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Although the LAPD has operated under a hiring freeze and furloughs, Chief Charlie Beck has presided over a drop in crime in his first year on the job.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck greets police cadets before playing in a basketball game.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

With City Hall in the background, Charlie Beck speaks at a news conference.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Beck takes a phone call at the LAPD's Wilshire station. He concedes that the job of chief has taken a toll on him. "There is nothing to prepare you for having every tragedy be your tragedy," he says.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Beck chats with officers outside the LAPD's Wilshire station. Beck has leveraged his LAPD roots in maintaining the support of the nearly 10,000 officers under him.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Beck high-fives a player at an LAPD basketball game.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Charlie Beck maneuvers his motorcycle around cones during lessons at the Edward M. Davis training facility in Granada Hills.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa standing next to him, Chief Charlie Beck offers an account of an officer-involved shooting in the Westlake neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

At the funeral of former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates, Charlie Beck presents a flag to Gates' daughter, Debbie Ledesma.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Chief Charlie Beck, conducting an inspection at a police academy graduation, faces his smiling son, Martin. The chief has two children on the force.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa swears in Beck as chief at the City Council chambers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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A 33-year department veteran who has two children on the force and a former deputy chief for a father, Beck has leveraged his LAPD roots in maintaining the support of the nearly 10,000 officers under him. He is a frequent presence at roll-call meetings and works a patrol shift once a month — gestures that resonate with the cops.

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