Beck Vows Chicago Police Revamp Before He Leaves

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Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck plans a “complete review” of the police department’s structure, increasing funding for street outreach workers and taking citywide a program he called “beat cops on steroids” before handing the reins to his successor, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Speaking to the City Club of Chicago, Beck was asked to weigh in on whether or not Chicago’s next superintendent should be an outsider or an insider. “If it’s an outsider, it has to be an outsider that understands CPD. This is a very complicated organization,” Beck said. Beck noted he had “loaned” his former chief of staff Sean Malinowski to Chicago for a year in the furor after the police shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Malinowski, the Los Angeles Police Department’s former chief of detectives, has since moved to Chicago and is among those applying for the superintendent’s job. “Sean, who’s seated right here at the table, came out to Chicago, is from Chicago, has lived in Chicago. … To come in cold here, I think is a hugely heavy lift,” he said. “But if it is an internal person, it has to be somebody who has access to what’s going on in the profession nationally.” Beck is a retired Los Angeles police chief whose arrival in Chicago was hastened by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s decision to fire retiring Superintendent Eddie Johnson a month early. She had accused Johnson of lying about the circumstances surrounding an embarrassing drinking-and-driving incident in mid-October. Although Beck has ruled himself out as a candidate for the permanent job, Lightfoot stressed when introducing his speech, “This is not a caretaker position. … There’s important work that needs to be done now.”

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