Michel Moore, who has held a variety of high-level positions during his nearly four-decade tenure at the Los Angeles Police Department, was confirmed and sworn in Wednesday as the agency’s 57th chief, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.
The City Council voted unanimously to confirm Moore, 57, to lead an organization of roughly 13,000 employees, more than 10,000 of whom are sworn officers, in the nation’s second-largest city.
Moore is succeeding Charlie Beck, who he described “as a mentor, friend and leader who has changed forever the course of the Los Angeles Police Department.”
He will be taking up the baton as the organization faces strained resources and is in need of an upgrade to its technological systems.
The newly minted police chief, who first joined the LAPD in 1981, said he is getting ready to roll out more resources and plans to “transition (away) from legacy technologies that burden our people.”
Moore said that he will work to build trust within the department and to promote policing that is led by “compassion.”