LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Appointed to 2nd Five-Year Term in 4-1 Police Commission Vote

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The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday appointed Charlie Beck to a second term as chief of the city’s police department.

With Beck enjoying the strong support of Mayor Eric Garcetti, who appointed the commissioners and made clear in recent weeks that he wanted Beck to remain, the panel’s 4-1 vote was widely anticipated.

The decision to keep Beck, however, was far from a rubber stamp. In comments made before they cast their votes, several of the commissioners credited Beck with his accomplishments as chief, but expressed concerns about his leadership style and said they expected him to make improvements quickly.

The pointed comments punctuated several tough months for Beck, in which he has endured criticism from commissioners and rank-and-file officers, who have objected to what they see as his uneven approach to disciplining officers. Commissioners also have questioned whether Beck is committed to working closely with his civilian bosses.

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