A black police captain is being placed in command of patrol officers in the division where a black motorist was beaten by officers on videotape last month.

Capt. Paul Jefferson, a 22-year department veteran, could assume the post at the Foothill Division as early as Tuesday, said Assistant Police Chief Robert Vernon."The community has been vocal about appreciating some minorities in management positions," Vernon said Monday. "That's one of many factors, but it's not entirely because he's black."

The move is part of the department's effort "to win back the confidence of the people, especially in the Foothill area," Vernon said.

Jefferson's five years' experience in training recruits at the Police Academy was a factor in his selection, Vernon said.

He replaces Capt. John Mutz, a 17-year veteran.