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California Park Ranger Dies of Heart Attack After Wildfire Patrol

An officer with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks suffered a fatal heart attack after a 14-hour shift of patrolling parks and remote areas in the evacuation zone where wildfire had just destroyed more than 20 homes and prompted mandatory evacuations of 100,000 residents.

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Police Agencies Begin to Participate in New Social Media Challenge

Police and other public safety disciplines are participating in a new social media challenge—one that shows all the things that are jammed into their patrol vehicles.

Former California Officer Convicted of 14 Counts of Sexual Assault

A jury in California found a former California police officer guilty of 14 felony charges he faced for sexually assaulting women while on duty between 2013 and 2015.

California Police Getting Closer to Deploying Marijuana Breathalyzers

Police agencies in California are getting closer to acquiring and deploying new technology that can reportedly detect the presence of TCH in the system of drivers suspected of driving under the influence.

California Police Department's Humorous Social Media Post Goes Viral

Pleasanton PD posted an image of the state of California on its Facebook page marking in red the areas potentially affected by power outages. The entire state was marked.

California Officers Deliver Walker to Man Who Had His Stolen

When dispatcher Nicole Santoyo, alongside Officers Brian Kearns and Carlos Gonzalez of the West Covina (CA) Police Department learned that an elderly man had his walker stolen from his front yard, they decided to take matters into their own hands and provide the man with a replacement.

California K-9 Sniffs Out 23 Pounds of Methamphetamine

A K-9 with the San Mateo (CA) Police Department is being credited for the seizure of 23 pounds of methamphetamine at a traffic stop.

LAPD Officer Reunites with Woman He Helped Get Record Deal

An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department who in late September posted a video to Twitter of a homeless woman singing beautifully on a subway platform was reunited with her late last week. The video of Emily Zamourka—who has been living on the streets of Los Angeles for two years—quickly went viral.

Union Chief Issues Scathing Statement on Retiring San Francisco DA

There is widespread speculation that Gascon will challenge Los Angeles County DA Jackie Lacey in a race that could serve as the largest test yet of a nationwide push to elect progressive-minded law enforcement officials.

California Police Chief Cancels Charity Event for Fallen Officer

Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel has postponed indefinitely—effectively, canceled—a planned charity event intended to raise money for the family of Sergeant Ron Helus of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, who was among the 13 people killed at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks in November 2018.