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Public Safety approves attorney to LAPD's Police Commission

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Attorney Andrea Ordin said she will focus on risk management when she returns as a member of the Police Commission.

When a longtime attorney returns as a member of the Los Angeles Police Commission, one of her focuses will be on improving risk management and accountability, she said today.  

The Public Safety Committee unanimously confirmed Andrea Ordin’s appointment to the civilian oversight panel. Her nomination was forwarded to the Los Angeles City Council. 

During her confirmation hearing, Ordin was questioned by Councilman Mitch Englander about the city’s ability to hold employees responsible for things like traffic collisions. Ordin agreed risk management is an ongoing issue.  

“There’s two sides to the risk management issue,” she said. “One is for the leadership to provide the tools to the officers or to the sanitation workers or whatever employee to be able to do his or her job with skill and care.  That has to be done all the time – it’s not just one training.


Attorney returns to Los Angeles' Police Commission


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A former police commissioner was reappointed today to the civilian panel that oversees policy for the Los Angeles Police Department.

An attorney who spent five years on the panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department was reappointed to the commission today to finish out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s time in office.

Andrea Sheridan Ordin was Los Angeles County’s counsel for two years, stepping down in January. She previously served on the Board of Police Commissioners as a Villaraigosa appointee.

“I am so confident in Andrea Ordin’s ability to provide valuable public safety insight to the Board of Police Commissioners that I have elected to reappoint her to the civilian oversight panel,” Villaraigosa said in a statement.

“As a former appointed member of that board from 2005 to 2010, and a practicing attorney since 1965, her knowledge of the police department and the law especially qualifies Ordin to fulfill the duties of this office.”