LAPD CHIEF-DESIGNATE CHARLIE BECK talks with West Los Angeles resident Martin Rubin after Beck was introduced at a town hall meeting in Mar Vista. (Argonaut photos by T.W. Brown)

Westside communities welcomed Los Angeles Police Department Chief-Designate Charlie Beck at a town hall meeting at the Mar Vista Recreation Center on Tuesday, November 10th.

In his first Westside public appearance since being tapped by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to replace former chief William Bratton, Beck answered questions from the audience following his introduction by City Councilman Bill Rosendahl.

“What I met today was a community that respects its police department and is also thoroughly involved in policing themselves,” the chief told The Argonaut after the town hall. “And that’s exactly what we want.”

Rosendahl believes that Beck will do well with the public and the rank and file officers.

“He’s very inclusive, and all the indications we have are that he’s a phenomenal choice, and I think that he’s only going to add to the respect that the cops on the beat should be getting,” the councilman said.

Bill Koontz, a co-chair of the Mar Vista Community Council’s public safety committee, was also impressed with Beck.

“I thought that Bratton was more about the metrics and the numbers, and the new chief seems to be more about the people who live here and the cops on the street,” said Koontz.

“It’s critical that we have police officers who actually listen to the people in the community when we talk about crime and things that we see on our streets on a daily basis.”

Beck said that he was looking forward to working with the public and media outlets to stay in tune with what his department has planned for the future.

“I hope that everyone will pay attention to what the message is of the new Los Angeles Police Department,” the chief said. “This is a police department about collaboration, problem-solving and constitutional policing.

“That’s what I pledge to deliver to the public, that’s what we’ve been delivering for the past seven years and that’s how we’re going to expand on it.”