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|Los Angeles Police Department|
|BornFebruary 25, 1942|
|Place of birth||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|Service branch||United States|
|Years of service||1963 - 1997|
|Rank||Sworn in as an Officer - 1963
- Chief of Police - 1997
|Awards||Police Meritorious Unit Citation
Police Meritorious Service Medal
1984 Summer Olympics Ribbon
1987 Papal Visit Ribbon
Bayan Lewis (born February 25, 1942) was interim Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in 1997. He was chosen by majority vote (3-2) by the LAPD commission, March 31, 1997. Prior to this, he served on the force for 34 years. When voted, Lewis said he was uninterested in taking over Willie Williams' position. He served as director of the Office of Operations, and was responsible for the largest command in the department. Lewis was instrumental in creating the department's mobile field force.
Lewis took the position May 18, 1997, two months early from the July 6 date Williams was supposed to step-down after a deal.
- Education: Graduate of Pepperdine University in public administration, with postgraduate work at USC; also graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.
- Career highlights: Joined the LAPD in April 1963. As a captain, headed the anti-terrorist division, Rampart and West Valley areas and west traffic division. As assistant chief, has served as director of the Office of Operations, responsible for 85% of the department's resources. Served in the 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized) of the California National Guard for 23 years, retiring as lieutenant colonel.
- Lait, Matt (1997-05-03). "Interim Chief Plans to Keep Firm Hand on Department Reins During Transition". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
- Meyer, Josh (1998-01-04). "Former Chief Turns Focus to New Force". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
Willie L. Williams
|Chief of Los Angeles Police Department
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