Activists continue to demand that the Los Angeles Police Department take the lives of minorities more seriously as we continue to read about the killing of minorities throughout the city of Los Angeles.
Chief Michael Moore has gone on the record saying that despite reapplying for his job, he doesn’t intend to serve the full five years. He only wants to stick around for two.
Angelenos need someone who has experience working in one of the most challenging areas of the city, successfully. Successfully meaning they have a firm grasp on working with the minority residents and being committed to the work.
With the historic election of Karen Bass, as the first Black woman to lead the City, is it time for the historic selection of a Black leader of the police department? The last Black chief was Bernard Parks.
Is Deputy Chief Emada Tingirides interested?
A recent profile of her in the Los Angeles Sentinel makes her an ideal option to lead the department as Bass needs someone committed to the work.
Tingirides has been policing for over 25 years, she developed her skills in the central division located in downtown Los Angeles. She grew throughout the department and served different communities, but there was a pivotal point in her career in 2007. The South East Community Police Station had an opening for a supervisor; the position called for a strong sense of community relationship building. Officer Tingirides felt the position pulling at her roots.
The newly appointed Deputy Chief was born in Los Angeles, being raised in Watts, molded her to be supportive and aware of her community. She reflected on her upbringing; Tingirides has seen generations of her family support the community. Her grandparents both worked for the city as probation officers and as Los Angeles Unified School District teachers. Her mother is a nurse that started her career in the emergency room at USC Medical Center. Tingirides was groomed with traits of compassion, selflessness, and building bonds that uplift everyone in the community.Chief Deputy Emada Tingirides Serves as the Bridge to a Better Relationship Between the Community and Law Enforcement
I don’t believe Bass needs to rush in a selection simply because a couple of members of the police commission and a few journalists keep pitching Moore’s staying for another two years as acceptable.
The community demands and needs steady leadership not someone with one foot out the door.