The Police Commission is considering interim LAPD chief to replace Michel Moore

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The Police Commission is considering interim LAPD chief to replace Michel Moore

LA Politics, Homepage News

Maria L. LaGanga

January 20, 2024

There was only one item on the agenda when the Los Angeles Police Commission met in special session Friday, a crucial decision that will have to be made over time.

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six weeks: Who will step in on an interim basis when Police Chief Michel Moore’s tumultuous tenure comes to an end?

Depending on who you ask, an interim police chief is either a simple placeholder to keep things moving during the search for a permanent replacement, or the person is a strategic partner who will help Mayor Karen Bass figure out what kind of chief the department needs. serving one of the largest, most diverse cities in the country.

Connie Rice, who served on former President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, said an interim chief’s job is to give the mayor “a CAT scan of the state of the department,” an in-depth assessing ‘what the priorities are in carrying out a reset, identifying areas where progress has been made, derailments, areas for repair.”

If a police department is “too top heavy” or filled with people about to retire, a new permanent chief would need the skills to build an agency from the ground up. need advanced cyber skills.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore will resign at the end of February

“My hunch at this point,” Rice said in an interview, is that the department needs an interim chief “who is fluent in LAPD.” …You don’t want someone who needs to know where the bathrooms are.

On the other hand, Rice said, “You don’t want anyone in-house.”

Former police commissioner

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Soboroff would add at least one more requirement: “I think the goal would be to make the interim as interim as possible” and not hope to compete for the top spot. It should be a rule, he said, “that whoever becomes interim chief will not be the chief of police.”

Friday’s nearly four-hour meeting was the first time the committee has met behind closed doors to discuss the selection of the interim chief, said Richard Tefank, executive director of the board, although “there is some staff work involved done.”

The goal, Tefank said, “is to have the interim in place before Chief Moore leaves, and then work on the permanent replacement.”

Moore and Bass announced earlier this month that he would resign at the end of February

six 5 1/2

years on the job.

Moore was reappointed a year ago to a second five-year term and planned to serve a two- or three-year term. Moore’s idea was to hand the job over to a new chief before the 2028 Olympics.

But his tenure was marked by controversy and he announced his resignation on January 12.

The LAPD assistant chief has been placed on leave for alleged stalking

“I know I’ve made mistakes and missteps,” Moore said at the time. But I also believe that my work has had success on a broad spectrum of issues unmatched by any other law enforcement agency in this country.

Supporters note that Moore said

the department has become more diverse, among other things

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Recent LAPD data shows


Crime shows a downward trend.

At the same time, the department has faced several scandals that have tarnished his time as a top cop.

For example, an assistant chief is said to have tracked down an officer with whom he had a relationship, and officers from gang units have been suspected of thefts and illegal stops.

The brief public comments before the Police Commission went into closed session Friday ranged from civil but critical to profane and unprintable.

For about five minutes, four men focused on Moore, the police commission, the process of choosing an interim chief and black women in leadership positions.

One commentator asked God to bless the departing chief, while another wished Moore good advice.

We are entering a new phase, says Steve Rogers, who regularly attends committee meetings. I really hope you select a future chief who will implement community policing, make the department more accessible with outreach on the website, and let people know when gatherings are happening in the community.

Activist Philip Tabbi was more direct and derogatory.

Over the past few years while Moore was chief of police, we’ve all learned exactly what we don’t want in the leader of the nation’s largest police department, he told commissioners.

We don’t want a chief who continues to make poor decisions that make our communities unsafe. Mike has caused serious damage, severed ties with the community and has no remorse.

Recent controversies are testing LAPD Chief Michel Moore in the final years of his tenure

Friday’s meeting ended without any announcements. Tefank said the session “was about the process and about candidates and about the future.” The selection is again on the committee’s agenda on Tuesday.

According to the city charter, Tefank said, the commission appoints the interim chief, but “for permanent selection, the commission works with the general manager of the [LAPD] human resources department and identifies candidates. At the end, they will present candidates to the mayor, ranked in numerical order: 1, 2, 3. The mayor will then make her selection.”

However, that is on the way. First, the committee will find a stand-in, which could happen “within the next few weeks,” he said. The two selections will proceed “on different tracks,” with the search for an interim chief “being the more urgent,” he said.


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