Frank Stoltze

Correspondent

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Frank Stoltze is an award-winning correspondent who currently covers criminal justice and public safety issues for KPCC.

Frank reports on racial bias, community policing, gangs, the use of force, technology, and generally what works and what doesn’t at law enforcement agencies in the region.

Over more than two decades in Southern California, Frank has covered L.A. City Hall, national political conventions and all manner of breaking news – from the Rodney King riots to wildfires, earthquakes and the death of Michael Jackson. His awards include Golden Mikes for coverage of Skid Row and a documentary on the historic recall of California Governor Gray Davis.

Frank was named a Distinguished Journalist by the L.A. Society of Professional Journalists and was twice awarded Radio Journalist of the Year by the L.A. Press Club. He was a Guggenheim Fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Center on Media, Crime and Justice and USC’s Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.

After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Frank first reported for radio in San Luis Obispo, covering the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He is a contributor to NPR, the BBC, The Takeaway and The California Report. Frank is based at KPCC’s downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.

Stories by Frank Stoltze

LA Sheriff ties $142M in overtime to 1,000 deputy vacancies

The vacancies and a budget deficit have forced the sheriff to postpone plans to equip nearly 6,000 deputies with body cameras, according to agency officials. Here's why there are so many unfilled positions.

Who's watching the police? The state of civilian oversight in Southern California

In California, relatively few law enforcement departments have civilian oversight. Where it is in place, nearly all are advisory.

Should civilians have subpoena power over the sheriff's department?

A watchdog group is pushing for an initiative to do just that. But they face stiff opposition — even from some members of the Civilian Oversight Commission.

Why a former police chief is backing a state bill to tighten standard for police shootings

When State Sen. Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and  Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) introduced a bill Tuesday that would change the standard for when a police officer can shoot at a suspect, virtually nobody in law enforcement came to their support.

5 ways police shooting investigations could become more transparent

SB 1421 would end California's current prohibition on the release of information related to investigations into officer shootings and other serious uses of force.

SoCal cops charged with selling guns on the black market

Two members of the Gardena Police Department have been charged with illegally purchasing guns and selling about 100 firearms on the black market.

LAPD will make body camera videos public under new policy

The L.A. Police Commission has reversed the LAPD's prohibition on the release of video of officer-involved shootings and other serious incidents.

Protesters gather to welcome Trump to Los Angeles

This is Trump's first visit to the state as president. It comes as the Trump administration battles California over its refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

$2.7 million settlement in traffic stop killing by LA Sheriff’s deputy

Deputy Nathan Gillespie said he shot Miguel Hernandez because he feared he was reaching for a gun. But officials say Gillespie failed to call for backup or take time to assess the situation.

No charges for ex-LAPD officer who killed Brendon Glenn

Despite a recommendation from LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, former Officer Clifford Proctor won't be charged in the 2015 killing of an unarmed homeless man in Venice.

The 3 California laws that sparked a lawsuit

The suit says California is deliberately trying to obstruct immigration enforcement with these recently passed laws. Here's what they do.

LA Police Commission wants fewer homeless arrests

The LAPD arrested more than 6,000 homeless people last year for misdemeanors like trespassing and drug offenses – even though the “guiding principle” in the mayor’s homeless strategy is “decriminalization.”

Mentally ill LA jail inmates need more ‘out-of-cell’ time, federal government says

A federal monitor says the L.A. Sheriff's Department is not giving all inmates with serious mental health problems enough time out of their cells.

Not much public feedback on LAPD's new chief hire

Few people have attended public meetings to tell city officials what they want to see in the new police chief. But commissioners say what they've heard is useful.

LAPD could rewind its position on releasing body cam video

Until now, the LAPD has banned the release of body cam video - a policy sharply criticized as defeating their purpose of transparency and accountability. The new policy would release officer-involved shooting and other videos 45 days after the incident.