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LAPD Day: Muslims, Funding, Dorks & Heroes

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"This is not. . . targeting or profiling. It is an effort to understand communities." Police Chief William J. Bratton defending a LAPD counter-terrorism program that uses "U.S. census data and other demographic information to pinpoint various Muslim communities and then reach out to them through social service agencies." [LA Times]

"Over my dead body." Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on any limit of his goals of expanding the LAPD. A fiscally conservative and wary City Council voted on expanding LAPD's already tapped out budget in the face of a $75 million citywide budget shortfall. The mayor continued, "it is because of public safety that we see so much construction around town. Public safety is the reason tourism is up 500 percent. People want to visit and live in a city that is safe." [Daily News]

"We're working on the helmet issue." LAPD Sgt. Kevin Royce on the LAPD's new pilot test of scooters, not Segways, in downtown. Officers say the helmets make them look dorky. Other new technologies for the LAPD include Smart Cars that sniff out stolen vehicles using automatic license plate recognition cameras, a gun that shoots a GPS thingie-majiggy to fleeing cars in chases, wireless field fingerprinting and more. [LA Times]

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"Treat them like royalty, even if I'm putting them in handcuffs." LAPD Officer Deon Joseph on his approach to working with the Skid Row community. His "walking on water" recently earned him an honorable-mention award from Parade magazine and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. [Daily News]

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