LAPD Chief's Monthly Message
April 2013


LAPD Chief
Charlie Beck
  LAPD Chief's Message
April 2013

Denim Day in LA 2013

by Chief of Police Charlie Beck

April 24, 2013 – At the Peace Over Violence office in downtown Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Chief Charlie Beck stood in solidarity with the members of an awareness organization dedicated to building healthy relationships, families, and communities free from sexual, domestic, and interpersonal violence.


Standing in his denim jeans Chief Beck told those gathered and the media during the past eight years the Department has reduced the number of rapes and domestic violence as well as eliminating the rape kit backlog. He thanked the Mayor, organizations such as Peace Over Violence, and the people of Los Angeles for their support in making that happen.

“There is no excuse for sexual assault. There is no excuse for domestic violence. There is no excuse for us not doing something about it as a City, as a police department, as a group of people,” said Chief Beck.

Every year since 1999, Peace Over Violence has organized Denim Day in Los Angeles and the United States. It is a rape prevention education campaign, where they ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement and on this day wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault. Los Angeles was the second major U.S city to formally adopt “Denim Day” in 2008.

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