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Earl Paysinger, Former LAPD First Assistant Chief, Dies At 64

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Former First Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger died Monday surrounded by friends and family, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. He was 64.

Paysinger retired from the LAPD in 2016 after 41 years of service and joined the University of Southern California in the role of Vice President of Civic Engagement.

In a Monday night statement, the LAPD said the announcement was made with "great sadness."

"For more than 43 years Earl Paysinger dedicated his life to making Los Angeles the safest big city in America with his laser focus mission to reduce violence and victimization. But, he will mostly be remembered by Angelenos for his ability to foster public trust. Community Policing was in his DNA as he championed youth programs, meaningful community engagement, and greater police accountability. Paysinger was particularly proud to be the architect of the "Youth First" campaign which provided mentorship, resources, and opportunities to more than 10,000 youth in our City. He also revamped the LAPD Cadet Leadership program that promotes education, leadership, self-esteem, and a sense of well-being for the youth in our communities. Under his direction the Cadet program grew from fewer than 500 Cadets in the 2000's to nearly 1,500 today."

USC also issued a statement that read, in part:

"Earl provided strategic leadership, development and oversight for the university's many community outreach programs, and was tireless in his support of our communities in South and Eastside Los Angeles. His love of our city was invaluable as he worked to strengthen USC's partnerships with community leaders to improve our neighborhoods. USC and Los Angeles are better today because of him, and his impact will be felt for decades to come. We will continue his good work with purpose and passion."


Funeral arrangements are still pending.

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