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Relations between the Los Angeles Police Department and residents have long been tainted by tension and hostility. But the department has been making efforts to improve its image, an undertaking expressed in a host of building projects. Boosted by a $600m (€420m) bond measure that was approved by taxpayers in 2002, facilities across LA have been newly constructed or renovated to be more civic-minded in design.

“The old police buildings had a bunker mentality and you’d be afraid to come onto the property,” says Gary Lee Moore, the city engineer…



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