Charlie Beck is seeking a second, five-year term as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Times reports. “I still believe there is much more to be accomplished,” Beck, 60, told the Board of Police Commissioners. He said he wants more time as chief to “continue to rebuild and reengineer a department that’s suffered massive budget cuts” and to enhance the LAPD’s use of technology and data in crime fighting.
The decision of whether to grant Beck another term rests with the five-member commission. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who appointed the commissioners, is expected to have a large say in whether Beck remains. Beck has received generally high marks during his first term as chief, a period in which the department has reported declines in crime and managed to work within tight budget constraints. Beck has clashed periodically with the commission over his handling of officer discipline, which commissioners have said is uneven and, at times, too lenient. Recently, Beck came under scrutiny for refusing to fire an officer who was caught on tape using a racial slur and later denied making the comment.