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LAPD Chief Beck in studio to address 2015 crime spike, homeless encampments and more

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck in the KPCC Studios.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck in the KPCC Studios.
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This week, LAPD is kicking off a new training initiative -- dubbed the Preservation of Life and Building Community Trust training.

The launch comes after new statistics last week revealed a spike in crime in Los Angeles for the first half of 2015. It's the first spike - across all categories include assaults, robberies, and domestic violence - in over a decade. How will Chief Charlie Beck redirect police resources in response to the uptick?

The reason(s) for the increase in crime is unclear, but Beck has said Central Division is seeing more "homeless-on-homeless" crime.

We will also ask Beck how policing of homeless encampments has changed after a recent directive from Mayor Eric Garcetti asks LA City Council to come up with a new policy. Plus we'll talk about the Summer Night Lights program for kids across LA; a reward for a fatal hit-and-run; an arrest that led to connecting the suspect's DNA to a 2004 murder and sex assault; and more.

What questions do you have for Chief Beck?


Charlie Beck, Chief,  Los Angeles Police Department