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After 215% Rise in Homicides, Oakland Adds $10 Million to Public Safety

After 215% Rise in Homicides, Oakland Adds $10 Million to Public Safety

The council said the money will fully restore Oakland’s Fire Department Services, restore Operation Ceasefire, walking foot patrol officers, expand ShotSpotter, and add community safety ambassadors in areas like Chinatown and the Fruitvale District, among other things.

April 14, 2021

Budget Cuts Could Result in San Francisco Police Layoffs

Budget Cuts Could Result in San Francisco Police Layoffs

San Francisco police are facing possible budget cuts that could result in 167 officers — or 11 percent of the force — and 43 civilians being laid off as the pandemic prompts city departments to tighten their belts.

February 18, 2021

Oakland Police Veteran Sworn in as City's New Chief

CA Lawmakers Want Sheriffs with No Police Experience

“Sheriff is one of the most powerful elected offices,” said state Senator Scott Wiener, who sponsored the bill, which was introduced Thursday. “For 139 years, from 1850 to 1989, anyone could run for sheriff and the people could select who they wanted to hold this very powerful and impactful position.”

February 3, 2021

New Fresno Chief Sworn in Monday

New Fresno Chief Sworn in Monday

"I see an opportunity here, I see a challenge here," Chief Paco Balderrama said. "I see for great things to happen. I believe in five to 10 years, Fresno is going to be a much different place and if I can play a small role in it, that's a life and a career well lived."

January 13, 2021

Former California Sheriff Dies of Cancer

Former California Sheriff Dies of Cancer

Hutchens was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2012 and continued to lead the department while successfully fighting the disease for eight years.

January 6, 2021

CA Sheriff Loses Appeal on Judge's Order to Release "Dangerous" Inmates Over COVID

Los Angeles Mayor Vetoes Plan to Reallocate Police Funding

“Los Angeles should be leading America by piloting bold ideas like exploring a guaranteed basic income, confronting the stark Black-white disparity among people experiencing homelessness, driving racial reconciliation, protecting jobs held by people of color with new opportunities in the city workforce and working in closer collaboration with our communities on allocation decisions,'' Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a letter to the City Council Monday night.

December 23, 2020

CA Sheriff Defies Judge's Order to Release Violent Inmates Over COVID
With Homicide Rate Rising After Defunding, LAPD Asks for $100 Million Increase in Budget
LAPD Union Refuses to Discuss Pay Cuts to Aid City's COVID Budget Strain
Union Survey Details Terrible Morale at LAPD, Officers Say They are Not Supported by Command Staff
California Highway Patrol Appoints First Female Commissioner

California Highway Patrol Appoints First Female Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner Amanda Ray will become the first female Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol in the agency’s 91-year history. Ray was appointed to the position after Commissioner Warren Stanley announced his retirement effective Nov. 17.

October 28, 2020

Assaults on LAPD Officers Up 156% Over Last Year, Chief Says

During a meeting with the city's civilian-led Police Commission, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said there were 282 felony assaults against his officers this year, compared with 110 in the same period last year, figures he called "troubling."

September 30, 2020