Tuesday, November 03, 2009

A few words about our new LAPD Chief

Charlie Beck embodies the new era of LAPD. He represents the future, but connects us with the best of our past. He has the vision, temperament, and intellect to continue making Los Angeles safer. I believe he is the right Chief for our time and I commend the mayor for making an excellent choice.

I had the opportunity to work closely with Deputy Chief Beck at Rampart. He was one of the finest captains I've ever worked with -- embraced by the rank-and-file and the community. He is an innovative leader, using technology in groundbreaking ways while building new partnerships with residents and businesses. His creative and innovative management strategies will help the department, particularly in this tough economy when everyone is being asked to do more with less. He will work with all of our city’s diverse communities and he will push the department to be as transparent as the windows on its new headquarters.

Charlie Beck's work has consistently produced results. Whether it was turning around MacArthur Park for the community or moving forward on languishing rape kits, Deputy Chief Beck gets things done. We will need that drive and follow-through to continue making our city safer.