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Law Enforcement: A Path Into the Middle Class

Law Enforcement: A Path Into the Middle Class

The Police Orientation Preparation Program places career-bound, law enforcement students in an established LAPD training environment. Students graduate with an associate's degree and gain real-life experience as they prepare for a career in law enforcement.

April 4, 2013

Lessons from the Onion Field

Lessons from the Onion Field

"How could this have happened?" The answer is found when you realize that in the past half century you have had the benefit of improved tactical training that came at the cost of the blood and minds of officers like Ian Campbell and Karl Hettinger.

March 25, 2013

LAPD Rampart's Special Problems Unit

LAPD Rampart's Special Problems Unit

The LAPD's Rampart Division may be the agency's smallest geographic area, but its steady flow of house burglaries, auto thefts, and meth-fueled crime offer the Special Problems Unit plenty of opportunity for targeted enforcement.

March 15, 2013

Police Links: Exploding Oven Bullets

Police Links: Exploding Oven Bullets

February is a short month, but there was no shortage of offenders and weird happenings during this time. For one, a woman was injured by an exploding bullet caused by a Glock magazine being kept in an oven.

February 28, 2013

The Dorner Rampage is Over…Now Comes the Repercussions
Dealing with Transgender Subjects

Dealing with Transgender Subjects

We face many things on the street every daily that can bring harsh judgments and lawsuits. This is one area where simple training and awareness would go a long way toward protecting the rights of people not commonly understood by officers.

January 4, 2013

Unlicensed Drivers: A Public Safety Menace

Unlicensed Drivers: A Public Safety Menace

The LAPPL welcomes a new study by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which found suspended or revoked and unlicensed drivers are much more reckless on the road than validly licensed drivers.

January 2, 2013

Mumbai: What Law Enforcement Learned

Mumbai: What Law Enforcement Learned

The Mumbai terror attacks still hold potent lessons for police responders four years after they raised the ante on counter-terrorism response and active-shooter training.

November 27, 2012

LAPD's Next-Generation Dodge Charger

LAPD's Next-Generation Dodge Charger

With the help of Chrysler and other police vendors, the LAPD presented its vision of the next-generation patrol car at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference.

November 20, 2012

Reckless Pension Reform In Los Angeles

Reckless Pension Reform In Los Angeles

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.

November 13, 2012

Is 'End of Watch' Just 'Training Day II?'

Is 'End of Watch' Just 'Training Day II?'

"End of Watch" is from start to finish undeniably entertaining, and on those occasions when it is on tactically and procedurally sound footing, it transcends any other patrol-oriented film I have ever seen.

October 1, 2012

'End of Watch' Based On LAPD Cop's Patrol Duty

'End of Watch' Based On LAPD Cop's Patrol Duty

Open Road's "End of Watch" was based on the experiences of Captain Jamie FitzSimons, a former LAPD patrol officer who worked South Los Angeles neighborhoods in the 1990s. This is the primary reason the movie rings true with an authentic approach to police work.

September 20, 2012

Keeping the Crown Vic

Keeping the Crown Vic

As the new patrol cars become more readily available from the Detroit automakers, many agencies are choosing their new enforcement vehicle. However, for others the decision is on hold. For a variety of reasons they are choosing to stay with the Crown Vic.

July 17, 2012

20 Years After the Rodney King Riots

Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles. In 1992, major rioting would continue until May 25. Much has changed since those days of anti-police rioting, yet much has remained the same.

May 1, 2012

How the Rodney King Riot Changed the LAPD

How the Rodney King Riot Changed the LAPD

Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riot that followed the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers who were prosecuted by the state for using excessive force on Rodney King. There was extensive looting and burning, and 53 people lost their lives.

April 27, 2012