Deputy Chief Beatrice
Operations West Bureau
Girmala is the Commanding Officer of Operations-West Bureau
(OWB). As Commanding Officer of OWB, she is responsible for
overseeing the geographic Area operations of Hollywood, Wilshire,
West Los Angeles, Olympic, Pacific, LAX Substation and West Traffic
Deputy Chief Girmala is a 30 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.
Deputy 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, Deputy 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, Deputy 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
Patrol. 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 Deputy Chief Girmala felt that she could genuinely give
back and positively influence change in that community. Dedicating
eight years to Hollywood patrol led to another opportunity for
growth and contribution. In 1997, Deputy Chief Girmala achieved the
rank of Sergeant and was assigned to Central Area. 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 Deputy 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 Deputy 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, Deputy Chief
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 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 together.
In 2003, Deputy 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, Deputy 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, Deputy 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 of
In 2013, Deputy 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, after 30 years of experience with the Department,
Commander Girmala was promoted to Deputy Chief, and is now the
Commanding Officer of Operations-West Bureau.
Deputy 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
Deputy 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,