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New California law allows non-U.S. Citizens to become police officers

With the new year, comes new state laws, including one that changed the qualifications to become a police officer in California. Now, anyone who can legally work in the state under federal law, can be a police officer, regardless of citizenship. CBS 8 cleared up some misconceptions about the new law by going directly to the State Senator who wrote the bill, and we talked with the San Diego Police Officers Association about their concerns. Read full article here

San Diego Taxpayers Shelled Out More than $12 Million on Shuttered Police Gun Range

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The tab for taxpayers for the San Diego Police Department’s gun range continues to grow seven months after the site was shut down over lead exposure concerns. An NBC 7 Investigates analysis of the spending puts the total at more than $12 million, and the tab is still running. In 2019, the city embarked on a multi-million-dollar renovation of the outdoor range, spending $11.6 million so far. During that renovation, city officials opted not to install a $184,000 dust collection unit as part of a n...

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District attorney clears officers, deputies in 10 San Diego County shootings

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The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that it completed its review of 10 recent law enforcement shootings — seven of them fatal — and that the actions of the officers and deputies involved were legally justified.The shootings happened between 2020 and 2022 and involved 18 law enforcement officers from four local agencies: the county Sheriff’s Department, and the San Diego, Escondido and National City police departments. The shooting happened during investigations of cr...

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Man Suspected of Shooting SDPD Officer in Custody After Car Chase, Mountain View SWAT Standoff

A SWAT standoff ended Monday morning with a man accused of shooting a police officer in custody, authorities said. The incident began sometime before 12:30 a.m. Monday when the San Diego Police Department started following a vehicle that was reported stolen, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO). After a lengthy chase, the driver ditched the vehicle near the intersection of 45th Street and Logan Avenue in the Mountain View neighborhood, where the driver then opened fire o...

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San Diego surveillance ordinance aims to strike balance between public safety and personal privacy

SAN DIEGO — When the city of San Diego installed more than 3,000 "smart street lights" back in 2016, equipped with cameras capturing video in real-time, their original purpose was far different than what it eventually became, leading to a contentious battle between public safety and civil liberties. Read Full Article

Maienschein finds funding to support Internet Crimes Against Children task force

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein recently secured $1 million from the state budget for the San Diego Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. Over the past two years, the task force has seen an increase in child exploitation with a record 8,161 cases processed in just 2021 alone. With the rise in internet crimes, Maienschein said the rise in internet crimes demonstrates the need for additional resources to help the ICAC task continue protecting children in the regi...

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Violent crime increases around San Diego State University

For College Area residents it has become routine; to wake up on a weekend morning to text messages from neighbors listing the violent crimes that happened around SDSU the night before.  Since the beginning of October, those text messages included, two reported rapes, three sex crimes, two shootings, 12 assaults, five home burglaries, five reports of drunk in public, and 14 car thefts, all within a mile of San Diego State University. Read Full Article  

SDPD office allows officers to write reports, take breaks. Police hope it will improve response times

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Data shows racial disparities among victims of violent crime

SAN DIEGO —  Guns were the most used weapon in homicides in San Diego County last year, the assailant usually knew the victim, and arguments were the most common motive in the killings, newly released research found. Released Tuesday, the data review by the Criminal Justice Clearinghouse looked at victims and suspects in violent and property crimes in the region in 2021. Clearinghouse is part of the San Diego Association of Governments. San Diego Union Tribute Article

2 Men Suffering from Fentanyl Overdoses Revived After Flagging Down Officers

Times of San Diego Two men suffering from fentanyl overdoses early Friday in the East Village flagged down San Diego police officers, who helped administer life-saving care. The men fell unconscious in the 200 block of 16th Street at about 7:15 a.m. and officers gave them Narcan as they lay on the sidewalk... Read full article: https://timesofsandiego.com/crime/2022/11/25/2-men-suffering-from-fentanyl-overdoses-revived-after-flagging-down-officers/

Man critically injured in stabbing in Old Town trolley station parking lot

The San Diego Union-Tribune SAN DIEGO —  A 30-year-old man who got into a fight near the Old Town transit center early Monday was stabbed twice in the chest and rushed to the hospital, San Diego police said. The victim left the Old Town trolley station shortly before 7:30 a.m. and was near the intersection of Taylor Street and Pacific Highway when he was approached by an unknown man and the two began to fight... Read full article: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-s...

