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Charlie Beck sworn in as the new LAPD chief

December 3, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
New LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has already been putting his stamp on the department. But after more than two weeks on the job, he took time out Thursday to celebrate at the swearing-in ceremony. It was quite a celebration for Charlie Beck. There was an honor guard, a police orchestra, and even a helicopter flyover all to welcome in the new chief of the LAPD.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa did the honors of swearing in the chief. It was the second time for Beck to be sworn in by the mayor. Beck has been on the job for a couple of weeks as chief of LAPD and city leaders admit it's going to be a tough time for him since the city has serious budget problems. But city leaders insist that Charlie beck is the right man for these tough economic times.

"I worked very closely with him at Rampart and he didn't have extra money over any other captain but he brought in things like cameras for MacArthur Park," said Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Council President. "He was able to do community meetings that leveraged more captains and other folks that were part of that effort so I'm confident that even though we're not going to see the force go down, keeping it steady he can get more out of that existing force in this tough economic time."

If there is such a thing as a cop's cop, Charlie Beck would have to be it. He has been with the LAPD for 32 years. His father was a deputy chief for the LAPD and he has two children that are currently in the force.


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