FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Dynamic Plaques - FVT Plaques
FVT Plaques is introducing new dynamic plaques to recognize police and sheriff's...

Facial Recognition

Ask The Expert

Roger Rodriguez

Manager of Image Analytics

Roger served over 20 years with the NYPD, where he spearheaded the NYPD’s first dedicated facial recognition unit. The unit has conducted more than 8,500 facial recognition investigations, with over 3,000 possible matches and approximately 2,000 arrests. Roger’s enhancement techniques are now recognized worldwide and have changed law enforcement’s approach to the utilization of facial recognition technology.

Top News

Police Union Sues Over LAPD Vehicle Impound Policy

April 20, 2012  | 

The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) has sued to overturn the LAPD's new vehicle impound policy that returns vehicles to unlicensed drivers in less than 30 days.

The police union filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday against the city of Los Angeles and the LAPD. The union hopes to get a judicial order to halt the policy's implementation.

The policy, approved by the Police Commission in late February, appears to violate state law and needs judicial clarification for officers "concerned about complying with state law while still fulfilling their duties as law enforcement officers for the city of Los Angeles," according to a LAPPL statement.

The new LAPD impound policy may also subject LAPD officers to potential civil liability if they impound an unlicensed driver's car under the new one-day policy and that driver, within those next 30 days, goes on to cause a collision resulting in injury or death, according to LAPPL.

"Our lawsuit is based on our duty to fairly represent and protect the working conditions of LAPD officers," said Tyler Izen, league president. "As sworn officers of the city of Los Angeles and peace officers of the state of California, they are required to enforce all applicable state traffic laws, irrespective of a traffic violator's immigration status. Equally important is the duty of police officers to obey all administrative legal policies approved by the Police Commission and implemented by the chief of police."

The California Vehicle Code mandates a 30-day impoundment of a car driven by an unlicensed driver, and Chief Beck's new policy authorizes a one-day impounding of these vehicles. The state's Office of Legislative Counsel concluded that no municipality had the authority to direct its police officers to impound these cars for less than 30 days.

"The officers are in a catch-22," Izen added. "We believe a review by the courts is necessary and appropriate to determine the rights and duties of not only Los Angeles police officers, but all state law enforcement officers so they may continue protecting and enhancing the safety of all Californians."

Related:

Police Commission Backs LAPD Chief's New Impound Policy

LAPD Chief Loosens Car Impound Rules for Illegals


Comments (1)

Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

[email protected] @ 4/20/2012 10:39 PM

Ah hell, why not give'em back their cars. The LAPD Chief and his cronies want to give them everything else.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

AZ Officer Wounded, Suspect Killed in Thursday Gunfight
A police officer was wounded and a man was killed in an exchange of gunfire Thursday...
2 Arrested, School Closed After Clown Threats in Ohio
Two people were arrested and some Ohio schools were closed Friday amid a rash of reported...
AZ Officer Shot after Vehicle Pursuit, Saved by Vest
The officer tried to make another stop and began pursuing the vehicle until the driver...
CA Governor Signs Law Requiring Officers to Lock Guns in Vehicles
Law-enforcement officers and private gun owners will be required to lock up their firearms...
Tulsa Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Manslaughter Charge
A Tulsa, OK, Police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting of Terence Crutcher...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine