Assistant Chief Beatrice
Director, Office of Special Operations
Girmala is the Director, Office of Special Operations (OSO).
As Director of OSO, she is responsible for overseeing two bureaus;
Counter-Terrorism Special Operations Bureau and Detective Bureau.
The bureaus have 15 specialized Divisions; which include,
Metropolitan Division, Air Support Division, Emergency Operations
Division, Major Crimes Division, Emergency Services Division,
Robbery-Homicide Division, Juvenile Division, Forensic Science
Division, Technical Investigation Division, Gang and Narcotics
Division, Detective Support and Vice Division and Commercial Crimes
Division. She also oversees Security Services Division, Custody
Services Division, and Property Division.
Assistant Chief Girmala is a 31 year veteran of the Los Angeles
Police Department. She is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles who
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.
Assistant Chief 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, Assistant Chief 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, Assistant Chief Girmala proudly joined the Los Angeles
Police Department, and was first assigned to Pacific Area. Upon
completion of probation, she was assigned to Van Nuys Area, and
then Southeast Area. The experience, early on, of working in three
of the Department's bureaus was invaluable.
In 1988, a Field Training Officer position opened at Hollywood
Area, and Assistant Chief Girmala felt that she could genuinely
give back and positively influence change in that community.
Dedicating eight years to Hollywood Patrol Division led to another
opportunity for growth and contribution. In 1997, Assistant Chief
Girmala achieved the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to Central
Area. The challenging Skid Row area was an outstanding supervisory
training ground, presenting challenges and the opportunity to
mature as a leader in a unique environment. The true inspiration
for Assistant Chief 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 Assistant Chief Girmala continued her
career as a sergeant in Pacific Area.
The time spent in Pacific Area 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 Area was a return to Hollywood Area in 1999,
first as a Field Sergeant, and then as an Assistant Watch
Commander, Sergeant II. While at Hollywood Area, Assistant Chief
Girmala was given the opportunity to work for then Captain (now
Deputy Chief) 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 Area. 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
In 2003, Assistant Chief 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
Area 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 Area.
In 2006, Assistant Chief 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 Area.
After serving as the Patrol Commanding Officer in Devonshire Area,
she began her second assignment as the Patrol Commanding Officer at
Hollywood Area in 2008. Hollywood's diverse community and dynamism
were extremely satisfying and challenging. The involvement of
residential businesses and their robust interaction with the
Division's patrol force and detectives led to many successful
initiatives and programs that endure today. Among them, the
creation of the Hollywood Entertainment District (HED) foot beat
and operational deployment, the inauguration of LAPD's first youth
mentoring center for the education and creative support of
youngsters in the most financially challenged and gang impacted
area of the Area's Homeless Outreach Programs.
In 2008, Assistant Chief Girmala was given additional
responsibilities in Hollywood as the Commanding Officer. She held
this position until her promotion in September of 2013 to the rank
In 2013, Assistant Chief Girmala was promoted to Commander of
Employee Relations Group, responsible for cultivating harmonious
relations and reasonable solutions to personnel involved in
grievances, administrative appeals, arbitrations, and MOU issues
within the Department, as well as additional responsibilities and
On April 5, 2015, Assistant Chief Girmala was promoted to Deputy
Chief, and became the Commanding Officer of Operations-West Bureau
(OWB). During her tenure of OWB, she oversaw the smooth
implementation of Digital In-Car Video system to all of the OWB
On June 30, 2016, after 31 years of experience with the Department,
she was promoted to Assistant Chief, and is now the Director,
Office of Special Operations. In addition, Assistant Chief Girmala
is the Department Coordinator for Domestic Violence, Hate Crimes,
and LGBTQ matters.
Assistant Chief 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.
Assistant Chief 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,