called her opponents John Birchers, McCarthyites, right-wingers and a number of other inflammatory names.
December 1, 1996
About your Nov. 20 editorial, "Only Law Enforcement Unity Can Meet Gang's Threat": More than four years ago, the Orange County Chiefs' and Sheriff's Assn. established the County-Wide Gang Strategy Steering Committee to inform and coordinate anti-gang activities throughout Orange County. All 22 law enforcement agencies in Orange County participate in this cooperative effort. The members of the steering committee include chiefs of police James Cook (Westminster), Randy Gaston (Anaheim)
March 18, 2001
Re "County Chief Fights the Law and the Law Usually Wins," March 4. The argument of Sheriff Bob Brooks and Dist. Atty. Michael Bradbury regarding funding for their departments, carried to its logical conclusion, simply calls for the elimination of all other county government functions. Why should any money be wasted on less essential operations when it could all go for the only vital purposes of policing and prosecuting? County government would be the essence of simplicity and economy.
May 26, 2000
The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is snarled in the biggest criminal investigation of its own deputies and civilian staffers since a narcotics unit scandal in the late 1980s. Both deputies and civilian employees are alleged to have participated in credit card fraud, and at least two are also suspected of selling drugs to jail inmates. The allegations, coming on the heels of the L.A. Police Department probe, are another sharp blow to the region's public confidence in law enforcement.
April 9, 2010 | By Clement Tan
The Department of Transportation on Thursday stepped up its campaign against distracted driving, announcing its first pilot program to study whether increased law enforcement would reduce distracted driving in two East Coast cities. "Law enforcement will be out on the roads in Syracuse, N.Y., and Hartford, Conn., with one simple message," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. "If a driver is caught with a cellphone in one hand, they'll end up with a ticket in the other."
November 1, 2010 | By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
When he signed the ballot argument for Proposition 19, Joseph D. McNamara, a retired San Jose police chief, didn't really know what he was getting himself into. Now, as the campaign hurtles toward election day, McNamara has become the public face of the initiative that would legalize marijuana. "Let's be honest," the unsmiling ex-cop, wearing a neatly knotted tie, a dark suit coat and an American flag lapel pin, intones in a television ad. "The war against marijuana has failed. " McNamara, whose stern visage also appears in newspaper ads, urges voters to join him and many others in law enforcement.
January 11, 2010 | By Dan Weikel and Rich Connell
Inside the Washington Beltway, Erroll G. Southers, the assistant chief of airport police in Los Angeles, is mired in controversy over whether he should head the federal agency that helps protect airline passengers from terrorist attacks. In the last week, a band of Republican congressmen has dogged his nomination with questions about a reprimand he received 22 years ago as an FBI agent and whether he is qualified to oversee the Transportation Security Administration, a massive department with 45,000 screeners at 450 airports nationwide.
August 7, 1997 | (Dow Jones)
Printrak International Inc. said it was selected by an alliance of law enforcement agencies in three New England states to supply and manage an automated fingerprint identification system valued at $2.7 million. The system involving Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont is scheduled to begin operating by the end of the year.
November 22, 2010 | By Sunil Dutta
I was accused of racial profiling on the first traffic stop I made as a rookie LAPD officer in 1998. I had spotted a reckless driver speeding through the streets of Van Nuys in a large pickup truck, so I flipped on my lights and took up the chase. The driver eventually pulled over, but as I walked up to his car, he began shouting at me, accusing me of having stopped him because he was black. I could not sleep that night. A liberal academic before becoming a police officer, I had joined the Los Angeles Police Department hoping to make a difference.
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