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Who is Charlie Beck? A look at Villaraigosa's choice for LAPD chief

November 3, 2009 |  8:32 am

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Charlie Beck at a glance

Years in the LAPD: 32

Age: 56

Family: Married with three children.

Education: Cal State Long Beach, bachelor of arts in occupational studies-vocational arts

Background: The son of an LAPD deputy chief, Beck was promoted from captain to deputy chief during Bratton's tenure. He is a popular figure with rank-and-file officers; two of Beck's three children are LAPD officers. Bratton often turned to Beck to handle controversial problems, such as the massive DNA testing backlog and errors in fingerprint analysis.

On the job:  Throughout his career, Beck has spent most of his time in the field. While not denying an ambition to seek out new and bigger assignments over the years, Beck tended to shun many of the administrative positions that officers typically take to earn promotions.  Soon after Bratton took over the department in 2002, however, he selected Beck to be the captain in charge of the Rampart Division, which had badly tarnished the department with revelations of corruption and abuses. Beck was hailed by a panel that examined Rampart for his ability to develop -- and get his officers to adopt -- a more inclusive, progressive approach that emphasized a partnership with the residents.

Photo: Former Police Chief William J. Bratton poses with chief finalists, from left, Deputy Chief Michel Moore, Deputy Chief Charlie Beck and Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell. (Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times / October 28, 2009)

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