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Chief Charlie Beck talks about perfecting the LAPD
Chief Charlie Beck talks about perfecting the LAPD

That TV-friendly phrase "top cop"? It doesn't begin to describe Charlie Beck's job as the chief of the LAPD. Just how much the job entails became clear during the application process for his second five-year term. He's a lawman, yes, but also a diplomat, civic preacher, technologist, budgeter, psychologist, disciplinarian, politician — you get the idea. A department that's spent 20 years trying to remake itself still must prove itself on the streets every day, and headlines from Ferguson, Mo., are a reminder to Beck and the whole city of how bad it once was here in Los Angeles. You won't comment specifically on the killing of Michael Brown in...

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