Today Tuesday, November 03, 2009 LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the selection of Deputy Chief Charles L. Beck is the new 55th LAPD Chief. He takes over former LAPD Chief William J. Bratton who resigned as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in August 5, 2009.
“Beginning his career with the LAPD 32 years ago, Chief Charlie Beck has earned the reputation as a progressive police reformer,” Said Mayor Villaraigosa in a press release by his Office of the Mayor City of Los Angeles.
He concluded “He is a man of character and integrity, a police officer who is tough on crime, and he is a leader with a deep respect and understanding of the police officers under his command and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve. Chief Charlie Beck is the right man to lead the Los Angeles Police Department.”
Here is the new LAPD Chief biography:
Deputy Chief Charles L. Beck was born in Long Beach, California in 1953. He was educated locally and attended California State University at Long Beach. His father was a Los Angeles Police officer who retired in 1980 at the rank of Deputy Chief.
Deputy Chief Beck was appointed to the Department in March 1977 after serving two years in the Los Angeles Police Reserve Corps. He was promoted to Sergeant in June 1984, to Lieutenant in April 1993, to Captain in July 1999, Commander in April 2005, and to Deputy Chief in August 2006. As an officer, his patrol assignments have included Rampart, Southeast, Pacific and Hollywood Areas. As a sergeant, his assignments were Harbor and Southwest patrol, South Bureau C.R.A.S.H. and Internal Affairs Division.
Upon being promoted to captain, he was originally assigned as the Commanding Officer of Southeast Operations Support Division where he spent approximately two years before being transferred to Juvenile Division. As a Commander, he was the Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations.
Upon being promoted to Deputy Chief, he assumed command of Operations - South Bureau.
Commander Beck is the current president of the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Police Relief Association and competes regularly in local motocross events. He is a current Police and Fire Motocross national champion and has won dozens of medals in state, national and international competitions.
Photo and Biography courtesy of the Office of the Mayor City of Los Angeles ANTONIO R. VILLARAIGOSA.
Editor Note: Esteban "Steven" Escobar, Editor of Diversity News, Diversity News Los Angeles, Diversity News Hollywood and Diversity News Online published by Diversity News Publications want to congratulate and wish LAPD Chief Charles L. Beck good luck with his LIFE AND CAREER.