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Dennis H. Kato, Deputy Chief

Dennis H. Kato

Deputy Chief
Operations-South Bureau

Deputy Chief Dennis Kato is
a 31-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department
(LAPD).

He is currently assigned to Operations-South Bureau (OSB) as the
Commanding Officer. In this assignment, among other duties, he will
once again oversee the Department's Community Safety Operations
Center (CSOC) that was created to reduce the incidents of gun
related violent crimes in the four busiest stations in the City of
Los Angeles.

Deputy Chief Kato began his law enforcement career when he entered
the Los Angeles Police Department Academy in May 1987. After
graduating from the Academy, he was assigned to Pacific Area for
his probationary period where he worked in patrol and on the Beach
Detail. Upon completing probation, he was transferred to 77th
Street where he worked a variety of assignments in patrol, gangs
and vice.

In January 1995, he was promoted to the rank of Detective and
investigated burglaries, assaults, and domestic violence incidents
at Southwest Area. He was also an investigator in the Newton
Area-Field Enforcement Section of Narcotic's Group and conducted
homicide investigations at the Asian Crimes Investigations Section
of Detective Support Section. Five years later, in April 2000, he
was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to Harbor
Area Patrol and eventually became the Officer in Charge of the
Harbor Area Vice Unit. He was promoted to Lieutenant in July 2003,
and was assigned to Southeast Area Patrol as a watch commander.
Shortly thereafter, he was selected to be the adjutant to the
Deputy Chief of Operations-South Bureau and then was assigned to
oversee the gang enforcement efforts in South Bureau as the Bureau
Gang Coordinator. He has also worked as the Adjutant to the Deputy
Chief of Special Operations Bureau, OWB and Incident Management and
Training Bureau.

He promoted to Captain in November 2007 and was assigned to 77th
Street Division where he oversaw the day-to-day patrol operations
in the Department's largest Area command. In July 2008, Kato was
assigned to Metropolitan Division, as the Assistant Commanding
Officer and one year later was elevated to the Commanding Officer
of Metropolitan Division. He oversaw the operation of the
Department's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, K-9 Unit,
Mounted Unit, Crime Suppression Platoons and the Underwater Dive
Unit. In January 2010, Kato was moved back to 77th Street Area as
the Area Commanding Officer. He oversaw the entire operation of the
Department's largest and busiest Community Police Station with over
400 sworn officers to manage.

In December 2012, Kato was promoted to the rank of Commander and
assigned to OWB as the Assistant Commanding Officer. In 2015, Kato
was assigned to the Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games
organizing committee to oversee the security planning for the
Games. In April 2, 2017, Chief Charlie Beck promoted Kato to the
rank of Deputy Chief and assigned him back to OWB as the Commanding
Officer.

Deputy Chief Kato was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1959. He
was raised in the city of Montebello where he graduated from
Montebello High School in 1977. He received his Associate of Arts
degree from East Los Angeles College and his Bachelor of Science
degree in Occupational Studies from the California State University
at Long Beach.

Deputy Chief Kato is a resident of Torrance, California, where he
lives with his wife and two children.