Los Angeles Police Department

Charlie Beck's years as LAPD chief were marked by challenges and reforms

Charlie Beck's years as LAPD chief were marked by challenges and reforms

It was an uncertain time when Charlie Beck took the helm of the Los Angeles Police Department just over eight years ago.

The agency had undergone sweeping reforms under a consent decree imposed after the Rampart corruption scandal, but officers in gang units were balking at new rules requiring them to disclose personal financial information. Efforts to add dashboard cameras to patrol cars had long stalled. And the financial crisis was battering the department’s budget.

The plain-spoken, down-to-earth Beck was taking over from William J. Bratton, an iconic law enforcement...

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