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Cory Palka, Captain III

Cory Palka

Captain III
Hollywood Division

email Captain Cory Palka is a
32-year veteran of the LAPD. In March 2016, Captain Palka returned
to Hollywood Area as the Commanding Officer for his fourth tour in
Hollywood since 1988. Captain Palka comes to Hollywood from 77th
Street Area, Operations-South Bureau, where he was assigned as the
Area Commanding Officer, from Summer 2014 through March 2016.

In June of 2013, Cory Palka was promoted to police captain and
assigned to Hollywood Area, an assignment suited for a man with a
passion and talent for cultivating strong relationships within both
the community and the Department. Captain Palka's
relationship-based policing style, combined with his solid rapport
with community groups and government leaders, has created an
environment where community members and business owners thrive to
their fullest potentials. He brings to the table energy,
engagement and experience.

Captain Palka's roots in Los Angeles began in 1966, when he and his
family settled into the Mar Vista Gardens community located in
Pacific Area. Captain Palka identified that decade in his youth as
the "framing years" of his life. He credits his father for
demonstrating and influencing him to engage in community service,
volunteerism, civic responsibility, selfless sacrifice and hard

A student athlete, Captain Palka graduated from Venice High School
in 1981 and attended West Los Angeles Community College followed by
California State University, Sacramento, where he received a
Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Captain Palka began his
career as a Los Angeles Police Officer in July 1986.

Captain Palka earned a fellowship grant to the University of
Southern California (USC) as part of a City of Los Angeles-USC
Fellowship Program. In May of 1992, he received his Master's
Degree in Public Administration from USC.

Captain Palka promoted to sergeant and was recognized as supervisor
of the year in West Valley Area. Later, after promoting to
lieutenant, he was recognized again as supervisor of the year in
Rampart Area where he worked both as a watch commander and as the
Officer in Charge of the Rampart Area Gang Impact Team. He has
held assignments in a wide range of field operations and has worked
at police stations in the LAPD's West, Central, South and Valley
Bureaus spanning over three decades. In 2011, Captain Palka
participated in LAPD's response to the Occupy Los Angeles movement
at City Hall while assigned to Central Area. He also spent three
years at Internal Affairs Group as an investigator in the Workplace
Investigations Unit and was a major-case investigator.

Captain Palka has attended several respected schools in police
leadership; the most notable being the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) National Academy (Class No. 246). In Summer
2015, Captain Palka attended the Senior Management Institute of
Police in Boston, Massachusetts and studied at Boston University.
Captain Palka is also a graduate of USC's Delinquency Control
Institute (94th Class), and LAPD's West Point Leadership
Development Program. He has also been an adjunct instructor at
College of Canyons in Valencia, and has taught in LAPD's DARE
Program. At 77th Street, and now at Hollywood Division, Captain
Palka partnered with Dave Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of
Learn to Lead to deliver leadership development throughout the

In 2017, Palka partnered with Anderson to take the program
citywide. Each LAPD station as well as the four geographic traffic
stations rolled out Shop with a Cop to enormous success.

Anderson's $62,500 donation allowed 625 LAPD officers to take 625
kids Back to School shopping for the upcoming school year.

Captain Palka also brought the "Roll Call in the Streets" concept
to Rampart Division in 2008. "Roll Call in the Streets" is now
used City-wide by all LAPD Commands and is part of the national
policing model.

Palka has also been instrumental in bringing "Blue Courage"
training to the LAPD. Blue Courage is a transformational two-day
leadership development workshop designed for all levels of the
LAPD. This revolutionary educational process is a different
approach to developing police officers. Blue Courage touches
hearts, awakens minds and ignite spirits through dynamic
presentations and learning processes.

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