CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2009 |
The City Council's Public Safety Committee on Monday unanimously confirmed Charlie Beck's nomination to be the next Los Angeles police chief. The vote came after a hearing in which community leaders and council members praised Beck's work at the Los Angeles Police Department and called him the right man to take over the department right now. Beck made his own presentation, saying his top goal was to extend the reforms begun by former Police...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2009 |
Los Angeles Police chief-designate Charlie Beck is widely admired as a capable manager who has tackled some of the department's thorniest issues with a steady hand and a disarming personality. He is credited with cleaning up the Rampart Division, ferreting out disarray in the crime lab and championing greater transparency and accountability in the department. But a Times review of court records found one incident over his 32-year career in which Beck was accused of mishandling a crisis, stifling reform and covering up the misuse of taxpayer money.
January 19, 2013
Re "Numbers game," Opinion, Jan. 14 Jim Newton's column regarding the significance of the Los Angeles Police Department achieving 10,000 officers misses the mark. When the mayor started his first term in 2005, there were 9,284 officers. Today there are 10,023. Despite deep fiscal cuts to the LAPD, the mayor and the City Council have worked with the department in allowing it to find the least harmful ways to absorb these cuts. Instead of simply cutting the number of officers, the city's leaders held firm, and the result is the 10th straight year of crime reduction.
November 18, 2009
Re "As the LAPD evolved, so did he," Nov. 15 Charlie Beck is an outstanding and honorable man who will make a fine chief of police. I wish him nothing but the best. However, I am sad he has fallen victim to a revisionist view of history, denigrating previous chiefs and policing policies. I policed South-Central Los Angeles, albeit in a different uniform, from the 1970s through 2009. I witnessed the perfect storm of social, economic, cultural and political circumstances that resulted in an unprecedented level of violence in the Los Angeles area.
June 14, 2012
Re "The wrong way on reentry," Editorial, June 3 I disagree with The Times' criticism of the Los Angeles Police Department's "compliance checks" of post-release supervised persons (PSPs). The L.A. County Probation Department has not been allocated sufficient resources to supervise the burgeoning PSP population and must work in partnership with local law enforcement in monitoring these individuals. Some 35% of these people released in the county claim an address in the city of Los Angeles.
August 13, 2013 |
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Monday insisted that his city's "stop and frisk" police practices were constitutional, despite a federal judge's finding that they were racially discriminatory and violated the 4th and 14th Amendments. But it's almost beside the point whether Bloomberg is on solid legal ground and whether his appeal can succeed. New York's confrontational approach to law enforcement has bought short-term results at the cost of alienation and resentment, and its leaders would be wise to let the trial court's ruling stand - and to learn a lesson from Los Angeles.