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Bea Girmala, Commander

Bea Girmala

Employee Relations Group

Captain Beatrice Girmala is a 22 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, she enjoys the diversity and energy which defines the city, and feels that being an intimate part of its geography makes her a true stakeholder in change.

Captain Girmala attended school in the Hollywood area, graduating from Immaculate Heart High School and continuing her higher education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She was a member of the scholastic honor society Alpha Lambda Delta. At UCLA Captain Girmala studied political science, public administration, and public law, graduating with honors, Magna Cum Laude, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in the discipline of Political Science.

In 1985, Captain Girmala proudly joined the Los Angeles Police Department, and was first assigned to Pacific Division. Upon completion of probation, she was assigned to Van Nuys Division, and then Southeast patrol. The experience, early on, of working in three the Department’s Bureaus was invaluable.

In 1988, a field training officer position opened at Hollywood Division, and Captain Girmala felt that she could genuinely give back and positive influence change in that community. Dedicating eight years to Hollywood patrol led to another opportunity for growth and contribution. In 1997, Captain Girmala achieved the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to Central Division. Challenging Skid Row was an outstanding supervisory training ground, presenting challenges and the opportunity to mature as a leader in a unique environment. The true inspiration for Captain Girmala was the dedication of the patrol officers who worked in extremely adverse conditions, yet all the while, delivering quality and professional law enforcement services to the most destitute. The lessons learned were extremely important and formative, as Captain Girmala continued her career as a sergeant in Pacific Division.

The time spent in Pacific Division was punctuated with highs and lows. The opportunity to work as a watch commander in the absence of both the sitting watch commander and assistant proved to be invaluable. The field supervisory duties further developed skills which can never remain dormant. The loss of Police Officer III Brian Brown during this time period underscored the ultimate sacrifices made by the valiant men and women of patrol, and the importance of teamwork and mutual support.

Following Pacific Division was a return to Hollywood Division in 1999, first as a field sergeant, and then as an Assistant Watch Commander, Sergeant II. While at Hollywood Division, Captain Girmala was given the opportunity to work for then Captain Michael Downing, whom she credits with some of her most formative on the job training in the true meaning of "community based policing." Projects included "Operation Neighborhood Enhancement," a combined effort of city services and law enforcement to battle crime and quality of life issues in the east end of Hollywood Division. In addition, "Project Restore Hollywood" and "Homeless Outreach" were programs aimed at changing the landscape of Hollywood in a positive way with the concerted effort of the gang unit, patrol, and the dedicated core of senior lead officers who are the glue which holds the best plans together.

In 2003, Captain Girmala was recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce as a "Woman of Distinction," receiving that honor for her efforts in Hollywood Area. The year also brought a promotion to the rank of lieutenant, and assignment to Hollenbeck Division as a watch commander. The energy and enthusiasm of Hollenbeck’s patrol force prepared her well for the next assignment as watch commander in Central Division.

In 2006, Captain Girmala completed Command Development School with the aspiration to take on additional responsibilities in the future. The opportunity came on April 30, 2007, with her promotion to Captain and assignment to Devonshire Division.

Captain Girmala credits her continued dedication, energy and inspiration to the men and women of patrol who are the first line of defense in the preservation of our values and freedoms in the public arena.

Captain Girmala lives in Los Angeles with her daughter. Interests include jazz and the theater. Her mother is also a local resident and has served as an invaluable supporter and inspiration, as well.