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Cory Palka, Commander

Cory Palka

Commander
Operation West Bureau

email Police Commander Cory Palka
is a 33-year veteran of the LAPD and has risen through the ranks as
a compassionate, energetic and strong leader.

A student athlete, Commander 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. Commander 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 the University of Southern California.

Commander Palka was promoted to Sergeant in 1996 and was recognized
as Supervisor of the Year in LAPD's West Valley Area. 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.
Commander Palka also introduced the "Roll Call in the Streets"
concept to Rampart Area in 2008.

"Roll Call in the Streets" is currently used City-wide by all LAPD
Commands.

Commander Palka has held assignments in a wide range of field
operations and has been assigned to West, Central, South and Valley
Bureaus spanning three plus decades.

In 2011, Commander 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.

In 2013, Commander Palka was promoted to Captain and served as the
Patrol Commanding Officer of Hollywood Area, an assignment suited
for a man with a passion and talent for cultivating strong
relationships within both the community, government and the
Department.

In 2014, Commander Palka continued his career as the Area
Commanding Officer of 77th Street Area. At 77th Street, Commander
Palka partnered with Dave Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of
Learn to Lead, to deliver leadership development throughout the
77th Street command. Commander Palka and Mr. Anderson introduced
LAPD's "Shop with a Cop Program" within the south Los Angeles
community. Shop with a Cop partners cops and kids each August to
obtain back to school supplies. Along with Mr. Anderson, Palka
began the Dave Anderson Annual Youth Scholarship Award Program
which provides scholarship monies to LAPD Youth Program
students.

In 2016, Commander Palka returned to Hollywood Area as the
Commanding Officer. Commander Palka's relationship-based policing
style, combined with his solid rapport with community groups and
government leaders, helped create an environment where community
members, business owners and developers could thrive to their
fullest potentials.

Commander Palka has attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) National Academy. He also attended the Senior Management
Institute of Police in Boston, Massachusetts and studied at Boston
University. Commander Palka is also a graduate of USC's Delinquency
Control Institute and LAPD's West Point Leadership Development
Program. He has also been an adjunct instructor at the junior
college level and taught in LAPD's DARE Program early in his
career. He currently is an instructor in the LAPD's Leadership
Program and Command Development School.

In 2018, he received the "Excellence in Leadership Award," and was
recognized by the Chief of Police for his leadership efforts in
Hollywood. In 2019, Palka was recognized by the Hollywood Chamber
of Commerce and was the recipient of the "Heroes of Hollywood"
Award.

In the summer of 2019, Cory Palka was promoted to the rank of
Commander and is currently assigned to Operations-West Bureau as
the Assistant Commanding Officer. He helps oversee six police
commands on the west side of Los Angeles. He brings to the table
energy, engagement and experience. Commander Palka is excited to
continue his successful mission of forging community relationships
throughout all his police commands in Los Angeles.