Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s pick for Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department will likely get full support from City Council later this month when councilmembers vote to confirm the nomination of Michel Moore, a 36-year LAPD veteran who has most recently served as director of the Office of Operations, which oversees uniformed officers.
When the nomination was announced, Moore said that earning community trust and connecting with Los Angeles residents would become his top priority.
“I’ve never been more invested in trying to understand the city,” Moore said.
Many on the City Council said Moore is the perfect person for the job. Councilmen Paul Koretz and David Ryu both said that Moore’s vision of the future for LAPD and its expansion were key elements in why they would support Moore.
“I couldn’t be happier at [the] announcement that the mayor has chosen Michael Moore as the new chief of police,” Councilman Paul Koretz said. “I have known him for many years and I think he has a lot of really good ideas about improving the force.”
But while city officials see those ideas as strengths, Melina Abdullah, founding member of Black Lives Matter’s Los Angeles chapter, said they posed potential dangers to the community.
“Moore has been instrumental in building systems in the city that criminalize people who aren’t committing criminal acts,” Moore said.
Moore’s vision of the future of LAPD will inevitably mean expanding the police force, Abdullah said. Instead of expanding, Abdullah said that LAPD should focus on pulling officers back from duties outside criminal investigations. Money saved on expanding LAPD’s homeless outreach could be funneled towards additional housing or social workers.
However, Moore has also pushed LAPD officers to use Tasers and beanbag shotguns instead of deadly force whenever possible. He has also been hailed by Garcetti and members of the City Council for his use of data and statistical data while at the Office of Special Operations and has promised to make community engagement his top priority.
Garcetti himself highlighted Moore’s dedication to reform when he first announced the nomination.
“He doesn’t need to hit the ground running,” Garcetti said. “He’s already running.”
However, Garcetti recognized that the department has much work to do when it comes to building community trust. He noted that the future of community relations was an important element in his search for a new chief. Moore agreed, reflecting on the needs of residents, and the need of LAPD to connect with Angelenos.