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CA cops fuel FBI iris data collection

  After years of operating under the radar, the cover has been pulled back on an FBI program, centered around Southern California, to amass iris scan information in a federal database. “To create that pool of scans, the FBI has

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Police video flap flares in Oakland

Several local police forces in California got on the police body-cameras bandwagon well before police killings around the nation in the summer of 2014 triggered a broad push for their adoption. The Rialto Police Department was the focus of a

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CA cops could get more mental illness training

A recent pair of LAPD confrontations ending in death gave new life to a pair of state Senate bills that would increase mental illness training for California police. Introduced last year, Senate Bill 11, the first, has begun to gather steam as

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All eyes on CA police bodycam policy

Body cameras for police officers have reached the forefront of California’s legislative agenda. After a spate of enforcement scandals that raised the ire of many in Los Angeles, bodycams began to catch on as a policy measure that could shield police from wrongful litigation and protect citizens

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Drive to remove red-light cameras speeds up in CA

Californians soon may put in the rear-view mirror the gaze of red-light cameras. In the wake of an appeals court ruling that defended the constitutionality of tickets issued to motorists caught running red lights, Assemblyman Matthew Harper, R-Huntington Beach, introduced Assembly

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LAPD hustles to post records

A CalWatchDog.com review of the website of the Los Angeles Police Department found it has updated its reports on discipline and use of force after criticism for posting aged data in the aftermath of federal oversight. It also now takes just one click to go

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Sacramento aims to police the police

After a politically punishing year for law enforcement departments from Los Angeles to New York, California legislators are riding the wave of controversy, drafting a spate of bills that would use the power of state government to assert more control over how police

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LAPD’s fresh push for higher pay

With a potentially damaging sense of timing, the Los Angeles Police Department has embarked on a fresh push for higher pay — enlisting the services of a public relations firm to help accomplish the goal. The LAPD hired the top-flight

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Cop vs. firefighter

Maybe the unity public safety workers present when they want raises and high pensions is breaking down. The U-T reports: CHULA VISTA — A California Highway Patrol officer handcuffed and detained a Chula Vista firefighter for refusing to move his engine

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