Deputy Chief Michael P.
Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau
Downing is the Commanding Officer, Counter-Terrorism &
Special Operations Bureau where he leads five operational
divisions: Major Crimes, Emergency Services Divisions, Metropolitan
Division, Air Support Division, and Emergency Operations Division.
These divisions include the Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Section,
Criminal Investigative Section, Organized Crime, Surveillance
Section, Hazardous Devices Section, LAX Bomb K-9 Section, Special
Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Mounted Unit, Dive Teams, Emergency
Preparedness and Response. Deputy Chief Downing is also Chair of
the Executive Board of the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence
Center (JRIC) and Vice Chair of the United States DOJ Criminal
Intelligence Coordinating Council.
Deputy Chief Downing was appointed to the Los Angeles Police
Department in April 1982 and progressed through the ranks,
promoting to Sergeant in 1987, Lieutenant in 1991, Captain in 1996,
Commander in April 2005, and Deputy Chief in April 2007.
Upon being promoted to Commander in April 2005, Deputy Chief
Downing was assigned as the Assistant Commanding Officer,
Operations-South Bureau, a command serving nearly 700,000 people, 4
service Areas, and 1,200 police officers in South Los Angeles. In
this capacity he oversaw patrol operations, detectives, vice, and
the administration of Bureau operations.
Since his assignment to Counter-Terrorism April 2006, Deputy Chief
Downing has worked with the New Scotland Yard's Metropolitan Police
Counter-Terrorism Command SO 15 during an eight week attachment.
Deputy Chief Downing has testified before Congressional
sub-committees relative to intelligence, homeland security,
information sharing, and prison radicalization. In April 2010,
Chief Downing served as a member of the Department of Homeland
Security Advisory Council working group on developing a national
strategy for countering violent extremism. He is a strong advocate
of State and Local law enforcement agencies relative to a more
integrated National Intelligence Enterprise.
In October 2009, Deputy Chief Downing was appointed as the Interim
Police Chief for the Los Angeles Police Department until the
permanent Police Chief was appointed in November 2009.
Deputy Chief Downing is an active member of the Leadership in
Counter-Terrorism (LinCT) Alumni Association, working with alumni
from the FBI's LinCT Program to develop a global enterprise of
networked counter-terrorism practitioners from the United States,
United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Deputy Chief Downing has also worked with the Department of Justice
and State Department, traveling throughout South America, Africa,
Turkey, Poland, India, and Kenya in an effort to transition large
national police organizations into democratic civilian policing
models and overlay counter-terrorism enterprises on top of cities.
His work in counter-terrorism has taken him to Israel, Jordan,
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany,
Kenya, India, and France; all in an effort to examine smart
practices and build a network of practitioners.
Deputy Chief Downing attended the University of Southern California
where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business
Administration in 1982 and completed POST Command College in 1997,
the FBI's Leadership in Counter-Terrorism (LinCT) in 2008, the Post
Naval Graduate Executive Program in 2009, and the Senior Management
Institute for Police at Boston (SMIP PERF) in 2012. He is
currently a senior fellow at the George Washington University
Homeland Security Institute where he co-chairs the
Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence Task Force.