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Los Angeles Police Department First Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger, who is retiring, has been appointed the new vice president of civic engagement for the University of Southern California.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck congratulated Paysinger on his retirement and appointment at USC. Paysinger had served on the force for 41 years.

“I am very proud of the achievements Paysinger was able to achieve during his career with the Los Angeles Police Department,” Beck said. “He has truly left his mark upon the LAPD, and we are all grateful.”

During his time with the LAPD, Paysinger focused on crime prevention and community engagement, according to LAPD spokesman Tony Im.

His leadership and crime reduction strategies—including the Youth First mentoring program and the LAPD Cadet Leadership program—resulted in a lower crime level throughout the city that had not been seen since the 1950s, Im added.

“It is fitting that Paysinger is appointed to the position of vice president of civic engagement (for USC), because that is exactly what he has demonstrated throughout his career with LAPD,” Im said. “His leadership and sensibilities will serve both the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Police Department, as we continue to partner to build a stronger community where people live, work, educate and thrive without the fear or incidence of crime.”