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San Diego Police come closer to finding violent Ocean Beach homeless perpetrators

KUSI News OCEAN BEACH (KUSI) – Surveillance video from Hodad’s in Ocean Beach shows the moments a man was violently attacked by a group of homeless people in front of the restaurant. The man underwent surgery for the injuries in his hand. Suspects remained on the streets following the incident. Read full article: https://www.kusi.com/san-diego-police-come-closer-to-finding-violent-ocean-beach-homeless-perpetrators/

SDPD, MTS ramp up security ahead of Padres NLCS home game

Fox 5 San Diego SAN DIEGO – Friar fans will soon flock downtown as the Padres take on the Phillies at home for game one of the National League Championship Series. With even more fans than San Diego saw Friday and Saturday closing out the National League Division series, both security and transportation have ramped up near Petco Park. The San Diego Police Department says they are doubling their footprint near the park and at the gas lamp quarter through increasing the number of officers, police ...

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Violent crime rates highest in a decade in San Diego region

CBS News 8 - San Diego SAN DIEGO — A new SANDAG report released Thursday says violent crime rates so far this year are the highest they've been in a decade.  The report gives us a glimpse at how violent crime has evolved following the pandemic. The mid-year report covers crimes reported between January and June of this year. “There are four violent crimes that we track – homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assaults. and we did see that looking back till 2012, we had the highest violent crim...

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As San Diego Police grapples with staffing shortages, department's homicide rate stays the same

CBS News 8 - San Diego SAN DIEGO — As the number of homicides has seen a sharp increase in San Diego since 2018, the rate at which San Diego Police solve them remains steady, according to data obtained by CBS 8. The department's homicide clearance since 2018 through July of this year is 76.1 percent, meaning homicide detectives arrest or identify a dead suspect just under eight out of every ten homicides in San Diego, well above the national average... Read full article: https://www.cbs8.com/art...

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PB Town Council votes to oppose 'Protect Act'

CBS News 8 - San Diego View full video here: https://www.cbs8.com/video/news/local/pb-town-council-votes-to-oppose-protect-act/509-f5d57159-4daf-414f-8fa2-de9e2b61aec8

Fall semester kicks off at SDSU after party controversy

Fox 5 San Diego SAN DIEGO — San Diego State University students started their first day of college learning about an incident at a party near campus Saturday night. Two minors were arrested after police discovered a hatchet and ghost gun outside what’s described as a massive party that spilled onto the streets. Returning students say the parties are standard during the first two weeks of school... Read full article here: https://fox5sandiego.com/news/local-news/fall-semester-kicks-off-at-sd...

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Officer rescues toddlers after father drives off Sunset Cliffs

Click here to view the full video: Officer rescues toddlers after father drives off Sunset Cliffs SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A San Diego K9 police officer rescued toddlers after their father drove off Sunset Cliffs Saturday morning. He said he heard the first call go out of a suicidal man with twin two-year-old girls driving with the intention of careening off the Coronado Bridge. Law enforcement tracked his phone to Sunset Cliffs where a SDPD lieutenant watched him drive off the cliff at a hi...

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San Diego Police officers babysit after father hospitalized

Click here to view the full article: San Diego Police officers babysit after father hospitalized SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego Police officers babysat for a man who needed to go to the hospital Friday night but didn't have anyone to watch his two young daughters. According to the department, officers received a radio call from a young father living in the Alpha apartments. The man reportedly told authorities he was in need of hospital care. “Unfortunately, he had no family or friends to hel...

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San Diego police officer challenges dad to foot race

Click here to view the full story: San Diego police officer challenges dad to foot race SAN DIEGO — It’s not every day you see a cop in full uniform challenge another man to a foot race. Coach Joe Seals said he was going about his day Thursday, training young men from the nonprofit Work Ethic Basketball Academy when the cops showed up. “We were out here getting ready, getting set up and a cop car pulled up. Just being frank and honest, my initial response was, ‘Uh oh, what did we do?'” he s...

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Making It in San Diego: Low-cost, late-night daycare for San Diego Police officers' kids

Click here to view the full video: Making It in San Diego: Low-cost, late-night daycare for San Diego Police officers' kids SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego could become the first local police department to provide a low-cost, late-night daycare facility for officers' kids. The San Diego Police Officers Association (SDPOA) has a new plan to help struggling offers who are trying to make it in San Diego.

Network of Downtown Cameras: Friend or Foe?

Click here to view the full video: Network of Downtown Cameras: Friend or Foe? With countless cameras, both from the city and private businesses, downtown, officials can help catch suspected criminals or lost people, but some residents think it’s going too far. 

Citizen panel recommends changes to San Diego Police Department

Click here to view the full article: Citizen panel recommends changes to San Diego Police Department SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A citizens advisory panel has issued its recommendations to enhance trust and allow community members to have a greater voice in the practices of the San Diego Police Department. A 15 member board of citizens interviewed police chiefs, officers and community members to come up with 30 recommendations. One of them was to impose a pilot moratorium on pretext stops, where an ...

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INTERNET AND WEBSITE SAFETY TIPS

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Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others. Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target: Do not share things such as email addresses, usernames and passwords. Do not ...

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