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Howard Leslie, Commander

Howard Leslie

Commander
Operations Central Bureau

email Commander Howard Leslie
joined the Los Angeles Police Department on June 22, 1987, and was
promoted to Patrol Captain in 2013. Subsequently, he was promoted
to Area Captain at Wilshire Division in 2014 and later transferred
to Area Captain at Central Division in 2015. In 2016, he was
promoted to the rank of Police Commander and is currently assigned
to Operations-Central Bureau. He was born and raised in Oakland,
California and decided on a career with the Los Angeles Police
Department after completing his internship with the Oakland Police
Department.

During his 27 year career with the Department, he has made a
concerted effort to mentor the younger generations of police
officers and supervisors in order to better facilitate the transfer
of the strong and positive traditions that have made the Los
Angeles Police Department a model law enforcement
organization.

Commander Leslie has been assigned to patrol assignments in three
of the four Operation's Bureaus. He has worked as a police officer
in Narcotics Division, Hollywood Vice, Metropolitan Division
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), and Operations-West Bureau
Gangs. He has worked as a supervisor in Training Division's
Physical Training and Self Defense Unit, undercover Internal
Affairs and was the Officer-in-Charge of Pacific Division's Gang
and Narcotics units.

He joined the Department with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in
Criminal Justice and earned a Master's Degree in Public
Administration while assigned to Metropolitan Division. He is a
graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department West Point Leadership
Program, the FBI National Academy and is currently an adjunct
instructor for various Los Angeles Police Academy leadership
courses.

In his 27 years in the Los Angeles area, Commander Leslie has lived
in multiple communities, however, he is fond to state that his
heart belongs to the City of Los Angeles. As a Commander assigned
to Operations-Central Bureau, Commander Leslie is excited to work
with all the diverse cultures that make-up the communities within
the boundaries of Central Los Angeles.