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rank and file LAPD officers

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from LA Police Protective League

March 17, 2014

Law Enforcement

Mom pays respects to fallen LAPD officer featured in birthday video for her son battling leukemia
A Rhode Island mother Thursday paid her respects to fallen Los Angeles police Officer Nicholas Lee, who was featured in a special birthday video for her son battling leukemia. Rachel Seddon flew from the East Coast to attend the memorial service of 40-year-old Lee, who was killed last Friday when his police cruiser was struck by a heavy duty truck in Beverly Hills. "It was very emotional for me...just kinda hit me hard," she said.

More officers needed to prevent crime, terror attacks at LAX: Guest commentary
With LAPD's deployment at LAX at its lowest level since 2001, it came as no surprise when airport officials recently reported a 10 percent increase in overall, and a nearly 500 percent increase in violent crimes - from only three in 2012 to 14 in 2013. The violent crimes included 10 aggravated assaults, two robberies, a rape and the Nov. 1 killing of a Transportation Security Administration officer, the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty.
Tyler Izen/Los Angeles Daily News

Amber Alert update: No leads in abduction of 4 kids, says LAPD
Los Angeles police said Sunday they have no solid leads that might help find two parents who allegedly abducted their four children from a grandmother's home. A statewide Amber Alert was issued early Saturday after the children -- two boys ages 5 and 7, and twin 1-year-old girls -- were taken. Police said the children were in protective custody with their grandmother because their father was physically abusive.
Associated Press

5 injured in South Los Angeles after pursuit ends in fiery crash
A police pursuit in south Los Angeles ended with a fiery crash Saturday, leaving five people injured, authorities said. Officers began pursuing a stolen BMW shortly before 1 a.m., near the corner of West 42nd and South Hoover streets, in the Vermont Square neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, and crashed into another car a short time later, police said.

Los Angeles police commission schedules San Pedro meeting
As part of an effort to reach out to the city's many diverse areas, the Los Angeles police commission will hold a community meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. April 1 at Peck Park Auditorium, 560 N. Western Ave., San Pedro. Discussion will center around community policing. The Board of Police Commissioners holds quarterly meetings in various parts of the sprawling city. Its regular meetings are held every Tuesday morning in downtown Los Angeles.
Torrance Daily Breeze

Man arrested at university, linked to LA bank robbery
A suspect in a California bank robbery was arrested at Idaho State University Friday morning. Around 5:30 a.m., Pocatello police arrested Michael C. Callender, 23, on a warrant in connection to a bank robbery in Los Angeles last year. Local authorities were working with the FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department. During the arrest, ISU sent out phone and Internet alerts warning people to stay away from the Owen Redfield Complex if possible.
ABC8 Idaho

LAPD gets a Lamborghini Gallardo
New to the land of high-speed pursuits is the Los Angeles Police Department's latest addition to its fleet of vehicles: a Lamborghini Gallardo, decked out with the department's traditional black-and-white paint and "To Protect and to Serve" written on its sides. The LAPD is showing off what is sure to be one of its most exotic vehicles by using the hashtag #LAPDLambo on social media. The LAPD Lamborghini has its own Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as its own website.

Officers' body cameras raise privacy concerns
Officers at thousands of law enforcement agencies are wearing tiny cameras to record their interactions with the public, but in many cases the devices are being rolled out faster than departments are able to create policies to govern their use. And some rank-and-file officers are worried the technology might ultimately be used to derail their careers if, for example, an errant comment about a superior is captured on tape.
Associated Press


Statewide DMVs struck by computer problems
Going to the DMV is bad enough. But on Friday, California officials were working to resolve a computer problem that idled systems statewide for a second day in a row and created longer-than-normal wait times. Both Thursday and Friday mornings, the computers used to process driver's license applications and carry out other Department of Motor Vehicles business stalled, officials said.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government

Los Angeles County mayors gather to talk jobs, drought
In a bright spot in L.A. County's discouraging job market, Hawthorne-based rocket firm Space X has open positions for engineers. But whether the firm is headhunting in the region is unclear. So at a gathering of L.A. County political leaders Friday, Hawthorne mayor Chris Brown implored other mayors to push the company to hire locally. "Please contact Space X and let people know we have people in L.A. County," Brown said.
Los Angeles Daily News

Mayor Garcetti's top education deputy Thelma Meléndez leaves City Hall
Just seven months after joining Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's administration, his top education deputy Thelma Meléndez is leaving to take a position at Los Angeles Unified School District, a district spokesman said Saturday. LAUSD superintendent John Deasy said he approached Garcetti about hiring Meléndez. Deasy added he was "thrilled" to have her join the nation's second-largest school district. "I asked the mayor if I could poach her," Deasy said.
Los Angeles Daily News

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