David J. Kowalski
Captain Kowalski was raised
South Traffic Division
in Peabody, Massachusetts. Upon graduating from high school in
1988, Captain Kowalski enlisted in the United States Marine Corps
where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. His service included a
deployment to the Middle East during the Persian Gulf War and the
liberation of Kuwait.
In 1996, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department and worked as
a police officer in Hollywood Division and Southeast Division. His
assignments included patrol, Southeast CRASH, Southeast Special
Enforcement Unit-Gang Detail, and as a Field Training
In 2002, Captain Kowalski promoted to Sergeant and worked as a
field supervisor in Van Nuys, Newton, and 77th Divisions, and as an
Assistant Watch Commander in Southeast Division. As a Sergeant, he
was selected twice as Supervisor of the Year.
In 2008, he was promoted to Lieutenant and selected as a member of
the Olympic Division Transition Team to facilitate the opening of
its new station in 2009. As a Lieutenant, he worked as a Watch
Commander, Officer-In-Charge of Violent Crime Task Force,
Operations-West Bureau, Northeast Gang Impact Team
Officer-In-Charge, and as a Platoon Leader for Metropolitan
Division's "C" Platoon.
Captain Kowalski graduated from San Diego State University with a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and
graduated from California State University Fullerton with a
Master's Degree in Public Administration. He has also attended the
LAPD's Leadership Program.
He and his wife, Alvys, have two children, Aaron and Ava, and
currently reside in the city of Chino Hills.