LAPD’s Parker Center Closes Its Doors for Good
LOS ANGELES — Parker Center, the iconic headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department for more than five decades, was closed for good Tuesday.
Today a ceremony to highlight the iconic buildings rich history.
Top police officials, city leaders and LAPD employees as chief beck symbolically locked up the front doors with handcuffs.
But with time the building became run down and outdated.
Because of concerns about its inability to withstand a major earthquake – the LAPD moved into a new facility in 2009.
The building was renamed Parker Center in 1966 in honor of former Chief William Parker.
As this timeline at the LAPD museum highlights – Chief Parker led the department through the ups and downs that involved – good police work and a fair share of scandals.
Even so, Chief Charlie Beck says what the building stands for provides a solid foundation for the department today.
With its doors now closed for good City officials will decide what to do with the building – destroy it or use it for something else.
For now those at today’s good bye ceremony – will take with them memories of a lifetime.
– Stefan Chase