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A day before Police Commission meeting, a look at Chief Beck’s tenure

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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 in Los Angeles, California. Toby Canham/Getty Images

The Police Commission is meeting tomorrow to decide whether to reappoint LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for a second five-year term.

Crime in the city has decreased for 11 years in a row and Beck has played an important role in keeping Los Angeles safe in the face of budget and departmental cuts. But Beck has also come under fire for favoritism and inconsistency in dishing out discipline. Of late, he has been embroiled in a scandal of sorts involving a horse the department bought that was subsequently revealed to have been owned by Beck's daughter. And over the weekend, the LA Times published an analysis finding that the LAPD has misclassified some 1,200 serious violent crimes as minor offenses.

How does the reappointment process work? What criteria does the five-person Police Commission use for making their decision? What’s your opinion of Chief Beck’s performance thus far?


Erika Aguilar, Crime and Politics Reporter at KPCC 

Frank Stoltze, Crime and Politics Reporter at KPCC

Ben Poston, LA Times assistant data editor who led the Times’ analysis into the LAPD’s violent crime misclassification

Raphe Sonenshein, Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles


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