Bayan Lewis

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Bayan Lewis
Born (1942-02-25) February 25, 1942 (age 77)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Police career
CountryUnited States
Department Los Angeles Police Department
Service years1963 - 1997
RankSworn in as an Officer - 1963
US-O10 insignia.svg - Chief of Police - 1997
AwardsPolice Meritorious Unit Citation
Police Meritorious Service Medal
1984 Summer Olympics Ribbon
1987 Papal Visit Ribbon

Bayan Lewis (born February 25, 1942) was interim Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in 1997.

Los Angeles Police Department Municipal police department in California

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), officially the City of Los Angeles Police Department, is the police department of Los Angeles, California. With 9,974 officers and 3,036 civilian staff, it is the third-largest municipal police department in the United States, after the New York City Police Department and the Chicago Police Department. The department operates in an area of 498 square miles (1,290 km2) and a population of 4,030,904 people.



Graduate of Pepperdine University [1] in public administration, with postgraduate work at USC; also graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas

Pepperdine University Private university near Malibu, California, USA

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United States Army Command and General Staff College United States army graduate school

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After retirement, Lewis became chief of the Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety. [2] Lewis again retired in 2005 and was replaced by former LAPD deputy chief Margaret York.

Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety

The Los Angeles County Office of Public Safety (LACOPS), less formally known as the Los Angeles County Police, was a police agency for the County of Los Angeles. It was formed in 1998 by consolidating three Los Angeles County law enforcement agencies: the Department of Parks and Recreation Park Police,Which was formed in 1969 as Los Angeles County Park Patrol, and the Department of Health Services and Internal Services Department’s Safety Police. OPS was the fourth-largest law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County, which employed 579 sworn peace officers and 140 civilian personnel, and utilized over 800 contract security guards. The agency had an annual budget of $100 million in 2009. OPS was initially a division of the Los Angeles County Department of Human Resources but was placed under the umbrella of the newly created Public Safety branch of the Chief Executive Office in 2007.

Lewis joined the LAPD in April 1963. Reaching the rank of captain, he headed the anti-terrorist division for the Rampart and West Valley areas, and the west traffic division. As assistant chief, he served as director of the Office of Operations, responsible for 85% of the department's resources. He served in the 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized) of the California National Guard for 23 years, retiring as lieutenant colonel.

LAPD Rampart Division

The Rampart Division of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) serves communities to the west of Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) including Silver Lake, Echo Park, Pico-Union and Westlake, all together designated as the Rampart patrol area. Its name is derived from Rampart Boulevard, one of the principal thoroughfares in its patrol area. The original station opened in 1966, located at 2710 West Temple Street. In 2008, the staff moved southeast to a newer facility located at 1401 West 6th Street. With 164,961 residents occupying a 5.4-square-mile (14 km2) area, Rampart is one of Los Angeles's most densely populated communities.

He served as director of the Office of Operations and was responsible for the department's largest command. Lewis was instrumental in creating the department's mobile field force. [1]

Police chief

He was appointed by the LAPD commission on March 31, 1997. Prior to this, he had served in the department for 34 years. Lewis said he was uninterested in the permanent position. He served as director of the Office of Operations and was responsible for the department's largest command. [1] Lewis was instrumental in creating the department's mobile field force. [1]

Lewis took the position May 18, 1997, two months before the July 6 date Willie L. Williams was supposed to step down.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 Lait, Matt (1997-05-03). "Interim Chief Plans to Keep Firm Hand on Department Reins During Transition". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
  2. Meyer, Josh (1998-01-04). "Former Chief Turns Focus to New Force". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-02-22.
Police appointments
Preceded by
Willie L. Williams
Chief of Los Angeles Police Department
Succeeded by
Bernard C. Parks