LAPD Chief to Talk About Police and the Community at CSUN Forum

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore will answer questions from California State University, Northridge students on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in his first forum on a college campus since being named LA’s chief law enforcement officer this summer.

Moore is expected to talk about the Los Angeles Police Department’s relationship with the community and address topics of interest to CSUN students. The forum, organized by CSUN’s year-old Department of Criminology and Justice Studies, is scheduled to take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Plaza del Sol Performance Hall of the University Student Union, located on the east side of the campus off Zelzah Street.

“Chief Moore’s visit to the CSUN campus is a unique and rare opportunity for CSUN to have an open and honest discussion about issues that matter to our campus community,” said Vickie Jensen, chair of the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies. “While the target audience is the CSUN community, Chief Moore has a particular interest in hearing from students and learning more about their experiences with police and other concerns that LAPD may be able to address.”

Joining Moore at the forum will be LAPD Valley Bureau Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher as well as the heads of all LAPD divisions in the Valley. The discussion will be moderated by Josh Rubenstein, LAPD public information director and lecturer in CSUN’s Department of Criminology and Justice Studies.

“This is the first time an LAPD chief of police has visited our campus in this way, and we are honored to host Chief Moore, Valley Chief Pitcher and the rest of the Valley command staff,” Jensen said. “The community-based focus of today’s LAPD is a complement to our Department of Criminology and Justice Studies, and we look forward to many more opportunities to develop CSUN’s partnership with LAPD.”

Moore, a 36-year LAPD veteran known for his mastery of subjects including crime statistics and budgets, was named Los Angeles’s newest police chief in June by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Moore was born the second of five children in Porterville, Calif., and grew up in various parts of the United States. He returned to Southern California in 1978, and joined the LAPD in 1981.

Moore rose through the ranks, serving as a police officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant working various patrol, investigative and administrative assignments throughout the city. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 1988. His assignments then included heading the Rampart Division following the arrest of Officer Rafael Perez for corruption, as well as overseeing security for the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

Following his promotion to commander in 2002, Moore worked at Operations-Valley Bureau and was assistant to the director of the Office of Operations. In 2004, Moore was promoted to deputy chief and assumed command of the West Bureau. A year later, he was given command of the Valley Bureau.

In 2010, Moore was promoted to assistant chief and assigned as director of the Office of Special Operations, which includes the detective bureau, the counter-terrorism and special operations bureau, as well as the citywide jail, property and security services operations. He also served as chair of the department’s use-of-force review board.

Moore was promoted to first assistant chief in 2016 and was named director of the LAPD’s Office of Operations. In that position, he oversaw the department’s geographic bureaus and patrol divisions.

When he was sworn in as LAPD’s new chief of police at the end of June of this year, Moore promised to reduce the use of deadly force by his officers, saying he was committed to deepening the trust the community has for the department “by ensuring we are a department that is highly visible, accessible and responsive, policing with purpose, compassion and partnership,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

The event is free and open to the public, but attendees need to register. For more information about the forum and to register, please visit call the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies at (818) 677-2117.

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