Los Angeles: It has been my great honor and privilege to serve as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. Over the course of my tenure, we have accomplished significant reforms, enhanced training, and expanded transparency and accountability while navigating uncharted territory encompassing the combination of a historic pandemic, severe staffing reductions, and a resurgence of homicides and gun related crimes.
As the process of my reappointment has unfolded, I have listened intensely in my conversations with the Board of Police Commissioners, and more recently with Mayor Bass, on the description of the work that remains. I have heard the countless voices of encouragement as well as calls for rejecting my application. I am grateful for those who have called out my leadership and success. To my critics, I acknowledge all my efforts have not been without missteps.
I am grateful for the unanimous decision by the Board of Police Commissioners for my reappointment. Moving forward, I am committed to the path of further building trust in this Department and with its members; to continuing and expanding police reforms, including improving the response to those experiencing a mental health crisis; to lowering gun violence and overall crime; to expanding alternative response measures; to rebuilding the Department’s staffing and improving services including the expansion of our Community Safety Partnership initiative; to continuing our emphasis on de-escalation and training; to modernizing our technology to improve efficiencies; and, to achieving a safer city that embraces its dedicated officers that are committed To Protect and To Serve.
There’s much to do and I am excited for the opportunity to continue this critical work.