Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Charles Beck, a 32-year veteran, was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Tuesday, November 2nd, as the department’s next chief.
At a press conference at the Getty House, the mayor touted Beck’s innovative leadership and result-driven qualities.
“Beginning his career with the LAPD 32 years ago, Chief Charlie Beck has earned the reputation as a progressive police reformer,” Villaraigosa said.
“He is a man of character and integrity, a police officer who is tough on crime, and he is a leader with a deep respect and understanding of the police officers under his command and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve.
“Chief Charlie Beck is the right man to lead the Los Angeles Police Department.”
He replaces former chief William Bratton, who stepped down to take a position in the private sector.
A second-generation LAPD officer, Beck is widely viewed as a leader who embraces a comprehensive approach to reducing gang violence, according to the mayor’s office.
The two other finalists for the chief’s position were LAPD Assistant Chief James McDonnell and Deputy Chief Michel Moore.
Villaraigosa began his deliberation to select the new police chief after the Police Commission delivered its top three recommended candidates on October 27th at a City Hall news conference.