Commander Matt Blake, was born in Hawthorne, California, and raised in Los Angeles County. He received his Bachelor's degree from Long Beach State University. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1987, as a second generation Los Angeles Police Officer. His father, Bruce Blake, retired as a Sergeant, in 1992, from the Van Nuys Division.
Office of Operations
Commander Blake began his career at the 77th Street Division as a patrol officer and has since worked in every Bureau in the City. He was promoted to the rank of Field Training Officer in 1990. While assigned to Operations-West Bureau CRASH he worked in a gang suppression role as well as a Detective Trainee. In 1994, he was promoted to the rank of Detective and worked investigative assignments such as Domestic Violence, Crimes Against Children, Narcotics, Sex Crimes, and Homicide. In 1997, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In 1999, he was promoted to Sergeant II and worked Internal Affairs Group, in the Advocate Section, as well as in an undercover capacity in the Special Operations Section. In 2001, he was promoted to Lieutenant and worked as a watch commander prior to returning to Internal Affairs Group as the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigative Section. In 2005, Commander Blake was selected be the adjutant to Director of the Office of Operations. In September of 2006, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and was assigned to Southeast Area as the Patrol Commanding Officer. In June of 2007, he was transferred and assigned as the Patrol Commanding Officer of Southwest Area. After his commanding officer position in Southwest Patrol Division, Commander Blake was promoted to Captain III, assuming the position of Area Commanding Officer of West Los Angeles Area. In January 2008, Commander Blake was selected to open and command the new 20th Los Angeles Police Station, Olympic Division. In June 2011, he was assigned as the Assistant Commanding Officer, Operations-West Bureau and designated to be promoted to Commander upon next vacancy. In November 2011, Commander Blake was promoted to Commander and selected to fill the position as the Assistant to the Director, Office of Operations.
Commander Blake is married and is the proud father of four children.