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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.

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September 2, 2009 Friendship Auditorium
6:30 pm 3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, California 90027

September 3, 2009 Department of Water and Power
Community Auditorium
6:00 pm 4030 Crenshaw Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90008

September 9, 2009 Felicia Mahood Senior Center
6:30 pm 11338 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90025

September 10, 2009 One Generation
6:30 pm 18255 Victory Boulevard
Reseda, California 91335

September 17, 2009 Kedren Center
6:30 pm 710 East 111th Place
Los Angeles, California 90059