Police commission Steve Soboroff's Comments on Retirement of Chief BeckLos Angeles - First, I want to thank Chief Beck for his forty years of service to the LAPD and City of Los Angeles, the last eight years as our Chief of Police. Under his leadership he has helped to make the LAPD the preeminent law enforcement agency in the world.
His focus on community policing has resulted in creating, maintaining and expanding the great relationships the Department has with the diverse communities of Los Angeles. The many successes in programs that have been implemented under his leadership will serve as a testimony to his skill as a leader.
I appreciate his desire to remain as the Chief of Police until his successor is selected for a smooth transition in leadership of the Department. I will have more to say about the Chief, his service to the City and the process to select his successor in the coming weeks. I have appointed myself and Vice-President Matthew Johnson as the sub-committee to work with the General Manager of the Personnel Department to fulfill the recruitment process as outlined in the City Charter.
Office of the Executive DirectorThe Board’s full-time staff is managed by an Executive Director who answers directly to the Board, and is responsible for the coordination of the Commission’s agenda and managing the functions of the Executive Office. The Executive Director is the Board’s liaison to the Office of the Chief of Police and Police Department. The Executive Director also represents the Commission at various meetings and events. The Executive Director is Richard M. Tefank.Advocates Unit
When a permitted business or individual is accused of violating Commission rules or legal statutes and the investigation sustains the complaint, the Advocates Unit of the Executive Office prepares the case and holds an administrative hearing before an independent Hearing Examiner. The case is handled in a manner similar to a criminal proceeding, with testimony and cross examination of witnesses, with the Advocates staff acting as prosecutors for the Department. The decisions of the Hearing Examiners are reviewed by the Police Permit Review Panel, which is also composed of five citizens appointed by the Mayor. The Panel members rule on disciplinary permit matters and alarm permit revocations, and approve the routine issuance of new police permits.
Community Policing Liaison
The Community Policing Liaison was established at the behest of the Los Angeles City Council in 1996. This position is responsible for the oversight and coordination of all community policing-related activities, thus affirming that the City Council and the Board of Police Commissioners’ interests, goals, ideas and input on community policing are communicated regularly to Department staff, elected officials, community groups and other related entities. The Liaison ensures that the community policing philosophy is consistent with the implementation of the Christopher Commission recommendations and Strategic Plan.
Alarm Section Directory
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday (except holidays)
Phone Number: Alarm Section 213-996-1200
FAX Number: Alarm Section 213-486-5270
Notice: City Law requires an Alarm Permit. Click here to obtain one Introduction
Fees and Penalties
Alarm School (for Permitted Alarm System Users Only)
Excessive False Alarms
7-Day Soak Period
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Resources (PDF – downloadable documents)
Key Provisions of the Burglar Alarm Ordinance [PDF]
Alarm Ordinance Brochure
Office of Finance – Branch Locations and Hours
Burglar Alarm Dispatch Policy
Alarm Ordinance – LAMC 103.206
15 Ways to Eliminate False Alarms
Office of Finance, Alarm Unit
Los Angeles Superior Court – Small Claims Advisor
State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs
Personnel Services Unit
The Board is responsible for a number of labor and employment law matters, including grievances, discrimination, and sexual harassment complaint investigations. These matters often present policy implications that may result in modifications to employment policies, procedures, or practices. The Board monitors the Department’s progress in achieving hiring and promotional goals in compliance with consent decrees, or voluntary employment goals. Additionally, the Board oversees the advancement of civilianization efforts to ensure the optimum utilization of sworn personnel.
The Discrimination Unit, or Office of Discrimination and Complaints, is responsible for the investigation of all discrimination and harassment complaints in accordance with City and Department policies, and the tenants of employment discrimination law. The Unit heightens awareness and reduces the incidence of harassment and discrimination in the Department; monitors the number, progress and resolution of complaints, keeps the Board informed of situations and cases that may have policy implications. In all cases, complainants will receive responsive, supportive treatment, and be informed of the status of their case to the extent allowed by due process considerations.