Michel Moore is seeking a shorter second term ©Getty Images

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) chief Michel Moore has confirmed he would serve a two or three-year term if appointed for a second time, meaning he would hand over power to another officer before the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Moore said he wanted more time to finish the role, which he took up in 2018.

He formally requested reappointment in a letter to the Los Angeles Police Commission last month, but can stay on for as long as five years - bringing his tenure up until the Games.

"Succession planning is obviously meant to provide for consistency, anticipated needs and capabilities and delivery that the public can trust," said Moore.

"It's such a critical role, and, in my view, it would be inappropriate for me to stay."

He added that he wanted to continue reforms on use of force and diversity to avoid a "haphazard" transitions heading into the Olympics and Paralympics, which would start soon after his second full-term would expire.

Moore added he would not receive any pension benefits for staying on for a shorter amount of time.

He resigned from the LAPD before his appointment as police chief so he could benefit from a lump-sum retirement fund of $1.27 million (£1.05 million/€1.18 million).

The Los Angeles Police Commission is to vote on this before accepting his new term.

The LAPD oversees crime in Los Angeles ©Getty Images
The LAPD oversees crime in Los Angeles ©Getty Images

A vote was to be held yesterday, but public backlash meant there will now be a period for public comment before a decision is made.

Moore's tenure has been controversial, with a report from The Guardian in 2021 showing officers were ordered by the police chief to collect social media account information from all citizens they interviewed, regardless of whether or not they had been accused of committing a crime.

They were also asked to collect social security numbers, instructed to lie that this "must be provided" under federal law.

An updated policy does not allow social security numbers to be checked.

Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles co-founder and California State professor Melina Abdullah called for new Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass to allow more public input in future for deciding who the chief is.

"She should really engage with people in the community and ask them what they want," said Abdullah to the Los Angeles Times, adding that the city needs a chief "who is invested in real public safety beyond policing and understands that that means spending money in other areas".

Bass said her first priority after election was not the Olympics, but the homelessness crisis in the city, which has an unhoused population of over 69,000.