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Bea Girmala, Commander

Bea Girmala

Commander
Operations West Bureau

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.