Dennis H. Kato
Commander 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.
He began his law enforcement career when he entered the 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 assigned to Southwest Area where he investigated burglaries, assaults and domestic violence incidents. As an investigator, he has been assigned to Narcotics Group-Newton Field Enforcement Squad, Detective Support Division - Asian Crimes Investigation Unit’s homicide team and Narcotic Division - Special Investigation Team. In April 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and 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 where he was a watch commander. Shortly thereafter, he was selected to be Deputy Chief Earl C. Paysinger’s Adjutant in 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 Deputy Chief Michael R. Hillman in Special Operations Bureau, Operations-West Bureau and Incident Management and Training Bureau. He promoted to Captain in November 2007 and was assigned to 77th Street Patrol Division. As Commanding Officer, Kato oversaw the day-to-day patrol operations in the Department’s largest Area command. In July 2008, Captain Kato was assigned to Metropolitan Division. Captain Kato is currently assigned to West Bureau.
He is a member of the Law Enforcement Association of Asian Pacifics and the California Narcotics Officer’s Association. Captain Kato is involved in activities with the Boy Scouts of America and is a coach in the Sansei Baseball organization in South Bay.
Captain Kato is a resident of Torrance, California, where he lives with his wife and two children.