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LAPD Chief on policing undocumented immigrants, civilian discipline panels and more

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Los Angeles police officers monitor protesters during a demonstration against the immigration ban that was imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump at Los Angeles International Airport. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck will join AirTalk today to address a range of crime and safety news including LAPD's policy for handling undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles.

Despite the Trump Administration's call for a crackdown on immigrants living in the US illegally, Beck has said he will not change the department's stance on immigration enforcement. Speaking to reporters in late January, Beck said "We have built relationships by effective law enforcement that doesn't focus on where a person was born or the color of their skin. And we don't intend to change that."

Additionally, AirTalk will address a new report about mediation delivered yesterday to the LA Police Commission. It found that a program intended to help LAPD officers and residents understand each other better is largely successful when both sides agree to meet. However, cops and residents often choose not to engage in face-to-face mediation.

Other important developments include another year-over-year rise of violent crime in LA; a Pew survey of police attitudes towards policing; and more. What are your questions for Chief Beck?

Guest:

Charlie Beck, Chief, Los Angeles Police Department; he tweets @LAPDChiefBeck

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