Archived: Editorial: Between the Police and Public, Trust is Everything


We welcome Charles Beck as Los Angeles’ new soon to be police chief.

Listening to Beck’s comments during the press conference to announce his selection as the new chief, we were happy to hear in his remarks that he plans to maintain a high level of transparency in how the department deals with the community.

This is an extremely crucial part of the department’s new regulations under the Consent Decree, but even more importantly, it is the only way to gain the trust of the community.

Unless the city’s residents can be assured that they will be advised about police misconduct, or any breach of the public trust, they will continue to harbor beliefs that the LAPD has not really been reformed.

Transparency is so important that we believe police officers, the rank and file, also have a lot to gain from its diligent practice.  The suicides of officers in other local city police departments is a glaring example of what happens when problems are buried, and intimidation used to keep from rocking the boat. In the long run, police officers have as much to lose by remaining silent, as does the public they are sworn to serve.

Welcome Chief Beck. We wish you a long and successful tenure as our chief. Your success is good for all of us.

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