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April 8, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE - Seattle Police Chief John Diaz said Monday he was retiring, leaving a department rocked by a federal investigation into excessive force and criticized for ill-planned responses to tumultuous May Day protests last year. Diaz, 55, said he was leaving as the department had achieved an 11% reduction in major crime over the last four years and made “significant progress” in a reform plan developed with the Justice Department to address findings that officers too often resorted to unnecessary beatings and shootings.
April 1, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
The police chief of Orange County's largest city has announced that he will retire in May, ending a 42-year career in law enforcement. John Welter, 64, began his career at the San Diego Police Department. He was the second in command there before he joined the Anaheim force, according to a city statement.  The department has been widely criticized in the last year over several fatal police shootings , including two that involved Latino men in the city's poorest neighborhoods.
March 4, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
San Fernando's former police chief may have violated the law when he successfully sought to dismiss a congressional aide's traffic ticket last year, prosecutors concluded. The Los Angeles County district attorney ultimately decided not to charge the police official, Jeff Eley. But revelations in a district attorney's memo obtained by The Times add another chapter to the political soap opera in the small San Fernando Valley town that has been buffeted by scandal. County prosecutors said Eley, then the department's acting police chief, received a call on his cellphone from the aide within minutes of an officer issuing the ticket in November 2011.
February 27, 2013
No doubt most Angelenos were as surprised as we were to learn Monday that Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca had been selected as "sheriff of the year" by the National Sheriff's Assn. After all, most of the news about the sheriff during the last 12 months has been of the sort that doesn't lend itself to awards. He has been accused, for instance, of improperly doling out favors to friends and campaign contributors. Federal officials have been probing allegations of inmate abuse in the jails he runs.
February 22, 2013 | Sandy Banks
I expected fireworks in South Los Angeles this week, when LAPD Chief Charlie Beck showed up at a community meeting to talk about Christopher Dorner, the ex-cop turned killer whose manifesto cast the department in an ugly light, resurrecting decades of buried wrongs. The crowd at the Vermont Avenue community center was small, about 100 people. But the line to speak stretched from the stage to the back of the room. Some came for answers, some just to vent. There were stories of ugly street stops and police harassment.
February 5, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Since Lee Baca became Los Angeles County sheriff 15 years ago, defeating an incumbent who died days before the vote, he has never faced a serious challenge for reelection to one of California's top law enforcement jobs. But after a series of scandals and federal investigations targeting the department, that might be changing. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said Monday that he was considering a run against Baca next year. McDonnell's public exploration suggests potential political vulnerabilities amid nearly two years of bad headlines, experts said.
January 23, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The administrator credited with steering Santa Ana away from potential bankruptcy has been abruptly fired, exposing a deepening fissure among political leaders in Orange County's second-largest city. City Manager Paul Walters, who had been the city's longtime police chief before being asked to resolve a $35-million budget shortfall, was seen as an ally of Santa Ana's longtime mayor, Miguel Pulido. But Pulido's power in the town has eroded and he is increasing isolated by council colleagues.
January 12, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
TARIN KOWT, Afghanistan - A shy boy with filthy hands and a shabby tunic approached the great man, bowed and tried to kiss his hand. Gen. Matiullah Khan was seated like a sultan on a cushion in his hojra , his airy receiving room. He barely looked at the boy. He nodded to an aide, who withdrew a thick wad of Pakistani rupees from his pocket and handed it to Matiullah. The most powerful man in Oruzgan province, a warlord and tribal leader turned police chief, glanced at the cash.
November 9, 2012 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday warned that police officers will be in danger of layoffs unless the city proceeds with a ballot measure to increase its sales tax by a half-cent. Speaking to The Times' editorial page board, Beck complained that he is already unable to hire 911 emergency operators, custody officers and mechanics. And he warned that the LAPD would probably lose 500 officers without the more than $200 million that would be generated by a sales tax hike.
October 31, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
UNION BEACH, N.J. -- In this small township, officials said dozens of people lost homes to storm damage. But lost doesn't begin to capture what happened on Front Street and Brook Avenue. Water surged from Raritan Bay, blending and churning like a cyclone, beating houses to a nearly unrecognizable pulp. Roofs sat in fields. Second stories perched on bare beams. A few houses were tossed onto nearby streets, and sat looking like Dorothy's home in "The Wizard of Oz. " Union Beach Police Chief Scott Woolley, who grew up here and has been with the department for 27 years, drove around town late Wednesday checking on neighbors and responding to reports of scavenging.
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