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CA Police Find Surplus Masks, Donate Them to Hospitals

An employee of the San Jose (CA) Police Department found a treasure trove of masks, which the agency then donated to local hospitals to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 exposure.

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California Sheriff Rescinds Order to Close Gun Stores as Non-Essential Businesses

Villanueva’s calls for gun shop closures contradicted with a statement issued by the top lawyer for the county, which said that neither L.A. county’s stay-at-home order or the executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom specifically mentioned gun shops.

Los Angeles County Releases 1,700 Inmates to Slow Coronavirus in Jails

For almost two weeks, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he was looking for as many inmates as possible to safely release. On Tuesday, he said the number so far was 1,700 inmates, or about 10% of the county’s entire jail population.

LAPD Officers Told to Expect 12-Hour Shifts Because of Coronavirus

Senior LAPD officials have grave concerns about coronavirus infections spreading among officers, who would then have to be isolated and removed from work while the officers are tested or treated.

California Officer Tests Positive for COVID-19

An officer with the Merced (CA) Police Department has tested positive for COVID-19—the disease caused by the novel coronavirus—and has now been quarantined to their home in Madera.

LAPD Detectives Moved to Patrol During Coronavirus Crisis

Some detectives already are out there, the mayor said, to “make sure that any challenges that arise in our neighborhoods and grocery stores” are addressed and to help people feel secure.

San Francisco Public Defender Asks Police to Halt Arrests Amid Coronavirus Fears

As a means of slowing the spread of coronavirus, San Francisco's public defender has called on police to stop issuing citations or arresting people for crimes as serious as non-violent felonies.

LAPD Receiving Guidelines and Gear to Protect Against Coronavirus

Asst. Chief Horace Frank said all patrol officers and officers likely to come into contact have been issued a kit consisting of multiple sets of gloves, a bacteria protection mask and goggles.

DA: Police Justified in Ending California Active-Shooter Attack with Deadly Force

A California District Attorney has ruled that police acted justly and bravely in response to a mass shooting that occurred at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in July 2019.

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San Francisco Supervisors Want More Police Foot Patrols

Two San Francisco supervisors plan to introduce legislation Tuesday that would force the city’s Police Department to rework its approach to deploying foot patrols to prevent crime and foster better relationships with communities.