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Politics Trumping Tactics: [Don't] Sit Down… You're Rocking the Boat

December 14, 2018
Elected officials have one underlying goal that informs and influences all their other objectives—getting re-elected. That deep-seated desire directly impacts how those politicians interact with their police departments—specifically with their chiefs of police—in setting department policy.

Video: Five-Year-Old California Wildfire Survivor Becomes Officer for a Day

December 13, 2018
A 5-year-old boy who has suffered immense loss in the past year has been given a day of pure joy by police officers with the Roseville (CA) Police Department.

Five-Year-Old California Wildfire Survivor Becomes Officer for a Day

December 13, 2018
Little Jack Stieb lost his grandmother to cancer and his aunt to cerebral palsy earlier this year, and then lost his home to wildfires that consumed the town of Paradise. Officers with the Roseville (CA) Police Department learned about the boy's hardship and decided to deliver to him a miniature patrol car, and show him around the department for a day.

Homeless Crime in Los Angeles Jumps 50%

December 12, 2018
LAPD officials said most concerning were the disproportionate number of homeless individuals listed as suspects in physical attacks that cause serious injuries, described as "aggravated assaults" in police records.

San Francisco Officers Told Not to Make Suspects Sit

December 12, 2018
The practice is viewed as “demeaning” to suspects, city police Chief William Scott has determined.

California Police Fatally Shoot Suicidal Knife-Wielding Man

December 11, 2018
Officers with the Redwood City (CA) Police Department confronted by a man wielding a butcher knife on Monday were forced to open fire, fatally wounding him.

California Deputy to Face Manslaughter Charge in Fatal 2016 OIS

December 11, 2018
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy will face voluntary manslaughter charges for a February 2016 shooting that left 26-year-old Francisco Garcia dead, according to ABC News.

Los Angeles Officer Found Dead at Elementary School Identified

December 11, 2018
The Los Angeles School Police Department officer found dead on the campus of a North Hollywood elementary school over the weekend has been identified as 46-year-old Douglas Campbell.

NFL Team Honors Deputies who Rescued 96-Year-Old Woman from Wildfire

December 11, 2018
Two reserve deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were honored on Sunday prior to the contest between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL.

California K-9 Killed, Handler Shot in Gunfight

December 10, 2018
An officer with the Tulare (CA) Police Department was wounded and his new K-9 partner killed in a gunfight over the weekend.

New Los Angeles Sheriff Shaking Up Top Ranks, Removing 18 Executives

December 10, 2018
Newly elected Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has reportedly notified nearly 500 supervisors on his staff that their jobs are being reevaluated, firing outright 18 top executives.

Sergeant Killed in California Mass Shooting was Struck by "Friendly Fire"

December 7, 2018
Authorities reported Friday that the Ventura County Sheriff’s sergeant killed during the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in October was struck by "friendly fire" during the firefight with the gunman.

Bell Delivers First Law Enforcement Configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Sacramento PD

December 6, 2018
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced the delivery of the first law enforcement-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to the Sacramento (CA) Police Department.

Troopers Use Tesla's "Autopilot" to Stop Man Asleep at the Wheel

December 4, 2018
Troopers with the California Highway Patrol used some ingenuity when they stopped a man asleep behind the wheel of his Tesla Model 3 sedan.

California City Settles Harassment Case Against Chief of Police

December 4, 2018
Captain Mark Rosen will receive $2.3 million in damages as the agency settles a case in which Rosen had accused Chief Sandra Spagnoli of denying him promotion opportunities based on his religion.

California Department Patrols City that No Longer Exists

November 29, 2018
Officers with the Paradise (CA) Police Department find themselves with very little to do—no longer receiving calls for domestic violence, burglary, disturbing the peace, or any other incidents occurring on a typical shift before the worst wildfire in California history leveled the town in a matter of mere hours.

California Bar Gunman Planned to Ambush Officers, Report Says

November 28, 2018
After the initial shooting, the gunman positioned himself in anticipation of the police response, Ayub said. When officers entered, he ambushed them immediately from a position of tactical advantage, mortally wounding Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus.

Video: California Bar Gunman Planned to Ambush Officers, Report Says

November 28, 2018
After the initial shooting, the gunman positioned himself in anticipation of the police response, Ayub said. When officers entered, he ambushed them immediately from a position of tactical advantage, mortally wounding Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus.

Photo: California Officer Helps Woman Install New Car Battery After Theft

November 27, 2018
An officer with the Long Beach (CA) Police Department was captured in an image making the rounds on social media installing a replacement car battery after a woman reported her original battery stolen.

California Chief: Officer Was "Heroic" in Gunfight with Barricaded Suspect

November 27, 2018
Chief Eddie Garcia of the San Jose (CA) Police Department told reporters on Monday that one of his officers was "absolutely heroic" during an incident on Friday in which an armed man opened fire on officers responding to a man-with-a-gun call.
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