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Come Say Thanks to Commander Andy Smith

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2007, at 11:40PM

Promotion Party for Commander Smith Next Thursday the Downtown community gets a chance to thank Andy Smith for his work as Captain of LAPD's Central Division. He's moving up to the much more intimidating sounding rank of Commander, and will now have responsibility for multiple divisions.

Captain Smith has been a critical part of what LAPD's been able to do to help improve Downtown, and it's tempting to be sorry to see him go. He's not going far, though, and will certainly still be involved in what's going on here in our neighborhood.

I like to tell a story from about six months ago, when then Captain Smith arrived late to one of the monthly Skid Row Neighborhood Walks because of a situation taking place at Central. Even once there he was working two phones, going back and forth between calls from the Chief's office and calls with the station.

At the end of the walk, as we were returning to the Midnight Mission, a man off the street approaches Captain Smith with something on his mind. Despite all that was going on, Captain Smith stood there and listened politely with genuine interest.

That snapshot is what defines Commander Smith for me. No matter what's going on, he's the cool head who really cares about the little things.

Central City East Association is leading the charge for Thursday's get together, to be held from 4 to 8pm at the Farmers and Merchants Bank (4th/Main). RSVP's are requested, but everyone's invited. Click on the image above to get a copy of the flyer with full information.


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