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
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.