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October 2013 Archives

Hate Crime Rate in LA Lowest in Years: Report

Hate crime is down in Los Angeles County by 6% in 2012, from 2011. According to a report released by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, this is actually LA County's second-lowest level of hate crime activity in the past 23 years, with the most violent year being fairly recent -- in 2011, reports the Los Angeles Times.

While there has been progress, the study reveals that there is still plenty of work to be done. What other important results were reported? Here's a general overview of hate crime in LA.

LAPD's New Smartphone App: Will Your Criminal Record Show Up?

The Los Angeles Police Department will soon have access to a new smartphone app called "JusticeMobile," reports ABC News.  Developed by Attorney General Kamala Harris, the San Francisco Police Department, and various technology companies, the app is funded by federal, state, and local governments.

According to Harris, about 600 San Francisco police officers have already used the app. In addition, more than 3,600 Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers will soon begin using an updated version of the app.

What is JusticeMobile, exactly? Here's a general overview: