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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
As the L.A. Police Commission ponders ending its ban on the release of body cam videos, cops weigh in on the value of the "silent witness."
The lawsuit alleges the department has failed to properly train deputies to deal with mentally ill people — "a de facto custom, practice or policy” that leads to violent confrontations.
The L.A. Police Commission decided the fatal officer-involved shooting of Jesse Romero, 14, was justified. Romero was one of the youngest people ever killed by the LAPD.
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Fox reflects on his prosecution of ex-L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca and other officials, and the need "to stop that culture" of impunity.
A witness said she saw Antonio Perez with a gun as sheriff's deputies chased him, but no gun was found at the scene of the 2015 shooting.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants to give prosecutors a list of 300 deputies with a history of misconduct. The deputies' union sued; an appeals court has blocked McDonnell.
A report by the L.A. County Grand Jury criticizes police pursuits, arguing that chasing non-violent criminals is not worth the risk of deaths and injuries to bystanders.
The proposed payouts come amid increased concerns about how much L.A. County pays to the families of people shot or otherwise harmed by sheriff's deputies.
In January, the department became the first local law enforcement agency to deploy a drone. Now it wants your opinion on its use. It's taking comments through July 13.
The L.A. County Probation Department has re-opened Camp Kilpatrick as Campus Kilpatrick - an effort to emphasize learning and rehabilitation.
The state’s most violent prison gang may be a bigger presence in county jails in the wake of California's effort to reduce its prison population.
After almost a decade in office, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens decided she will not be seeking reelection.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck would not say how many more teenage cadets may have been involved in the scandal. The civilian police commission orders a review.
The nine-member civilian panel overseeing the L.A. County Sheriff's Department seeks to answer a critical question: Which issues should it tackle to influence change?
Some members of the civilian panel feel they're spreading themselves thin by trying to focus on too many issues at once.