Thomas Reddin

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Thomas Reddin (June 25, 1916 – December 4, 2004) was a Los Angeles Police Department chief from 1967 to 1969. He left May 6, 1969, to become a news commentator. He also owned a private security company in Los Angeles; Tom Reddin Security.

Reddin helped modernize the department and introduced the community policing concept,[1] which "perceives the community as an agent and partner in promoting security rather than as a passive audience."[2] During his tenure as Chief of the Los Angeles Police, he allowed his name and office to be used in the first three seasons of the revived version of the Jack Webb-created detective drama Dragnet, his name was also used as technical advisor during the first season (1968–1969) of the police drama Adam-12.


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Police appointments
Preceded by
Thad F. Brown
Chief of LAPD
Succeeded by
Roger E. Murdock