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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

Bypassing usual rules, Taser won LAPD's body cam business

Taser provided the LAPD with its first batch of body cameras in a deal that short-circuited city bidding rules. Now, Taser's in position to win even more LAPD business.

$7M annual cost estimate for LAPD body cameras

A spokesperson for the mayor says the money will come from federal grants, but also from the city general fund.

Taser use by San Bernardino Sheriff under scrutiny

The ACLU is seeking information on Taser use by the Sheriff in San Bernardino County. Amnesty International has previously pointed to 92 deaths in California caused by Tasers.

LA’s proposed communications system goes beyond 911

The new system, if completed, would allows police officers and firefighters to live stream vast amounts of video within and between agencies.

LA County halts overhaul of emergency communications system

The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System was supposed to ease communication between police and fire departments.

LAPD training teaches empathy amid outcry over shootings

The LAPD training comes amid an uproar over the police killing of a Skid Row man, Ezell Ford in South L.A., Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Missouri.

LAPD names officers who shot, killed Skid Row homeless man

The Los Angeles Police Department released the names Thursday of three officers who shot and killed a homeless man on Skid Row on March 1, 2015.

Officials to Venice High parents: 'This is a safe campus'

Police and school administrators remain tight-lipped about the details surrounding the arrest of 12 students, but assured parents Venice High School is safe.

Rookie LAPD cop sought in connection with Pomona murder

The murder occurred in the early morning hours Friday, after an altercation in downtown Pomona. Police have issued a flier featuring the LAPD officer's picture.

Skid row activists keep pressure on LAPD after fatal shooting

Activists gather at LA Police Commission meeting to ask for independent review of fatal police shooting of an unarmed African American man on Skid Row.

Feds say LA youth probation camps in 'compliance' with reforms

A confidential letter obtained by KPCC said L.A.'s youth probation camps have implemented a series of reforms. "But there are still a lot of hurdles," says one county official.

Elections 2015: LA voters approve charter amendments, city council newbies

Two measures that would shift the timing of local elections received more than 76 percent voter approval on Tuesday night.

Skid Row police shooting update: shooting will be early test of body camera policy

Three officers, one of whom is a sergeant, shot a man as they struggled on the ground for control of one of the officer's weapons, after a stun gun proved ineffective, police said.

Election 2015: LA city measures aimed at boosting voter turnout

Under Charter Amendments 1 and 2, Los Angeles city elections would shift to even-numbered years, to coincide with state and national elections.

Election 2015: Offering hope and help for South LA

Four candidates are vying to replace L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks, who has represented the area for 12 years. All agree the area needs economic investment.