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LAPD officers in standoff to be honored

By Richard Winton
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — A group of LAPD officers nominated for a national top cops award for their valiant work in a standoff that took the life of SWAT officer Randall D. Simmons will meet today with President Obama at the White House Rose Garden.

The 15 officers, including SWAT Officer James Veenstra, who was wounded in the 2008 incident, will be in Washington as nominees for the Top Cops Award, sponsored by the National Assn. of Police Organizations, which honors law enforcement officers from across the country for outstanding service.

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