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Community Meetings for New Police Chief Search Begin Tonight

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How much of a difference can you make in who the city hires as our new police chief? “Public input is critical in this process,” said John Mack, president of the LA Police Commission, which is hosting a series of five meetings that begin tonight in the Los Feliz area. “The next Chief of Police will serve all of the diverse communities of Los Angeles, and it is extremely important that we hear from those communities and know what is important to them.”

Current LAPD Chief William Bratton is stepping down at the end of October and there's been lots of talk that whoever replaces him should be someone internally, most likely one his hand-picked deputy chiefs. Nevertheless, let yourself be heard.

Maybe you want a Chief that will take community policing to new levels. Maybe you want a chief who will focus more on foot patrols. Maybe you want a chief that will get the department to communicate with the public in real-time via Twitter. That's up to you. The meeting times and locations are listed below, including a fifth meeting that was just added.