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August 14, 1994 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
The tip came on Halloween: Tensions were running hot between two gangs in the Adams district, and there might be a drive-by shooting that night. Undercover officers David Rosenberg and Donald Williams, with trash from their fast-food dinner still strewn in the back of their Oldsmobile, were cruising Hoover Street when they saw two carloads of teen-agers trading gang signals. With youngsters trick-or-treating nearby, the officers worried that the trouble might escalate.
February 27, 2013 | Patt Morrison
In the three-plus years since Charlie Beck put on the chief's badge at the LAPD, his goal has been to consolidate a modern, multiethnic, publicly responsible 10,000-officer department, as envisioned in the rattling reforms of 15 and 20 years ago. The chief's recent trial by fire was about one ex-probationary cop named Christopher Dorner and the manhunt that ended in Dorner's death, consumed millions in law enforcement dollars and ate up, for the moment...
August 2, 1990
These Los Angeles Police Department figures show the number of reported crimes by precinct from Jan. 1 through June. 30.
September 17, 2012 | Jim Newton
Back in the early 1990s, when the Los Angeles Police Department was the source of much fear and brutality, about 1% of its arrests involved the use of some force, from a firm grip to a gunshot. Over the last two years, during a period when the LAPD has been justifiably lauded as a restrained and professional agency, about 1% of arrests involved the use of force. That remarkable constancy is true despite wide fluctuations in the number of people taken into custody - the department arrested almost 300,000 people in 1990, twice as many as last year - and reflects two aspects of the interaction between police and the public: Most officers do their jobs with good intentions, and most suspects know better than to resist.
November 12, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
In a canine experiment in better policing, the LAPD recently spent months training a pair of South Korean-bred Jindo puppies as possible new street enforcement partners. But the Jindos are in the doghouse as a replacement for more traditional European bloodlines, such as German shepherds or Belgian Malinois. The loyal but excitable Jindos, officials said, just didn't take to the exacting work of crowd control, weapons detection and drug sniffing. "We worked hard with the dogs to develop their skills of sniffing out the odor of guns for detective work," said Sgt. Doug Roller, chief trainer for the K-9 platoon of the Los Angeles Police Department's Metropolitan Division.
October 31, 2011 | Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
A team of UCLA researchers has delved again into the world of crime fighting, this time developing a computer program capable of pointing police to potential suspects when feuds between rival gangs erupt into violence. The work is the latest contribution in the fast-emerging field of predictive policing — a broad area of study rooted in the notion that it is possible, through sophisticated computer analysis of information about previous crimes, to predict where and when crimes will occur or, in this case, to calculate the probability a certain gang committed a crime.
July 23, 2011
The admission by the Los Angeles Police Department that it had arrested the wrong man in the beating of San Francisco Giants' fan Bryan Stow hardly marks the department's finest hour. But it's not an utter failure either. From the start, the case against Giovanni Ramirez had its problems. He offered an alibi, and witnesses described him as having had a full head of hair on the day of the beating (the assailants apparently were bald). And though his neck tattoo is distinctive, Ramirez is hardly the only Los Angeles man with a florid display.
May 11, 2011
There are a number of curious — and, in some ways, troubling — trends at work in the litigation record of the Los Angeles Police Department. This city's police officers appear to be abnormally litigious, suing their department at rates far higher than their counterparts in other big cities. Juries here seem inclined to dole out substantial awards, sometimes for relatively minor injuries: One motor officer whose demotion cost him $27,000 in lost income was awarded $1 million at trial.
November 3, 2010 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Police Department has temporarily dropped efforts to adopt a new e-mail system run by Google Inc. after it ran up against federal security requirements for storing law enforcement records, city officials said Tuesday. The new federal requirements, which the city and Google said they found out about in August, could delay implementing the system in the department by at least a year, city technology officials said. The latest wrinkle is a setback for Google's efforts to cut into Microsoft Corp.
April 27, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck paid tribute Tuesday to his deceased predecessor, Daryl F. Gates, the 56th chief of the Police Department. "He was 56th, but there will never be another like Daryl," Beck said during the private funeral for Gates, who died this month after a short battle with cancer at the age of 83. "Daryl was the Los Angeles Police Department," he continued. "The Los Angeles Police Department was Daryl Gates." Beck said Gates led a far smaller department when the crime rate was high and the murder rate was triple what it is today.
From the earliest stages of the design process, architects for a new Los Angeles Police Department headquarters downtown have been torn between two very different goals: giving the building a meaningful civic presence and keeping it safe from potential attack. Architects Paul Danna and Jose Palacios have been determined all along to make a case that the LAPD -- dramatically enlarged and haltingly reformed by its outgoing chief, William J. Bratton -- belongs literally and symbolically in the heart of the civic center.
May 29, 2009 | Joel Rubin
The Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday bestowed its highest honor for bravery in the line of duty on 25 officers. Five of the recipients were women -- more than in any previous year in the department's history. The annual Medal of Valor ceremony is one of the department's proudest: a chance to highlight moments of crisis when officers "performed an act displaying extreme courage while consciously facing imminent peril," according to the award guidelines.
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