CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck was made Chicago’s interim police superintendent on Friday, taking the non permanent problem of main the second-largest drive in the US.
FILE PHOTO: Police Chief Charlie Beck speaks at a information convention to unveil a Ford Fusion Police Responder hybrid car at LAPD headquarters in Los Angeles, California U.S., April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photograph
Mayor Lori Lightfoot praised Beck’s monitor file of reaching out to minority communities in Los Angeles, and mentioned she absolutely anticipated he would do the identical because the interim prime cop in Chicago.
Beck – who when pressed by reporters mentioned he had no need to be named because the everlasting Chicago superintendent – mentioned he spent most of his profession in South Los Angeles and made working with the black neighborhood a precedence.
“My legacy in that neighborhood is making it safer and bringing collectively police and residents,” Beck, 66, mentioned at a joint information convention with Lightfoot and retiring Chicago Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
Lightfoot additionally praised Beck’s capacity to interact and work hand-in-hand with activists in Los Angeles’ black neighborhood.
“If LA, you consider Watts, you consider South Central,” Lightfoot mentioned. “He labored collectively to make these communities secure and engaged these communities. It is a man who is aware of learn how to get one thing carried out.”
Beck introduced his retirement in January 2018 after serving for 9 years as the town’s prime cop.
Throughout his tenure, Beck applied a neighborhood policing technique, wherein officers have been anticipated to construct relationships throughout the neighborhoods they patrolled.
Beck additionally believes the usage of knowledge and know-how are key legislation enforcement instruments and is a robust supporter of predictive policing, an method to battle crime with analytics earlier than it occurs.
Johnson mentioned on Thursday he would retire after a three-year run marked by a pointy discount in murders, a federal police misconduct probe and clashes with President Donald Trump.
Johnson’s retirement comes three weeks after patrol officers discovered him asleep in his automotive. Johnson, 59, initially mentioned he had fallen asleep resulting from blood stress remedy, however native media later reported that he instructed Lightfoot, he had had a “couple of drinks” earlier than driving. The incident is underneath investigation.
Lightfooot mentioned that the seek for a everlasting police superintendent was underway, however didn’t point out when it could be accomplished.
Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Further reporting by Brad Brooks in Austin, Texas; Enhancing by Jonathan Oatis