Charlie Beck

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Charles L. Beck
Charles Beck in 2011.jpg
Born (1953-06-27) June 27, 1953 (age 66)[1]
Other names"Charlie"
Police career
Department Los Angeles Police Department
Service yearsMarch 1977 – June 2018 (41 years)
Rank Chief of Police (Retired) (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
Badge no.Chief of Police

Charles Lloyd Beck (born June 27, 1953)[2] is a retired police officer, ending his career as the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).[3] A veteran of the department with over three decades as an officer, 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 and education[edit]

Beck is a native of Long Beach, California. He attended Mayfair High School in Lakewood, California, and then the California State University, Long Beach where he received a B.A. in occupational studies-vocational arts.[1] His father, George, was also an LAPD policeman, retiring at the rank of deputy chief in 1980.[1][4]


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 worked in the department's controversial C.R.A.S.H. program under then-chief, Daryl Gates, in the 1980s and early 1990s.[5] Beck worked 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 that 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, and 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). Beck was appointed chief of police in November 2009.[1] According to the Los Angeles Times, Beck was paid a salary of $297,000 in 2011.[6]

On January 19, 2018, Beck announced his retirement later that year.[7] On June 4, 2018, Mayor Garcetti announced that Michel Moore would succeed him on June 27.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Beck is known to be an avid motocross enthusiast, winning several awards in the sport, and is the current[when?] Police and Fire Motocross national champion.[5] His sister, Megan, was a detective. His wife, Cindy, was a narcotics dog handler. Two of his children, Brandi and Martin, are LAPD officers. His daughter Megan is a custody assistant for LASD.[9]

In 2016, Beck made a cameo appearance on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills when he ran into Erika Jayne and her husband Thomas Girardi while having lunch.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Charles L. Beck: Commanding Officer, Detective Bureau". LAPD. Retrieved November 3, 2009.
  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". Archived from the original on June 3, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2009.
  6. ^ Allen, Sam (July 11, 2012). "Some police chief salaries boosted with cashouts". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Mather, Kate; Chang, Cindy (January 19, 2018). "L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck announces early retirement, ending eight-year tenure as head of the LAPD" – via LA Times.
  8. ^ Stoltze, Frank (June 4, 2018). "Michel Moore appointed LAPD chief to replace Charlie Beck". KPCC. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  9. ^ Beck, Charlie (April 30, 2012). "For LAPD's chief, a transformation". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
    - "LAPD Dynasty", People Magazine, February 22, 2010
  10. ^ "Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills Recap - Goodbye Implants, Hello Hamptons". January 6, 2016.
Police appointments
Preceded by
Michael P. Downing
Chief of Los Angeles Police Department
Succeeded by
Michel Moore