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The Los Angeles Police Department has an official blog. It only started yesterday and already has eight posts, including an illuminating discussion of how Los Angeles had been for two decades, but is no longer, misusing federal Universal Crime Report standards by classifying all domestic violence crimes in a different category than was the rest of the nation.

L.A. has now changed back to national practice. This has made for an apparent reduction here in "Part One" crimes under federal standards, which elsewhere always meant, and now mean in L.A. as well, "An attack for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury, usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or means likely to produce death or great bodily injury." But even factoring out this change in reporting, the LAPD is still proud that,

In 2004, we achieved a 13.6% reduction in violent crime and a 10.5% reduction in Part One crimes with no changes in how crime was reported from 2003. In 2005, we reduced violent crime by over 11,000 incidents and…achieved a significant crime reduction of well over 10%. Year to date for 2006, we are at a 11.9% reduction in Part One crime.

So far, the LAPD's permalink list includes only other law enforcement and fire-fighting resources, but how about some love for L.A.'s only locally-based political and cultural magazine?

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  1. Wikipedia entry for fictional depictions of the LAPD
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAPD#LAPD_in_the_media

  2. Reminds me of The Wire.

  3. Yeah, I was thinking of The Wire also, the part where the police have to cook the books to make the mayor look good.

    Good damn show.

    That aside, it strikes me as a good thing that the LAPD has a blog that allows comments. Might help more with the whole ‘serving the community’, or not.

  4. I can see a post coming by “Rampart Renegade.” You know, a cop with respect for due process, civil rights, etc. Someone that won’t plant armor piercing bullets on grandma then take a taser to her while at the same time playing “hide the nightstick.”

  5. Everyone is blogging. The marketing department of my company recently decided the CEO should have a blog, for internal purposes only. Like he doesn’t already have a hundred other ways to get his message out to the peons? Like he’s actually going to take the time to update the thing? But nooo, blogs are the hip new thing all the kids are doing, so we have to have one too.

  6. Credit is due to the progenitor of the police blog, the Boston Police Department, which has turned its blog into a truly useful source for police-related information in the city.

    Word is that LA talked to Boston to see how it’s done. Like this: BPD news

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