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Terry S. Hara, Deputy Chief

Terry S. Hara

Deputy Chief
Personnel and Training Bureau

email Deputy Chief Terry S. Hara is the Commanding Officer of Operations-West Bureau (OWB).  As the Commanding Officer of OWB, he is responsible for overseeing the geographic Area operations of Hollywood, Wilshire, West Los Angeles, Olympic, Pacific, LAX Substation and West Traffic Division.

Deputy Chief Hara joined the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in February 1980. He is the highest ranking and first Asian American to achieve the rank of Deputy Chief on the LAPD. He was first introduced to law enforcement as a Police Explorer Scout with the Long Beach Police Department. As a result of his continued interest in law enforcement, he applied and was accepted to the LAPD. He has held numerous positions and worked various assignments within the Police Department. Some of these assignments included undercover work as a narcotics officer (school buy program), uniformed patrol, traffic accident investigator and motor officer. Additionally, Deputy Chief Hara has worked as a staff writer for the Use of Force Review Section and held the position of Uniform Coordinator and Work Permit Coordinator. He has also worked as a patrol supervisor, as a supervisor of academics for recruit training, personnel complaint investigator, and lieutenant patrol watch commander. He has held the position of Aide (Adjutant) to the Commander of Training Group, Adjutant to the Commanding Officer, Human Resources Bureau, and Adjutant to the Chief of Staff.

His previous command assignments include Personnel and Training Bureau, Operations-West Bureau, Employee Relations Group, Training Group and Training Division, Southeast and Wilshire Divisions, where he commanded Detectives, Patrol, Vice, Gang Units and Community Relations. Prior to Southeast Division he commanded Detective Support Division where he was in charge of the Bomb Squad, Asian Crime Investigation Section, Fugitive Warrant Section, Special Investigation Section, Criminal Conspiracy Section, FBI task force on violent crime, Audit Section, Criminal Investigation Section on counter terrorism, and Career Criminal Apprehension Section.

Deputy Chief Hara was previously the Department’s Employee Relations Administrator (ERA) for the Chief of Police. As the ERA, he was responsible for serving as official liaison between Department management and employee organizations. Additionally, he was responsible for investigating and resolving grievance matters at the Chief of Police level of review. Reviewing all requests for administrative transfers and providing a recommendation to the Chief of Police.

Deputy Chief Hara has worked at numerous assignments within the Police Department that include Personnel Division, Wilshire, Southeast, Southwest, Newton and Harbor Areas, South and Central Traffic Divisions, Detective Support Division, Internal Affairs Group, Training Division, Training Group, Human Resources Bureau, Employee Relations Group, Operations-West Bureau and the Office of the Chief of Police.

Deputy Chief Hara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from National University, and has attended California State University, Long Beach, Department of Criminal Justice, and the University of California Los Angeles Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences and School of Public Policy and Social Research. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police Program from the Police Executive Research Forum at Boston University. He is also a graduate from the FBI Explosives Unit-Bomb Data Center Hazardous Devices School, Executive Management Course. Deputy Chief Hara is a graduate of the Department’s West Point Leadership and Command Program. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He serves on many boards and is Past Chairman of the Board for the Los Angeles Police Museum, the Japanese American Optimist Club of Los Angeles and President-Elect of the Nisei Week Foundation. He is Chairman for Japan America Society of Southern California, Vice President of the National Association of Asian American Law Enforcement Commanders and serves as a board member for the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California and the Go for Broke National Education Center. He is a Board of Governor for the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Deputy Chief Hara is a member of the Law Enforcement Association of Asian Pacifics, California Asian Peace Officer Association, National Asian Peace Officer Association, Asian Professional Exchange and the U.S.-Japan Council. He is also an advisor to Kizuna, the next generation of community leaders.

Among receiving many awards and recognitions, Deputy Chief Hara was the recipient of the “Spirit of Los Angeles” award by the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles and was honored with the Local Heroes Award by KCET and Union Bank. He was recently honored with the Apex Excellence in Community Service Award and the Community Leadership Award by the National Association of Asian American Professionals. Deputy Chief Hara is married to his wife Gayle, a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, and has two children, son Mark and daughter Kimberly.