||Functions and Organization
The Board of Police Commissioners, originally created in the 1920's, is comprised of five civilians who donate their time to the City while maintaining their professional careers. They are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The Commissioners serve a maximum of two five-year terms. The Commissioners routinely spend 25-50 hours per week on Commission business, and serve as the citizens' voice in police affairs and as a means of ensuring more responsive and effective City government.
The Commissioners' concerns are reflective of the community-at-large, and their priorities include implementing recommended reforms, improving service to the public by the Department, reducing crime and the fear of crime, and initiating, implementing and supporting community policing programs.
Under the LA City Charter, the Board of Police Commissioners is
the head of the Police Department. The Board sets overall policy
while the Chief
of Police manages the daily operations of the Department
and implements the Board's policies or policy direction and goals.
The Board holds meetings almost every Tuesday, normally at 9:30
a.m. at the Police Administrration Building, but also makes frequent appearances at meetings
scheduled out in the communities.
The meetings follow a published agenda consisting of various routine
items of concern to the Department, as well as policy matters that
may be of concern to the community. Each agenda includes a period
for public comment, during which any member of the public may speak
for up to three minutes on any topic within the Commission's jurisdiction.
The Board is supported and assisted in it's tasks by a staff of
paid professional personenel who have a variety of functions. The
chief administrative officer is the Executive Director, who reports
directly to the Board and is charged with the supervision, appointment,
discharge, discipline and transfer of the Commission's executive
staff and Commission Investigation Division personnel.