LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles has created a new government bureau within its police department to help officers develop better relationships with the residents of the neighborhoods they serve, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday.
Former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Bernard C. Parks weighed in on LAPD's new "Community Safety Partnership Bureau" during the FOX 11 News at 10 on Monday night. Parks was LAPD Chief from 1997-2003 and served on the Los Angeles City Council from 2003-2015. He served the public for nearly 50 years.
"There are some critical issues that have to be addressed. The easiest way to kill a great philosophy, is to make it into a program or make it into a special unit, which tells everyone else, 'you don't have to be involved in it,'" said Parks.
Parks said time will tell if it will work and if officers in the department will buy into the concept.
Parks commented on the inner-workings of the LAPD, protestors, and on Captain Emada Tingiridis, the soon-to-be new Deputy Chief in charge of the Community Safety Partnership Bureau(CSP).