Chief Charlie Beck served as Los Angeles Police Department Chief from 2009 to 2018 and as Chicago Police Department Acting Superintendent from 2019 to April 2020. In 2011, Chief Beck’s LAPD along with the LA Housing Authority forged the Community Safety Partnership (CSP), a new model for police–community engagement, seeking to build relationships of trust between police and the citizens they protect and serve. CSP aims to make LA public housing developments safer while fostering positive relationships between the LAPD and development residents. Given the program’s success, in July 2020, LAPD created an entire CSP Bureau, led by the popular Deputy Chief Emada Tingirides. Our discussion featured comparisons to similar programs such as NYPD’s Neighborhood Policing, and addressed the challenges of building trust amid current tensions, disorder, and unrest.
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