Tom Reddin (Tom Reddin)

Tom Reddin

Former Los Angeles Police Chief. He began his LAPD career in 1941 and was chief from February 1967 to May 1969. He was at the helm in 1967, when police clashed violently with thousands of anti-war protesters who gathered outside the Century Plaza Hotel, where President Lyndon Johnson was being honored. On June 5, 1968, after Robert Kennedy was assassinated at the old Ambassador Hotel, he gained national attention for taking steps to ensure the safety of suspect Sirhan Sirhan so he could face trial. In a July 1968, Times Magazine article interview, he was credited for sighting methods for preventing crime, establishing the concept of community policing to make police and the community partners. After leaving the LAPD, he became a newscaster for KTLA-TV, was a candidate for mayor in 1973, but lost to City Councilman Tom Bradley, a former LAPD lieutenant. In his latter years he had a successful career operating, Tom Reddin Security Services, employing 350 guards for numerous buildings throughout Southern California. Cause of death, Parkinson’s disease at age 88. (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)


  • June, 25, 1916
  • USA


  • December, 12, 2004
  • USA


  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • California
  • USA

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