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LAPD Chief To Reduce Sworn Personnel
March 7, 2013
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he expects severe cuts to sworn personnel, following the failure of a half-cent sales tax measure to fund public safety.
L.A. Voters Reject Sales-Tax Funding for More Cops
March 6, 2013
A proposed half-cent sales tax billed by supporters as critical for funding public safety and other Los Angeles city services appeared to be heading for a narrow defeat.
Long Beach Chief May Challenge Baca for L.A. Sheriff
February 5, 2013
Since Lee Baca became Los Angeles County sheriff 15 years ago, defeating an incumbent who died days before the vote, he has never faced a serious challenge for reelection to one of California's top law enforcement jobs.
Reckless Pension Reform In Los Angeles
November 13, 2012
Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan has taken the first steps toward eliminating the current pension system for all future city employees, including LAPD officers, and replacing it with 401(k) plans.
Marijuana and the Fall of Civilization
November 9, 2012
From a law enforcement standpoint, the paranoia problems caused by marijuana concern me the most.
Sheriff Arpaio Elected To Sixth Term
November 7, 2012
Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio won a sixth term Tuesday in what was his closest race. Arpaio defeated challenger Paul Penzone, a veteran Phoenix Police officer, and Mike Stauffer, a Scottsdale Police lieutenant.
Maryland Police Lose Bargaining Rights
November 7, 2012
Voters in Montgomery County, Md., stripped the Fraternal Order of Police's Lodge 35 of some of its bargaining rights by approving the Question B measure.
Colorado, Washington Legalize Marijuana
November 7, 2012
Voters in Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana, setting up a showdown with the Department of Justice. Also, Massachusetts became the 18th state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.
Ballot Measures 2012: Death Penalty, Legal Marijuana, Bargaining Rights
November 6, 2012
Today, voters in three states will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana and in California will consider reshaping sentencing for violent offenders.
3 States Vote On Full Marijuana Legalization
October 15, 2012
Voters in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington will consider fully legalizing marijuana for recreational use next month when they go to the polls. Passage of the measures would set up a potential showdown between the states and federal authorities.
September 19, 2012
Increasingly, there are so many things falling on the law enforcement radar that I feel self-conscious running at the mouth on any one of them. Not to worry, I will continue to do so.
ACLU, Facebook Back Fired Deputies
August 9, 2012
The ACLU of Virginia and Facebook have thrown their support behind six former employees of the Hampton (Va.) Sheriff's Department who claim they were fired for "liking" the campaign page of the sheriff's opponent.
Mexico's Deal With the Devil
July 11, 2012
The Mexican press estimates that 19.5% of the official ballot boxes were installed in areas controlled by the drug cartels. Many voters avoided the poles altogether in fear of intimidation and violence.
S.C. Sheriff Candidate Charged with Planning Kidnapping of Judge
May 31, 2012
The race for sheriff in Oconee County took a bizarre turn Wednesday with the arrest of Republican candidate James Bartee for trying to hire someone to kidnap a retired S.C. circuit judge. Bartee is one of four candidates competing June 12 to be the Republican nominee in November for Oconee County sheriff.
Inmate Gets 41% Against Obama In W.Va. Primary
May 9, 2012
Keith Judd, listed on the ballot as Inmate No. 11593-051, received 69,766 votes, a surprising 41% of the total.
White Supremacist Runs for Sheriff In Idaho
March 20, 2012
Shaun Winkler, a 33-year-old landscaper who's running for Bonner County (Idaho) Sheriff, has said he's the local leader of the White Knights of the KKK.
Colo. Voters Will Consider Legalizing Marijuana
February 28, 2012
Colorado voters will decide this fall whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use when the state becomes the second in the nation to put such a proposal on ballots this year.
LAPD Sergeant Joins City Council As Fourth Officer
January 25, 2012
Sgt. Joe Buscaino becomes the fourth active, retired or part-time LAPD officer on the 15-member council. He joins former Chief Bernard Parks, former motorcycle officer Dennis Zine, and reserve officer Mitchell Englander.
Arizona Sheriff Will Run for Congress
January 4, 2012
An Arizona sheriff who has been a vocal critic of the Obama Administration's border-security policies is running for Congress.
Deputy Fired In Election Flap Named Deputy of the Year
December 5, 2011
A Kershaw County (S.C.) Sheriff's deputy who was fired for supporting a candidate who challenged the sitting sheriff in a 2010 election was recognized as "deputy of the year" by the community.
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