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Oakland Plans to Lay Off 140 Officers

May 7, 2009
Mayor Ron Dellums will release a budget plan today that will call for laying off as many as 140 police officers this year if outside funding cannot be identified, the Tribune has learned.

Former Orange County Sheriff Gets 66 Months in Federal Prison

April 28, 2009
Mike Carona's fall from "America's Sheriff"; to convicted felon reached bottom Monday as a federal judge gave Orange County, Calif.'s former top law enforcement officer a half-hour lecture about honesty before sentencing him to 5 1/2 years in prison for attempting to obstruct a grand jury investigation.

One in Three Recent Atlanta Police Academy Graduates Have Criminal Records

April 9, 2009
More than one-third of recent Atlanta Police Academy graduates have been arrested or cited for a crime, according to a review of their job applications. The arrests ranged from minor offenses such as shoplifting to violent charges including assault. More than one-third of the officers had been rejected by other law enforcement agencies, and more than half of the recruits admitted using marijuana.

Civilian Hiring Freeze Leaves Scores of LAPD Cops Doing Desk Work

April 1, 2009
Hamstrung by a citywide hiring freeze and widespread job vacancies, Los Angeles Police Department officials have resorted to using scores of police officers to perform clerical duties and other desk-bound work meant to be done by civilian employees.

Pension Changes Infuriate San Diego Public Safety Workers

March 19, 2009
San Diego's employee retirement board is voted to lower the pension rate guarantee from 7.75 percent to 3.54 percent effective July 1.

Police Agencies Buried in Resumes

March 12, 2009
Job seekers are swamping federal, state and local police agencies during the economic downturn, a reversal from recent years when departments struggled to find qualified recruits.

Obama Meets Ohio Police Recruits Hired Due to Stimulus Package

March 6, 2009
Today Columbus (Ohio) PD recruits, whose jobs have been saved by the massive $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Congress passed last month, will have the opportunity to thank President Barack Obama face to face as they finally join the force.

L.A. County Sheriff Suggests Lower Bails to Cut Jail Crowding

February 26, 2009
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was in talks Tuesday with court officials to determine whether reducing bail for nonviolent offenders would cut jail overcrowding, discussions that came a day after he threatened to close the Men's Central Jail if hit with steep budget cuts.

Massachussetts Police Recruits Graduate, Then Laid Off

February 26, 2009
Wearing neatly pressed dress uniforms, the recruits graduated from the Police Department's academy yesterday at Worcester Technical High School. The ceremony ended with each being pinned with a freshly minted badge. Those badges must be turned in tomorrow though, as each is officially laid off.

Baltimore Ends Tuition Aid for Officers

February 12, 2009
The program, a recruiting tool that many now in police leadership positions in Baltimore and elsewhere used to earn their degrees in criminal justice, will not be funded beyond the spring 2009 semester.
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