Thomas Reddin

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Thomas Reddin
Member of the California Senate
from the 8th district
In office
Preceded by Thad F. Brown
Succeeded by Roger E. Murdock
Personal details
Born(1916-06-25)June 25, 1916
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died December 4, 2004(2004-12-04) (aged 88)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political party Republican

Thomas Reddin (June 25, 1916 – December 4, 2004) was a Los Angeles Police Department chief from 1967 to 1969. He left May 6, 1969, to become a news commentator. He also owned a private security company in Los Angeles; Tom Reddin Security.

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Police appointments
Preceded by
Thad F. Brown
Chief of LAPD
Succeeded by
Roger E. Murdock