LAPD Reorganizes
Chief Beck makes some changes

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  LAPD Reorganizes
Chief Beck makes some changes

EDITOR'S NOTE: LAPD's new leader, Chief Charlie Beck, has begun the restructuring that frequently accompanies a change at the helm, a signal for his style of leadership, and shows a commitment to community based policing. We're pleased but not surprised at this, since the work that was accomplished under the previous administration virtually ensured that a continuation of community participation, transparency of operations and inclusion of all residents is at the heart of LAPD philosophy. Indeed, each of the final three candidates for Chief had been know as completely committed to the sense that this is now a way of doing business at the Department, rather than simply a plank in a platform. Below we've provided info on the changes Chief Beck has announced, and have added an article from the LA Daily News which describes the ascension of Captain Albanese to Deputy Chief with oversight over LAPD's largest working group, Valley Bureau.
News from the LA Times:

Beck begins assembling his team to run the LAPD

November 23, 2009

Less than a week after taking over the Los Angeles Police Department, Chief Charlie Beck announced a shakeup to the structure and make-up of the department's command staff, including the demotion of two of the LAPD's highest ranking officials and promotion of several others.

Beck, who was confirmed as chief by the City Council last Tuesday, promoted Deputy Chief Michel Moore to become one of the LAPD's three assistant chiefs and assigned him to a newly-created post in charge of Special Services, according to an announcement released Monday. 

In his new post, Moore will oversee an array of specialized operations that, until now, have been run separately, including the agency's Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau, the elite Metropolitan Division, and the Detective Bureau.

Senior LAPD officials, who requested that their names not be used because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the changes, said Beck decided on the creation of Moore's new post in hopes that it would streamline a sometimes inefficient organization, in which different units sometimes overlap each other.

To make room for Moore, Asst. Chief Jim McDonnell, who for several years has been the second highest ranking person in the department and ran the agency when the previous chief was out of town, dropped one rank to deputy chief and will move into a new role as Chief of Detectives under Moore.

In the most dramatic of the moves, Beck demoted Asst. Chief Sharon Papa, who has run the LAPD's Support Services Bureau, down two levels to the rank of commander, several sources close to the decision said.

Beck and his aides declined to discuss Papa's fall, saying it was a private personnel matter.

The new roster of top-ranking officials released by the department Monday made no mention of Papa. In Papa's place, Beck elevated Deputy Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur to assistant chief and assigned her to a new position in charge of Administrative Services — a role that will be similar to Papa's old one.

The third assistant chief, Earl Paysinger, will remain in charge of the Office of Operations, although the size of Paysinger's domain will shrink somewhat, as several units currently under his control are moved to Moore's new portfolio. The moves by Beck were met with support by council members.

“I looked at the names that he is putting together, and I think it's a very strong team, and I fully support what's he's done,” said Smith, chairman of the council's Public Safety Committee. “Every chief has the ability to form his own inner circle.”

With the reshuffling, three of department's four regional bureaus will also see new leaders. Commanders

Debra McCarthy and Pat Gannon will be promoted to deputy chiefs so that McCarthy can take over the West Bureau and Gannon can run the South Bureau, while Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese will head the Valley Bureau, where Moore is currently in charge.

About the San Fernando Valley's new CO, Kirk Albanese:

Valley's new top cop prepared to 'respond the needs of the Valley'

by Dana Bartholomew, Daily News Staff Writer

November 24, 2009

After Los Angeles police Capt. Kirk J. Albanese assumed command of Foothill Division six years ago, a Latino family called 911 to report a burglary.

The next day, 12 gang members in white T-shirts banged on their door warning them never to speak to police again. That same week, the gang terrorized a security guard at the San Fernando Valley's only housing project.

So the new area captain pounced. Albanese dispatched four cops into San Fernando Gardens in Pacoima - 24/7. And ordered them out of their black-and-whites.

"I said, `You park your car at the community center and you get in it when you go home.' They walked a foot beat 24 hours a day," said Albanese, 54, now a deputy chief and commander of the South Bureau.

"We planted a flag and crime was gone."

Come January, the keen crime fighter will once again hoist a flag as the new commander of Valley Bureau, replacing newly promoted Assistant Chief Michel Moore.

An agile tactician with 29 years in the Los Angeles Police Department, Albanese is credited with inventing the LAPD's "war room concept" to battle crime. An able administrator, he won praise for opening the city's first police station in 28 years in Mission Hills, where he served as captain after mapping out the new division.

A softy at heart, he's taken more than one police ribbing for founding a successful feline warriors unit to chase off rats at Foothill and other stations.

He's also firmly committed to the concept of community policing.

