Commander Blake Chow was
Operations West Bureau
appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in 1990 after having
served as a San Jose Police Reserve Officer. After graduating from
the Los Angeles Police Department academy, he was assigned as a
patrol officer at Pacific Patrol Division. Chow was then selected
to participate in a probationary cross training program and
transferred to West Traffic Division to finish his probation.
As a Police Officer II, Chow first was assigned to Central Area in
1991 where he worked foot beats and a plain clothes Special
Problems Unit which targeted the problems of violent crimes,
property crimes and narcotics. In the mid 1994 Chow was then
transferred to Operations-Central Bureau and worked as a staff
researcher for the Deputy Chief. In 1995, Chow was promoted to
Police Officer III and assigned as a Field Training Officer at
Rampart Patrol Division. In this assignment, Chow trained many new
probationary police officers. That year, he was selected as
Rampart's Officer of the Year.
In 1996, Chow was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Southeast
Patrol Division where he served as a field sergeant and Patrol
Adjutant to the Commanding Officer, Southeast Patrol Division. As a
Sergeant II, Chow was then selected for the position of Southeast
Vice Officer-in-Charge and served in that position until being
promoted to Lieutenant in 1999.
Chow's first assignment was that of Lieutenant Watch Commander at
Southwest Patrol Division. In early 2000, Chow was then assigned as
a lieutenant at Pacific Area. Here Chow functioned as a Watch
Commander and Venice Beach Officer-in-Charge. As the lieutenant
assigned to Venice Beach, Chow oversaw the deployment of resources
at Southern California's second largest tourist attraction. During
the summer months, Chow oversaw the deployment of officers during
the peak holiday periods, including Memorial Day and July
In 2001, Chow was promoted to Lieutenant II and assigned as the
Officer-in-Charge, Risk Management Division, Civil Investigations
Section. In this position, he supervised approximately 20
investigators between the ranks of Detective III, to Police Officer
III I, whose purpose was to act in concert with the Office of the
City Attorney. Chow's investigators provided detective
investigative expertise to the many dedicated Deputy City Attorneys
working to defend the City, Department and officers against civil
lawsuits resulting from law enforcement activity. Chow was then
selected to act as the Adjutant to the Assistant Chief, Human
Resources Bureau. Here he provided administrative management to the
office of the Assistant Chief responsible for Training, Personnel,
Employee Relations, Risk Management and Use of Force review.
Chow was promoted to Captain-I in May 2003 and assigned as the
Commanding Officer, Central Patrol Division. With this promotion,
he became the highest ranking Chinese-American officer on the LAPD
and the first Asian captain assigned to Central Area. In this
position, he provides leadership and management to a patrol force
of approximately 250 officers.
In May 2005, Chow was promoted to Captain II, Commanding Officer,
LAX Field Services Division. In this assignment, he manages the
LAPD officers assigned to LAX who address crime and airport safety
and transportation issues, including terrorism. In December 2005,
Captain Chow was promoted to Captain III, Commanding Officer, RACR
Division. The RACR Division is LAPD's first 24/7 fusion/information
processing center. RACR operates as a 24/7 emergency operations
center where resources, situation status of the city and developing
tactical incidents are tracked. Additionally, RACR personnel also
provide detective support to Areas and complete analysis on
emerging crime patterns 24/7. RACR Division maintains liaison with
other local, county, state and federal agencies.
In May 2007, he was assigned as the Area Commanding Officer at
In March 2009 he was transferred as the Area Commanding Officer at
Central Area. This assignment involved leading approximately 430
employees both sworn and civilian in the Downtown Los Angeles Area.
This community includes Staples/LA Live, Financial District,
Historic Core, Civic Center, Skid Row, Artist Lofts area,
Chinatown, Little Tokyo and the Fashion District.
In December 2009 Chow was promoted to Commander and assigned as the
Assistant Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau which has
command of Central Area, Rampart Area, Hollenbeck Area, Newton Area
and Northeast Area.
In October 2010 Commander Chow was transferred as the Assistant
Commander Officer Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau .
The Bureau is responsible for the Counter Terrorism programs,
Major Crimes Division, Emergency Services Division, Bomb Squad,
Hazardous Materials, Metropolitan Division (SWAT, K9, Mounted), Air
Support Division and Emergency Operations Division.
Chow was raised in San Jose California. He obtained a bachelors in
Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance from
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a
Masters in Public Administration from California State University
Fullerton. He is also a graduate of the Westpoint Leadership
Program. Chow's wife is a Nurse Practitioner who practices medicine
in Newport Beach. They have two sons, and one daughter.