LAPD First Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger Honored at City Hall
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 24, 2016 at 2:43 PM
This Wednesday, I was proud to honor First Assistant Chief Earl C. Paysinger for his 41-year career with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Chief Paysinger began his career in December 1974 as an LAPD Police Student Worker. He rose steadily through the ranks of the LAPD to ultimately become the number two executive in charge of the LAPD and serve as the Director of Special Operations.
He served for nearly a decade as the Director of the Office of Operations during the administrations of Chief Bratton and Chief Beck, during which time he supervised over 7,500 LAPD sworn and civilian personnel. He is the longest serving and most prolific Operations executive in the modern era of the LAPD.
Chief Paysinger was the architect of the highly successful “Youth First” initiative, a campaign designed to advance the accomplishments of the youth majority throughout the City of Los Angeles. He reengineered the LAPD Cadet Leadership Program, resulting in the growth of the program from a modest 450 participants to over 8,000 graduates – and still growing.
During his tenure as a Deputy Chief at the helm of the LAPD South Bureau, Chief Paysinger was instrumental in helping to restore the Department’s relationship with communities of color in South Los Angeles. He worked diligently to develop community coalitions and strengthen bonds with community members, civic groups, faith institutions, and other business interests.
Throughout his career, Chief Paysinger conscientiously helped to shepherd the Department through some of the most difficult social and economic periods in its history. He always spoke with purpose and integrity, and encouraged meaningful dialogue between the LAPD and the public.
He has been instrumental in helping LAPD realize its goal of making Los Angeles the safest big city in America. His unwavering commitment to provide opportunities for our youth will forever be his enduring legacy to LAPD.
I want to thank Chief Paysinger for his extraordinary character as a law enforcement leader and for selflessly serving this City.
-Mitchell Englander, Chair of the Public Safety Committee
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