LA City Council confirms new police chief

AP News
Posted: Nov 17, 2009 1:30 PM

The Los Angeles Police Department has a new chief.

In a vote Tuesday, the City Council unanimously confirmed Charlie Beck to replace William Bratton, who quit last month to take a job with a security consultancy firm in New York.

Beck, a 32-year LAPD veteran, has garnered considerable support from officials and community leaders. His confirmation was expected.

Beck says he wants to make the reforms introduced by Bratton a lasting part of the department.

Bratton oversaw dropping crime rates and improved relations with communities long suspicious of the department.