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June 5, 2009 | Joel Rubin
In the world of the LAPD, rumors fly fast and furious. One of the most persistent in recent years has been that it is only a matter of time before Chief William J. Bratton hops the pond to become the head of Scotland Yard in London. On Thursday, the Queen of England did nothing to dispel the notion that the U.K. digs L.A.'s top cop.
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February 5, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
Since Lee Baca became Los Angeles County sheriff 15 years ago, defeating an incumbent who died days before the vote, he has never faced a serious challenge for reelection to one of California's top law enforcement jobs. But after a series of scandals and federal investigations targeting the department, that might be changing. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said Monday that he was considering a run against Baca next year. McDonnell's public exploration suggests potential political vulnerabilities amid nearly two years of bad headlines, experts said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2009 | Joel Rubin
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...
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February 23, 2012 | By Joel Rubin and Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Wading into a divisive, politically charged debate, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday that California should issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. The chief becomes one of the most prominent local figures to support the idea that state lawmakers have battled over repeatedly in the last 15 years. And Beck's stance is certain to further inflame critics who are already angry at the chief for his efforts to liberalize rules on how his officers impound the cars of unlicensed drivers.
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August 6, 2009 | Jack Leonard and Richard Winton
He came to Los Angeles in 2002, a brash New Englander in a hurry to make his mark and unwilling to mince words. When a community activist attacked the department, Chief William J. Bratton went on CNN and labeled him a "nitwit." When the City Council refused his request for more officers, he bellowed: "Let them start attending some of the funerals of the victims of crime."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2009 | Joel Rubin
The day after he stunned the city with word that he would resign as chief of police, William J. Bratton sat in the relative quiet of his office collecting his thoughts. Every minute or two his cellphone buzzed to life, alerting him to yet another call from another surprised friend or colleague that would have to be returned after the stack of messages on his desk already awaiting his attention. As aides outside the closed door spoke in hushed tones about the idea of life after Bratton, the chief reflected on the department and city he will leave behind at the end of October after nearly seven years on the job. He explained why he believes so strongly that his replacement should come from inside the Los Angeles Police Department and discussed the particular strengths he sees in each of the presumed front-runners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2009 | Associated Press
Mayor Gavin Newsom says he has chosen Mesa, Ariz., Police Chief George Gascon as the city's next chief of police. Newsom told the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday that Gascon, a former LAPD assistant police chief, is a "nuts-and-bolts-type of chief, a cop's cop and very active in community policing." Gascon, 55, has been Mesa's police chief since 2006. In L.A., Gascon was instrumental in helping Chief William J. Bratton devise a scientific crime-fighting strategy that many credit with the city's drop in crime over the last few years.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2009
Leno update: The fourth edition of "The Jay Leno Show" attracted 8.5 million people Thursday night, second in the 10-11 p.m. slot (behind the 8.7 million for a rerun of CBS' "The Mentalist") but first among viewers aged 18 to 49, NBC said. His premiere Monday drew 18.4 million viewers. -- Cop talk: John Buntin, author of the recent book, "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City," will engage departing Los Angeles Police Dept. Chief William J. Bratton in conversation about crime fighting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Downtown denizens who thought the high fences, blocked sidewalks and closed traffic lanes at the new LAPD headquarters were a memory now that construction is complete were wrong. To prepare for the True Blue gala, a benefit for the Los Angeles Police Foundation, a lane of Spring Street has been shut down, and sidewalks along Spring and 2nd streets are off-limits. The gala, which will be held Nov. 7, will commemorate the LAPD's 140-year history and pay tribute to departing Chief William J. Bratton.
OPINION
August 7, 2009
Re "Police chief's exit poses a major challenge for L.A.," Aug. 6 Chief William J. Bratton's service was the best thing that ever happened to the Los Angeles Police Department. The department motto, "to protect and to serve," came closer to fulfillment for all Angelenos during his tenure than at any other time in the department's history. He will be missed. Evan Puziss Mar Vista :: I am sad to see that Bratton will return to New York. I was hoping he would stay in California and run for mayor of Los Angeles or governor.
WORLD
August 14, 2011 | By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times
News that Prime Minister David Cameron had asked former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton to be an unpaid advisor in the wake of riots in Britain's major cities recently has rankled some among the law-and-order ranks, who complain that the government was ignoring their homegrown expertise. Cameron's office confirmed Saturday that Bratton, who served as Los Angeles' police chief from 2002 to 2009, had agreed to consult with British law enforcement on gang violence and the social unrest behind the riots.
OPINION
September 24, 2010 | By Joe Domanick
Not that long ago, I joked with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck about his success in keeping the department out of the headlines — always an accomplishment for a big-city chief. Then came the Sept. 5 officer-involved shooting death of Manuel Jamines in Westlake, just west of downtown. The police say the 37-year-old Guatemalan day laborer was drunk and wielding a knife. An investigation is underway. The shooting triggered three nights of violent protests, and the intensity of that localized community anger has been a test of Beck and of a newly reformed Los Angeles Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2009 | Joel Rubin
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...
OPINION
November 4, 2009
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa interviewed widely, thought carefully and chose wisely in his selection of Deputy Chief Charlie Beck to become the next chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. The City Council should confirm Beck without delay, and the LAPD should move forward under this capable veteran, who was raised in the department's traditions and who also has shown a refreshing willingness to adapt to change. As has been widely noted, this selection is of great importance for Villaraigosa, the LAPD and the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2009 | Joel Rubin and Phil Willon
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's selection of Charlie Beck to be L.A.'s new police chief elevates a 32-year veteran who is steeped in the traditions of the LAPD but has also won praise from civil rights activists for reforming the department and improving the once-contentious relations with the city's minority community. "He's a man who understands the past, a man who is an important part of the present and a man who will shape this department in the future," Villaraigosa said to a bank of television cameras transmitting the announcement live Tuesday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2009 | Joel Rubin and Phil Willon
When the Los Angeles Police Commission last week gave Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa the names of the finalists for the LAPD chief's job, it was hardly a foregone conclusion that Deputy Chief Charlie Beck would be the eventual winner. In fact, among the three finalists, the commission ranked Beck last. Though many had anointed Beck early on as the favorite to win the job, the outcome behind closed doors, where decisions were actually made, could easily have been different. Beck had to overcome a surging dark horse candidate and a highly regarded department veteran, according to sources close to the selection who asked that their names not be used because the process was confidential.
OPINION
August 12, 2009
Re "The right time to leave Opinion, Aug. 8 According to outgoing Chief William J. Bratton, there will never be a "good time" for him to leave the Los Angeles Police Department, but this is the "right time" for him to leave, "both professionally and personally."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Downtown denizens who thought the high fences, blocked sidewalks and closed traffic lanes at the new LAPD headquarters were a memory now that construction is complete were wrong. To prepare for the True Blue gala, a benefit for the Los Angeles Police Foundation, a lane of Spring Street has been shut down, and sidewalks along Spring and 2nd streets are off-limits. The gala, which will be held Nov. 7, will commemorate the LAPD's 140-year history and pay tribute to departing Chief William J. Bratton.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2009 | Joel Rubin
At first glance, the three finalists to become the next chief of the Los Angeles Police Department appear to be cut from the same cloth. All are middle-aged white men. They are dyed-in-the-wool LAPD cops who came into the department as young men about 30 years ago and took on similar assignments as they rose through the ranks. Below the surface, however, the similarities give way to distinct differences in leadership, personality and career paths that Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell, Deputy Chief Charlie Beck and Deputy Chief Michel Moore followed to arrive at this decisive point.
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