It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of former First Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger. Chief Paysinger died Monday afternoon surrounded by his family and friends. For more than 43 years, Earl Paysinger dedicated his life to making Los Angeles the safest big city in America with his laser focus mission to reduce violence and victimization. But, he will mostly be remembered by Angelinos for his ability to foster public trust.
Community Policing was in his DNA as he championed youth programs, meaningful community engagement, and greater police accountability. Paysinger was particularly proud to be the architect of the “Youth First” campaign which provided mentorship, resources, and opportunities to more than 10,000 youth in our City. He also revamped the LAPD Cadet Leadership program that promotes education, leadership, self-esteem, and a sense of well-being for the youth in our communities.
Under his direction the Cadet program grew from fewer than 500 Cadets in the 2000’s to nearly 1,500 today.
Chief Paysinger retired from the Department in 2016, but service was still in his soul as he joined the University of Southern California in the role of Vice President of Civic Engagement.
Earl Paysinger’s impact on Los Angeles will continue to be felt for years to come whether it’s in the halls of USC, the offices at Police Headquarters, in the black and whites our police officers patrol in, or the community centers where Angelinos gather. His devotion to building bridges, creating leaders, and reducing the fear and instances of crime will be his legacy.
Earl Paysinger’s passion for the LAPD was only outweighed by his love for his family.
Funeral arrangements are still pending.