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CAHRO is a strong advocate for community policing as a vehicle for preventing conflicts between law enforcement agencies and the communities they are charged with serving. If police agencies have a strong positive relationship helping neighborhoods address causes of crimes by providing resources and support we believe they will establish avenues of communication that will prevent major conflicts from escalating.

Audit: California inmate behavior programs didn’t cut crime

By | February 1st, 2019|Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Increased efforts by California to change the behavior of prison inmates have not reduced the rate at which ex-convicts commit new crimes, state auditors reported Thursday.

The assessment relied on five-year-old data, prompting state corrections officials to say auditors may be drawing conclusions too soon.

The data used by auditors

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Transgender Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy is among many living ‘their truth’ on force

By | January 24th, 2019|LGBT, Police & Community|

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Austin Guastalli never wanted to be “out and proud.”

Guastalli transitioned from female to male while on the force. He’s one of at least a dozen transgender deputies employed by the largest sheriff’s department in the nation, most of whom made the changes while on the job….

Los Angeles Daily News

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Under new law, training on transgender issues, sexual orientation will be required of many seeking to become law enforcement officers

By | January 24th, 2019|LGBT, Police & Community|

Those training to become law enforcement officers and public safety dispatchers in California will soon learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the academy under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year.

Assembly Bill 2504, which was authored by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Cupertino), also ensures optional LGBTQ-specific educational training for officers already on

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How transgender inmates are treated has become a problem for police, so here’s what’s being done about it

By | January 24th, 2019|LGBT, Police & Community|

Complaints from two transgender women who were housed on the male floor of the Long Beach City Jail have spurred local police to establish a new policy on the proper treatment of transgender people who’ve been taken into custody or who are encountered by officers in the field.

The new policy marks the latest move among

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Elite LAPD unit disproportionately stopped black drivers, data show

By | January 24th, 2019|Police & Community|

To combat a surge in violent crime, the Los Angeles Police Department doubled the size of its elite Metropolitan Division in 2015, creating special units to swarm crime hot spots.

Metro officers in unmarked, dark-gray SUVs began pulling over drivers to search

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WHY DOES GAVIN NEWSOM WANT TO MOVE JUVENILE JUSTICE OUT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS?

By | January 24th, 2019|Police & Community|

While visiting a youth correctional facility in Stockton on Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced his administration will begin legislation to move the California Division of Juvenile Justice out of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (the same agency that oversees adult prisons) and into the Health and Human Services Agency.

Currently, 20 states place juvenile

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AN UNUSUAL NEW PROGRAM SEEKS TO CUT URBAN CRIME BY PUSHING GANG MEMBERS INTO COLLEGE

By | January 23rd, 2019|Conflict Resolution, Education, Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

When Matt Johnson’s girlfriend was killed in gang crossfire in 2014, leaving him a single father to a three-year-old girl, he knew it was time to do something different with his life.

Johnson, who grew up surrounded by drugs and violence in Boston’s South End neighborhood, had been getting into trouble since he was a kid.

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How Phoenix Explains a Rise in Police Violence: It’s the Civilians’ Fault

By | December 10th, 2018|Police & Community|

PHOENIX — All Marco Zepeda, a 44-year-old blind man, wanted to do when he went inside a convenience store last June was use the bathroom.

But as he tried to find his way, the police report said, Mr. Zepeda had the misfortune of walking near a police officer using

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WHAT A LACK OF FEDERAL OVERSIGHT MEANS FOR LOCAL POLICE REFORM

By | December 5th, 2018|Police & Community|

Last month, a video was released of two police officers in Elkhart, Indiana, repeatedly punching a handcuffed man in the face. The episode was just the latest in a long-troubled police department where nearly all of its supervisors have disciplinary records.

This is the sort of problem that Congress sought

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ACLU critiques planned LAPD discipline changes

By | November 30th, 2018|Police & Community|

LOS ANGELES — As the Los Angeles City Council is close to finalizing a new policy for police disciplinary panels to include more regular citizens, the American Civil Liberties Union and some other groups released a report Thursday critical of some of the proposed changes.

The City Council earlier this month voted to have the city’s

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