As Michel Moore was sworn in as Los Angeles police chief Thursday, two of his predecessors sat behind him.
It was Moore’s first day leading the Los Angeles Police Department, but he had worked closely with William J. Bratton and then Charlie Beck during their tenures as chief as they transformed a department once known for brutal tactics and corruption into one that is on the forefront of community policing and efforts to reduce police shootings.
“He’s listened to the people of this city for three decades. He’s learned the ins and outs of every facet,” Mayor Eric Garcetti told city officials and LAPD officers at the Police Academy in Elysian Park. “Our next chapter is not something he’ll need to learn on the job. He’s already been busy writing it.”
That next chapter, Moore said in his swearing-in speech, will include deepening the community’s trust in the LAPD as well as listening to the concerns of the department’s 10,000 sworn officers and 3,000 civilian employees.
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