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LAPD’s Head Civilian Watchdog Steps Down

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The woman responsible for investigating accusations of police misconduct in Los Angeles is resigning after about a year on the job.

Nicole Bershon, the Los Angeles Police Commission’s inspector general, said Tuesday that she plans to take a job as a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner in a few weeks.

Bershon is credited with helping clear a backlog of about 265 use-of-force reports. She also conducted audits and reviews of LAPD policies.

She says her departure is “bittersweet” and praises the department for being open to having a civilian watchdog.

The city’s personnel department will search for a replacement and the civilian Police Commission will make the final hire.

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