Deputy Chief Mark Perez is the commanding officer (C/O) of Professional Standards Bureau (PSB), which includes Internal Affairs, Force Investigation Division, and Special Operations Division. He assumed this position in 2006 after spending 4 years as the Department’s Employee Relations Administrator. As C/O of PSB he developed and implemented initiatives in the disciplinary system to reduce misconduct recidivism, one of which showed a 10% drop in misconduct recidivism in a public report to the Police Commission. He has also led the team that replaced the officer evaluation system with a new one which more accurately portrays officer performance. He developed a practical system of supervisor-employee engagement designed to encourage effective performance of both leaders and followers. He presents training in this system often to sworn and civilian supervisors inside and outside LAPD.
Chief Perez began his law enforcement career in 1978 and has worked varied assignments including patrol, Human Resources Bureau, Communications Division, and others. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in Creative Writing; a Master’s degree in Philosophy concentrating in analytic philsophy of science and a California University Certificate in Teaching Critical Thinking; he also holds a Master’s in Public Administration degree with concentrations in organizational development and human resources.