Since 2009 Chief Beck oversees 10,000 sworn officers, 3,000 civilian employees, and an annual budget that exceeds one billion dollars. Major components of this endeavor include the mitigation of crime, the reduction of gang violence, and the containment of terrorism. He is renowned for his ability to forge traditional policing methods, community outreach programs, tempered with the input of diverse stakeholders to form enduring crime abatement programs. Among his accomplishments Chief Beck reformed the beleaguered Rampart Area. He utilized inspirational leadership fostering change from the roots of Department and up, ensuring all changes are evolutionary and withstand the test of time.
Chief Beck also formed an alliance of community and political groups to reclaim MacArthur Park for the citizens of Los Angeles. Crime was reduced to historic lows and families returned to the park in droves. Another change enacted by Chief Beck was melding Gang Operations Support Division and Narcotics Division into Gang and Narcotics Division. By bringing the expertise of both gang and narcotics detectives together, their investigative efforts are expanded in a synergetic effort directed at targeting the gang’s infrastructure and ability to profit from illicit narcotics and firearms sales, resulting in reduced gang violence.
Chief Beck is married with three children. Two of Chief Beck’s children are also Los Angeles Police Officers. Since 1996 TEEN LINE has successfully collaborated community policing efforts with the LAPD and is delighted to honor Chief Beck with its 2012 Humanitarian Award.