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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Department is struggling to recruit enough qualified candidates as fewer people are applying to join the nation's third-largest police force.
The Los Angeles Times reports Wednesday the department is down more than 100 officers since the decline began several months ago.
The department has to hire about 350 officers a year to account for attrition and officials worry they could be understaffed for years if the current trend continues.
Attrition means fewer police officers available for patrol work and other duties.
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(NEWSER)– Google and Microsoft are working closely together to make it harder for pedophiles to find images of child abuse online.
Google says it has targeted 100,000 search terms associated with child sexual abuse and the terms will now deliver warnings instead of illegal results, the BBC reports.
Over the last few months, the company has "put more than 200 people to work developing new, state-of-the-art technology to tackle the problem," Google chief Eric Schmidt writes in the Daily Mail.
"We've fine-tuned Google search to prevent links to child sexual abuse material from appearing in our results."
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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) marked the 20th year of its Operation Boo Child Safety Project with the arrest of 90 sex offender parolees.
"The 90 arrests among sex-offender parolees – for possession of child pornography, narcotics, weapons, and other parole violations – and the six new charges, prove that our statewide efforts with Operation Boo on Halloween night are well-founded and necessary," said Dan Stone, Director of the Division of Adult Parole Operations.
According to the department's website, parole agents in the state did compliance checks at the homes of 1,267 convicted sex offenders on Halloween.
Parolees had to turn off exterior lights to make it look like they were not home, they could not hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, and they were to only allowed to open the door for law enforcement officials. That's on top of restrictions set as a condition of their parole.
The Halloween policies were in place from 5 p.m. on October 31, 2013 to 5 a.m. on November 1, 2013.
Homeless sex offender parolees checked into special curfew centers, many of which were set up at local CDCR offices. Transients with motorhomes had to park outside of curfew centers until the Halloween restrictions were lifted.
Learn more about Operation Boo on the CDCR's website
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Listen to Steve Gregory's recap of his night out with parole officers in Orange County:
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has held its annual Operation Boo sex offender compliance checks. On Halloween, registered sex offenders must follow strict guidelines.
-- A 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew during which parolees must remain indoors;
-- All exterior lights of their homes must be turned off so that it looks as if no one is home, which discourages children from approaching;
-- No offering of Halloween candy and no Halloween decorations are allowed;
-- During the curfew, sex offender parolees can only open the door to respond to law enforcement, such as parole agents who are patrolling their caseload to ensure compliance.
Sex offenders who are homeless have to check into curfew centers, which are usually set up at CDCR offices.
KFI’s Steve Gregory joined a three-man team of agents doing compliance checks in Orange County.
Lead agent "Ro" Gramajo said most parolees with extensive wrap sheets do not usually allow anyone inside of their homes because they know their rights. On the other hand, he claimed parolees who have only had one offense are more lenient because they may not be aware of law enforcement policies.
The first location was an apartment in Orange that a registered sex offender with gang ties shares with a guy on county probation. The parolee was in his 60s and had been incarcerated for about 40 years. He did not allow anyone other than agents to enter his home.
As agents Hernandez and Borrego swept the apartment looking for possible parole violations, many trick or treaters walked along the busy street.
The agents concluded that the place was clean, so the group moved on to their second location.
Borrego and Hernandez stopped in front of a white house in Orange that had no lights on and the front gate closed. The men knocked on the door for a few minutes and looked around the outside of the house with their flashlights.
No one was home.
A GPS tracker was used to locate the parolee while one of the agents tried to call him on the phone.
It turned out that the offender had checked in earlier at a special curfew center in Anaheim. The man's regular agent was aware of the move, but the update hadn't been sent to the Operation Boo team.
Once everything was sorted out, the group moved to the next location.
The last stop was an upscale apartment complex near Irvine where a young man was home alone.
Agents walked past a few buildings and through some passageways to get to the parolee’s apartment. The convicted rapist allowed agents and Steve into his home because he didn’t want his neighbors to know what was going on.
Agent Hernandez searched the man’s bedroom while Borrego looked through the living room and kitchen.
Agent Gramajo spoke to the parolee about his living situation and his criminal history.
The guy said he was accused of rape when he was 21 years old and one semester away from graduating from a prestigious 4-year university. He said he met a 19-year-old woman at a college party in San Diego County.
The parolee admitted to sleeping with the woman, but he claimed they were both drunk and that the sex was consensual.
The guy also said the party was at the woman's ex-boyfriend’s house and that she only pressed charges because she was trying to get back together with the ex-boyfriend.
During a check of the guy’s computers, agent Borrego noticed an iPad laying on the desk. When he checked it, Borrego said that a porn site called RedTube was on the recently viewed list. That’s a violation of the guy’s parole and he was arrested.
The rapist was taken to the Orange County Jail facility in Santa Ana. Agent Gramajo said a judge could sentence the guy to 180 days in jail if he’s convicted of a parole violation.
Agent Borrego said that the offender claimed the iPad belonged to his fiancé and it was she who’d been looking at the porn site.
Borrego asked the guy if his girlfriend would corroborate the story if he called her on the phone. The guy said, "no," because she’d be too embarrassed to admit it.
Borrego said that’s when the guy’s story started to change. The parolee even told agent Hernandez that he and his girlfriend watched the adult videos together.
Agent Gramajo joked that the parolee was intelligent, but "he wasn’t very smart." The quip meant that the convicted rapist may have learned a lot in school, but he didn't have enough life experience.
Borrego agreed the guy was basically full of shit.
After booking the parolee, the team headed back to the CDCR office in Anaheim.
Parole and probation agents work tirelessly, with fewer resources and smaller budgets, to keep sex offenders in check and to protect the community.