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April 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Students were encouraged to return to North Pole Middle School with the assurance that police would patrol the halls following the weekend arrest of six seventh-graders suspected of plotting a deadly attack. Nine other seventh-graders were suspended in connection with the elaborate scheme to allegedly kill faculty and students using guns and knives. "We're going to have school," said Principal Ernie Manzie. "We feel that all the students involved are not at school so it's safe."
April 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Police Department has begun assigning cadets to patrol "crime hot spots" for one month of field training as part of the Police Academy curriculum, the mayor's office said Wednesday. More than 40 police cadets will fan out to neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley starting today. Patrolling on foot will allow cadets "to gain hands-on community policing experience" and increase the police presence in neighborhoods, the mayor's office said.
March 22, 2006 | Richard Winton and Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writers
Twenty-two people had been killed in Compton as of this time last year, when the city was in the midst of a yearlong wave of gang violence. So far this year, the city has recorded three homicides. The difference? Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has quietly doubled the number of deputies, detectives and other personnel assigned to Compton in what officials and residents see as all-out attention to reducing violence. It is not clear how long the intensified deployment will last.
September 14, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday ordered its staff to look into raising boaters' fees and other harbor charges after a grand jury questioned why the county was footing the bill for nearly $10 million in harbor patrol services each year.
April 22, 2005 | Nicholas Shields, Times Staff Writer
Three days after the second racially and gang-motivated brawl at Jefferson High School in South Los Angeles, about 1,000 parents, students and community members crammed into the campus auditorium Thursday night to hear what district and city officials were going to do about the violence.
April 20, 2005 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
The school day at Jefferson High School passed without incident Tuesday. But it was far from typical. After a surprise visit from Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Roy Romer, Mayor James K. Hahn showed up. At one point, school Police Chief Alan Kerstein, who was also there, said 29 school police officers patrolled the South Los Angeles campus and 12 more roamed nearby. Attendance at the 2,400-student school was down by almost half.
April 15, 2005 | Susana Enriquez and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
California Highway Patrol officers on Wednesday stepped up patrols along a stretch of the Harbor Freeway through South Los Angeles after two motorists in two weeks were fatally shot in midday attacks. The sprays of bullets on one of Southern California's most-traveled stretches of roadway occurred four miles apart and during roughly the same time: afternoon rush hour.
February 10, 2005 | George Skelton
It's hard to say which is worse: the banged-up, twerp Toyota that cuts you off doing 90 mph, or the narcissistic Navigator that pounces on your tail and rides there demanding the road. They're both accidents in the making. And where is the California Highway Patrol when you need it? That zigzagging runt-mobile driven by a college kid could quickly be compacted if it hit the brakes after darting in front of a heavy-duty pickup towing a 3-ton boat.
December 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The police chief of the state's second-largest city spent part of Christmas in a patrol car -- working the overnight shift as a gift to the rank and file. Chief William Lansdowne patrolled San Diego's Mid-City Division on the third watch, from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., taking the place of another officer who was scheduled to work that shift. The chief did not make any arrests.
December 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Oakland Police Department is disbanding its mounted patrol, citing the need to assign more officers to deal with "sideshows" -- illegal car races that often turn violent. Residents say they will be sorry to see the end of the equestrian unit after nearly 25 years. Police recommended to the city administrator that the two full-time officers in the mounted unit be reassigned. A spokeswoman for the administrator said Friday that the recommendation has been approved.
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