Twenty months into the job as police chief, Burbank’s top cop continues working to modernize a department besieged by lawsuits and investigations into misconduct and excessive use of force by the FBI and Los Angeles County sheriff's department.
Now, Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse says the department continues to make strides as it works through an updated plan for internal changes. The City Council is slated to review the final version in the coming weeks as City Hall continues to identify its work priorities for the coming year.
FOR THE RECORD: This corrects an earlier version that gave the incorrect length of time on the job for LaChasse.
For LaChasse, it’s been a constant grind to revamp a department in turmoil, with former and current police officers also filing lawsuits alleging sexual harassment, retaliatory firings and racism.
When he came onboard, the FBI was examining the role of excessive force dating back to 2003 and the department's handling of at least two incidents from 2007, including the robbery of Porto's Bakery. In October 2009, Sgt. Neil Gunn, Sr. committed suicide on a public street. He was among 12 officers who were being investigated by the FBI for possible civil rights violations and excessive use of force.