Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 – 11:57 AM
By Matt Lopez
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced his retirement Friday, effective June 27, ending his eight-year tenure leading the LAPD.
Beck made the surprising announcement during a press conference with Mayor Eric Garcetti, discussing Los Angeles’ crime trends.
Beck wrote on Twitter: “Serving the citizens of Los Angeles for over 40 years has been the honor of a lifetime. Leading the men and women of the #LAPD -my family- has been a privilege I never thought I’d be worthy of. Today, I am announcing my retirement effective June 27th of this year.”
He added: “The department is ready for fresh eyes to take our organization to even higher levels. Thank you Los Angeles for allowing me to serve you for all these years. God bless all of you, and god bless the Los Angeles Police Department.”
Beck, 64, joined the LAPD in 1977 and began as a patrol officer in both the Rampart and Hollywood divisions. He was named chief of police in November 2009.