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Police commission Steve Soboroff's Comments on Retirement of Chief Beck

Los Angeles - First, I want to thank Chief Beck for his forty years of service to the LAPD and City of Los Angeles, the last eight years as our Chief of Police. Under his leadership he has helped to make the LAPD the preeminent law enforcement agency in the world.

His focus on community policing has resulted in creating, maintaining and expanding the great relationships the Department has with the diverse communities of Los Angeles. The many successes in programs that have been implemented under his leadership will serve as a testimony to his skill as a leader.

I appreciate his desire to remain as the Chief of Police until his successor is selected for a smooth transition in leadership of the Department. I will have more to say about the Chief, his service to the City and the process to select his successor in the coming weeks. I have appointed myself and Vice-President Matthew Johnson as the sub-committee to work with the General Manager of the Personnel Department to fulfill the recruitment process as outlined in the City Charter.