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Michel Rey Moore (born Michel Sanchotena, July 2, 1960) is an American police officer and Chief of the
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(LAPD) since 2018. On June 4, 2018 he was appointed to the post by
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and was ratified by the
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on June 27, 2018. Moore succeeded Charlie Beck as the Chief of Police after Beck's retirement on June 27. He has worked for the LAPD since 1981.


Early life and education

Moore is the son of a Spanish father, and his original last name is Sanchotena. "Michel" is the Basque and French form of "Michael," and Moore pronounces his first name "Michael". He took his stepfather's last name after encountering prejudice in the South. The second of five children, Moore graduated from high school in Arkansas. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.


Career

Moore was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in 1981. He climbed through the ranks at the LAPD, gaining a promotion to Captain in 1998 and an assignment as the Commanding Officer of the LAPD Rampart Division following the arrest of Rafael Pérez (police officer), Rafael Perez. Moore was promoted to Commander in 2002 (following that promotion he was initially assigned as the Assistant Commanding Officer of Operations-Valley Bureau, followed by a term as the Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations), Deputy Chief in 2004 (assigned as the Commanding Officer of Operations-West Bureau, later transferring to Operations-Valley Bureau), and Assistant Chief in 2010. As a recently promoted Assistant Chief, Moore was assigned as the Director – Office of Special Operations (overseeing the department's Detective Bureau and Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau), and in 2015, Moore transferred to be the Director – Office of Administrative Services (overseeing the department's fiscal, personnel, training, and various support operations). In 2016, Moore was assigned as the First Assistant Chief and transferred to be the Director – Office of Operations, responsible for overseeing the department's geographic bureaus and patrol divisions which provide uniformed and investigative services to the city. During his career in the LAPD, Moore has received numerous commendations and awards for his police service including the department's Medal of Valor, the Police Medal, the Police Star, and the Police Meritorious Service Medal. In 2016, Moore was a finalist to be selected as Chief of the Dallas Police Department, which the position was eventually awarded to U. Renee Hall. Moore's nomination was supported by African-American civic leader John Mack (civic leader), John Mack, who stressed Moore's expertise in community policing and his dedication to "eradicat[ing] racism and brutality within the LAPD." Following the George Floyd protests in Los Angeles, he said "We didn't have people mourning the death of this man, George Floyd — we had people capitalizing. His death is on their hands as much as it is those officers." This led to citizens reaction at the Police Commission meeting where Moore sat for nine hours in silence while citizens asked for his resignation.


Personal life

Moore is married and has one daughter.


References

{{DEFAULTSORT:Moore, Michel Living people 1960s births People from Porterville, California Chiefs of the Los Angeles Police Department American people of Basque descent