Selecting a New Chief for LAPD
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 09, 2018 at 9:26 AM
On Wednesday of this week, City Council held a special hearing with the leadership of the Los Angeles Police Commission so that Councilmembers could have the opportunity to articulate their views on what they want to see in the next Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The Los Angeles Police Chief holds one of the most important positions in Los Angeles City government. His or her decisions impact the lives and safety of every resident of our City. As Chair of the City's Public Safety Committee, I believe it is critical that the next Chief meet the expectations of not just the City's political leadership and department rank-and-file, but of the people of Los Angeles.
I'm pleased that the Los Angeles Police Commission has conducted the most open and collaborative search process in the history of the department. They have solicited the input of Councilmembers and the public through town halls and an online survey. If you have not yet completed the online survey you should do so, here.
My own view is that the new chief needs to be accountable for the performance of the department. That accountability is not limited only to crime statistics but also how the department manages and deploys the resources it is allotted. The new chief must also recognize the changing nature of policing as social media transforms the relationship of the police with the community. The police department must also have a strategy for how it confronts new challenges like homelessness which are different in nature than some of the gang and drug challenges of the past.
Check out the video below to view my full remarks on the subject and remember to fill out the survey for what characteristics you wish to see in the next Chief of LAPD.
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