LAPD Chief Beck to patrol streets on Thanksgiving Day

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The LAPD’s new chief, Charlie Beck, is spending Thanksgiving Day in a patrol car.

Beck’s been chief for barely a week. And he says he knows other cops are watching.

“Whatever the chief does – whatever any leader does – is constantly on parade, constantly on inspection," says Beck.

That’s why Beck, a 56-year-old LAPD veteran, will climb into a squad car and spend part of Thanksgiving Day keeping the city of L.A. safe.

“The idea is for me to be out and show that the chief places a high value on the basic function of the Los Angeles Police Department," said Beck.

The chief said there's another benefit to him working a regular beat on Thanksgiving day.

"The side value is that by working a car in an area, you can give somebody else that didn’t have the day off, the day off.”

Beck says he'll go where he's most comfortable, and that's South L.A. He spent years there as a patrol cop and later a commander. He said he'll probably show up for duty in the Southeast Division.

After spending time with his LAPD family, he go home to his real family – which is also thick with cops. His father and sister are retired LAPD, his daughter's on the force and his son is expected to graduate from the police academy next week.

Beck says he’s got a lot to be thankful for, including his selection as chief.