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The $1.2 million reward offered for Christopher Dorner's capture should be paid out despite his death, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday.

The public called in more than 1,000 tips to a police hotline, most of them after the reward was offered.

"It had its desired effect. It should be paid out," the chief said during a press conference at LAPD headquarters downtown.

He said department officials will meet with people involved and make sure the money is fairly distributed. But Beck said he doesn't know how long that will take.

The task is complicated by the number of governments and private citizens who contributed to the reward fund. Some municipalities have limitations on such reward payments.

Beck also said an internal reinvestigation of the Dorner case will be made public within a few months.

He said the department will address the Dorner case and issues raised in his manifesto with "transparency."

Beck said the LAPD needs to protect hard-earned improvements in its public reputation and relationship with minorities.

Dorner, a former LAPD officer who was fired in 2009 for making false allegations against another officer, threatened to kill LAPD officers and their families in an online rant.

Dorner, who was black, wrote that the department is beset by racial problems and has not changed since the Rodney King and Rampart scandals.

Beck said he does not believe that, but that the LAPD needs to reassure the people it protects.

"We are only as good as the public thinks we are," Beck said.

He added, "If we don't have public confidence, I can't provide public safety."

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