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Notes from the January 23, 2018 Weekly Police Commission Meeting


Commission President Steve Soboroff opened the meeting and a quorum was established.

All Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved.

Department’s verbal presentation and discussion relative to the year-end 2017 Part 1 Crime Statistics. No action by the Commission required.

Department’s report, dated January 18, 2018, relative to the Supervisory Cross-Training and Mentoring Programs Follow-Up Report, as set forth. [BPC #18-0051] was approved.

Department’s report, dated January 17, 2018, relative to the Operations West Bureau Digital In-Car Video System Audit, as set forth. [BPC #18-0052] was approved.

Department’s report, dated January 17, 2018, relative to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Fourth Quarter, 2017, Risk Management and Harm Reduction Strategy Status Report, as set forth. [BPC #18-0053] was approved.

Chief Beck began his report to the Commission noting LAPD’s security coverage for the March for Women on Saturday, January 20, 2018, in Downtown Los Angeles. With a crowd of more than 600,000 people, no significant incidents were reported. Chief Beck commended the men and women of LAPD who were part of the event. Chief Beck added the event is a great example of Angelenos being able to express their opinions publicly without significant police intervention.

Chief Beck reported on Friday, January 19, 2018, he spoke to a group of active NFL players regarding leadership, hoping to convince the players to use their platform to speak to youth violence in the community. Chief Beck believes the meeting was a success, and the LAPD looks forward to working with the NFL.

Chief Beck attended the graduation ceremony of thirty five new LAPD members on Friday, January 19, 2018.

Chief Beck noted his retirement announcement. After serving as Chief of Police for almost nine years, and the LAPD for more than 40 years, Chief Beck will retire on June 27, 2018, his 65th birthday. Chief Beck is proud of his time with the Department, and feels this is the right time for this decision, adding the right people to make the selection and the right people to select from are in place. Chief Beck added he will work until his last day.

Chief Beck reported 10,060 sworn officers are on active duty, approximately 2,800 civilians, and approximately 1,800 cadets.

As directed by Mr. Soboroff, Richard Tefank gave a brief explanation of the selection process for recruitment and selection of Police Chief, as outlined in the Los Angeles City Charter, Section 575(a).

Each Commissioner gave a statement regarding Chief Beck’s pending retirement, commending him for his hard word, dedication and commitment to his position, to the members of LAPD, and to each Angeleno.


I have met Chief Beck on several occasions. Chief Beck has always represented the City and LAPD with grace and honor. He is quick to lend his name to charitable causes and he always credits the fine officers that are actually on the beat with the successes of the Department. I am happy for him, but I am sad that we will lose such a great leader and credit to our community.

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