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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck poses for a picture at the Los Angeles Police Foundation's 10th annual fundraising gala held at the new LAPD Headquarters on November 7, 2009.
The LAPD just nudged over the magic 10,000, the number of sworn police officers, but did it happen by moving officers around, rather than adding them? Police chief Charlie Beck is here talking to Patt Morrison and taking your questions about policing in the City of Angels.
We’ll also find out what the chief thinks of even tougher California gun law proposals in the wake of the Newtown massacre.
Chief Beck on Deployment changes following the Newtown massacre:
“I think that the responsibility of the police department is to meet new challenges as they occur, and this was a huge barrier that was broken, in my opinion, in American society when a school becomes an object of attack just for the sheer salaciousness of it. At least that’s what it appears to be. So you have to prepare for somebody that may a copycat, or somebody that may take this up as a way to advance their cause, so because of that, and for a lot of reasons, we’re deploying police officers at every middle school and every elementary school in Los Angeles at least for some period of time during the day. And I think this not only builds confidence with the parents and the kids about attending school, but it also builds relationships in a place that we need it.”
The LAPD may be known for fighting crime, but they also help animals. The Voice For The Animals Foundation has created a calendar featuring LAPD officers with their own rescue animals.
Voice for the animals is a non-profit animal rescue organization dedicated to creating respect and empathy for animals through education, rescue, legislation, and advocacy. Chief Charlie Beck is on the cover with his rescue dog, Handsome.
Each month features an officer with their own rescue pet. All of the proceeds will go to the medical treatment, food and shelter for animals in need.
Chief Beck on the motivation behind the calendar:
"There’s nothing cops like more than kids, expect for maybe animals. There’s a incredible amount of police officers that end up rescuing animals that they see during their daily work activity … This is a calendar put together [with] pictures of Los Angeles police officers and the animals they’ve rescued and brought into their homes. Voice For The Animals [a non-profit animal rescue organization] is selling them online, and it’s a fundraiser going towards the rescue of animals. I think it’s a great thing that the department did.”