Back in February I posted an open letter to the LAPD (and LASD) asking them to please start blogging. I pointed out the fantastic LAFD blog and offered to help them start blogging anyway I could. I also e-mailed the post to everyone I could thinking of who might be able to show it to the right person at the LAPD. Shortly there after I was contacted by Srgt. Luis Segura who said they were interested in taking me up on the offer. A few e-mails and phone calls later I went downtown and met Lt. Ruben De La Torre who had been tasked with actually getting a blog in motion and have been helping him out as much as I could since then. This morning he called and said they would be launching the site tomorrow. I just checked, and it’s all live, so I figure I’d pass it along at this point. So, as of today, the LAPD has a blog which can be found at lapdblog.typepad.com/. And a Flickr stream. Both of these are brand new and I’m sure will start to take shape over the next few weeks, but if I were you I’d subscribe the RSS feeds of both. And add them to your blog roll. And give them a big welcome to our blog world. I’m really excited about this, and think it’s going go a long way for the people in LA and how they view, interact with, and think about the LAPD. It’s a huge step they are taking, and with any luck other law enforcement departments across the state, and country, will soon be following their lead.