"I'm very excited about it," said Albanese from his office in South Los Angeles. "I really look forward to working with the community to address issues of concern, and to respond to the needs of the Valley."

Newly appointed Chief Charlie Beck anointed the 6-foot-3 inch veteran Thursday to be the Valley's top cop.

He will assume command Jan. 3. The Valley Bureau, with eight divisions and roughly 2,000 officers to patrol 1.3 million residents in 220 square miles from Porter Ranch to Studio City, is the largest in Los Angeles.

"He's very businesslike, hands on, knows what's going on in the bureau," said police Capt. Don Schwartzer, commander of the South Traffic Division, who joined the force when Albanese did. "He's a good cop."

Albanese is a native of Mount Pleasant, N.Y., where his dad owned an Italian restaurant.

Watching episodes of "Dragnet" and "Adam 12," he yearned to be a police officer. He'd all but aced an NYPD test but was still 4,993 on a list of 40,000 applicants.

Los Angeles, however, welcomed him with open arms. Since joining the force in 1980, he's done just about every kind of police work, from patrol and gang enforcement to narcotics and internal affairs, even administration.

To combat rodents chewing their way through cold case files at Foothill, he conscripted a corps of feral cats to take care of up to 100 mice. "We put three cats in there," he said, "end of problem."

To comply with an order by former Chief William Bratton to cut serious crime, he organized a war room strategy.

While police lieutenants once met once a week to discuss anti-crime tactics, they now met each morning to determine daily missions against crimes from auto theft to murder. In less than a year, he'd cut such crimes by 21 percent.

"We achieved what we set out to achieve, with military precision and focus," said Albanese, a father of two who lives in the San Gabriel Valley. "I'm a tactician, a student of tactics."

He said he's also devoted to "constitutional policing," where police follow local and U.S. laws, and to transparency, having an open-door policy for his officers and the public.

It's about maintaining community trust, he said, by police treating people with respect and dignity every time they contact the public.

As a result of community policing at San Fernando Gardens, he said, 28 gang members and their families were evicted.

"When you put L.A. cops in the community who are not (just) driving by, people fall in love with them," Albanese said. "Crime is abated. Fear is abated. It's a fine definition of community policing.

"Here's the bottom line with me: If there's an issue, we'll find a solution."

Press Release from LAPD:


Chief Beck Names Leadership Team and Unveils Initial Reorganization

November 24, 2009

Los Angeles: Today Los Angeles Chief of Police Charlie Beck named his senior leadership team and unveiled his first steps in reorganizing the Police Department to increase efficiency and to improve effectiveness.

Effective January 3, 2010, subject to budgetary review and approval, the Los Angeles Police Department will consist of the Office of Operations, the Office of Support Services, and the Office of Administrative Services, each under the direction of an Assistant Chief. 

In addition to the three Assistant Chiefs, three other Senior Staff Officers will report directly to the Chief of Police.

Office of Operations

Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger will remain the Director of the Office of Operations, which will consist of the four geographic bureaus.

Deputy Chief Sergio Diaz, will remain the Commanding Officer, Operations - Central Bureau

Commander Pat Gannon will be promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief and will assume command of Operations - South Bureau

Commander Debbie McCarthy will be promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief and will assume command of Operations - West Bureau

Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese, will assume command of Operations - Valley Bureau

Office of Special Services

Deputy Chief Michel Moore will be upgraded to Assistant Chief and will become the Director of the Office of Special Services.

Deputy Chief Mike Downing will remain the Commanding Officer of Counter Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau.

Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell will become the Chief of Detectives.

Deputy Chief Rich Roupoli, will remain the Commanding Officer of Special Operations Bureau.

Office of Administrative Services

Deputy Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur will be upgraded to Assistant Chief and will become the Director of the Office of Administrative Services.

Deputy Chief Terry Hara will become the Commanding Officer of Personnel and Training Bureau.

Police Administrator III Rhonda Sims Lewis will become the Commanding Officer of Support Services Bureau.

Police Administrator III Maggie Goodrich will become the Commanding Officer of Information and Technology Bureau.

Chief Information Officer Tim Riley will become the Commanding Officer of Communications and Records Bureau.

Direct Reports

In addition to each of the three Office Directors, the following senior staff-level officer will report directly to the Chief of Police. 

Deputy Chief Mark Perez will remain the Commanding Officer of Professional Standards Bureau.

Police Administrator III Gerald Chaleff will become a Special Assistant to the Chief of Police.

Commander Rick Jacobs will become the Chief of Staff.

The specific entities and functional responsibilities for each command and biographical information for each commanding officer will be released to the media and at as it becomes available.  

Questions related to this News Release should be directed to Media Relations Section at 213-486-5910.