The Los Angeles Police Commission is seeking public comment to inform its decision to give LAPD Chief Charlie Beck a second term at the head of the nation’s third-largest police department.
Beck officially put in papers May 15 seeking a second five-year term, per city charter protocol. Beck announced to reporters in April that he planned to ask for a second term.
The five-member police commission – which supervises the police chief and sets LAPD policy – is seeking the public's opinion as it evaluates Beck’s leadership and assesses how well he has met the city’s goals and overseen reforms for the LAPD.
A series of public meetings, as required by the city’s charter for community input, will begin June 11 at 6 p.m. at the Westchester Senior Center. A second meeting will be held in Canoga Park on June 12, with an appearance by L.A. City Councilman Bob Blumenfield. A final public meeting will take place in Lincoln Heights on July 8.
In his letter to the police commission in May, Beck wrote: “During my tenure, we have made tremendous strides in reducing crime and increasing police accountability, but there is still much left to do.”
The commission has until Aug. 20 to approve or deny Beck’s re-appointment before it the request goes before the L.A. City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti for a final vote.
Longtime civilian watchdog Joe Domanick, who has written extensively on the LAPD for two decades, gives credit to Beck for emphasizing community policing and limiting officer use of force despite issues with the commission over officer discipline.
“There’s a great emphasis on engaging with the economically impoverished African-American and Latino communities that for-so long were downtrodden with the LAPD.” Domanick said, “Now they are partners with the LAPD.”
Domanick said that since the 1992 Rodney King beating, “the Police Commission has taken a firmer stand on the chief of police as reflected by the public’s opinion.”
Beside the meetings, the public can also weigh in by email at email@example.com or by writing to:
Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners
100 West 1st Street, Room 134
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Beck’s current term ends Nov. 17.