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In 2017 there were nearly 120,000 full-time law enforcement employees in California; roughly 78,500 were sworn LEOs and 41,000 were civilian staff. Of sworn officers, about 48% were municipal police officers, 39% were county sheriff officers and almost 10% were with the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Follow this page to keep track of law enforcement news, the latest police jobs and police department updates in the state of California. Learn how major events in California have changed the law enforcement landscape nationwide, including the Newhall incident in 1970, the Norco shootout in 1980 and the North Hollywood bank robbery in 1997.

An increase in state law enforcement personnel to address the ongoing public safety crisis within Alameda County yields positive results in a short period
A suspect crashes into a motorcyclist during a pursuit, then exits his vehicle and attempts to attack the motorcyclist with a knife. Here are eight considerations from this incident
The San Diego Police Officers Association and the National Law Enforcement Foundation share lessons learned from building the nation’s first law enforcement only childcare center
The driver was taken into custody after stealing the truck at a gas station and driving the rig with no front tires
The responding officer deployed a TASER at the suspect twice with no effect after the suspect punched him in the face and punched a train worker with brass knuckles
Fremont becomes the first city to implement a drone as first responder program in both its police and fire departments
Cruising is now legal in California, and to show signs of solidarity within the communities, Oceanside and San Diego police departments are rolling out their lowriders
AUFIRE’s approach uses 66 volts of electrical muscle stimulation conducted through sleeves to contract arm muscles and simulate the incapacitation effects of gunshot wounds to limbs
Crimes at the site have prompted a 24-hour guard by officers working overtime; 18 arrests have been made at the site since Feb. 1
The Vallejo Police Department is working with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol to supplement its ranks
Salvador Alejandro Sanchez killed Kenneth French at a Costco after the non-verbal man hit Sanchez from behind