Captain Gerald A. Woodyard was born in Mobile and is the youngest of three children. As a young child his family moved from Alabama to Sacramento, California.
Captain Woodyard attended Long Beach State University on a football scholarship and graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Law Enforcement.
In 1994 Captain Woodyard joined the Los Angeles Police Department and upon graduating from the Police Academy was assigned to Southwest Division. His other assignments as a Police Officer included Northeast Division, Southeast Division and Training Division as a Physical Training and Self-Defense instructor. In 2002 he was promoted to a Sergeant. As a Sergeant he was assigned to Harbor Division, Operations-South Bureau, and Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau.
Captain Woodyard promoted to Lieutenant in 2008, and returned to Southeast Division as a Watch Commander. In 2011, Captain Woodyard was promoted to Lieutenant II as the Officer-in-Charge of Community Relations Section, and was responsible for identifying and fostering relationships with key stakeholders on behalf of the Chief of Police.
In January 2012, Gerald Woodyard was promoted to the rank of Captain I as the Commanding Officer of Southwest Patrol Division where he was responsible for leading over 400 sworn and civilian personnel. In September 2012, Captain Woodyard was transferred to Southeast Patrol Division where he was responsible for leading over 395 sworn and civilian personnel. In October 2013, Captain Woodyard was transferred to Harbor Area Patrol Division where he was responsible for leading over 336 sworn and civilian personnel.
Captain Woodyard was promoted to Captain III in March, 2014 and is currently the Area
Commanding Officer of Harbor Area.
Captain Woodyard is married and is the father of three children. Captain Woodyard currently resides in Orange County and he is an active member of Eastside Christian Church.