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Early praise for Charlie Beck's nomination as LAPD chief

November 3, 2009 | 11:25 am

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's pick of Charlie Beck to be the next LAPD chief has won early praise from some area officials.

"We have had a successful working relationship with the Los Angeles Police Department for many years, and we anticipate that partnership will continue under new Police Chief Charlie Beck," said Sheriff Lee Baca.

City Council President Eric Garcetti applauded the choice: “Charlie Beck embodies the new era of the LAPD,” he said. “He represents the future but connects us with the best of our past. He has the vision, temperament and intellect to continue making Los Angeles safer. I believe he is the right chief for our times. And I commend the mayor.”

Councilman José Huizar praised Beck's effort to reach out to the community: "With more than 30 years in the department, Charlie Beck has earned the respect of the rank and file of the LAPD and community members alike. His tough stance on crime, coupled with his progressive approach to community policing and engaging residents, tells me that he is the right man for the job. I am confident that Deputy Chief Beck will continue the department's efforts to reduce crime while respecting the civil rights of residents," he said in a statement.

-- Richard Winton