Charlie Beck

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Charles L. Beck
Charles Beck in 2011.jpg
Born (1953-06-27) June 27, 1953 (age 61)[1]
Long Beach, California[1]
Other names Charlie
Police career
Department Los Angeles Police Department
Years of service March 1977 -
Rank Chief of Police (56th) - 11/2009
Deputy Chief - 8/2006
Commander - 4/2005
Captain - 7/1999
Lieutenant - 4/1993
Sergeant - 6/1984
Sworn in as a patrolman - 3/1977

Charles Lloyd "Charlie" Beck (born June 27, 1953)[2] is the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).[3] A veteran of the department with over three decades of service, he is known for commanding and rehabilitating the Rampart Division after the Rampart Scandal; and for technology enhancements during his time as Chief of Detectives.[4]

Early life[edit]

Charles Beck is native of Long Beach, California. He attended the California State University, Long Beach were he took his B.A.. He also attended Mayfair High School in Lakewood, California.[1] Beck's family is one of police legacy: his father, George, was also an LAPD officer, retiring at the rank of Deputy Chief in 1980.[1][4]

Career[edit]

See also: Rampart Scandal

Beck was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in March 1977 after serving two years with the Los Angeles Police Reserve Corps. As a patrol officer, his assignments included both the Rampart and Hollywood divisions.[1] After promotion to Sergeant in June 1984, Beck served in the department's controversial C.R.A.S.H. program under then-chief Daryl Gates in the 1980s and early 1990s.[5] Beck served in the department's Internal Affairs division as a Sergeant and a Lieutenant.[1] He was promoted to Lieutenant in April 1993, to Captain in July 1999 (following that promotion he was initially assigned to Southeast Division, followed by terms as the Commanding Officer of Juvenile Division, Central Area and finally Rampart Area), and then Commander in April 2005. In August 2006, he achieved the rank of Deputy Chief, the same rank his father, a retired Los Angeles Police Officer, had attained. Upon that promotion, he assumed command of Operations-South Bureau. Beck went on to become Chief of Detectives, where he implemented a number changes to the Detective Bureau, particularly in the use of technology (for which the Detective Bureau has overall responsibility for the entire LAPD). 'Charlie' Beck was appointed the LAPD's Chief of Police in November 2009.[1] According to the Los Angeles Times newspaper, LAPD Chief Beck was paid a salary of $297,000 in 2011.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Beck is known to be an avid motocross enthusiast, winning several awards in the sport, and is the current Police and Fire Motocross national champion.[5] His sister, Megan, was a detective. His wife, Cindy, was a narcotics K9 handler. Two of his children, Brandi and Martin, are LAPD officers, as is his son-in-law.[7][8]

References and external links[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Charles L. Beck: Commanding Officer, Detective Bureau". LAPD. Retrieved 2009-11-03. 
  2. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
  3. ^ Rubin, Joel (November 17, 2009). "Charlie Beck named L.A.'s new chief of police". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Joel Rubin and Phil Willon (November 3, 2009). "Villaraigosa selects Beck to be next LAPD chief". Los Angeles Times. 
  5. ^ a b "Mayor Villaraigosa Announces New LAPD chief". Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  6. ^ Allen, Sam (July 11, 2012). "Some police chief salaries boosted with cashouts". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ Beck, Charlie (April 30, 2012). "For LAPD's chief, a transformation". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ "LAPD Dynasty" People Magazine, February 22, 2010
Police appointments
Preceded by
Michael P. Downing
Chief of Los Angeles Police Department
2009-
Succeeded by
Incumbent