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Mr. Richard M. Tefank

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Executive Director

Phone: (213) ***-****  HQ Phone
Los Angeles Police Commission
100 West 1St Street Suite 147
Los Angeles , California 90012
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
  • Board Member
    Buena park
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The city allows construction noise from ..., 28 Mar 2014 [cached]
The city allows construction noise from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, said Richard Tefank, the Los Angeles Police Commission's executive director. Before allowing work at night and on Sundays, he might ask work crews to quiet backup beeps, to build "sound blankets" around generators or to jackhammer only during the day.
He expects to decide this summer whether to grant temporary permits. Once Metro selects a contracting team, likely by July 31, Tefank will work with it on the finer details of noise alleviation.
Significant Accomplishments of the LA Police Commission -- 2001 to 2005 ... LA Community Policing, 6 Oct 2009 [cached]
Hired Executive Director Richard Tefank Richard Tefank served as the Assistant Inspector General and also held the position of Chief of Police in Pomona and Buena Park.
APA RELATED NEWS - State & National News [cached]
The commission's policy change had been in the making for nearly a year and was prompted, at least in part, by Police Commission Executive Director Richard Tefank, a former Buena Park police chief who has long said he believes the panel violates the law by releasing too much information about shootings. In a letter to the commission last week, Tefank summarized several state laws that he said indicate that officers' names "may" be deemed private personnel information.
His concerns were echoed by leaders of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents LAPD officers. Union officials said that they discussed the matter with Tefank and that he suggested they threaten litigation if they wanted to see a change in the commission's policy.
Tefank acknowledged advising the union to write a letter documenting its concerns but said he did not recall telling officials to threaten litigation.
"I don't believe I did it, but if they say I did, I mean, that's fine," Tefank said.
After receiving the union's letter in the spring of 2005, Tefank said, the commission sought a legal opinion from the city attorney.
Tefank said the commission received that opinion late last year. He said the city attorney concluded that officers' names had to be withheld from the public. Tefank said the commission discussed the matter at least twice in closed session — the threat of a lawsuit, he added, made it legal for commissioners to discuss it privately. The commissioners, he said, voted unanimously to change the policy. In a subsequent interview, however, Tefank said there had been no formal vote and commissioners had merely agreed that the policy should be changed.
Tefank declined to provide a copy of the legal opinion.
Richard M. Tefank ... LA Community Policing, 30 July 2008 [cached]
Richard M. TefankExecutive Director , Los Angeles Police Commission
Richard M. TefankExecutive Director , Los Angeles Police Commission
Los Angeles - On May 27, 2004, the members of the Los Angeles Police Commission selected Richard Tefank as the new Police Commission Executive Director.Mr. Tefank is currently serving as the Assistant Inspector General for the Police Commission and previously served as the Chief of Police in Buena Park and Pomona.He will fill the position recently vacated by Dan Koenig who retired earlier this month after one year of service to the Commission and 33 years of service to the Los Angeles Police Department.Mr. Tefank was selected from the list which was created last year after an extremely extensive nationwide search by Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), was conducted.
Mr. Tefank now has the additional experience of working as an Assistant Inspector General, which gives him even more valuable experience with the Police Commission.
Richard Tefank, executive ..., 18 June 2014 [cached]
Richard Tefank, executive director of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, said the reforms greatly enhanced the department's transparency and accountability to the community, and gave the department "one of the most intensive review of use-of-force that occurs anywhere."
"It created a total transformation of the Los Angeles Police Department," Tefank said.
The decree - lifted just last year - was in place for 13 years, meaning the nearly half of the department's current officers were hired after the department began putting the reforms into place.
"The tenants of the decree have to become part of the organizational DNA of the department," Tefank said. "Once you reach the end of (the decree), it's a different organization. And I think a far better organization."
Tefank added that the biggest test for any reform is when a new mayor, a new board and a new police chief come take power.
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